Sunday, October 02, 2005
Cousin Martin, whose wedding we're going to later this month, has asked me the following question:

What songs are must-haves at wedding receptions?

This is a tricky one. The wedding reception DJ has a responsibility to please everyone, from slack-jawed teens who think that anything released before 1998 is ancient history to inebriated aunts who think anything released after 1978 is a racket in which you can't even understand what they're singing about. Then you have indie snobs like me who would rather be drowned in vomit than listen to the records DJs usually drag out of their dusty boxes on these occasions: 'Hi Ho Silver Lining', 'The Conga', 'Saving All My Love For You'. (Do they still play slowies at wedding discos? You certainly never hear them anywhere else these days.)

The question is made even more complicated by the fact that the groom is British and the bride American, and the guests will be divided along these national lines. For a UK wedding, you would be safe pulling out some pan-generational crowd-pleasers like Robbie's 'Angels', Oasis's 'Wonderwall' and Queen's 'Don't Stop Me Now'. But has anyone in the States heard these records? Goldie Lookin Chain's 'Your Missus is a Nutter' probably wouldn't go down very well, either. Conversely, the DJ, who is going to be American, I imagine, will baffle the Brits if he puts on... er, whichever artists are big in the States but unheard of over here. Gretchen Wilson? The Dave Matthews Band? The aptyl-named Panic at the Disco?

If it was my wedding, I would just plug in my iPod and put it on shuffle. Imagine the joy on the faces of the guests as Morrissey comes on for the eighth time, swiftly followed by Suede, the Killers, Razorlight and the Pixies.

But it's not my wedding, so here are some recommendations.

'Crazy in Love' Beyonce and Jay-Z
'Super Duper Love' Joss Stone (even though it's rubbish)
'Do You Want To?' Franz Ferdinand
Anything by the Beatles
'I Believe in a Thing Called Love' The Darkness

Can anyon else think of any must-have wedding numbers?