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Reception Music List

The music selection for the reception kept getting pushed to farther and farther back back burners as more critical tasks had to be taken care of in the days leading up to the wedding. The night before, John and his sisters Brooke and Erika stayed up until after 4:00 am while Beth worked diligently on the last of the brideswomen necklaces, putting together the CDs from their large collection of music. John likes to explain that at least part of the eclectic selection stands due to John's "high on sleep deprivation," but surely a good portion was also due to deliberate choice on his part.

Disc 1 | Disc 2 | Disc 3 | Disc 4

Disc 1

  1. The Wedding March (Queen, from the Flash Gordon soundtrack)
    Perhaps the only piece of traditional music John selected, this rendition nevertheless stands apart for its futuristic electric guitar performance that originally appeared in the wedding of Dale Ardent to Ming the Merciless.

  2. La Femme d'Argent (Air, from the album Moon Safari)
    From John's category "Electronic Ambiance of Love," this selection from French synth band Air is John and Beth's "song." We're not quite sure who the "woman of money" referred to is, however.

  3. Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffet, from the album Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes)
    How can you have a tropical wedding celebration without Jimmy Buffet and perhaps his most famous of songs?

  4. The Rain (Where Do I Begin?) (Si Sé, from the album Luaka Bop)
    John heard the band Si Sé perform on a BBC World Service broadcast a few years ago and really enjoyed their nuevo latino sound. Beth really enjoys Latin music, and this song is far more unique (not to mention un-obnoxious) than the traditional Macarena.

  5. The Second Element Part I (Sarah Brightman, from the album Dive)
    The nautical theme of Dive and the second element (water) symbolism made this song by modern diva Sarah Brightman a natural choice.

  6. Summer '68 (Pink Floyd, from the album Atom Heart Mother)
    The first of the truly "odd" choices, John chose this song mainly for its brassy tune--a rarity amongst Pink Floyd music--but surely also included it to see how many people would listen to the lyrics. The song tells the rueful story of a band member who's had a one-night-stand with a groupie whose name he never even learned.

  7. Hungry Like the Wolf (Duran Duran, from the album Greatest)
    Ah, the first of many 80's tracks included, and though chosen for the music moreso than the lyrics, surely the theme would seem at least somewhat inappropriate.

  8. Minasoko ni Nemure (The Thrill, from the Blue Submarine #6 soundtrack)
    This big-band backed (Japanese band "The Thrill" features 40 members!), jazz-club sultry song offers a selection very apt for both the tropical wedding theme--the title roughly translates as "Sleep at the Bottom of the Sea"--and a message of love.

  9. House of the Rising Sun (The Animals, from the album The Animals Is Here)
    Although John loves the music and emotion of this particular track, those who listen closely will wonder what a song about a man regretting spending his money and life in a New Orleans brothel is doing at a wedding!

  10. Star Wars Disco Medley (Meco, from the album Star Wars and Other Galactic Funk)
    Brooke provided this disco-themed medley of Star Wars music that Beth had said "ought to be the first song of the party."

  11. I Ran (So Far Away) (Flock of Seagulls, from the album A Flock of Seagulls)
    How can you include 80's music without the signature Flock of Seagulls tune? Its placement immediately after ten-plus minutes of Star Wars disco may indeed be suggestive...

  12. Live and Let Die (Guns 'n Roses, from the album Use Your Illusion I)
    Beth finds this version far superior to the original by Paul McCartney and Wings, and how can you have a wedding reception without a touch of Axl Rose?

  13. Castlevania (I) Medley (The Minibosses)
    Tan introduced John to the band Minibosses, who play a mix of classic Nintendo game tunes (and do so very, very well.) The track seems utterly appropriate given the inclusion of 80's tunes, and besides, it rocks!

  14. Sexy Boy (Air, from the album Moon Safari)
    If "La Femme d'Argent" is John and Beth's theme as a couple, Beth says this track from the synth band Air is John's personal theme.

  15. Young Lust (Pink Floyd, from the album The Wall)
    What better song to follow up a track about a "sexy boy" than one featuring the lyrics, "I need a dirty woman?" The placement was certainly deliberate on John's part, and the song surely couldn't be misunderstood by the audience.

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