Time for another CD Mix Challenge from Stennie and the gang—now with video!
Along with not repeating any songs from past mixes, I managed to stick to my pledge to not repeat artists. Or at least no Patty Griffin. This time around I I happened onto music that I didn’t even know I had. Thanks, friends, for forcing me out of my musical ruts.
Like River Selkie, I’d love to hear your thoughts on how it turned out. Songs you love/hate, what you think of the choices, how it flows overall, etc.
On with the countdown:
1. Sellout (Mix #4)—a song that is used (or has been used) in a TV commercial.
Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, “Somewhere over the rainbow”
2. A song that’s in a foreign language (Mix #1)
Mohammed Rafi, “Jaan Pehechaan Ho”
Given the song’s Johnny Rivers/surf guitar energy, and the fact that everybody in the video is sporting a Lone Ranger mask, I can only assume that the title translates as “Secret (South) Asian Man.”
While I doubt anyone would think I have some vast reserve of early-60s Indian show tunes, I must immediately cop to the fact that this came from the soundtrack for “Ghost World.”
3. A song about cheating (Mix #3)
Amazing Rhythm Aces, “Third Rate Romance”
This is one of my all-time favorite songs, near the top of my nostalgia heap. I suppose it could be argued that He and She are having a one-night stand—it never explicitly says they’re cheating. To which the more cynical/pragmatic side of my brain says, “Bollocks!” Anybody who hits it at “The Family Inn” is cheating on whoever’s at home, which is why they’re not going there.
4. Song that makes you cry (Mix #2)
Nanci Griffith, “
It’s the bluebonnets and the blackbirds’ wings that do it.
5. B-side (Mix #3)
This is the category I struggled with the most. As I wrote to Stennie, who the hell buys 45s or singles anymore? (not me). She suggested any kind of outtake or bonus track would suffice. I got this from a compilation CD called “Crowd Around the Mike,” a series of in-studio recordings done when bands visit WNCW. The CD itself was, I think, a premium for being a station member. The funny part is, I had literally never even opened the jewel case until I started working on this mix--and I've had the CD since, like, 2002. So, for all I know, this could be DTB’s biggest “hit” ever, the utter antithesis of a B-side. Still, it’s a cool song, I think.
6. Kick-ass cover song (all)—no restrictions on the kick-ass cover song this time, as long as it is a cover song and it kicks ass.
Stan Ridgeway, “Ring of Fire”
This would have been a good “answer” song, had the question been along the lines of “What do your nether regions feel like after a night in
7. Earworm (Mix #2)—a song that gets stuck in your head.
Carol King, “One Was Johnny”
Combine the fact that it’s Carol King, one of the all-time masters of the pop hook, with the fact that it’s a kids song with a putative pedagogical imperative, and voila: Earworm Extraordinaire!
8. A favorite live track (Mix #1)
Barenaked Ladies, “If I Had A Million Dollars”
If you are not grinning like a jackass by the time this is over, you are clearly dead inside. Ironically, I have never actually been to a BNL show.
9. Title out of nowhere (Mix #5)—a song in which the title does not appear in the lyrics at all.
Live, “Selling the Drama”
I have a theory: there are not now, nor will there ever be a country song that fills this category. Although "The Weight" by The Band comes close.
10. A favorite song you have discovered since our last CD Mix (Mix #4)
Kaiser Chiefs, “I Predict A Riot”
The trouble with this category: with very few exceptions, the preponderance of new-to-me music comes via these mix exchanges. But somebody loaned me a compilation of stuff the kids are into nowadays (or two years ago) and this happened to be on it. I like their happier take on the XTC sound.
11. Favorite artist duo collaboration (Mix #1)
Porter Wagoner & Dolly Parton, “Last Thing on my Mind”
12. Geographical location song (Mix #3)—any song that mentions a geographical
The Jam, “A Town Called Malice”
Bet's use of "That's Entertainment" got me thinking I needed to use The Jam on a mix.
13. Musical question… (Mix #4)
The Producers, “What’s He Got?”
In retrospect, I would have liked a bit more stylistic distance between this and #12, but, oh well. One of my favorites from the “Golden Age of MTV.” I call it that because it was a time before anyone gave a damn about “heavy rotation” and they played, literally, any videos they could get their hands on. These guys should have been at least as big as the Romantics.
14. And answer! (Mix #4)—track #13 is a song with a question for its title, and track #14 has a title that answers that question.
Sarah Vaughan, “Whatever Lola Wants”
Funny how this sets up a little triptych about sin, souls and damnation. Another happy accident . . . with dire consequences! (Hey, Stennie!)
15. Four-letter word (Mix #5)—a song whose title consists solely of a four-letter word.
Squirrel Nut Zippers “Hell”
“Teeth are extruded/and bones are ground/and baked into cakes/which are passed around.”
Consider yourself warned.
16. Seven Deadly Sins (Mix #2)—a song about any one of the Seven Deadly Sins.
Franz Ferdinand, “Fabulously Lazy”
An ironically energetic paean to sloth.
17. A song you wouldn’t play in front of your Mom (Mix #1)—and again, if your Mom isn’t the type to object, feel free to choose a song that you wouldn’t play in front of my mom—if you know what’s good for you.
Tenacious D, “Sex Supreme”
18. Song about violence and/or death (Mix #3)
Lyle Lovett, “
But for the lyrics, would you ever guess that this is a song about death and grief and sorrow and murder?
19. Guilty pleasure song (#2)
Pink, “Just Like a Pill”
20. Amnesty Song - with a twist! A song that fits any two of the categories above. (Mixes #2-5, minus twist) I prefer to call this the “two-fer” category.
John Prine & Bonnie Raitt “Angel from