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[Closed] Whatever happened to those guys? - Mix CD Playlists
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Feb 18th 2007 edited

Two-Hole Punch Jim’s posting of a mix-CD track list (and the ensuing discussion) on the Pretzel forum inspired me to finish a mix CD I had started two years ago for a friend, in response to a mix tape she made for me twelve years ago. (Procrastination, I know; I’m just as bad when it comes to sending out Christmas cards). I’ve been inspired further to create a new music-related NA forum dedicated to the posting of annotated mix CD playlists. I set certain criteria for myself that you may or may not choose to follow, but I think it makes it more fun: it must follow some theme or suit an overarching purpose, and must fit on a music CD. I tried to mix multiple periods and styles.

Here’s my entry: “Letters to Robyn,” wherein the track artists are listed in alphabetical order; 26 tracks, no skipped letters.

You're The Reason - Arthur Alexander – I discovered Arthur Alexander through the covers of his songs recorded by the Beatles and the Stones. He should have been famous himself

Girl - Beck – Catchy ; my favorite track on Guero

Hold On, Hold On - Neko Case – From her latest Album Fox Confessor; a beautifully haunting song that I wish could have been longer; its brevity suits a 26-track mix

Tell Me When It's Over - The Dream Syndicate – I saw them open for R.E.M. in 1984; they were popular with the Paisley Revival crowd I hung around with in Rochester NY

Ticket To Ride - Echo and the Bunnymen – I love the Beatles, Echo, and cover songs, so here’s where they all come together. They were the other Liverpool band. I saw them last year and was transported back to 1984!

Red, Red Robin - Rosie Flores – A great cover song on a kids CD issued by Bloodshot Records. This is the only kids CD that I will listen to without the kids around

Fourth Of July - Galaxie 500 – I had to make some tough choices to keep a 5-minute track on the list, but I think its worth it. Galaxie 500 was a Velvets-inspired band from Boston that I was lucky enough to catch on their last tour

Lolly Pop Mama - Wynonie Harris – I was first introduced to Wynonie Harris when as a kid I found a 78 rpm of “Good Rockin Tonight” in my basement. Who knows where it came from – my parents didn’t ever listen to jump blues. I didn’t realize until I started to collect mid-century R&B just the extent to which naughty double entendre was staple of this music!

Penetration - Iggy & The Stooges – It’s a lucky coincidence that this follows Lolly Pop Mama. From my favorite Stooges album – possible the loudest album ever

Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad - Wanda Jackson – The Queen of Rockabilly.

Nothing In This World Can Stop Me Worryin' Bout That Girl - The Kinks – One of my favorite songs by Ray Davies, featured on the Rushmore soundtrack (one of my top three movies, so suck it).

It's So Hard - John Lennon – John was always my favorite Beatle, and I’ve placed this gritty track from Imagine on many mixes.

Last Dance - Mekons – This is from Fear and Whiskey, the album that marked the Mekons crossover from punk to punk-alt-country; Jon Langford is the center of several wonderful bands and projects, including the Mekons, Pine Valley Cosmonauts, and the Waco Brothers

Love Buzz - Nirvana – From their first album Bleach. A catchy song in a sea of grunge, and a taste of what would follow

Problem Child – Roy Orbison – My favorite song of Roy’s early career

Home In San Antone - Pine Valley Cosmonauts w/ Chris Mills – The PVC is an amorphous group that’s released great compilations on Bloodshot Records. This is from a tribute to Bob Wills

96 Tears - ? And the Mysterians – Not too many “Q” artists in my collection; fortunately you can’t go wrong with this track anyway

When I Write the Book - Rockpile – by producer and pop craftsman Nick Lowe

The Getaway - Some Girls – Juliana Hatfield is one of guilty pleasures. Her work is terribly inconsistent, but sometimes she comes with wonderful pop songs.

Why Does the Sun Shine - They Might Be Giants – One of my favorite TMBG songs from when I saw them live in the 80s

The Three Sunrises - U2 – From an EP released around the time of The Unforgettable Fire. I’ve always liked the shimmering sound that Brian Eno contributed to this song

Stephanie Says - The Velvet Underground – Johns Cale’s viola is just beautiful here

I Must Be High - Wilco – AM is my favorite Wilco CD, perhaps because its so rootsy

Breathless [Single Mix] - X – finding a “x” song was easy. Another cover song for the list.

Beanbag Chair - Yo La Tengo – from YLT’s latest “I Am Not Afraid of You and I Will Beat Your Ass.” My favorite CD of theirs.

To – Tom Zé – I discovered Tom Zé through a David Byrne reissue of his work. He is Brazilian and I have no idea what’s he saying.

Feb 18th 2007

Kayo, here's a mix I made for a party my brother threw at which I became defacto DJ:

"A's Party":

Perry Como, "Magic Moments" -- Start off light and easy.

Betty Wright, "Shoo-Rah! Shoo-Rah!" -- Great, overlooked gutbucket soul.

The Blanks, "Charles in Charge" -- Ted's group from Scrubs. Don't judge me, it was a hit.

The Geto Boys, "Damn it Feels Good to be a Gangsta" -- Speaks for itself.

Aphex Twin, "Girl/Boy" -- This always blows the minds of the unintiated, which all my brother's friends were.

New Order, "Blue Monday" -- Also speaks for itself.

DJ Shadow, "Organ Donor (Extended Mix - live)" -- It's not as good as the one from Prëemtive Strike, but I didn't have that on hand. You have to understand I was making this mix on the fly with a small CD collection, my laptop (which has an extremely limited library), and a download program.

The Decemberists, "The Chimbley Sweep" -- My favorite Decemberists song. The Decemberists are from Portland. Just thought I'd let you know.

Smokey & the Miracles, "You Really Got a Hold on Me" -- Did Smokey & the Miracles ever make a bad song? Did they ever make one better than this?

The Go! Team, "We Just Won't Be Defeated" -- I hated cheerleaders in high school, but if you sample them and put them over British neo-soul blare, it works.

Aphex Twin, "Finger Bib" -- It was getting too loud; time to cool it down.

Orbital, "Halcyon & On & On" -- And now we're really mellow.

Handsome Boy Modeling School, "Holy Calamity! (Bear Witness) (live)" -- It's so hard to keep track of all of DJ Shadow's side projects; this is one of the best.

New Order, "The Village" -- About half the songs on Power, Lies & Corruption are totally awesome, and about half of them suck. This one doesn't suck.

Johnny Otis, "I Can See Clearly" -- Now we're getting into the silly part of the mix.

The Beatles, "Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite" -- See what I mean? I'm not the world's hugest Beatles fan, but I really like this song.

Lo-Fi Allstars, "Battleflag" -- If you were an ER fan back in the days when (spoiler alert) Lucy & Carter got stabbed by David Krumholz, you'll probably remember this as the song that was playing when that happened. It's really cool; Lo-Fi Allstars were sort of coat-tail members of the Madchester technoid scene (ecstasy & turntables), and the vocals were done by some coat-tail member of the Seattle grunge scene (heroin & flannels).

New Order, "Temptation" -- When people ask me what my favorite song of all time is, this is my answer. (Usually.)

Galaxie 500, "Ceremony" -- A Joy Division cover that's way better than the original.

The Ronettes, "Be My Baby" -- I love Phil Spector. At this point, people spontaneously started dancing. It was awesome.

The Ronettes, "Baby, I Love You" -- Because you can't have too much of a good thing.

David Byrne, "Miss America" -- From his solo album, Feelings, which is kind of spotty, but this is a sort of Caribbean-flavored bit with clever lyrics, in a very David Byrne sort of way.

Miss Jane, "It's a Fine Day (ATB Mix)" -- I used to spin trance onceago, and this was a standard. Its chorus backwards makes up the hook for Orbital's "Halcyon".

Original Cast of Guys & Dolls, "Fugue for Tinhorns" -- Shut up.

The Beach Boys, "Good Vibrations" -- The ultimate Beach Boys, in my not-so-humble opinion.

Flogging Molly, "If I Ever Leave this World Alive" -- Contains the lyric, "I'll be here when it all gets weird," which is one of my favorites.

Van Morrison, "Chick-a-Boom" -- A fun obscurity.

The Velvet Underground, "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" -- Lou Reed goes country. Everybody loves this song.

Jurassic-5, "Freedom" -- So cool.

Sia, "Breathe Me" -- Yes, I originally heard it on Six Feet Under. I can't be the only one.

Langley Schools Music Project, Sweet Caroline -- Much better than Jewish Elvis' version.

Galaxie 500, "Don't Let Our Youth go to Waste" -- Yet another cover that's better than the original.

Billy Idol, "Dancing with Myself" -- Billy Idol, we hardly knew ye.

Walter Murphy, "A Fifth of Beethoven" -- I end a lot of mixes with this song. Hard to top.

Feb 18th 2007

The Velvet Underground, "Oh! Sweet Nuthin" -- Lou Reed goes country. Everybody loves this song.

DFtF, true, true. I used this for a warmup exercise in my dance class the other week. My college students loved it. I never thought of it as country, though, so I just had a listen from that perspective. Sure enough! Pretty dang twangy...

Feb 19th 2007 edited

Langley Schools Music Project

I love their version of "Desperado" - even though I've heard it many times, her fragile voice always surprises me. I've included it on many mixes.

Smokey & the Miracles, "You Really Got a Hold on Me"

I grew up hearing Beatles version. A couple years ago I put together mixes with the original versions of all the songs that the Beatles and Stones covered, and it really opened up my world to new (old) stuff.

I don't have some of your tracks, DFTF, but I think I'll collect them and try this mix.

Feb 21st 2007

The Three Sunrises - U2 – From an EP released around the time of The Unforgettable Fire. I’ve always liked the shimmering sound that Brian Eno contributed to this song

Is this on The Unforgettable Fire Album? I should know this...and I call myself a U2 fan...tsk tsk tsk.

Just want to say I love the music threads, I've found so much cool stuff in here and the others and this one rocks to :)

Feb 21st 2007

I think it's on Under a Blood Red Sky, which also has a really cool live version of "Bad".

Feb 21st 2007

No, Bad's not on UABRS. Neither is Three Sunrises. I only know because that was the first U2 album I ever got. I played the tape out and replaced it twice before I got the CD. "There's been a lot of talk about this next song, a lot, maybe too much talk. This song is not a rebel song. This song is Sunday Bloody Sunday." The studio versions of the songs on that album always sound weird to me, even though it's like a greatest hits of their early stuff.

Feb 21st 2007

Is it Wide Awake in America? I must confess that I'm not really up on my U2 anymore. I do know I have a copy of it lying around somewhere . . . but since the conversion to MP3, I often forget what is on what album . . .

And now, having looked it up, it is Wide Awake in America. Four songs, including "Three Sunrises".

Feb 21st 2007

I was never a big Joshua Tree fan, I was in a real metal phase when Rattle & Hum came out, and I hated everything about Zooropa or whatever that crap was. Anyway, the effect of this was that I stopped listening to U2 altogether by the early-mid 90s. Very illogical and unreasonable of me. Eventually I came to my senses and rediscovered what a phenomenal band they've been just about all along. So now they're my new favorite and one of my all-time favorite bands.

Feb 21st 2007 edited

DftF, here's something else we can agree on - Aphex Twin, DJ Shadow, Orbital, Lo-Fi Allstars, you mentioned Thievery Corporation and Timo Maas in other threads - all very cool. More mainstream, but I really like the Chemical Brothers as well. Have you heard of Junkie XL? They're (actually it's one guy) more up tempo, he uses a lot of rock elements in his songs.

Brian, I'm the same way about U2, I treated them with disdain in the late 80s/early 90s because I was too much of a metalhead but I really like them now that I've mellowed a bit.

Feb 21st 2007

Haven't heard of Junkie XL; sounds like something I'll have to check out.

Feb 21st 2007 edited

In honor of V-Day last week, I made a mix of happy love songs & sad love songs. They are sappy, but everyone needs an evening of wine & tears sometimes, you know? Here they are: The happy songs

1.Sade – by your side (amazing)

  1. Norah Jones – Turn me on (who doesn’t want to hear that?)

  2. Mary Chapin Carpenter – Grow old with me ( so amazing, it almost makes me believe in love)

  3. A-Ha – Take on me (80’s attack! I Loooove this song)

5.Boyz II Men – In the still of the night (makes being single even more depressing)

6.Elton John – The Way You Look Tonight (If I had a man, and he played me this song…)

7.Lamar – Stars (the song from the Casino Night promo…HIGHLY suggest you check this song out. Hard to find, but it’s my myspace song so check it)

8.Garth Brooks – To make you feel my love (sniff)

9.Muse – Starlight (simply beautiful)

10.Roy Orbison – Anything you want (you got it)

11.Lifehouse – Breathing (Very Jam-reminiscent)

12.Dean Martin – I’ll be home for Christmas (I love a good Christmas song…plus it always makes me feel warm & fuzzy)

13.Etta James – At Last (because we all want to feel this way)

14.Roberta Flack – The first time ever I saw your face (sigh)

15.Shenandoah – I wanna be loved like that (WORD)

16.Elvis – Love me Tender (Like BUTTAH)

17.Journey – Faithfully (Corny, yes. But still good)

18.Marvin Gaye – Let’s get it on (because you have to end with this song)

Feb 21st 2007

And now the saddies 1. Janet Jackson – Never fall in love with you again (makes me cry)

  1. Willie Nelson – Always on my mind

  2. Elton John – Your song (not sad per se, but a little mournful)

  3. Annie Lennox – No More I love you’s (captures the feeling of having your heart ripped open)

  4. Blake Shelton – All over me (when you still love someone, and realize they’ve really moved on)

  5. Rascal Flatts – Words I couldn’t say (the one that got away)

  6. Evanescence – All of me (not really into them, but this song is haunting)

  7. Bonnie Raitt – I can’t make you love me (depressing)

  8. Keith Whitley – Don’t close your eyes (also makes me cry)

  9. J. Frank Wilson – Last Kiss (I dare you not to become weepy)

  10. 3 Doors Down – Here without you (boo-hoo)

  11. Matchbox 20 – Bright lights (unconditional love)

  12. Phil Collins – Against all odds (classic)

  13. Eli Young Band – Highways & Broken hearts (just plain amazing)

  14. Otis Redding – Been loving you too long (double word)

  15. Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody (doesn’t even need an explanation)

  16. Gary Allan – Best I ever had (I love Gary anyways, but this is a great cover)

Feb 21st 2007

I sang "Grow Old Along with Me" at my sister's wedding. It's very hard to sing and cry at the same time.

But it's a beautiful song.

Feb 21st 2007 edited

There's a few there I don't like much and a lot I'm completely unfamiliar with. But anyway...

Songs I love that Mach 5 listed:
Evanescence – All of me
3 Doors Down – Here without you
Matchbox 20 – Bright lights
Phil Collins – Against all odds
Otis Redding – Been loving you too long (If you don't own his greatest hits, your life is less than complete)

Songs I like that Mach 5 listed:
Journey – Faithfully
Marvin Gaye – Let’s get it on
Willie Nelson – Always on my mind
Elton John – Your song

Feb 21st 2007 edited

My favorites at the moment "Starlight" by Muse, "Stars" by Lamar. memories of a happier time in Jam-land aside, it's a great one...and Otis....MUST have Otis.

Feb 21st 2007

These Arms of Mine gets me tearier than a Pam-Michael hug just thinking about it.

Feb 21st 2007 edited

Thanks, guys! I now have a new list of music to download.

Anyhoo, here's my Rainy Day CD:

  1. Dave Matthews Band - Let You Down (My favorite rainy day song. Ever.)

  2. The Shins - Black Wave (Off of their new CD. Nice and peaceful.)

  3. Aimee Mann - Little Bombs (Sad, but nice)

  4. The Smashing Pumpkins - To Sheila (One of my favorite Pumpkins songs)

  5. Alanis Morissette - Mary Jane (Acoustic) (I like this one better than the original)

  6. Granian - Uncovered (My friend got me hooked on it, so.....thanks!)

  7. Garth Brooks - One Night A Day (Not a huge country fan, but this is awesome)

  8. REM - Saturn Return (I have no idea what this song's about, but I like it. A lot.)

  9. A Perfect Circle - A Stranger (one of their quieter songs)

  10. Sarah McLachlan - Angel (we listened to this on a drive through the mountains. In the rain. WOW.)

  11. Bush - Letting The Cables Sleep (favorite Bush song)

  12. Sufjan Stevens - All The Trees of the Field Will Clap Their Hands (long title, even better song. If you like a banjo every now and then. And I do....)

  13. Patty Griffin - Rain (GREAT, great song. Patty Griffin rocks the house. Big time.)

  14. Sean Watkins - They Sail Away (Another somewhat sad one, but good)

  15. Death Cab For Cutie - Passenger Seat (This song makes me want to sleep in my car, whatever that means...)

  16. Rosemary Clooney - Black Coffee (the entire Crossing Jordan soundtrack is good rainy day music, but this is maybe the best)

  17. Oasis - Cast No Shadow (because Oasis is in everything I make)

  18. Acceptance - Different (Acoustic) (Love this song! Now that I think about it, it would be a good song for Pam. See? Office tie-in. Two points! )

  19. Neko Case - Star Witness (my favorite of hers)

  20. Doobie Brothers - Black Water ("Mississippi Moon, wont 'ya keep on shinin' on me...")

  21. Foo Fighters - Still (awesome)

  22. The Decemberists - Eli, The Barrow Boy (Most of their songs are fairly sad, but still nice.)

  23. David Gray - Nightblindness (acoustic goodness)

Feb 22nd 2007

David Gray - Nightblindness (acoustic goodness)

I just discovered him last year, and you're the first other person I've seen even acknowledge his existence. I was worried maybe I'd just imagined him. I've much love of his work.

Feb 23rd 2007

Rob Sheffield has a great bit in his book, Love is a Mix Tape about the types of mix tapes (in this case Cd's) that you make. The Work out Tape, the "I like you" Tape, I there's the "I like you but don't want you to know so here's an ambiguous mix" tape. It's pretty funny

Feb 23rd 2007 edited

Neko Case - Star Witness (my favorite of hers)

My jaw dropped when I first listened to this. The best song about a car crash ever. I love all of her work, but her latest album is simply amazing.

Feb 23rd 2007

My jaw dropped when I first listened to this.

When I first bought this CD, I listened to this song for about a half hour straight. Also, I agree that the whole album is amazing. It cracks me up how different her solo CD's are from her work with The New Pornographers. Both great, but in very differnt ways.

Feb 25th 2007 edited

Kayo, here's a mix I made for a party my brother threw at which I became defacto DJ: "A's Party"

DtfF, it took some doing, but I was able to recreate your playlist (short 2 songs: "I Can See Clearly" and "Freedom"). I played it three times yesterday as I worked around the house, and had one of my most productive days in a long time. Can you DJ my next party? Actually, I think you will...

Mar 21st 2007 edited

Here's one I discovered on my iPod while on my way to the library today, entitled (for whatever reason) "Sad Mix":

Paul Westerberg, "It's a Wonderful Lie" -- Formerly of the Replacements, Paul Westerberg's album Suicaine Gratification is an incredibly depressing album on which about five of twelve songs are worth keeping. This one's at the top of that list.

The Verve, "The Drugs Don't Work" -- This song caused a minor scandal at my high school, until the powers that be got it through their heads that this appears to be an anti-drug song.

Chris Murray, "Fourth of July" -- I'm a sucker for songs called "Fourth of July" or "Independence Day" (I also like "The Fourth of July", by Galaxie 500, and songs by both names from Springsteen); this one comes from a Canadian ska-meister who went solo and acoustic about ten years ago. He's got an amasingly rich, deep voice and an impeccable sense of melody.

Beck, "Guess I'm Doing Fine" -- I quite literally can't listen to this song anymore, because I have a powerful and extremely uncool emotional response to it. I skipped it this morning.

Bonnie "Prince" Billy, "I See a Darkness" -- Popularized by Johnny Cash, this is one of Will Oldham's greatest alt-country dirges.

Van Morrison, "Country Fair" -- Morrison in pastoral, literate mode. Extremely good for early mornings in the springtime.

Camper van Beethoven, "She Divines Water" -- David Lowry later hit it big with Cracker; back in the day, he led bizarro-hippie skatalites Camper, whose best songs (like this one) defy description.

Elliot Smith, "Needle in the Hay" -- I frequently find Smith a little boring, which, as a Portland hipster-type, is like saying you don't like sunshine or ice cream or something. That said, I like this song a lot.

The Flying Burrito Brothers, "Dark End of the Street" -- A great old bad-love soul tune gone country with Graham Parsons' post-Byrds, pre-Grevious Angel band.

Guided by Voices, "Drinker's Peace" -- What a bunch of weirdos these guys, once called "Guided by Beer" by indie rock princess Kim Deal, are. This is them as a sort of lo-fi REM, as opposed to their other mode, which is sort of lo-fi The Who.

Jeff Buckley, "Hallelujah" -- No explanation neccessary.

Mazzy Star, "Fade into You" -- Oh man, this song! I had forgotten about this song. Retro-80s psychedelia sung by an extremely good-looking woman who sounds extremely bored all the time.

Nick Drake, "From the Morning" -- Nick Drake at his most poetic, just his lonesome voice and guitar.

Nico, "The Fairest of the Seasons" -- The only good thing that Jackson Browne ever did was let Nico record this song and "These Days". I'm sure that's not true, but I'm hard-pressed to think of something else at the moment.

Poe, "Fly Away" -- I'm beginning to understand why I called this "Sad Mix".

Smashing Pumpkins, "1979" -- This song makes me incredibly nostalgic, which is funny, because I was not yet born in 1979.

Sep 2nd 2008

Ok. Pages 15 and 16 should be only closed threads, now.

Sep 2nd 2008

Whoops! Sorry 2sie!

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