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Two’s Up

Welcome to Two’s Up.  Come in, sit down. If this is your first time then there’s a few things you need to know.

So. The rules. The rules are you have to pick two songs and play them to the group, then they will play you two songs and then you will play them two songs and they will play you two songs and so on. Rules done. Apart from being timely with your changeover, the only other thing you need to know is that letting the introduction to a third song play accidentally would be frowned upon and met with shouts, you may even be docked a tune. I was once docked a tune, however, my selective ears instead of hearing “you are docked a tune” heard “you are Dr Tunes,” a name to which I have grown fond of and am considering getting printed on a t-shirt.

“I haven’t got anything ready, I haven’t even listened to any new music lately.” This was my usual starting point for a Two’s up, of course I always managed to find something and I hope my fellow Two’s Uppers don’t read this, because you’re not really allowed to big yourself up, but I tend to smash it. A late choice of Pearl Jam’s ‘Alive’ at the right time can get you crowned tune of the night champion.

Ideally you will all love music and drinking and staying up late and chatting and playing Exploding Kittens badly. Only Two’s Up with people who like music in a nearly unhealthy obsessive way, they are the only ones who will get this, others, outsiders, will stare at you confused and ask when the fun is going to begin.

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I first got introduced to Two’s Upping in 2011 when I met my husband, he enthused about his Two’s Up sessions with his best friends, it became evident that it wasn’t sexual after a few weeks.

The early years of the Two’s Up involved a lot more organisation, without the touchscreen tapping technology we have come to know it was all down to the then technological advance of compact discs. This needed concentration, changing over CD’s left the potential for a lot of dead air. The Two’s Up process has been on a long journey to perfection. Its first version was as “Ten in A Row” ten songs hand-picked by you and shown off to a keen audience, well kind of. The first slot was no good, everyone was doing stuff, settling, chatting, eating, so no one listened to your solid gold selection. The second slot was the headline slot, the middle of the evening, the Pyramid Stage. People had eaten, began to relax, got their catch ups out of the way, they listened and enjoyed and high fived your choices. The third slot, well it was the sleepy slot, the “had too many old fashioneds” slot, no one ever remembered it, not even you.

Next came One Hit Wonder, One Song Each. But you try swapping DJ’s every other song, it’s a bit too much like hard work.  

So here it has settled, two songs each until you all nod off. Perfect.

The beauty of a Two’s Up is the eclectic mix of music you may encounter over an evening, there are no limits, no genre specification, no time constraints, you can play a 15 minute Gil Scott-Heron track and follow it up with two pop voices shouting “I want a Patrick Swayze Dirty Dancer.” (see tracks below) You can avoid musical snobbery whilst also showing off your awesome taste in songs.

So take a seat, we’ve got curry and cocktails, we plan to mess about with our iPhone names to get the Bluetooth speakers to say rude words and eventually at 3:30am we’ll go to bed full of song.


  1. Kaito – A.S.A to Accuracy
  2. The La’s – Son of a Gun
  3. Chris de Burgh – Spanish Train
  4. Beans on Toast – I fancy Laura Marling
  5. Toots & The Maytals – Louie Louie
  6. Steel Pulse – Macka Splaff
  7. Shed Seven – Dirty Soul
  8. Happy Mondays – Bob’s Your Uncle
  9. The The – Uncertain Smile
  10. Nao – Girlfriend
  11. The Mouse Outfit feat Dr Syntax – We Ain’t Going Nowhere
  12. Giant Panda – Laser Ray
  13. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – For Pete’s Sake
  14. Braintax – Don’t Drag ME in
  15. Wretch 32 – Antwi
  16. Meridian Dan – One Two Drinks
  17. Protoje – Who Knows
  18. Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson- Shut Um Down
  19. Gorillaz – Glitter Freeze
  20. The Chameleons – Tomorrow Never Knows
  21. Etta James – Sunday Kind of Love
  22. The King Blues – Pure Fucking Love
  23. Hackney Colliery Band – Gather Your Wits
  24. LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
  25. Stereolab – Tone Burst
  26. Dinosaur Jr – How’d You Pin That One On Me
  27. David Bowie – Space Oddity
  28. We Are Scientists – Buckle
  29. Jamie T – Robin Hood
  30. Skinny Lister – Six Whiskies
  31. Ed Solo & Skool of Thought – We Play The Music
  32. Fuzzbox – XX Sex
  33. Fickle Friends – Cry Baby
  34. Elton John – I Guess That’s Why They Call It The Blues
  35. Sharon Van Etten – Every Time the Sun Comes Up
  36. Lake Street Dive – Side Pony
  37. The Kills – Sweet Cloud
  38. Blood Red Shoes – Don’t Ask
  39. Calvin Harris – This Is What You Came For
  40. Spiritulaized – The Straight and The Narrow
  41. Lake Street Dive – Call off your Dogs
  42. Ezra Furman – Body Was Made
  43. The Hives – Hate To Say I Told You So
  44. High Contrast – Full Intention
  45. Pearl Jam – Even Flow
  46. U & I – Belly Full of Fire and a Heart Full of Blood
  47. Gala – Freed from Desire
  48. David Bowie – Little Wonder
  49. Ricky Ranking – Can’t Trick I
  50. Julian Cope – Fear Loves This Place
  51. The Young Heartbreakers Club – I Was Born in a Rave
  52. Bat For Lashes – Sunday love
  53. Rage Against The Machine – Wake Up
  54. Blood Red Shoes – Heartsink
  55. Simple Minds – The Kick Inside of Me
  56. Beastie Boys – Stand Together
  57. M.I.A – Visa
  58. Black Honey – Headspin
  59. Oddisee – That’s Love
  60. John Grant – Black Belt
  61. Siouxsie & The Banshees – Monitor
  62. Eureka Moment – The Big Moon
  63. This Kind of Feeling – Sunflower Bean
  64. John Grant – Sigourney Weaver
  65. Sigur Ros – Olsen Olsen
  66. John Martyn – One for The Road
  67. Malcolm Middleton – Box & Knife
  68. The Waitresses – No Guilt
  69. Amerigo Gazaway – Inner City Travellin’ Man
  70. Art Brut – Rusted Guns of Milan
  71. Pulp – Acrylic Afternoons
  72. The Verve – Love is Noise
  73. Akala – This Is London
  74. The Lemonheads – Mrs Robinson
  75. King Creosote – Flick the V’s
  76. The Kills – Heart is a Beating Drum
  77. Maximo Park – Limassol
  78. Nirvana – Polly
  79. Oppenheimar – Breakfast in New York
  80. Ash – Girl from Mars
  81. Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds – Stagger Lee
  82. Cornershop – Butter The Soul
  83. Duran Duran – The Chauffeur
  84. Percy Thrillington – Monkberry Moon Delight
  85. The Soundtrack of our Lives – The Flood
  86. Bob Dylan – Lay Lady Lay
  87. Brian Eno – Bodies of Fire
  88. The Fall – Bury Parts 1 & 3
  89. Suede – The Asphalt World

Words by Maxine White