The very last Optimo

In the queue with Dave.

The queue itself.

With Fran and the mighty conZ

The Chain.

Dueling Banjos.

The 1812 Overture.


And here’s the audio:

Optimogeddon – The Final Optimo – 25 April 2010 (Courtesy of the wonderful Ripped In Glasgow)
Part 1 (Alt link)
Part 2 (Alt link) (another alt link)
Part 3 (Alt link) (another alt link)
Part 4 (Alt link)
THE FINAL 15 MINS on their own

Here is a very, very long list of tracks that have been Optimo favourites over the years. It was 100% compiled by the people who have regularly come to the club and was mostly taken from posts made on the Optimo Facebook page with a few more taken from a couple of other forum threads about people’s all time favourite Optimo tracks. Literally thousands of records have been played at Optimo but these are the ones that seem to have resonated the most. There are probably some notable absences from the list but we had to stop somewhere.

I think this is a much more interesting list than the one that we would have put together from our own memories of the club. Firstly, we would never have remembered all of these and secondly, we might have concentrated on the more esoteric records that we loved to play.

I think what is most striking about the list is that the vast majority of these tracks are SONGS. The majority of what we played at the club was actually techno, house, electro, disco, whatever etc. but that isn’t really reflected in the list which shows that perhaps the thing that resonates with people is not the latest cutting edge electronic track but something that they can sing along to. Well, we knew that already to be honest, and Optimo was always really “Poptimo” with a big seam of mutant pop music at its core.

When we started the club in 1997, it had taken a lifetime to accrue the records below. Now, you can probably access 99% of them with two clicks of a mouse. Enjoy and savour them; some of them changed lives.

And here, believe it or not, is the complete list of tracks which made it into the Top 250.Anyone ready to make a Spotify playlist? Good luck to you, good luck indeed. Some wonderful person by the name of Alex Torrance has already made one! 168/250 is not bad at all, sir. Well done! Click here to listen to it.

Loose Joints – Is it All Over My Face?
Loose Joints – Tell You (Today)
Dinosaur – Kiss Me Again
Dinosaur L – Go Bang!
Arthur Russell – This Is How We Walk On The Moon
Arthur Russell – Home Away From Home
Bis – Shack Up
Grace Jones – La Vie En Rose
Divine – Shake It Up
Divine – Native Love
Roni Griffith – Desire
The Normal – Warm Leatherette
The Mekons – Where Were You?
Q Lazzarus – Goodbye Horses
The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Khan feat. Julee Cruise – Say Goodbye
Madonna – Into The Groove
Madonna – Hung Up
Laidback – White Horse
Marc Houle – Bay Of Figs
Bumblebee Unlimited – Lady Bug
Immortals – The Ultimate Warlord
Aztec Mystic – Knights Of The Jaguar
Ram Jam – Black Betty
Chris and Cosey – October Love Song
Chris and Cosey – Walking Through Heaven
Chris and Cosey – Sweet Surprise
The Joubert Singers – Stand On The Word (Larry Levan Mix)
Basic Channel – Phylyps Trak 2
Aretha Franklin – Rocksteady
Joakim – I Wish You Were Gone
Zongamin – Bongo Song
Modettes – White Mice
Spanky Wilson – Sunshine Of Your Love
Implog – Holland Tunnel Dive
Tuxedomoon – In A Manner Of Speaking
Midnite Mike – Boys Boys Boys
KC Flight – Voices
AC / DC – Highway To Hell
AC / DC – The Jack
League Unlimited Orchestra – Things That Dreams Are Made Of
Lindstrom – I Feel Space
Black Leotard Front – Casual Friday
Ronettes – Baby I Love You
Westbam – Old School Baby
Karen Young – Hot Shot
Roxy Music – Virginia Plain
Prince – When Doves Cry
Detroit Grand Pubahs – Sandwiches
James White and The Blacks – Contort Yourself
The Contortions – Contort Yourself
Alter Ego – Why Not?
Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Rise (DFA Mix)
Delia Gonzalez & Gavin Russom – Relevee (Carl Craig Mix)
Edwin Starr – War
Ten Benson – Rock Cottage
Tchaikovsky – 1812 Overture (Finale)
Spacemen 3 – Revolution
The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
Faze Action – Good Lovin’
The Specials – A Message To You Rudy
Chris Issak – Wicked Games
Ricardo Villalobos – Dexter
Max Romeo – Chase The Devil
Grauzone – Eisbaer
Par-T-One – I’m So Crazy
Suicide – Dream Baby Dream
Crème De Menthe – Plastique
Angelo Badalamenti – Twin Peaks Theme
Angelo Badalamenti – The Pink Room
Mariah – Shinzo No Tobira
Argento – Milano Gospel
Spirit – The Other Song
Coil – Tainted Love
Sun Ra – Space Is The Place
Delta 5 – Mind Your Own Business
Roland – Golden Brown
Bush Tetras – Snakes Crawl
ESG – Moody
ESG – Dance
Cutty Ranks – Limb By Limb
Shabba Ranks – Mr. Loverman (David Morales mix)
Jacqueline Taieb – 7 heure Du Matin
Farley Jackmaster Funk – Love Can’t Turn Around
Fever Ray – Triangle Walks (Rex The Dog Remix)
Retro/Grade – Moda
Shock Headed Peters – I, Bloodbrother Be
Denis Naidanow Feat. Tyree Cooper – Wonderland
The Rapture – House Of Jealous lovers
Hercules – 7 Ways To Jack
C Cat Trance – Shake The MInd
Sons And Daughters – Dance Me In (JD Twitch and The Truffle Club mix)
Richie Havens – Going Back To My Roots
Deeon – The Freaks
Faze Action – In The Trees (Carl Craig mix)
Sean Paul – Like Glue
Sean Paul – Temperature
Joy Division – Transmission
Mary Hill – Hallogallo
I-F – Space Invaders Are Smoking Grass
David Bowie – Station To Station
Cristina – Is That All There Is?
The Knife – Silent Shout
Jonathan Richman – Egyptian Reggae
Peaches – Fuck The Pain Away
Hansepferd – BismarckE
Quarks – I Walk (Superpitcher Shaffel mix)
Hot Chocolate – Heaven Is In The Back Seat Of My Cadillac (The Revenge mix)
Echopark – Suicide Commando
The Velvet Underground – All Tomorrow’s Parties
Jamie Principle – Your Love
Sexual Harassment – I Need A Freak
TLC – No Scrubs
Zombie Nation – Kernkraft 400
Material – Bustin’ Out
Funky Green Dogs From Outer Space – Reach For Me
Herbert – Moving Like A Train (Smith N’ Hack Remix)
The Human League – You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling
Johnny Wakelin – In Zaire
Man 2 Man Meets Man Parrish – Male Stripper
Mount Florida – Poptimo / Yo La Poptimo
Whirlpool Productions – From Disco To Disco
Console – 14 Zero Zero
Silver Apples – Lovefingers
Skatt Bros – Walk The Night
Smog – Cold Blooded Old Times
Paul Johnson – Playing With A Rubberband
Vitalic – La Rock 01
Led Zeppelin – Immigrant Song
Throbbing Gristle – Hot On The Heels Of Love
Den Haan – Release the Beast
Midnight Starr – Midas Touch
The Stooges – No Fun
The Stooges – I Wanna Be Your Dog
The B-52’s Planet Claire
Beirut – Nantes (Fredo & Thang Disco Remix)
Dakar & Grinser – I Wanna Be Your Dog
Stardust – Music Sounds Better With You
Baccara – Yes Sir I Can Boogie
Ferenc – Yes Sir, I Can Hardcore (Michael Mayer Mix)
Gloria Jones – Tainted Love
Blondie – Atomic
Blondie – Rip Her To Shreds
Blondie – Shayla
Blondie – Heart Of Glass
Blondie – Hanging On The Telephone
The Rolling Stones – Under My thumb
Human Resource – Dominator
Naum – Ari
Silver Apples – Oscillations
This Mortal Coil – Song To The Siren
Troublefunk – Drop The Bomb
Public Enemy – Rebel Without A Pause
The Sweet – Ballroom Blitz
Severed Heads – We Have Come To Bless This House
Severed Heads – Dead Eyes Opened
Bobby O – She Has A Way
The Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
John Carpenter – Assault On Precinct 13
Shirley And Co. – Shame, Shame, Shame
Aaliyah – Try Again
Nitzer Ebb – Join In The Chant
Nitzer Ebb – Murderous
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence
Depeche Mode – Behind The Wheel (Shep Pettibone mix)
Os Mutantes – A Minha Menina
The Creepers – Baby’s On Fire
Fleetwood Mac – The Chain (Coda)
Gang Of Four – Damaged Goods
Gang of Four – At Home He’s a Tourist
‘Duelling Banjos’
‘Zorba The Greek’
Richard Strauss – The Blue Danube
Tiefschwarz – Ghostrack (Black Strobe Remix)
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams
Raffaella Carra – Black Cat
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – Faith Healer
Hot Butter – Popcorn
Harry Thumann – Underwater
The Flirts – Passion
Liquid Liquid – Optimo
Liquid Liquid – Cavern
Love – Everybody’s Got To Live
Justus Kohncke – Old Man
Chemise – She Can’t Love You
Liaisons Dangereuses – Los Ninos Del Parque
Amnesia – Ibiza
Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood
Soft Cell – Sex Dwarf
Boney M – Rasputin
Green Velvet – La La Land
Sylvester – Do You Wanna Funk
Grafitti – What Is Your Problem
Desire – Don’t Call
Colourbox – Baby I Love You So
Nina Simone – My Baby Just Cares For You
Nina Simone – Feelin’ Good
Tim Rose – Morning Dew
Cajmere – Let Me Be
Beyonce – Crazy In Love
Amerie – One Thing
Lady Saw – Bam Bam
Wayne Smith – Under Me Sleng Teng
Banbarra – Shack Up
The Ramones – Baby I Love You
The Flirtations – Nothing But A Heartache
Sparks – Beat The Clock
Sparks – No. 1 Song In Heaven
Fourmost Poets – Moonraker
Hot Chip – Over And Over (Naum Gabo mix)
Shirley Ellis – The Clapping Song
Motorhead – Ace Of Spades
Black Sabbath – The Wizard
Jesse Jackson – Wattstax Speech
Sister Sledge – Lost In Music
LB – Jealous Guy
Adult – Nausea
Talking Heads – Psycho Killer
The Juan Maclean – Happy House
The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby
Gui Borratto – Beautiful Life
Dr. Alimantado – Born For A Purpose
Mount Rushmore – You Better
Johnny Cash – Personal Jesus
Audion – Mouth To Mouth
Wookie – The Battle (Dub)
House Master Boyz – House Nation
Jeans Team – Keine Melodien
CLS – Can You Feel It
Liberty City – If You Really Love Someone
Dead Kennedys – California Über Alles
LCD Soundsystem – All My Friends
The Birthday Party – Sonny’s Burning
Grinderman – No Pussy Blues
KXP – 18 Hours Of Love (An Optimo (Espacio) Mix)
Shit Robot – I Got A Feeling
Fela Kuti – Zombie
John Carpenter – The End
Egyptian Empire – The Horn Track
Ike And Tina Turner – Come Together
Supermayer – The Two Of Us
Cerrone – Supernature
Giorgio Moroder – The Chase
Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley mix)
Nathan Fake – The Sky Was Pink (James Holden Remix)
The Sonics – Shot Down
Chilly – For Your Love
Man Friday – Love Honey, Love Heartache
The Cramps – New Kind Of Kick
The White Stripes – Truth Doesn’t Make A Noise
? And The Mysterians – 96 Tears
Shellac – Prayer To God
DAF – Der Mussolini

…and END.”

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