CD 007: Licensed to Mix – Tracklist/Alternate Tracks
I was recently invited by the gracious Stennie to join in on her CD Mix Challenge. And boy, it sure was a challenge. It took me a while, but I waded through several of my CDs and MP3 files to pull together songs to fit specific criteria for the exchange.
Well, I’ve sent all my discs out and have been enjoying the CDs of several others in the exchange. I provided a tracklist with my disc (see above – a few hours, Adobe programs and the Internet: it works wonders), but in order to put a cap on the whole thing, I’m listing them again here.
(Hmm. This will interest me and probably no one else, so I’ll do it after the jump.)
1. Kick-ass cover – of a song someone else has used in a previous mix – Pixies/Winterlong
Well, I got a free pass of sorts here, since this is my first CD mix exchange. I’ve always liked the Pixies version better than the Neil Young one, too. Sue me.
Alternate tracks: None.
2. Song that gives you goose bumps – Elliott Smith/Needle in the Hay
It kinda came down to WHICH Elliott Smith song I was gonna use. His ongoing struggle with drug abuse followed by his tragic death kinda brings up a haunting feeling when you listen to his songs – especially the ones that sound autobiographical, like this one does.
Alternate tracks: Other Elliott Smith songs; Galaxie 500/Blue Thunder.
3. Song about the state you live in – Paul Butterfield Blues Band/Born in Chicago
Other than Sufjan Stevens’ album-long dedication to the Prairie State, state-wide recognition has been pretty scarce. However, there are TONS of songs about Chicago. So I chose this one, a white-man’s blues song about the dangers of city life. Nice harp playing here.
Alternate tracks: Anything on Surjan’s Illinois; any number of blues songs about Chicago.
4. Paranthetical: a favorite song with parentheses in the title – Brendan Benson/Cold Hands (Warm Heart)
Also known as Jack White’s better half in the Raconteurs, Brendan Benson has consistently put on great little pop songs. The parentheses here seem rather silly, since Benson uses the entire title consistently in the lyrics. Did that stop me from including it? HELL NO.
Alternate tracks: Beatles/Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown); R.E.M./(Don’t Go Back to) Rockville; Rolling Stones OR Devo/(Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.
5. Therefore I Am: Song about thinking – Portastatic/Bright Ideas
This song just seemed appropriate to me on the day I created the mix.
I thought I found the panel but the switches broke off
Thought I found the panel but the switches were broken off
I sanded down my edges but the world plays rough
I put my bright ideas right back in the box
Yeah, it was a glass-half-empty type of day.
Alternate tracks: Aretha Franklin/Think
6. Alliteration: Song with alliteration in the title – Folk Implosion/Pole Position
Had a very hard time finding a song that fit the criteria. This one did!
This is a pretty good lead off track to a good album called One Part Lullaby. And, most importantly, it fit the criteria!
Alternate tracks: A lot of songs with repeated words like Mony, Mony or Sugar Sugar.
7. Favorite song from the year you were born – Curtis Mayfield/Pusherman
Christ, 1972 was a wasteland.
Alternate tracks: None.
8. Song about an animal – Michael Jackson/Ben
The theme to the sequel of 1971’s Willard, about a murderous effing rat named Ben. I wanted to use a song about a SPECIFIC animal, and this one sprung to mind.
A couple of thoughts while I listen to this one:
1. What a corny-ass song.
2. Actually, it’s kind of beautiful. Michael sure could sing.
3. Knowing what we do about his upbringing, I can actually picture Michael becoming friends with a rat instead of his family.
4. It’s the theme to a PG horror film. Who approached whom about a member of the Jackson Five to perform it? Crazy and brilliant.
5. I not-so-secretly love the Crispin Glover version as well.
Alternate tracks: Rolling Stones/Wild Horses; The Cramps/Can Your Pussy Do the Dog?
9. Song performed by a non-traditional musician – She & Him/Why Do You Let Me Stay Here
Luckily, I picked a DIFFERENT She & Him song from Mike. This one is little more bubblegum. I heart Zooey Deschanel.
Alternate track: C.W. McCall/Convoy
10. Grammatically Incorrect – The Minutemen/This Ain’t No Picnic
One of my favorite Minutemen songs. It’s an anti-work anthem, but sort of a slacker one. Not “let’s burn down the building”, more like “let’s secretly seethe in our cubicles”.
Alternate track: Bill Withers/Ain’t No Sunshine, also see #12.
11. Song with your favorite guitar or instrument solo – Del Shannon/Runaway
Thankfully, my mother never misplaced all her old 45s. I used to play this song, Jan and Dean’s “Dead Man’s Curve” and ? and the Mysterians’ “96 Tears” to death on my crappy record player. I had those little yellow spindle adapters for 45s all over my room as a youth — another thing lost on the current generation.
Here’s some fun – thanks to Wikipedia and Google Maps – the route taken on the drag race from “Dead Man’s Curve”. It does look like a tough curve on Sunset…
Alternate tracks: None.
12. War! What is it good for? – Phil Ochs/I Ain’t Marching Anymore
Why not a protest song? They’re so darn earnest. P.S. Can anyone think of a pro-war song? And please don’t mention that Lee Greenwood “Proud to Be an American” bullshit.
Alternate tracks: Billy Bragg/Island of No Return; Talking Heads/Life During Wartime; Fear/Let’s Start A War
13. Song about sex – The Magnetic Fields/Let’s Pretend We’re Bunny Rabbits
And do what bunnies dooooo.
Alternate tracks: Liz Phair/Fuck and Run; Many artists/Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love); Grinderman/No Pussy Blues
14. Song about drugs – Velvet Underground/Waiting for the Man
One of my favorite VU tracks. Better than “Heroin”.
Alternate tracks: Black Flag or Camper Van Beethoven/Wasted
15. Song about rock & roll – Spoon/Car Radio
My kinda rock song. My take is that it’s about a music fan hearing a great song on the car radio. Perhaps “My Generation”?
Alternate tracks: Lenny Kravitz/Rock & Roll is Dead; Ramones/Rock & Roll High School; Jesus and Mary Chain/I Hate Rock & Roll; LCD Soundsystem/Daft Punk Is Playing at My House
16. Why so sad? Song about the blues, a broken heart, crying, etc. – Neko Case/Things That Scare Me
I listed the entire criteria here so that you can see how – after searching for songs in my library for hours – I could misremember this topic to read: “Why are you crying?” Because this title, nor its song, is specifically about crying, a broken heart or the blues, even though there are lots of songs that fit. Forgive me for that, but hey, enjoy Neko Case!
Alternate track: The Cure/Boys Don’t Cry, which is so much more appropriate.
17. Bonus/hidden track – Elvis Costello/Radio Sweetheart
Had to go back to my Rhino re-release of My Aim Is True for this one. Kinda fits with the tone of that album, but a true one-off.
Alternate track: Cracker/Eurotrash Girl. I think people forget that the song was unlisted on the Kerosene Hat album, and included as track #69 before radio got a hold of it. Or, maybe I just want to stun you with my knowledge of useless trivia. You decide.
18. Perchance to dream – Ride/Like a Daydream
Picked it because I like the band, and it picks up the tempo. The cymbal effects in this song are SO dated, though. I still love it, but find myself cringing a bit.
Alternate tracks: The Smiths OR Low/Last Night I Dreamt That Somebody Loved Me; Tom Waits/Innocent When You Dream. Glad I didn’t pick the Waits one since Mike used it.
19. Famous title: same title as book or movie – The Clash/The Magnificent Seven
Struggled with this one big time before this one fell in my lap. Whew!
Alternate tracks: Elvis Costello/Less Than Zero; Kate Bush OR The Decemberists/Wuthering Heights; Jim O’Rourke/Insignificance
20. Amnesty song – Rogue Wave/Lake Michigan
Apparently, I like any song featuring handclaps and this one has ’em. Tried to use this for #3 (state song), but (a) a lake isn’t a state, and (b) Lake Michigan borders four states. Couldn’t wedge it in with good conscience, so it ends up here.
Alternate tracks: None.
Thanks again to Stennie and everyone else who played along! I’m looking forward to others posting their tracklists too.