Minty made a terrific mix about people. Though I have to say, the lyrics about Mary-Anne are WAY off the mark. And I am very happy that my link for '88 Lines for 44 Women' came from polyamory.org. Though I couldn't find a link for The Gay. Probably because those damn homosexuals have taken over the Internet. I didn't know that Jim Carroll wrote The Basketball Diaries.
I love the Kimya Dawson song, and my son loves the Tenacious D song, but let's face it - this whole mix is awesome. Except maybe for 'Watching Scotty Grow', which is worth it just for the snicker potential of the title.
I do love that Minty has brought back the art of the comment, which I had dropped because my laziness in constructing comments was becoming an obstacle to creating new mix CDs. But luckily there are still those amongst us with industry and wit.
Oh - and by the way - Happy New Year!
|People Who Died||The Jim Carroll Band||Isn’t it just like me to start out a mix on an upbeat note? But really, I LOVE this fucking song, and it’s CATHARTIC. Turn it up!!|
|Joey||Nick Drake||Uh, speaking of people who died . . . Nick Drake died too. This is a pretty pretty song he wrote about a girl named Joey.|
|Cecilia||Simon & Garfunkel||Wait—he’s shagging this girl in his room, and he gets up to go to the can, and when he comes back she’s in his bed with someone else? Dude, that’s pretty fucked up right there.|
|Donna||Hair, Original Broadway Cast||I learned more about drugs and sex by listening to the Hair soundtrack album than I learned from my parents.|
|Jenny Was A Friend Of Mine||The Killers||My daughter, Teen Girl 2, suggested I add this one, since she knows several Jennys who are friends of mine. Note to the Jennys: aren’t you glad I didn’t put that Tommy Tutone song on here instead?|
|Alison||Elvis Costello||If I were on a desert island and this was the only song I had, I think that would be OK. If I were on a desert island with Elvis Costello, that would be even better.|
|I Want Candy||Bow Wow Wow||My brother is responsible in large part for the development of my musical tastes. He introduced me to Bow Wow Wow in 1981. Thanks, brother, for that—and thanks, Malcolm McLaren, for Bow Wow Wow!|
|Frank Mills||The Lemonheads||Why yes, it IS another song from the musical Hair. You got a problem with that? I have a thing for junkies like Evan Dando. Remember when he used to wear pajamas all the time? Was that cute, or just pathetic?|
|Marie Provost||Nick Lowe||Of all the songs in the world about people getting eaten by their pet dogs, this one is my FAVORITE.|
|Song For Myla Goldberg||The Decemberists||“I know New York, I need New York, I know I need unique New York.” Say that five times fast, Eliza!|
|Christine Sixteen||KISS||Summer of 1977, before my senior year of high school, my boyfriend and I went ice skating 2 or 3 times a week. They always played this song, and I always skated fast when it came on. Maybe to impress the boyfriend, or maybe to try and get away from the image of Gene Simmons putting that tongue in the mouth of a 16-year-old girl.|
|Michael||Franz Ferdinand||"Michael, you’re dancing like a beautiful dance whore." ’Nuff said.|
|Tire Swing||Kimya Dawson||It was this song that gave me the idea for this mix, because it reminded me of the two songs that bookend this collection. I would like to give Kimya Dawson a hug, and some cookies.|
|Kate||Ben Folds Five||Nearly every Ben Folds song contains the name of a person, so it was hard to pick just one. I like this one a lot, and I like that it talks about Chapel Hill, even if it is impossible to stand at the corner of Rosemary and Cameron, since they are parallel to each other.|
|Dave’s Holiday||Patty Larkin||Patty Larkin is a folk singer from Boston. I saw her at a club with my brother in 1981, and on her strumming hand she wore a Mickey Mouse puppet. That was funny.|
|Marlene||Todd Rundgren||Y’all know that I love me some Todd. This is a pretty one from the album Something/ Anything.|
|Robert Smith||The Gay||The Gay is another Canadian supergroup, but they’re no New Pornographers, IMO. I just like how they say “Robert” over and over in the middle of this song.|
|Walk Away Renee||The Left Banke||Yeah, Renee, just walk away. See if I care. And Renee? Don’t let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.|
|Gretzky Rocks||The Pursuit of Happiness||It was between this track and the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ "Magic Johnson."I think this one’s catchier and more fun. Plus, I hate the Lakers.|
|Natasha||Rufus Wainwright||One of the first concerts I ever went to was Rufus’s dad, Loudon Wainwright III, opening for Janis Ian. That’s a pretty strange pairing, don’t you think? I still like Loudon, but I ADORE Rufus.|
|Ana Ng||They Might Be Giants||Love those geeky Johns.|
|Lee||Tenacious D||If you hate Jack Black and/or Tenacious D, fear not—this is only about a minute long.|
|Mary-Ann||Adam Richman||I don’t know much about this guy, but this song’s got a catchy chorus.|
|Watching Scotty Grow||Bobby Goldsboro||This may be the most cloying, smarmy, mawkish, hackneyed song ever committed to vinyl. It makes my teeth hurt every time I hear it. Now I share the joy with you! Hey! Get your finger off the “next track” button!!!|
|88 Lines About 44 Women||The Nails||80s new wave! Remember this song? Sure you do—from Mazda commercials, if you’re too young to have heard it on the radio.|