The Surrey Top Ten


Wednesday, January 17th, 2007 — 2:02pm PST
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Fellow Crazy Canuck, JJ and I were talking about our hometown prior to the start of recording an episode of the podcast the other night. He mentioned his high school reunion, we giggled reminiscing about P.M.S. and s-l-a-y-o-R. Those familiar with school district 36 will know what we’re talking about.

The topic originated from a discussion about music played at certain clubs, which we don’t really patronize anymore but just the thought brings memories of more innocent days flooding back. Those songs that you’ve heard over the last decade while sharing pitchers, doing shots and getting your shoes all sticky on the disgusting dance floors of certain establishments. You know all the words, of course, you’ve heard the songs enough times and so has everyone else, and they make that quite evident by singing along at the top of their lungs. Because of these guilty pleasures, (come on, you know you sing along too) and the memories conjured just thinking about this post, I put together a little list. You don’t have to have feathered hair, wear tapered jeans or popeye pants to appreciate the pure cheese that follows:

Surrey Top Ten:
Pour Some Sugar On Me
Thunderstruck
Living On A Prayer
Sweet Home Alabama
Sweet Child Of Mine
Hurts So Good
Jessie’s Girl
Mony Mony
Sweet Caroline

Okay so there’s only 9, but I’ll leave number 10 up to you. These are the top songs you’ll hear when you head out on the town, mid-week (because hey, Wednesdays are wing nights) or on the weekends. People young and old sing along, and it’s either because a) you remember the songs and had the album when it came out, hung posters of the band on your wall and air guitared b) you remember going to these pubs and clubs and hearing these songs, over so many years, it reflects back on all those good times – and bad c) it’s just hilarious.

To add your pick for number 10 (Scorpion, Whitesnake, Vanilla Ice…oh boy!) feel free to comment or use the contact form. Thanks for letting me use ‘Surrey Top Ten’JJ!

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  1. Bradley says:

    too many to list! if you could only see my mp3 playlist, haha

    its over 2000 songs, and about 1800 are from the 80’s and early 90’s :geek:

  2. GZ Expat says:

    OK…so you are just a tad younger than I. But, if I were to add one from my generation…

    More Than A Feeling ; Boston

  3. J.J. says:

    ^ Yeaaaah! I love that song!

    Can’t forget another Bon Jovi classic – You Give Love A Bad Name

  4. Miss604 says:

    Another one to definitely get the ladies on the dance floor is Girls Just Want to Have Fun.

  5. Bradley says:

    BILLY JEAN

    or anything by Michael Jackson, DUH

  6. You know, this isn’t too far off from going to a wedding reception with a really bad DJ (or good DJ if you’re Bradley).

    Also brings up memories of going to prom. *shiver*

  7. Bradley says:

    hah @ “prom”

    its called GRAD up here buddy! jk

  8. J.J. says:

    haha! Anyone remember “November Rain” and “Stairway To Heaven” during school dances?

  9. Oh our cultural differences. It’s zany!

    Some one make a sitcom!

  10. Miss604 says:

    HAHA and if you were dancing with someone you didn’t like during November Rain, you’d leave when there’s that break in the song… like oh, I didn’t know it kept going after that, oh well.

    … or maybe that only happened to me 🙁

  11. Jenny says:

    Becky don’t pretend like you went to any dances and danced with boys.

  12. Miss604 says:

    You know I always went.

    …Cause I was usually on the committee that organized them…

  13. DaveO says:

    As an attendee of both L.A. Matheson and Frank Hurt, my fondest memories are the daily afternoon scrap on “the mound” except for fridays when there was “rumble” with William Beagle (the school, not the guy) at Moffat park. I recall dudes in Dayton boots polishing up their homemade nunchucks and brass knuckles in order to more effectively inflict woundage.

    As for music, while Judas f%$#ing Priest and Ozzy f%$#ing Osborne and Iron f&^%ing Maiden all ruled the school, the highlight was the tender moments of hearing “Stairway to Heaven” as the last song of *every* dance i ever went to during the early 80s. Yes nothing for touching than dudes coming from from swilling mickeys in the parking lot to feel up their significant other and awkwardly still trying to “double clutch” as the song’s tempo increased eventually degrading into an air guitar fest, meanwhile, the teacher supervisors stood by questioning their career choice.

    For my part, I put up with daily epiphets due to my insisitence that DOA and Dead Kennedys rocked harder (and were less uhhh, … gay) than Judas Priest and the rest of the cheesemetal ilk.

  14. Miss604 says:

    Beagle! See us good West Whalley kids didn’t take part in that

  15. Jenny says:

    Don’t forget scraps with North Surrey and Holy Cross. WW fights always went down at Mac’s, QE’s in the church parking lot. Who sang that song ..’all I want to do is be with you, deep and side I hope you feel it too….’ ?? That was a big one in Grade 8

  16. Miss604 says:

    Mr. Big – To Be With You?

  17. Bradley says:

    deep and side?

    deep INSIDE, haha.

    And yes its To Be With You – Mr. Big

    Its a good thing u are cute jenny

  18. Jenny says:

    I get by on my looks

    and cunning wit of course

  19. J.J. says:

    Geez, I don’t remember any scraps between us (Holy Cross) and QE. I thought we only fought with North Surrey.

  20. GZ Expat says:

    Alright…just to keep it all going here. Top 10 from high school…although I tended to listen to more jazz during that time…these were the ones they HAD to play at dances, etc.

    More Than a Feeling…Boston
    Renegade…Styx
    Hit Me With Your Best Shot…Pat Benatar
    Stairway To Heaven…Led Zeppelin
    Free Bird…Lynyrd Skynyrd
    I Love Rock n Roll…Joan Jett
    Down Under…Men At Work
    Cat Scratch Fever..Ted Nugent
    In The Air Tonight…Phil Collins
    Eruption/You Really Got Me…Van Halen

    I think the guy that plays music at the Canucks is probably the same guy that did tunes at my high school dances. It’s nearly the same music!!

  21. Miss604 says:

    From 30 Rock the other night:

    Tracy Jordan: I’m gonna make you a mix tape! You like Phil Collins?
    Jack: I got two ears and a heart don’t I?

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