#63 – NYE 2018

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About a week ago, after remembering my NYE 2017 radio show, had an urge to do it all over again – but this time for 6 hours! One phone text later, I had the gig. I spent an evening designing and creating a promo’-poster. With the poster all over social media ( # # ), I then spent 5 hours poring thru my entire music collection (listening to 2 second snippets of 8,000+ songs) to ensure they fitted the theme and filled the 6 hours.

Extra: 17yo Grant Harvie was given a grand opportunity to DJ with me last night. His mum requested I add a few KISS songs, I asked if she would loan a CD, and before I could blink, she had negotiated her son into a regular, wait, wait, one time only, wait, wait … Grant got to help me out for a few hours. Seems he enjoyed himself. Won’t tell him just yet that not every night is like NYE. Pizza and drinks is once a year. But he is very welcome to be a DJ again. (Aiming for early February 2019)

With 220 songs chosen for the evening, here are the 79 songs (including a lot of [requests]) that made it on air:

  • Let’s Get It Started – Black Eyed Peas
  • Rio – Duran Duran [Requested by Kevin Riggs]
  • Solid Rock – Goanna
  • Celebration – Dragon
  • Smells Like Teen Spirit – Nirvana [Grant Harvie was given 5 minutes to tell us about Nirvana. Pretty impressive!]
  • Pour Some Sugar On Me – Def Leppard
  • Great Balls Of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
  • Freedom – Noiseworks
  • Run – Foofighters
  • Automatic – Pump It Up
  • Black Eyed Peas – Pump It
  • You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones
  • Creep – Radio Head
  • Somebody That I Used To Know – Goyte [Grant Harvie]
  • God Save The Queen – Sex Pistols [Grant Harvie / Kevin Riggs]
  • Fall Down – Jebediah
  • Symphony – Clean Bandit
  • New Years Eve – U2 [A late change to the playlist after discovering that Grant admitted not knowing U2.]
  • Chunky Chunky Air Guitar – The Whitlams
  • Broken Arrow – Avicii
  • Blaze Of Glory – Bon Jovi [Grant Harvie gave us an amusing anecdote explaining why his family don’t like Bon Jovi. Ask him, he tells it well!]
  • Live It Up – Mental As Anything
  • I Was Made For Loving You – KISS [Kerryn Harvie]

    Kissed b ya Queen
    A parody image created by Stephen Mitchell, ezCREATE Productions, on 01-Jan-2019
  • American Idiot – Green Day
  • Legs – ZZ Top [Allan Henderson. Showed me his legs. So I added this to playlist. His jawdropped that I was able to get it on air before he left the room.]
  • Fortunate Son – Creedance Clearwater Revival
  • Rock And Roll All Night – KISS [Kerryn Harvie]
  • Girls On Film – Duran Duran
  • Highway To Hell – AC/DC
  • Shine – Collective Soul
  • Only Happy When It Rains – Garbage
  • Heroes – David Bowie
  • Paradise City – Guns And Roses
  • Man I Feel Like A Woman – Shania Twain [Iris Noyce]
  • Let’s Put The X In Sex – KISS [Kerryn Harvie actually asked for ‘Shout it Out Loud’, yet I bet she was OK with this choice!]
  • Neutron Dance – The Pointer Sisters
  • Dancing In The Street – Martha Reeves And The Vandellas
  • Dancing In The Dark – Bruce Springsteen
  • Time Warp – Rocky Horror Picture Show
  • All Out Of Love – Air Supply [Tonya Chenoweth’s single sister]
  • Simply Irresistible – Robert Palmer [Weird coincidence]
  • Wish You Were Here – Pink Floyd [Kevin riggs]
  • Oye Como Va – Santana [Kevin Riggs. Stopped halfway thru. Was a bit slow for a NYE night!]
  • Bohemian Rhapsody – Queen
  • Run For Cover – The Killers
  • Touch Me – The Doors
  • Set Fire To The Rain – Adele
  • Underneath The Radar – Underworld
  • True – Spandau Ballet
  • Sultans Of Swing – Dire Straits [Kevin Riggs]
  • Mack The Knife – Bobby Darrin [Kevin asked for Ella‘s version. Best I could find.]
  • It’s Still Rock And Roll To Me – Billy Joel
  • Real Wild Child – Iggy Pop
  • Super Stylin’ – Groove Armada

At this point all the other presenters invaded the console to make their requests. This proved to be fun and educational.

  • Star Trekkin’ – The Firm [David Kifoghorn Goble]
  • Bat Out Of Hell – Meatloaf [Iris Noyce]
  • Wake Me Up Before You Go Go – Wham [Iris Noyce]
  • Saturday Night – Cold Chisel [Peter Fuller]
  • Slice Of Heaven – Dave Dobbyn [Peter Fuller]

Thanks guys, some great songs there – but back to my selection…

  • That’s What I Like – Bruno Mars
  • Warrior – Demi Lovato
  • Thunder – Imagine Dragons
  • Roar – Katy Perry
  • Told You So – Paramore
  • Havana – Camila Cabelo
  • Runaway – Galantis
  • Sign Of The Times – Harry Styles

Ok, that’s the ‘year-2010+’ released songs all are out of the way.

Funny moment: Walshy Walsh appeared in the station. He’d been partying at Amadio Wine KI and wandered by wondering why the station lights were on. He wandered back to the frivolity at Amadio’s. He clearly was having a grand night!

  • Am I Ever Gonna See Your Face Again? – The Angels
  • Boys Will Be Boys – The Choirboys
  • Walk This Way – Aerosmith
  • You Can’t Touch This – MC Hammer [For my young sons!]
  • Cheap Wine – Cold Chisel [Brett ‘Haggie’ Hagerstrom]
  • Young Years – Dragon
  • Living Years – Mike And The Mechanics
  • Up Around The Bend – Creedance Clearwater Revival [Brett ‘Haggie’ Hagerstrom]

THE NEW YEAR IS ALMOST HERE! So I chose a song that started in 2018 and ended in 2019…

  • Happy New Year – ABBA

Whilst it played we were outside watching the Amadio revelers stagger around yelling ‘HAPPY NEW YEAR!’ each other and spray champagne. So I did the same of our remainder of our champagne. Hilarity ensued as a car drove by. Nobody was damaged in the pursuit of our happiness.

  • Ride The Night Away – Jimmy Barnes
  • Follow The Sun – Xavier Rudd
  • Kiss This Thing Goodbye – Del Amitri

Wow, that fun! With the few requests made prior & during the night, it went exceedingly well. Betting you all enjoyed all six hours!

BIG thanks to Iris Noyce, Peter Fuller, David Goble, Mike Cosgrove and Allan Henderson for staying most of the night with me – and making it a laugh a minute. (Explaining the occasional dead air!)

MASSIVE thanks to Amadio Wines for the free bottle of champagne – and the free stage show across the road. Yeah, we watched your revelers come in the new year yelling about it – totally hilarious!

Favorite quote of the night:
“YOU are now the NYE radio presenter, this is gonna happen EVERY YEAR!”
~ Peter Fuller

Looking forward to NYE2019! PS. Check out my NYE 2017 playlist.

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