Beatles & Stones: Sat., April 16, 10pm. $5. Silk City, Fifth and Spring Garden sts. 215.592.8838. www.silkcitylounge.com
"You're not gonna hear a bad song," says David John Cassidy, aka DJ Deejay, of his self-explanatory Beatles & Stones party. In February it broke Silk City's record for the most money made at the bar in a single night.
That's what you get when you pair the two best rock bands in history. "Right off the bat it was crowded," says the 29-year-old Delaware County native, who started the night more than three years ago as a prelude to Gregg Foreman's perpetually late-starting Turnaround parties.
Inspired by all the Bowie, Van Halen, Judas Priest and Iggy Pop he heard at DJ nights in New York in the late '90s, Cassidy cut his teeth with 53rd & 3rd (named after a Ramones song) at Silk City, where he also bartended. The mix of punk with hard rock and metal quickly found fans of all stripes, thanks in part to very memorable fliers based on the cover of Kiss' Rock and Roll Over album.
For two years Cassidy also hosted a weekly party called Highway to Hell at Rex's in West Chester. "I had a good run, but it definitely didn't take off the way it did in the city," he says.
Since then he's spun everything from Stax soul and Dylan to Motown at World Cafe Live, including a set coinciding with the Parliament Funkadelic show in January. And for a year now he's been doing an "anything goes" night every Wednesday at Marmont in Old City.
But Beatles & Stones is his pride and joy. Below Cassidy picks just five favorites out of both bands' combined back catalogs-no easy
Rolling Stones, "Torn and Frayed" (Exile on Main St., 1972)
"This is my favorite track of all time from anyone. I love the melody. Keith and Mick are doing their best to harmonize. Even with that much heroin and ego, you still get great results."
Rolling Stones, "Sway" (Sticky Fingers, 1971)
"Keith doesn't play on this track, which makes it strange unto itself. All the guitar work is Jagger and Mick Taylor-and what beautiful work it is."
Beatles, "Happiness Is a Warm Gun" (White Album, 1968)
"Lennon put together three different songs into one. Everyone loves it ... and so do I."
Beatles, "I Saw Her Standing There" (Please Please Me, 1963)
"When people come to the party, they do one of two things to this number-dance or sing along. But most of the time, they do both."
Rolling Stones, "Can't You Hear Me Knocking?" (Sticky Fingers, 1971)
"With a dramatic pause in the set, a boost of the volume knob and the opening riff, the party officially begins."