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It's CD Mix Challenge 8! Enjoy...


1. Title track: Any song that is also the title of the album from whence it came, such as “Piano Man” from the album Piano Man.

"The Globe," Big Audio Dynamite II


2. I Command You A song title which is a command in the grammatical sense, such as “Don’t Stop” or “Please Please Me.

"Skip a Rope"- Henson Cargill

I have intensely visceral memories of this song from childhood, not so much of the subject matter, but the actual 45s that my dad had, which included “In the year 2525” by Zager & Evans, and “Bottle of Wine” by Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs—right down to the little yellow spindle adapter thingies.


3. Human Anatomy 101 A song about a part of the body, whether it’s the eyes, the heart, or the toe. Any part of the body at all.

"Black Tongue," Yeah Yeah Yeahs


4. Song about waiting Self-explanatory, surely.

"I’ve Been Waiting," Matthew Sweet

Love the jangling, Byrds-esque guitar here.


5. Novelty song:

"eBay," Weird Al Yankovic

Growing up, we had a couple of K-Tel compilations (Goofy Greats et al.) on 8-track, which provided a steady diet of Ray Stevens and Nervous Norvis. I went a little more new-school this time, not least because I’m right out of 8-track players. BTW: the future copyright lawyer in me isn’t convinced this song qualifies as a parody under Campbell v. Acuff-Rose. Though, if pressed, I could come up with a decent rationale why it might be. I can promise you that, it's most certainly not a market substitute for the original. Then again, the future copyright lawyer in me should be thinking of a good rationale—fair use or otherwise—for these little enterprises.



6. Great song on a shit album Again, that’s obvious enough. A song you like from an album you don’t.

"The Way," Fastball (All the Pain Money Can Buy)

Not really a shit album, just one I never listened to except for this song. Then again, maybe this song isn’t really “great,” so it kind of evens out. From that post-vinyl/pre-iTunes no-man’s land we call the 90s


7. Song from 2008 Yes, it’s time for you people to get current again. Any song that was released this year.

"Antarctica," The Weepies

Pretty much the only music from 2008 that I have. Thanks to Stennie for turning me on to them.


8. Song about school:

"Playground," XTC

Reminds me of high school, as it should, and not in a good way. Especially “Some sweet girl playing my life runs off with a boy whose bike she’ll ride . . .” Seems like there was a preponderance of songs about British schools and how awful they are.


9. This & That A song with a title using the conjunction “and” . . .

"Bulldozers and Dirt," Drive-By Truckers

Sometimes the simplest, most elemental pleasures in life are the most sublimeI love the slow accretion of production elements, as if the song were an ever-enlarging sonic stalactite. It’s the lesser known inbred cousin of Phil Spector’s signature, The “Mound o’ Sound.” Also, the vocal harmonies call to mind a bunch of ‘coon hounds baying on a big-ass front porch of an old farmhouse


10. Dedication: dedicate a song on your mix to someone!

"The Look of Love," Dusty Springfield

Dusty’s voice like a satin teddy slipping off an alabaster shoulder, the strings unabashed in their urgent yearnings, and that sax. Good god, y’all. If there’s more artfully rendered ode to the physical act of love, I can’t begin to imagine what it would be, Mandrake. Dedicated, of course, to The Mother of The Man Cub (who must never be referred to as ‘Mrs. Middlebrow’). Track 16 is dedicated to the both of them.



11. Favorite song from the year you graduated high school.

"Never Say Never," Romeo Void

Wasn’t sure if this should this be favorite at the time, or favorite from that year now either way, it’s a bit of a cheat: the song came out in ’82, but I didn’t discover it until ’84 (in the movie Reckless) so I figured I could split the difference. This really captures the essence of what (I’d like to believe ) the early 80s were about musically.



12. Song you are most surprised to discover in your CD/MP3 collection. Alternate category name: “That’s not mine, officer.”

"More Than a Woman," Bee Gees

What surprised me was that I didn’t stop it or FF to the next thing. It was the Bee Gees—and I liked it! And why not, what with the Fender Rhodes tinkling like ice cubes in a tall glass of sweet tea. Very sweet tea. If I’m dedicating the mix to the MotMC, I might as well include a song that owes its presence in my iTunes to her: she or her mother bought the Bee Gees’ 2-CD best-of set and ripped it into my iTunes so they could each have a copy. So, really, this could have been any Bee Gees classic.


Had I chosen using Stennie’s criteria (musical kryptonite), you would all have been subjected to "The Wind Beneath My Wings," by Bette Midler (shudder), the mere thought of which makes me want to jam an icepick into each ear. It got into my iTunes because I was helping a former client, unschooled in the ways of the Interwebs, who wanted to make a mix CD for her daughter who was headed off to college. No good deed goes unpunished, I guess. Reminds me of the guy in High Fidelity who came into the shop to buy “I Just Called to Say I Love You” for his daughter. “Oh, is she in a coma?”



13. Kick-ass cover The old favorite.

"We’re not the Jet Set," John Prine & Iris Dement

I know it’s fashionable on these things to pick a genre-bending or ultra ironic cover. This one kicks ass because it’s such a heartfelt homage to the George Jones / Tammy Wynette original. And if there’s a bigger Iris DeMent fan in the world than me, it’s probably John Prine.


14. Song with your name in the title You can use your middle name if you can’t find anything for your first name.

"Alles Roger!," Sportfreunde Stiller

Yes, I had to go buy it. I had really hoped to find a song that not only had my name, but used its verb form: to roger, a good rogering. Given how rusty my German is, they very well might have. Bonus/two-fer: they also refer to my middle name: Atomic Kitten



15. Smoking song—a song about smoking, what else?

"The Wildwood Weed," Jim Stafford

Thought I’d save you the trip to Branford, MO. “Y’all come back now, y’hear?”


16. Song about magic

"Three is a Magic Number," Schoolhouse Rock

A bit on the nose, but truly a great song. The compilation album should be called “That’s Edutainment!”


17. Next song Heidi should learn on the guitar (a.k.a. While Stennie’s guitar gently weeps)?

"O Marie," Daniel Lanois

This is assuming Stennie’s disdain for U2 doesn’t extend to their erstwhile producer. I’ll leave it up to her if she wants to learn it in French.



18. Introductory song: Song you would like to have played by Paul Schaeffer and the CBS Orchestra if you were a guest on Letterman.


"Are You Gonna Go My Way?," Lenny Kravitz

Damn, I knew I should have held on to “Play that Funky Music . . .” My variation on the question is, What do they play at the stadium while you’re walking to the plate: “Now batting, number 14, Misterrrr Middlebrrrrooooooowwwwww!” You just know Paul would arrange a smoking Hammond B3 part for himself, which would just make it all the sweeter.



19. Amnesia: a song about forgetting

"Don’t Forget About Me," Nanci Griffith

Stennie, if this song inexplicably makes your fillings hurt, it might be because one Larry Mullen, Jr. is playing drums. I’ll probably never put a U2 song on a mix, but they might invariably find a way via their cronies and compatriots.



20. Amnesty song As always, a song that you would have liked to use in this (or any other) mix, but couldn’t seem to find room for.

"Don’t Wait for Tom," Over The Rhine (imperative + waiting)

9 comments:

Patrick said...

I'd love to hear this but I never got your disc. Still crossing my fingers, but as the days go by, I'm thinking I'm gonna miss out (no biggie, don't resend).

Is your "Three is a Magic Number" the Blind Melon version or the original Schoolhouse Rock?

Snag said...

1. Title track: “Lola” Kinks (Lola Versus Powerman and the Money-go-Round)

2. I Command You: "Rock the Casbah"- The Clash

3. Human Anatomy: "Under My Thumb," Rolling Stones

4. Song about waiting: “Waiting For The Sun,” The Jayhawks

5. Novelty song: "D.O.A.," Bloodrock. Honorable mention to “Timothy,” The Buoys

6. Great song on a shit album: "Woman Of The Waves," Michael Franks (Blue Pacific)

7. Song from 2008 : "The World Come On," The Dandy Warhols

8. Song about school: " Me and Julio Down by the Schoolyard," Paul Simon

9. This & That A song with a title using the conjunction “and” . . . "Peace and Hate," The Submarines

10. Dedication: dedicate a song on your mix to someone!: Danger, Will Robinson. I pass.

11. Favorite song from the year you graduated high school: "Baker Street," Gerry Rafferty

12. Song you are most surprised to discover in your CD/MP3 collection: "She’s Gone," Hall & Oates

13. Kick-ass cover: "The Mercy Seat," Johnny Cash

14. Song with your name in the title. “Solex’s Snag,” Solex vs. The Hitmeister

15. Smoking song: “All Along The Watchtower,” Jimi Hendrix (“he steal my herb”)

16. Song about magic: "Do You Believe In Magic," The Lovin' Spoonful

17. Next song Heidi should learn on the guitar? “This Is The Sea,” The Waterboys.

18. Introductory song: "Exodus," Bob Marley

19. Amnesia: a song about forgetting: “Don’t You Forget About Me,” Simple Minds

20. Amnesty song: Too many to count.

Mr. Middlebrow said...

Patrick: That blows. I'm going to figure out some kind of FTP solution for you and RS/La Pho. "Three..." is the original SR version.

Snag: Well played, sir. You should get in the game for realz next time.

Snag said...

Crap, I stayed up until 2 a.m. writing the comment. God help me if I actually have to make CDs. It sounds like fun, though; we'll see how others feel when they get the results of my psychotic collection.

Bet said...

I came perilously close to using "3 is a Magic Number." I've told you my revelations about "Skip a Rope," (why IS that song so creepy to me? almost scary) and "Wildwood Weed." Two songs I hadn't heard in ages and the second made me giggle. You mentioned Nervous Norvus. I had "Transfusion" on my short list. And I'm still digging "Dozers and Dirt," no pun intended, which is a lie, I completely intended it.

Bet said...

Oh, and isn't "Fire Escape" on that Fastball album? I really like that song. Much better, in fact, than "The Way." But that's just me.

Righteous Bubba said...

I gave it a shot with YouTube.

Mr. Middlebrow said...

Bet:
I think it's the echo and the expansive stereo separation that make Skip a Rope so spooky. You're right about "Fire Escape" being on that album, but wrong about it being the better song. ;^P

RB:
Thanks for stopping by and playing along. What a great idea! Your "command" song gave me a nostalgic chuckle.

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