Stone Age Romeos and Girls Dancing

Unsolved Bar Band Mysteries

The Husband and I had a particularly awesome date this weekend. Dinner at the Bonefish Grill (I struggled to choose between scallops, my favorite, and trout), then dancing at a nearby club. We hadn’t seen this band before, but any basic rock band that I can a) sing with and b) dance to is a pretty fun band for me.

Just one puzzling thing. Why do people LOVE the song Mustang Sally? I admit that that Sundance guy did it just about as well as I’ve ever heard it, but there’s just nothing compelling about this song for me when a rock n roll bar band does it. It is a little countrified, but I can howl “You Don’t Have to Call Me Darlin’” with the best of them (or worst), so that isn’t all of it. It’s a mystery.

Here’s another bar band mystery: whenever a band plays the Commodore’s “Brick House,” they also will always play (it’s a law) Wild Cherry’s “Play That Funky Music White Boy.” Both are awesome songs, highly danceable. But why do they always go together?

When the Husband’s rock band plays, the songs people inevitably dance for are (in order of level of chaos that breaks out and number of girls — and some guys — who flood the dance floor):
1. Def Leppard, “Pour Some Sugar on Me”
2. Guns ‘n Roses, “Sweet Child O Mine”
3. Cheap Trick, “I Want You to Want Me”

Also in the top ten most-danced-to are Sweet Emotion, Renegade, Walk This Way, and Paradise City.

Which brings me to our third and final mystery: Why is are the dancers typically 80% female?

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