One of the funniest – and most revealing questions on The Writing Desk is – “Who’s the artist who’ll make you put down your pint at a party, neck the remains of your glass of fizz, throw caution to the wind – and get you up and dancing?
For your festive delectation, here’s what my esteemed guests replied…
Demian Farnworth | Copyblogger
Anyone who spins electro or drum and bass.
Jo Ciriani | Spaghetti Agency
Justin Timberlake. I’m not a teenage girl, honestly. I love dancing to R&B, hip hop, and rap. Anything with a cool bass line usually does the trick, too.
Andy Maslen | Author and MD Sunfish
Sian M. Lewis | Writer, Stylist and Wannabe Novelist
Daljit Nagra | Poet
Jewish wedding music. I love the communal hands-holding in a circle and running in and out, going ‘whoah’.
Henneke Duistermaart | Enchanting Marketer
I’ve not found that artist yet!
Katherine Wildman | Haydn Grey
Gat Décor’s ‘Passion’ is pretty much a guarantee. I’d probably cry too. New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ is also an anthem that must never be ignored. Ditto Born Slippy by Underworld and all things ever by Depeche Mode and The Killers. There was an advert by Clark’s shoes with a little girl dancing alone on a dance floor. She’s my spirit animal.
Vicky Fraser | Copywriter
Sir Mix-A-Lot’s Baby Got Back. So I can do the Big Butts Dance. No, really. Or possibly something really cheesy like ABBA.
Steve Chambers | Scriptwriter
The Four Tops.
Sally Ormond | Briar Copywriting
I do love a bit of the 80s – Duran Duran, Eurythmics, Soft Cell and anything with a decent beat. Oh, almost forgot – definitely Love Shack by the B-52s.
Dan Hanks | TenOhSeven
Muse. Although I haven’t been near a dance floor in ages so it’s probably best I’m not encouraged to get up on one now, because it wouldn’t be pretty.
Nigel Woollsey | Cardinal Copywriting
Tom Jones – Although it is incredibly rare that I actually dance. If I do it’s normally a good indicator that I’ve had too much to drink – consequently, my dancing could be best described as…interpretive…
Joanne Dolezal | Dolezal Consulting
Shalimar. Or early Michael Jackson.
Mike Garner | Branding with Words
Dancing? There’s a concept; probably The Rolling Stones.
Sarah Turner | Turner Ink
I love dancing and absolutely need no encouragement to hit the dance floor. Any old school dance classic will get me raving. I’m going to say Dreamer by Livin’ Joy, Show me Love by Robin S or something like Alison Limerick’s Where Love Lives.
Although I absolutely love One Direction too. I went to see them in concert last year and cried when they came on stage. What can I say? It was an emotional moment.
Vikki Ross | Vikki Ross Writes
Wait, can I have two? Prince.
Beth Townsend | Bee Copy
I’m not a dancer. I’m making myself sound really boring but I guess it’s a self-conscious thing. However, I will be as close to up there as I get when anything Libertines-related is played. It’s not really dancing but it’s as good as I’m going to give.
Joanna Weibe | Copyhackers & AirStory
Well, the song Come On Eileen – no question. I’m up.
Beyoncé is also a no-brainer.
Sarah Russell | Copywriter
I love dancing so pretty much anything will do it. But if pushed I’d say Born Slippy by Underworld.
Claudia Benetello | Dropinka
Back in the days, it used to be The Prodigy. Today, I’d say Daft Punk.
Eleanor O’Neill | Founder of STUDY 34
Absolutely nobody, I hate the dance floor…
Tom Albrighton | ABC Copy
Stick ‘Panic’ by The Smiths on and you might get a result.
Cat Roberts-Young | Marketing copywriter
Pretty much any! I’ve been known to dance to TV theme tunes and ringtones.
Catherine Every | Pippin Consultancy
Deee-Lite’s Groove is in the Heart in public. Beyonce’s Crazy in Love in private.
Belinda White | Arttia Creative
Stone Roses or Abba
Mark Grainger | Copywriter
Haddaway. What is Love? is an absolute tune and deserves to be danced to. Usually I’m the one who requested it mind.
Jim O’Connor | Stories that Sell
Stones, or Creedence Clearwater Revival
Jamie Thomson | Brand New Copy
I’m not much of a dancer but say hypothetically that the DJ was to drop a bit of Right Said Fred, there’s a chance that my little tush might indeed shake.
Graeme Piper | DropCapCopy
I was a massive fan back in the 80s, so it would be Bon Jovi, specifically ‘Livin’ On A Prayer’. The last time this occurred was my brother-in-law’s wedding reception three years ago. Regrettably, there is photographic evidence of this doing my best guitar face. Needless to say, there was copious amounts of free alcohol involved.