Hey kids, need a DJ for your prom?

Did you know that 87 percent of high schoolers are forever scarred by their prom experiences? Okay, I totally made that up. But I bet I'm in the taffeta-bedecked ballpark. Prom is up there with New Year's Eve and 21st b-days as high-pressure events that promise the goods — "the night of your life!" — but inevitably end up in sobs and/or a lonely chalupa run. In taking a peek at this year's highfalutin prom themes around Tampa Bay, I see that world-turning optimism and wild travel fantasies are still en vogue. Sigh. As your friendly neighborhood music critic, I can't alter your kids' chalupan fates. But I can recommend cool music to help enliven their overtly themed proms. When DJ Larry starts spinning The Cha-Cha Slide for the 12th time, tell him SD sent you with a request. Trust me …

Hillsborough

Theme: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

Sean says: I don't have many fears in life. But I'm fairly certain that I'd soil my Rent-a-Tux if I were grazed by an Oompa Loompa at prom. Just sayin' …

Cool songs: I Want Candy, Bow Wow Wow; Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This), Marilyn Manson; Pure Imagination, Maroon 5.

Blake, Leto, Sickles

Themes: A Whole New World, Arabian Nights, Arabian Nights.

Sean says: Wow, is this an Aladdin thing? That's really sweet and innocent. I'm suspicious. Is "Jafar" slang for vodka?

Cool songs: Rock the Casbah, the Clash; Wooly Bully, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs; B.O.B., OutKast.

Middleton, Clearwter, Brooks-DeBartolo

Themes: A Summer Night in Paris, A Night in Paris, A Night in Paris.

Sean says: Why do I get the feeling these are going to look more like "A Thursday in Scranton"?

Cool songs: Lady Marmalade, Christina Aguilera, Pink, Mya, Lil' Kim; Land of 1000 Dances, Wilson Pickett; Last of the American Girls, Green Day.

Palm Harbor, Plant

Themes: Grecian Gardens, Greek Gods.

Sean says: You can't fool me with your classy descriptions, Palm Harbor and Plant. I've seen Animal House. I know what you're getting at. Toga! Toga!

Cool songs: God Put a Smile Upon Your Face, Mark Ronson; God Don't Make Lonely Girls, the Wallflowers; Shout!, the Isley Brothers.

Alonso

Theme: Journey to Atlantis.

Sean says: Okay, so maybe your night won't end at Taco Bell after all, crazy seafaring Atlantis people. But you should probably find out what time Long John Silver's is open 'til …

Cool songs: Shark in the Water, V.V. Brown; Keep Fishin', Weezer; Let's Get Away From It All, Frank Sinatra.

Sean Daly can be reached at sdaly@sptimes.com.

By SEAN DALY | Times Pop Music Critic

Hey kids, need a DJ for your prom? 03/30/10 [Last modified: Tuesday, March 30, 2010 12:56pm]

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