For many of us, it’s hard to wrap our heads around the fact that the late 90’s and the early 2000’s are considered “retro” or “nostalgic.” But they are, at least by the kids who frequent dance clubs these days. Which makes the return of Club Massive, (which brought some of the hottest dance clubs of that era together a few times a year back in the day) so momentous. A reunion of sorts for these promoters, the event features different rooms representing 10+ dance parties from the past, each with markedly different playlists– from 80’s new wave and pop (Beat It, Clockwork Orange) to brit pop, mod and 60’s sounds (Cafe Bleu, Shout!) to goth and darkwave (Helter Skelter, Coven 13) to industrial and techno (Sinamatic, Perversion) to disco and cheesy pop (Velvet) to indie and electroclash (Bang, Synthetic). We asked the DJs helming each room at this Friday the 13th/ unoffical pre-Cruel World festival event to give us an idea of what to expect Friday night by sharing the top 5 essential tracks they’ll be spinning in each themed room. Hot tip: if you put all these songs together on a Spotify or iTunes playlist, it makes for a pretty great pre-game soundtrack for the wicked weekend ahead.

JASON FARBER (Coven 13/Helter Skelter)

“F.T.F.” – TR/ST

“Beat and the Pulse” – Austra

“Dominion” – Sisters of Mercy

“Red Light” – Siouxsie and the Banshees

“Swamp Thing” – The Chameleons

 

SHALYCE BENFELL (Café Bleu/Shout!)

“There’s No Other Way” – Blur

“Animal Nitrate”-  Suede

“Babies”-  Pulp `

“The Only One I Know” –  The Charlatans

“Connection” – Elastica

 

BRUCE PERDEW (Velvet)

“Dancing Queen” – Abba

“These Boots Are Made For Walking” – Nancy Sinatra

“Summer Nights” – Grease Soundtrack

“Video Killed The Radio Star” – The Buggles

“Lovefool” – The Cardigans

 

DJ ROBERT LOCKERBY (Beat it /Clockwork Orange)

“Dancing with Myself” – Billy idol

“Blue Monday” – New Order

“I Melt With You” – Modern English

“Into the Groove” – Madonna

“When Doves Cry” – Prince

 

JASON LAVITT (Sin-a-matic /Perversion)

“Get Down Make Love” – Nine Inch Nails

“Firestarter” – Prodigy

“Sex on Wheelz” – My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult

“I Sit On Acid “- Lords of Acid

“Cowgirl”- Underworld

 

DJ JEFFREY (Bang!/Synthetic)

“Date with the Night” – The Yeah Yeah Yeah’s

“Deceptacon” – Le Tigre

“Common People” – Pulp

“Glass Danse” – The Faint

“Reptilia” – The Strokes

 

Club Massive at Catch One Nightclub, 4067 W. Pico Blvd. West L.A., Fri., May 13, 9 p.m.- 3 a.m. http://catch.one/events

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