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How often do you play New York New York as the last song of the night?

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#1 Eskie

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:03 AM

It often surprises me how many DJs play Frank Sinatra-New York New York as the last track of the night, and it made me wonder how many and how often this is played as the last track?
For me I will only play it as the last track if the client requests it. Not that it's a bad record, far from it, it's just that in my opinion it's so predictable to play this as the last song, and I'd rather not be that predictable.
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:20 AM

Actually rarely play it as the very last track but usually at the end somewhere as it will get every one up. At my regular resident spot I play it because it is always asked for. I always finish there on No matter what (Boyzone) as it is the a special song for the restaurant owners and so it is a bit predictable. By own finishing track was always You,ll never walk alone but recently I have gone for something a bit different and stopped playing the same track. Recent tracks were: Katie Melua - Closest thing to Crazy, Tracks of My Tears Smokey Robinson, Sonny and Cher - I Got u Babe. I very rarely finish on fast or cheesey track - Mick

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:36 AM

There's no doubt about it - it works!

That said it is predictable, and therefore I try not to use it unless specifically asked for.

I try to work hard at slipping in unusual tracks (although popular) depending on the event and audience.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:52 AM

Think i have played it once in the middle of the evening in about 1983 and thats it. Dont understand why anyone would play it as a last song or why it would work so if someone would be kind enough to explain I would be grateful.
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:54 AM

I don't normally play it as a last song, if I play it it would be three or four from the end. I've never had it requested as one to end on, but I might depending on the night.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 11:06 AM

It's one of those DJ cliches! One of my buddies does this tune at the end of every gig, and I used to years ago.

Now, I tend to do Fly me to the moon by Frank Sinatra - much more classy bigstar.gif or if I want a fun ending, I use Ellis Hall - Flip flop fly (from Chicken run)! laugh.gif

Otherwise depends on the customers requirement.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 11:07 AM

I'm with the majority, i never play it as the last song, but its normally on some time in the last half hour. It has never failed to get a good response round these parts
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 11:56 AM

I play it as the last part of my set, i'll tell the punters its the last tune but for an encore i'll end with blues brothers, sweet caroline or the beatles.
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 12:02 PM

NYNY is one of several tracks that I can play as a full 4 minute version, a 3 minute version, or a 2 minute version - it gets air'd maybe once every couple of months at most.

Some of what goes towards its popularity for an Ender, I think is that it covers the desires of several different types of people who may be on the dancefloor at the end of the evening: EG:

*) Its "pace" is such that it can be a slowy, suitable for couples to do the "turn around slowly with your eyes shut while holding onto your partner" dance

*) its pace also means that it can be danced to by the "stand in a line or circle with your arms over the shoulders of your neighbours in the line/circle, while kicking your legs up" mob too.

*) It can be sung along to easily.

*) Its got a definate FINALÉ FINISH feel to the end of the track...eg: "its up to you Neeeew Yoooooorrrrrk, NEEEEEEWWWWWW YOOOOOOOOORRRRRRRK !"


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Posted 15 June 2005 - 12:03 PM

I generally don't play it at the end unless it's asked for, although there has been the odd ocassion that I have decided to play it with a request (so voted "Sometimes").

But I've never played it earlier in the evening (other than as diner/cocktail/reception music). If I play it at all, it's one of the last one or two songs.
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 02:35 PM

I only play it if requested.
Tend to play my slowies towards the end, then something uptempo to give them a good memory of the night and then as people are leaving put on 'goodnight sweetheart goodnight' by the spaniels. They sort of get the hint then.
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 02:53 PM

For me its only if requested.

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 03:41 PM

I've never played it at any point during a gig <runs>

I think it's because I was at too many parties in my 20's when it was ALWAYS the last song - I can't bring myself to play it at the end of the night because it's so predictable, and it's such a "last song" that I can't seem to fit it in anywhere else LOL.

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#14 FrankieJ

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Posted 15 June 2005 - 03:42 PM

I think its a good tune, but I rarely play it myself.

I did try "Time of my life" (Dirty Dancing Soundtrack) as the last song at my last wedding gig and Surprisingly went down very well. thumbup.gif
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 04:31 PM

if no specific request for any thing i play it as a default track although i agree it is predictable although i find elvis; the wonder of you works quiet well
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 04:51 PM

Can't say I've heard it !
.....but what do I know ?



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Posted 15 June 2005 - 06:06 PM

QUOTE (ADS Entertainments @ Jun 15 2005, 05:51 PM)
Can't say I've heard it !

Put your teeth back in and try saying it again! stupid.gif
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Posted 15 June 2005 - 10:01 PM

Great tune. Most people when drunk like a sing alone at the end. Everyone seems to know New York New york.. Its either that or American pie. Depends on the age group for me.

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Posted 16 June 2005 - 03:29 PM

if its a slowy they want i normally play brian adams everything i do(extended version) or david gray be mine or to finish on a quickie jackie wilson higher and higher or david gravy babylon


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Posted 16 June 2005 - 04:28 PM

USUALLY - But only for the over 40's
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Posted 17 June 2005 - 12:21 PM

It gets an airing sometimes.

Some of the gigs I've done for 18th/21st recently, by midnight (the end time) nearly all the guest have gone by 11pm to a night club just up the road!

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 02:00 PM

I like to give my clients the choice of last song - some do pick NY,NY.

There is another side to this as well, which was highlighted whilst I was packing up a few weeks ago:

'You didn't play New York'
'No-one asked for it'
'Didn't think we'd have to - thought you'd play it automatically'

Over the course of 20 mins I had this conversation with several guests who all assumed it would've been played.

So play it = predictable
Don't play it = why didn't you?
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Posted 03 July 2007 - 02:34 PM

not played it yet would do if it was requested,similar to paul saturday was the first time we have had it requested,about 10 minutes after we started packing up 533.gif

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Posted 03 July 2007 - 03:08 PM

QUOTE(DJ SPARKO @ Jun 15 2005, 05:31 PM) View Post

if no specific request for any thing i play it as a default track although i agree it is predictable although i find elvis; the wonder of you works quiet well



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Posted 03 July 2007 - 03:17 PM

I tend to only play it if I am doing a "party" night - By that I mean a corporate do, christmas party, possibly a birthday - but certainly not a wedding.

At weddings I always play the B&Gs first dance again, inviting everyone to join them finish as they started and they normally always love this idea.... Then I play Let There Be Love as the last song by Nat King Cole (normally quietly after midnight) coz it always stops the 1 more brigade AND everyone ends up singing or huming it on the way home......




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