Overplayed songs in your scene

#21
Wow, seriously? Of course, we’re all entitled to our preferences, but this diss kinda sounds sacrilegious to me. This song is a true classic, in the best sense, and one of the most crucial pieces Tito Puente composed. I’m surprised it was ever over-played, I think many DJs tend to stay away from Latin jazz. I’d love to hear it played more!
Me too (the right tracks of course - which are not necessarily the rarest ones).
 
#22
*Fighting over second place*.


-There is a chance this song gets ok-ish later. I don't know though.
Never had the courage the go beyond 20 secs.

Edit: Ok, I cheated.
No one is evil enough to oveplay this monster of a thing.
I wouldn't listen to this at home or play it at a salsa night, but at least it's Latin and gets Colombians going crazy. In my book that makes it a hell of a lot better than any of the 'salsa for people who don't like Latin music' type non-salsa tunes that get rinsed because 'salsa.dancers' who don't like salsa music love doing turn patterns to them. (A depressing sight.)
 
#24
Hahaha, I like your attitude :)

Though you have to publicly name the "DJ" who plays that first song over and over so we can send him a petition to stop insulting salsa music (or maybe an "anonymous" link to this thread :p ). Seriously, if I was in that scene I'd (nicely at first, then not so nicely :p ) tell him that playing that song at a salsa night is called "ear poisoning". :p
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haha, I'm relatively new to the scene and wouldn't dare. I'm trying to request the dj into submission - from time to time i'll ask for salsa dura songs and he often keeps them in his playlist and they get played over and over again, HA! and, thankfully, there are also guest djs with different playlists. Also, this dj "built the scene" in the town years ago, so if anything, I'm grateful. The choice is not: good salsa or bad salsa, but mediocre salsa or no salsa. And "no salsa" is "no option" for me.

and honestly: what am I expecting? My regular salsa scene is a mid-size town in Austria, and I'm not talking Vienna. Most people simply do not care that much about salsa MUSIC, though some of them are technically advanced and can interpret songs quite well. There are only a few latinos around and most of them prefer to dance reaggeaton.

[Which reminds me of:


another gem that I get to hear. Every. time. All the times there are.]

Anyway: almost nobody speaks Spanish or grew up with latin sounds. While this is not a prerequisite for developing preferences / caring about the music, there seems to be less of an emotional connection to the music in my scene, compared with the one in which I started out in the US where the latin element felt more organic. Most people here don't mind horrible covers and like the English songs.

If I want to dance, I have to put up with the music, which is not always that bad. If I want the music, I'll cling to my salsa life support in my car and at home. I'm an improver myself, it's not my place to educate anyone on music preference, and I will take anything I get - if the song is so bad that I can't get lost in it, I can work on executing my turns better, or dance with beginners who don't notice the music anyway, frantically searching for the elusive 1,2,3 (shame on me for being so calculating :D ).

I will be moving to Vienna soon where there are more venues to choose from. :D I hope Usher'll forgive me.
 
#26
I don't get out that often. In last 4-5 years while the quality of dancing has been on the downward trend, the DJs are on upward trend. We have many different DJs and they all play pretty good salsa music - from obscure to common ones. But I am hard put to say if any particular song is being overplayed. Closest that would come to being overplayed would be "Ain't no sunshine" but I say that only because I heard it last three times I went out dancing (of which one was not a mambo event). In my scene you can either go to salsa night or mambo night. You can also go to a latin night which abound or cuban salsa nights, neither of which I go to or know much about. I don't go to salsa nights either (80% straight up salsa, 20% bachata, no reggaeton and almost no timba). I mostly go to mambo socials where we have both local and visiting DJs (our scene tends to get a lot of good visiting DJs every month).

*Fighting over second place*.
Thankfully *fingers crossed* I never hear above when I go out dancing, unless it is outdoors street salsa festival. I have observed these kinds getting thrown out more at the outdoors salsa events (which usually means one or two local bands playing with DJs music between the sets) and they are often hosted by non-regular organizers. They can be fun, but I don't find regular slot/linear dancers patronizing them (in last 5-6 years, use to be different before), unless it is one of the couple of big annual outdoor salsa events. Cuban dancers seem to come out more for the smaller outdoor salsa events.
 
#28
I actually like El Taxi believe it or not (a little bit anyway) - but at a salsa night? No way.
well, for keeping the - mostly younger - latino crowd happy and thus preserving the "latin dance" atmosphere the salsa night is sold on, the dj has to cater for them with these kinds of songs (including Ras Tas Tas, so I'm sorry, @Dissonant Harmony, I'M still the one who knocks!) later at night.
 
#29
Wow, seriously? Of course, we’re all entitled to our preferences, but this diss kinda sounds sacrilegious to me. This song is a true classic, in the best sense, and one of the most crucial pieces Tito Puente composed. I’m surprised it was ever over-played, I think many DJs tend to stay away from Latin jazz. I’d love to hear it played more!
I remember it being one of the songs that inspired me to start learning on2. Also heard it back in the day where I couldn't really distinguish well between all the music genres but this definitely stood out to me as being distinct. I don't think I hear this song enough either but maybe it's different for mambo-heavy venues.
 
#32
@DJ Yuca @lidiap @cachondea very interesting reaction to HK Mambo. I don't mind the marimba. It's the trumpets that sound absolutely garish, and garish is the most fitting word to describe them. Look up 'garish' in the dictionary and you will actually hear the HK Mambo trumpets. Can someone tell me how you're supposed to dance to those trumpet 'hits' without seeming like you're having an epileptic seizure? It's not about the songs 'jazziness,' it's just those trumpets, which quite literally make me wince and physically make me want to cover my ears, especially when the volume is way too loud in the venue. So, given it's the trumpets, technically it's not even really TP's fault. Jeje. Still, I have unapologetically given it one star in my library. Sorry, TP.

Meanwhile, some songs will be great and run the risk of getting overplayed, like El Preso, Llorarás, etc. A recent one that's making the rounds in almost every social I go to in NY or Boston is none other than Timbalaye:


Now this is the good type of overplay. I'm very happy when the song comes on because it's beast, and the girls are typically very happy with the outcome. However, the frequency with which it's played does have some people with slightly bored faces.

So, there's a competition for worst overplayed song, but I'd like if people can post even the good overplayed songs, especially because, if a song is considered 'good,' again, what is the threshold for it being overplayed? Truth be told, Boston doesn't suffer as much as some people have listed here. About the worst offender you'll hear is on this level, salsaton, which is definitely overplayed (at non-socials... if it played at a social, there'd be a revolt...)

 
#33
Can someone tell me how you're supposed to dance to those trumpet 'hits' without seeming like you're having an epileptic seizure?
One possibility: you draw out whatever movement you're doing at that moment, and then end it sharply as the trumpet hit ends (but not forcefully -- no need for seizures :p ). Could be something as simple as a step to the side in closed position, drawn out through the trumpet.
 
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#37
@DJ Yuca @lidiap @cachondea very interesting reaction to HK Mambo. I don't mind the marimba. It's the trumpets that sound absolutely garish, and garish is the most fitting word to describe them. Look up 'garish' in the dictionary and you will actually hear the HK Mambo trumpets. Can someone tell me how you're supposed to dance to those trumpet 'hits' without seeming like you're having an epileptic seizure? It's not about the songs 'jazziness,' it's just those trumpets, which quite literally make me wince and physically make me want to cover my ears, especially when the volume is way too loud in the venue. So, given it's the trumpets, technically it's not even really TP's fault. Jeje.
Add me to that list of those you have blasphemed against. Those there trumpets are nectar to the ears of the mambo gods..Nuff said.
 

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