That Lib Dem Disco setlist

It’s nearly time for the Lib Dem Disco to get underway.

Lib Dem Voice can reveal the setlists that our intrepid DJs will play. And they are amazing. And conducive to some serious dancing.

And we can also reveal the the compere for the evening will be our editor, Caron Lindsay.

So, without further ado, here we go:

Christine Jardine


ABBA – Dancing Queen

Whitney Houston – I want to dance with somebody

Blondie – Maria







Layla Moran










C&C Music Factory – Everybody Dance Now

Snap! – Rhythm is a Dancer

Modjo – Lady (here me tonight)

Sarah Olney









Erasure – Stop

Pet Shop Boys – Always On My Mind

Yazz – The Only Way is Up


Daisy Benson










Madonna – Into the groove
Diana Ross – Upside down
Aretha franklin – Respect


And, because it never gets old, a look back to the Gay Gordons in 2014. Yes, not strictly disco, but we were in Glasgow.

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  • John Marriott 16th Sep '18 - 9:54am

    Here’s my three:

    The party’s chances
    Elvis Presley. “It’s now or never”.
    Where it is at the moment
    Steelers Wheel. “Suck in the Middle with you”

    and one for all those Brexiteers
    The Moody Blues. “Go now”.

    I don’t suppose you can dance to them; but they just about sum up where we are at the moment.

  • Jayne Mansfield 16th Sep '18 - 11:20am

    @ John Marriott,
    Wasn’t ‘Stuck in the middle with you’, the background music playing as the coalition ministers were sadistically torturing those who played no part in causing the recession?

  • John Marriott 16th Sep '18 - 11:46am

    Hi, Jayne,
    You are probably right. By the way, sorry for omitting that ‘t’ – must check my stuff more carefully! I wonder whether any other LDV contributors would like to share their favourites. I suppose most of them are too busy enjoying Conference at the moment to indulge in such frivolities.

  • John Marriott 16th Sep '18 - 2:14pm

    @David Raw
    You’d struggle to dance to that one. Keeping to the same artist and knowing your present location, what about “Stop your tickling, Jock”?

  • Jack Graham 16th Sep '18 - 2:23pm

    Doesn’t exactly inspire a contemporary vision of the LibDems as the party for the future. The newest track above is Modjo – Lady (here me tonight), chosen by Layla Moran and that was released about 20 years ago.

    I’ve just retired. and long ago abandoned the idea of hanging onto the the music of my youth, in preference to connecting with the current generations by embracing really exciting contemporary artistes. You lightheartedly make me think of the singalongs of my parents generation around the piano. ‘Roll out the Barrel’, ‘It’s a Long Way to Tipperary’ .

    I also love the way the term disco is used, really very quaint, disco as a genre went into decline in about 1980.

    On a serious note, is there any connection between this hanging on to the past and LibDem politics, it is a generational thing?

  • David Evans 16th Sep '18 - 4:17pm


    On a serious note, there is very little of past Lib Dem politics to hang onto – it having been comprehensively destroyed by Generation Clegg. Still, I hope they have as much fun as we did building it up to 60+ MPs again, and maybe they will learn one lesson from the oldies and not let the next new thing leadership trash in five short years what they had built in fifty long years building up.

  • Jayne Mansfield 16th Sep '18 - 6:11pm

    @ Jack Graham,
    Given that ‘Stuck in the middle of you’ was chosen as the background music, for the scene in the cult movie , Reservoir Dogs, where a sadist tortures a policeman, John Marriotts’s suggestion is brilliant, and the younger members of my family and their friends would consider him ‘cool’ for his suggestion despite the age of the music.

    Tarantino explained his very specific choice of the music, it was to make the audience complicit in the violence perpetrated, by tapping along to it’s catchiness, have fun watching the sadist ‘s dance, so that when the mood becomes darker, it is too late, we are already complicit.

    @ John Marriott,
    Sorry John I suspect that I have taken a liberty, and you never intended to be brilliant and ‘cool ‘ for the reasons I describe, but some of us still have a problem coming to terms with the complicity we feel when we look at the damage caused by coalition policies.

  • David Raw 16th Sep ’18 – 1:44pm….I always thought Harry Lauder’s, ‘ Keep Right on to the End of the Road’ was fitting during the Coalition….

    Not a bad choice but, as you mentioned Pete Seeger, I suggest his oldie, ” Waist Deep in the Big Muddy”…

  • Very interesting. Always tempting to try to draw conclusions about a persons politics from their taste in music. The play list does suggest we are well on the way to being a movement of moderates.
    Can I respectfully suggest : Lola’s Theme – The Shapeshifters
    Rather Be – Clean Bandit
    Good Feeling – Flo Rida

    Suitable for a party which is passionate, intelligent but not afraid to be edgy.

  • Jack Graham 16th Sep '18 - 7:04pm

    @ David Evans.

    I very much doubt many will work for a qny cause for 50 years going forward. We now live in an instant gratification MySpace, Facebook, Twitter, What’s App, Instagram world, which only maintain the interest of their participants until the next platform comes along. Most of the current generation would probably ask what My Space is, took the world by storm 2003, practically a dead platform standing by 2010. The instant rocketing of political party memberships as in Momentum, or Peoples Vote campaigns, are just a manifestation of the same thing, bought today, forgotten tomorrow.

    I fancy the politics of the future will have a similar attention span, which probably begs the question how any political parties will manage to organise an effective campaigning at all with such flaky transient support.

  • Sean Hyland 16th Sep '18 - 7:47pm

    Is it not sometimes better to leave the “politics” at the door when going to a dance event/ disco. Personally I just want to have a good time, relax, and leave the worries of the world behind for a few hours.

    We are blessed with a history of creative individuals and groups in the UK in various musical genre. I sometimes just want to hear something that gets me up and moving no matter what year it’s from. There is a time for music to be powerful/moving/ “political” and a time to “kick off your shoes” and “dance as it you just don’t care”.

  • Innocent Bystander 16th Sep '18 - 9:58pm

    Nat King Cole, my favourite singer, gave us “The Party’s Over, It’s Time to Call it a Day”.
    Not appropriate here, of course.

  • Indeed Jack, Very, very few manage 50 years. Probably an average lifespan of a serious activist is 10 – 15 years, those that last 30 years are very much the exception, and more than that are the true troopers, especially if they haven’t been lucky enough to get the break in a by-election and become an MP in a seat you can hold, or the benefit of a peerage from a grateful leader.

    I just heard today that Beth Graham has just died, after being a stalwart of the party for over 60 years. She stood for parliament at the age of 24 and represented her local area on the Council for 37 years, before retiring at the age of 84. Her sister Claire Brooks nearly won Skipton for us in 1974 but came up 590 votes short. They were both superb liberals, but never received the recognition they deserved form the party hierarchy. They are true heroines of Liberalism.

  • John Marriott 17th Sep '18 - 9:27am

    Methinks Messrs Cory and Walter have missed the point. My idea for starting off this thread was to indulge in a bit of topical irony, which most of the less reverential LDV contributors have followed. Given their choices, with the exception of Barry White, the rest are alien to me, which shows you, when it comes to the modern stuff, just how out of date I am.

    Finally, just to prove that the New Wave didn’t entirely pass me by, please allow me to address Sean Hyland and all those world weary activists seeking relief from life’s injustices. It’s from Aussie band ‘Mental as Anything’ and the chorus goes like this:

    ‘Hey yeah, you with the sad face
    Come up to my place and live it up
    You beside the dance floor
    What do you cry for let’s live it up’

    What a great song!

  • How about the following

    A Taste of Honey – Boogie Oogie Oogie
    Pasadenas – Tribute
    Level 42 – Heaven in my Hands

    Get me dancing amongst many others.

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