10 things every girl loved at her school disco

Whenever I think back to my prom, or my end of primary year discos, there are a few vivid (horrifying) memories that stick out. Like when I tried to dance to Bodyshakers by 911 and fanny farted or how I dressed like Stephanie McMahon. However there are some absolutely cracking flashbacks that tend to be related to the following:

Chokers. We loved chokers.  Chokers. We loved chokers.

1. Shag bands. At my innocent age of 11 I had no idea what each colour meant. Or maybe I did but I’ve blocked it out in a PTSD kinda way. All I know is that it was forever my mission to force my crush to snap as many as possible and if the gross boy in 6S did it first, I was LIVID. Because that usually meant I had to leave his tongue in my mouth for 14 seconds.

2. Saturday Night by Whigfield. Trusty old HMV, purveyors of musical whimsy are THE place to go to, to find the ultimate school disco playlist and if this absolute banger didn’t make it on, you must be older than 35. Spending the whole week perfecting the routine in your mirror for the school DJ to only play it for half of the song was devastating.

3. Candy cigarettes. You always took a couple of packets so you and your mates could hang these out of your gob and make yourselves look like a motherfucking P.I.M.P.

4. C’est La Vie by Bewitched. Another belter that would definitely make it onto the playlist, this Irish ditty had you thinking you were Stagecoach alumni every damn time.  Because you definitely Irish jigged and you definitely attempted to sing the song in an accent.

5. Plastic chokers. Back in fashion now, these elasticated black bad boys made you believe all the boys would be chasing after you for a slow dance to Flying Without Wings by Westlife.

6. Stop by Spice Girls. I think a dance routine pattern is emerging with my song selection but the lead up to school discos always resulted in running up a phone bill requesting this on The Box.

7. Butterfly clips. Straight hair, at 11 was not in. GHD’s hadn’t been invented and the only way to wear your hair to the school disco was crimped AF. However your Mum was always so awful at it that you ended up looking like an electrocuted Hermione Granger and the only thing that could tame the wildebeest that was your hair were those tiny, useless clips that came in an array of neon colours.

8. It’s Like That by Run DMC. Oh the song that made all the boys arrange themselves in packs on the dancefloor to show off which breakdancing moves they knew. Which was actually only ever sliding on their knees and spinning on their head for half a turn before collapsing.

9. Cans of fizz and packets of crisps. Our school dance floors were no Tiger Tigers and there was no sign of a BBQ sharing platter or a tequila. Nope, we had to fight over supermarket own brand crisps and make sure we didn’t get left with the cherry Coke.

10. Mysterious Girl by Peter Andre. It’s the end of the night. Maybe you’ve spoken to your crush. Held hands. Had a peck on the cheek or even slow danced but now it’s time to get your 11 year old self WERKING. He’s going to lift his shirt up to show a pigeon chest and no hair and you’re going to go absolutely cray for it.

So here are the songs and things that made my school discos great – what would be on your ultimate playlist?

This post was written in collaboration with HMV, but as ever, all the thoughts and terribly brilliant song choices are my own!

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  1. Rachel
    September 8, 2016 / 6:45 am

    OMG butterfly clips!! There is so much from our early teens making a come back – where are these on the catwalk!?!? And we all loved those bright pink cargo trousers with the tassles all over – perfect for twirling am I right?!?!

    And I totally had C’est La Vie on my playlist for my labour – I wanted some cheese to help distract me (it didn’t work, but my midwives loved me for my taste in music!!). Also ‘all the things she said’ by Tatu – what a tune!!!

    Rachel // http://illustratedteacup.com

  2. Leanne
    September 8, 2016 / 7:22 am

    There was always a really inappropriate teacher who would play something like ‘Sex On The Beach’ or the ‘Who The Fuck Is Alice?’

  3. Meg
    September 8, 2016 / 10:10 am

    Oh god, all the memories have come rushing back! And for me, I’d never dance at the school discos until at least halfway through, and would be one of the last to leave…nope, I don’t know why either.

  4. Abigail
    September 8, 2016 / 4:05 pm

    I completely forgot about shag bands omg. I never knew what any of them meant but was just happy to be in on the in thing haha!

    <a href="http://abigailalicex.com">Abigail Alice x</a>

  5. Kara O'Brien
    September 8, 2016 / 9:52 pm

    This post is everything. Rather than go to sleep I now want to cack out a bit of Backstreet’s Back, S Club Party and Whole Again. And then there was the Macerena. Good times Vix, good times xx

  6. zoe
    September 9, 2016 / 11:37 am

    I loved this but now feel incredibly old ha ha, I was in my twenties when these songs were out and at my school disco it was all Wham, Duran Duran and Frankie Goes To Hollywood, lots of happy memories though of wearing Adidas tracksuits cause you weren’t worth knowing if you didn’t at least have the jacket ha ha xx


  7. Erin
    September 10, 2016 / 11:24 pm

    This is hilarious and so true. Gosh I miss school discos x

    Erin | beingerin.com

  8. Tash
    September 12, 2016 / 10:16 am

    This is hilarious. I used to love going to Tammy Girl to pick some tacky outfit to wear to the disco, thinking I was Britney or something!

    • Charlotte Steggz
      September 18, 2016 / 5:41 pm

      TAMMY GIRL!!! Yesssss!

    • Melissa
      September 27, 2016 / 12:43 pm

      Omg I use to love Tammy Girl! Thought it was the best shop ever haha! x

  9. Charlotte Steggz
    September 18, 2016 / 5:40 pm

    I would add in Kung Fu Fighting! We had panda pops as our designated disco drink.
    Also, I love everything about this post.

  10. Madeleine
    September 19, 2016 / 10:17 pm

    The Macarena.

  11. Layla
    September 21, 2016 / 6:48 am

    "Buttercup" was a standard disco song in school discos and proms here in the Philippines. Haha! Saturday Night was a popular song when I was a freshman in high school! Ah, the bliss of nostalgia! :))))

  12. Melissa
    September 27, 2016 / 12:42 pm

    Omg this is brilliant!! And YES to all of those songs! Utter cheese but the best times everrrr. (Ok, now I sound sad)

    Melissa x

  13. Han
    October 6, 2016 / 2:16 pm

    B*Witched was the first CD album I bought, it came on in clubs all the time during uni and they then actually played my Grad Ball – aka alcohol-loaded school disco. However the only song tequila-fuelled me was prepared to stay around in that particular room for was C’est La Vie… I was obviously impressed.