You may (or may not) have heard about this chap (left with the DeLorean) who travels the country playing feel-good party hits from across the decades to adoring crowds.
He’s called Hot Dub Time Machine (he’s also known as DJ Tom Loud) and once again through the middle of next month, he’ll be hitting the road for a series of parties for a non-stop look at some of the biggest anthems of the past 60 years.
To celebrate the tour, we asked the time travelling DJ to give us his favourite top ten pop songs of all time.
Here’s the list, some links to the videos and a little explanation as to why they make the grade.
01. Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode (1958)
My favourite ’50s pop song. It’s so fresh, funky and ageless. At Hot Dub we match it up with “actual footage of Chuck Berry” which may actually be Michael J Fox in ‘Back to the Future’.
02. The Beatles – Twist And Shout (1963)
Probably one of the most perfect pop songs ever written. The best bit, of course, is the “build-up” in the middle that has inspired dance music producers ever since!
03. The Supremes – Can’t Hurry Love (1966)
This is a song that drops as hard today as it did in the ’60s. It has a bassline that grabs you from the start, then Diana Ross kills it. My favourite songs have very long choruses, songs that you want to sing along the WHOLE time. This is one of those songs.
04. Stevie Wonder – Superstition (1972)
Definitely one of my favourite songs ever made. I think this is one of those rare songs that really EVERYONE loves, and I’ve never been at a party that couldn’t be improved by it being played. Yes, even the serious techno parties I used to attend. Come on tech DJs, drop a little bit of Stevie.
05. The Weather Girls – It’s Raining Men (1983)
I love everything about this song: it’s fast, funny and funky (just like Hot Dub Time Machine!) Best lyric: “god bless mother nature; she’s a single woman too.”
06. Whitney Houston – I Wanna Dance With Somebody (1987)
Here’s a song that has aged far better than anyone expected. I was quite young when it came out, but I was old enough to regard it with cool disregard. But I was wrong! It’s a song that still sounds so good. The sounds and production are joyous and technically quite amazing! But what really matters is that most people (well okay, most women) regardless of when they were born will rush the dancefloor and sing along at the top of their lungs: The true sign of a great pop song
07. Madonna – Like A Prayer (1988)
If I miss this song, I have to leave the venue by the back door, or I’ll get bashed. And I understand why: it’s the best Madonna song, and it’s such a fun song to sing along to. I HEAR YOU CALL MY NAME!! AND IT FEELS LIKE HOME…
08. Will Smith – Gettin’ Jiggy With it (1997)
We love some Fresh Prince at Hot Dub Time Machine, and if we’re not doing the ‘Jump-on-it’ dance (www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrE9n6tI9Rw) we’re grooving out to this banger. Its got perfect tempo and groove for booty wiggles, and it’s so damn funky.
09. Heather Small – Proud (1999)
This is a song that I rediscovered recently but haven’t fitted into Hot Dub yet. But I will. It’s such a wonderful, feel good song that has such a heart. Heather Small was the singer for M-People, most often know for dance songs like ‘Movin’ On Up,’ but this song shows how much more she can do. It even ends with a gospel choir. If I wrote music, every song I made would have a gospel choir.
10. Hayden James – Something About You (2015)
We are in a golden age of Australian Music. It it’s young, flume-influenced, electronic music producers that have created it. From Peking Duk, to What So Not, Anna Lunoe, Touch Sensitive and Chet Faker, there is brilliant, interesting and original pop songs coming from our country. And this song by Hayden James may be my favourite. My 2 year old daughter loves it. My wife loves it. My mum loves it. It’s that rare thing: a great, truly original pop song.
Hot Dub Time Machine plays the following dates from the middle of next month;
May 14 : Sydney (Metro Theatre)
May 23 : Brisbane (The HiFi)
May 29 : Perth (Villa)
June 05 : Melbourne (The HiFi)
June 19 : Darwin (Discovery)
June 26 : Hobart (Republic Bar)
Info and tickets from www.hotdubtimemachine.com
You can also catch him playing nationally with Groovin’ The Moo later this month.