Here’s What I Played for Dolce Vita at The Mermaid on January 16, 2024

Photo of skulls on the wall at The Mermaid in Little Tokyo Los Angeles (Photo: Liz Ohanesian)

For as long as I’ve been DJing, I’ve been keeping track of my set lists. Somewhere in my, er, archives (really, boxes of folders that I haven’t gone through since college), there are probably old playlists of my KXLU shows and crumpled bits of paper from my early club sets. I started sharing the set lists online before social media mostly so that people who went to the clubs could familiarize themselves with the new music and people who weren’t in L.A. knew where they could dance to Ladytron or Miss Kittin or whoever when they visited our fine city. (And, that actually worked, I did meet people from as far as London and Berlin who saw my set list in some electro-indie-whatever forum.)

For a while, I didn’t post set lists because it didn’t seem like many people cared and the ones who did were probably Shazaming the set. In the last year or so, though, after it became apparent that today’s tech is barely functional, I went back to posting these set lists. Shazam doesn’t always work and that’s not necessarily because the song is so obscure. Last night, someone asked me about a track for that reason, so I’ll keep posting the set lists. 

Thanks to everyone who came out to Dolce Vita at The Mermaid last night. It was, as always a blast, and I’ll be back there on February 6. My next gig, though, is in the New Wave v. Dark Wave room at Klub Nocturno this Saturday, January 20. If you RSVP’d, I hope to see you there. 

Here’s the set list from Dolce Vita on January 16, 2024:

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Sally Shapiro – Dulcinea

BLIXX 86 – Mad Desire

Italian Boys – Forever Lovers

Sandra – Maria Magdalena

Martinelli – Cinderella

Wish Key – Last Summer (Vocal Extended Version)

Tiger Club feat. Stefano Brignoli -The Last Dance (Instrumental)

Radiorama- Chance To Desire

The Voyagers – Distant Planet

Valerie Dore – The Night

Nina Pée – You’re The Sun Of My Life

Kano – Another Life

Baby’s Gang – Challenger 

Q – The Voice of Q (The Reflex Revision)

Keepers – Notty Girl (XXX Rated Version)

Hipnosis – Pulstar

Thought Beings – Italo Nights

Tom Cat- Black Jack (Curses edit)

Bobby O. – I’m So Hot 4 U

Sabrina – Sexy Girl

Los Angeles – Videomania

Ken Laszlo -Tonight (1985 Special extended version)

Claudio Mingardi – Star

Fun Fun – Happy Station

Kato – Visitors

Donna Summer – Our Love

Klein & MBO – Dirty Talk

Divine – You Think You’re a Man

Kano – IT’S A WAR (Purple Disco Machine & Lorenz Rhode Remix)

Wolfram, Peaches – Automatic (feat. Peaches) [Rex The Dog Vocal Remix]

Romina Cohn – The Night

Bobby O. – Whisper to a Scream

Alaska y Dinarama – A quien le importa

Marc Almond – Tears Run Rings (The La Magia Dance Mix)

Righeira – Vamos a la Playa

Bananarama – Robert De Niro’s Waiting (The Reflex Revision)

Fun Fun – Baila Bolero (Krystal Klear Extended Remix)

Plustwo – Melody

Miguel Bose – Anna (Alfred Adler Club Edit)


Ken Laszlo – Hey Hey Guy

Giorgio Moroder – Chase  (1985 Remix by Brian Reeves)

Boy Harsher – Machina 

Nuovo Testamento – Heartbeat (Curses Remix – Edit)

Sabrina – Boys

Fancy – Slice Me Nice

Pet Shop Boys – West End Girls (Original Bobby Orlando Mix)

The Flirts – Passion (remix)

My Mine – Hypnotic Tango

Cyber People – Void Vision

New Order – Bizarre Love Triangle (Shep Pettibone 12″ Remix)

Mr. Flagio – Take a Chance

Ivan – Fotonovela 

Ryan Paris – Dolce Vita

Clio – Faces 

Modern Talking– You’re My Heart, You’re My Soul

Den Harrow – Don’t Break My Heart

German Cowboys – My Lonely Heart (Extended Vocal Classic Mix)

Pino D’Angio – Ma Quale Idea (milkandtees edit)

Skatt Brothers – Walk the Night

Raf – Self Control

Frida – I Know There’s Something Going on

Baltimora – Tarzan Boy 

Savage – Don’t Cry Tonight (12” Version – Remastered)

Gazebo – I Like Chopin

Miko Mission- How Old Are You

Novocento – Movin On

Robin Gibb – Secret Agent

Fun Fun – Color My Love (Rivaz ’80 Extended Remix)

Max Him – Lady Fantasy 

Amanda Lear – Tomorrow (Archi deejay remix)

Donna Summer – I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley 12 Inch Mega Edit, 1982)

La Bionda – I Wanna Be Your Lover (WLDV Edit)

Magazine 60 – Don Quichotte

Ris feat. Celeste – Love N Music (WLDV Edit)

Fancy I Can’t Live Without You (Lonely Nights)

Miguel Bose – Amante Bandido

Goblin – Suspiria

Liz O. is an L.A.-based writer and DJ. Read her recently published work and check out her upcoming gigs.