Tango Argentino > Dancing Tango to non-Tango tracks

Discussion in 'Tango Argentino' started by Dave Bailey, Feb 21, 2008.

  1. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    I love doing this - there are loads of great tracks out there which are ideal for Tango.

    For example, Michael Jackson's "Whatever Happens" is fantastic. Also, Maroon 5's "Secret"

    Any other suggestions?
  2. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    Bob Marley's - Get Up Stand Up
    Sarah Vaughan's - Whatever Lola Wants
    Louis "Sachmo" Armstrong's - Kiss of Fire
    Carmen: L'amour Est Un Oiseau Rebelle

    I have Maroon 5's Secret and shall listen to it again with tango in mind.

    Good thread DB
  3. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    I thought that one was a tango track..? :confused:

    A couple of others:
    Kirsty MaColl - "England 2 Colombia 0" ( :D )
    Touch and Go - "Tango in Harlem", and also (I think, though I've never tried it) "Straight to Number One"
  4. Twirly

    Twirly New Member

    There are quite a few websites that list non-tango tunes for tango. Have you had a look at Steve Morrall's suggestions on http://www.tangouk.co.uk/tangodjukebox.htm ? Some of them are quite good.

    Personally, at this stage I don't really like dancing to non-tango. But maybe I will again. It has a completely different feel and encourages a different style of dancing. Almost feels like a different dance. Apart from the style of dancing you're into it really depends on your mood and maybe most of all your partner.
  5. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    No, I hadn't seen those - thanks for the link.

    I see he's got "Secret" :) - I'll have a listen to [SIZE=-1]Alison Moyet's "Almost Blue" [/SIZE][SIZE=-1]and Natalie Imbruglia's "Leave Me Alone" also. Yum.[/SIZE]
  6. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    You can dance to any piece of music. But whether or not it captures the feeling of tango--that's a separate issue, and often very individual.
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  7. bastet

    bastet Active Member

    Thanks for the link. I have a number of those in my collection.( Never thought I'd like a band with the name Massive Attack but there it is...)

    I like Souad Massi (Ghir Enta is my favorite) and if you like dancing to songs with an Eastern feel like that...try Candan Ercetin - I've got Meger and Kaybettik. Anlatma Sakin has also been a popular track.

    Other interesting songs to tango to:

    Martina Topley-Bird: Sandpaper Kisses

    Tom Waits is always an intriguing choice: Clap Hands, Little Drop of Poison

    17 Hippies: Marlene

    and a favorite of mine: Goran Bregovic: Maki Maki, Hop Hop Hop, This Is A Film and also To Nie Ptak
  8. bastet

    bastet Active Member

    Those are both fun ones...:)
  9. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    "Tango in Harlem" is one of my favorites to dance to. "Straight to Number One" is awesome, too. I saw a performance to that, and it was fantastic.
  10. Connecting_The_Dots

    Connecting_The_Dots New Member

    In the Deathcar - Iggy Pop´╝ĆGoran Bregovic (Arizona Dream soundtrack)

    Yumeji's Theme - Umebayshi Shigeru (In the Mood for Love soundrack)

    Apocalyptica plays Metallica by Four Cellos - Nothing Else Matters
  11. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    I also like "Inertia Creeps" by Massive Attack...very driving, almost feels like a vals in the way it swirls and drives.

    Also by Candan Ercetin..."Melek."
  12. nucat78

    nucat78 Active Member

    I danced American tango to "Thriller". I thought the teacher was nuts at first, but it worked. Doubt you could dance Argentine to that though.
  13. bastet

    bastet Active Member

    thanks- Melek is on iTunes...so I'll check it out!

    I've got Teardrop and Inertia Creeps...and if you like those you should like Sandpaper Kisses...very floaty and sad sounding, angsty...
  14. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    You could dance AT to it...wouldn't be very AT-ish, but you could certainly dance AT to it.
  15. Heather2007

    Heather2007 New Member

    A slow salon to Nora Jones' Come Away With Me and Don't Know Why
  16. Dave Bailey

    Dave Bailey New Member

    Hmmmm.... might be worth a try. The "Night creatures call / And the dead start to walk in their masquerade" bit is a good bit of musicality. But, nahh, thinking about it, it's a bit staccato...
  17. Joe

    Joe Well-Known Member

    Like that's ever stopped anyone. :p
  18. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    Oh, hell. Certainly it wouldn't stop me. So long as there's someone else around who can lead, and will lead...I'll follow pretty much anyone, to any music, in just about any location. Don't care...it's a chance to dance AT. I'm just easy that way.
  19. Peaches

    Peaches Well-Known Member

    Was reminded of some of my odder favorites just now while driving...
    • "All Mixed Up" by 311.
    • "Big Love Adagio" by Bond.
    • "London Bridge" by Fergie.
    • "Buttons" by The P*ssycat Dolls.
    • "The Distance" by Cake.
    • "Teardrop" by Massive Attack.
    • "Cleopatra in New York" by Nickodemus.
    • "Eye of the Duck" and "Kidda" by Natacha Atlas.
    • "Imposible" and "La Foto del Escarabajo" by La Chicana.
    • "Dame tu Fuerza" by Fortuna.
    • "People Everyday" by Arrested Development.
    • "Mentiras" and "Izquitos" by Dublex, Inc.
    • "Fallin'" by Alicia Keys.
    • "Balamouk" and "Cioara" by Les Yeux Noirs.
    • "Aicha" by Khaled.
    • "Boom Boom Ba" by Metisse.
    • "Via con Me" by Paolo Conte.
    Edit to add: Recently added to the favorites, stolen from a thread on the ballroom forum: "The Truth" by Si*Se.
  20. MaggieB

    MaggieB New Member

    AHA! I LOVE when you "guys" do something like this!

    My husband and I host a milonga each Sunday evening in Richmond, VA and we always play "alternative" mainstream tango mixed in later in the night... it is fun and people like to play. I have a lot of the ones mentioned but I will definitely look for those I don't!

    Some websites you will want to check out are:
    http://www.tangopulse.net/neotango_zone_snippets.htm and

    We use a number of songs listed on these sites!

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