It only took a little over a year, but Chuckweasel and I learned a VERY IMPORTANT DJ LESSON this weekend… it involves what I like to call “The Collar Conundrum” (damn I love that word!).
The thing is this: When you have an office party, you’re fine as long as you’re all — basically — the same thing. Like, you’re all nurses and nurses’ aides and other nurse-related jobs… or you’re all teachers and principals and what have you. You’re all likely to be around the same age and have REASONABLY similar tastes in music, so PARTY ON, MOTHERFUCKERS!
The problem arises when your business is more on the manual labor side of the equation. That’s when your office party divides into 2 diametrically-opposite sides — the workers and the bosses. The blue-collar, laborer-type folks will want to get real drunk and sing along to country music (especially “Take This Job and Shove It”), while the white-collar administrative folks will want to get real drunk WITHOUT ANYONE NOTICING and do the White Guy Shuffle to disco and Eric Clapton.
We shoulda known there was gonna be trouble when half the party-goers showed up wearing sport coats and slacks and the other half came in wearing biker jackets and thigh-high boots (note to that lady — just because your boots come up to your ass does not mean they are pants). We REALLY knew it was gonna get weird when the Really Big Boss asked us to play some dance music instead of — and I quote — “country AND western.”
Next year, they have to give us a song list… or a water pistol. Preferably full of tequila.