Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Mixtape mark II

Electronic mixtape, hosted here, originally intended for use on the BRS forum. Have a track-by-track that'll be less bitchy than the one about Half-baked Or Nothing.

  1. Robert Duncan - Chosen A slow building instrumental to start the CD with. Grows and grows to sound BIG and inspiring. Was actually taken from the score of the last ever Buffy episode.
  2. Go Home Productions - Rock In Black Toll bell opening, could only be one of two songs - Back in Black, or For Whom The Bell Tolls. But wait, Freddie Mercury? It's a mashup of (principally) Back In Black and We Will Rock You, but also includes Led Zep, Crowded House, Snoop Dogg...
  3. Ash - Envy A nice upbeat jump aroundy song - not one of their most obvious tracks but still great all the same. It's not a song I've heard in a good while until I came to start this CD, and thought "hmmm, that'll fit in well". This CD took me in interesting directions.
  4. Old 97's - Four Leaf Clover My Dad summed this up as "psychobilly country and western". A fast paced song, alternating with boy/girl vocals in a cheerful pop-punk style - why on earth would this be popular with me? Bonus points to those who manage to guess where I first heard it.
  5. Rilo Kiley - Breakin' Up A lovely bridge between the country song and the forthcoming ballads. Also the start of the melancholic break. Bizarrely this song always makes me smile, remembering the Islington Academy gig where Jenny sang several portions of this song to me (especially "here's to all the pretty girls you're gonna meet" with a nod towards Katy).
  6. Easyworld - Tonight If this song doesn't make you sad then you've got a heart of stone. Piano led ballad about missing somebody. I'll let the music do the talking.
  7. Aerosmith - You See Me Crying And the piano intro to this sounds a lot like a reprise of Tonight - another happy accident in track listing. The final track off Aerosmith's best album before they got clean, it's not a side of the band you'd expect, and a thousand times better than that other fucking ballad that they're known for.
  8. The Donnas - Revolver. Picking things up again now. Still not up to full speed, a nice acousticy ballad whose guitars creep up on you. Allison Robertson is one of the most underrated guitarists in my collection. This track creeps along stealithly like a fox before pouncing and taking off. Ok, my metaphors need work.
  9. William Shatner - Common People The first of two covers on the CD. The Shat turns his spoken word epics to Jarvis Cocker's classic, and it works so well. One of the best covers ever - he really gets the hang of the venom hidden so well in the original.
  10. The Dresden Dolls - Sing A boy/girl duo, but better than the white stripes. This song always makes me choke up and get all teary eyed. A slow burn of a song, building up - it's not surprising that it's the final song on the album it's originally from.
  11. Charlotte Hatherley - Bastardo And now, a contrast. Cheerful bubbly pop that always makes me smile, and was actually referenced in my Business Studies presentation about eBay that got me a first. Shame she ruined a promising career with a poor second album (*coughsubwayscough*)
  12. Garbage - Run Baby Run An obvious band for me to use, but not an obvious song. Another cheerful happy song (making amends for the Easyworld track) from the future CEO of Cyberdyne Systems. Lulls the listener into a false sense of security before...
  13. Rammstein - Du Hast INDUSTRIAL TANZ-METALL OVERLOAD. Really, who wouldn't like homophonic plays on words in a scary language growled by someone who, quite frankly, makes Pennywise the Clown look like Ronald McDonald? The sort of song to give my workmates nightmares.
  14. The Osmonds - Crazy Horses People laughed at me for including an Osmonds song. Hopefully they'll listen to this track and not only eat their words, but realise that it actually fits in well with the surrounding songs.
  15. Pink Floyd - Run Like Hell I always listen to this song on my mp3 player walking through Canterbury when it's crowded. Invariably I sing along, and spitting out the lines tends to give me plenty of space. Roger Waters sounds so evil taunting the crowd at the beginning.
  16. Los Campesinos! - We Throw Parties, You Throw Knives Rammstein to Los Camp via the Osmonds and Pink Floyd. I will admit by this point I was running out of effort and threw this in to see what effect it would have. It works well to perk up the listener after the winding down outro of Pink Floyd.
  17. Metallica - Turn The Page The second cover of the CD, a rocked up version of a Bob Seger hit. James Hetfield is a big country fan and does this track justice. I want to find an instrumental version of it and make up lyrics about Ellen Page instead.
  18. Duke Spirit - Red Weather One of the best closing tracks ever. So sleazy, it builds and builds. Live it's even more immense, especially with Toby playing his guitar like a machine gun (something I've tried to replicate when playing One by Metallica on Guitar Hero).
So, there it is. If you've made it this far, I thank you for listening. If you liked any bands and want to know more, let me know.

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