Welcome to my second mix. My music collection is nothing like T-bone’s or Ackx4’s, so I don’t have a lot of obscure rarities here. Basically, I just tried once again to make what I thought would be a fun mix using songs I love. I hope you enjoy it.
1. Birdsongs of the Mesozoic – “Theme from Rocky and Bullwinkle”
The Roger Miller incarnation of Birdsongs of the Mesozoic was just brilliant. I loved the physicality of the playing in addition to the wildly inventive sounds they made. This song is a great example of how Roger Miller combined his technical virtuosity with a sense of humor.
2. Butthole Surfers – “Cowboy Bob”
Probably my favorite Butthole Surfers song.
3. Shudder to Think - “Nine Fingers on You”
I know a lot of people hate Shudder to Think, and I actually find a lot of it abrasive and unlistenable, but I think this song is just awesome. Girl you’ve got to hustle for your muscle machine…
4. 50 Foot Wave – “Clara Bow”
Kristin Hersh’s latest project. It’s all great, but this is the song I tend to play on repeat.
5. Loud Fast Rules – “Black & Blue”
Loud Fast Rules is, of course, the band that went on to become Soul Asylum. This song first appeared on the “Barefoot and Pregnant” compilation, then they recorded this song again later as Soul Asylum and included it on the Times Incinerator cassette-only release. But when they reissued the combination CD of Say What You Will Clarence and tracks from Time’s Incinerator , they replaced the Soul Asylum version of “Black & Blue” with this earlier recording. I know what you’re thinking… It sounds just like “Runaway Train.”
6. Baby Ray – “Sorry”
Awesome band. Awesome song. I’m just so disappointed that they broke up. They played a few shows last year and released Low Rises (which is great and absolutely worth checking out, as is Monkeypuzzle , which is where this track comes from) and I was psyched at the thought of them playing around more. But no sooner did the CD come out then they announced that they were doing their last show. Huge loss to the Boston music scene. Baby Ray prompted a lot of comparisons to XTC and you can really hear it in this song.
7. Smoking Popes – “Before I’m Gone”
I love this song, but I don’t really have anything to say about it. Moving right along…
8. Count Zero – “Golden Years”
My favorite local band. As if Peter Moore’s brilliant song writing weren’t enough, they’re also fabulous at doing really interesting and distinctive covers. This song is awesome live.
9. The Partridge Family – “Love Is All I Ever Needed”
Sound Magazine was the first album I ever owned (well okay, it was really my older sister’s and she charitably let me play it) and I still love it today. Maybe it’s just because you never really get over your first love, and I still hear it with the same ears. I don’t know and I don’t care. I still enjoy it.
10. Dexy’s Midnight Runners – “Thankfully Not Living in Yorkshire It Doesn’t Apply”
I find it impossible not to bop around to this song. It always puts a big smile on my face.
11. Della Reese – “Come on-a My House”
My favorite version of this song. Della has that great delivery –sort of a lascivious snarl-– and I love the fast cha-cha-cha beat.
12. Jamie T. – “Salvador”
I don’t listen to a lot of ska-flavored stuff these days, but this is another one of those songs I can’t resist bopping around to.
13. Jonathan Richman – “Stop This Car”
I have to be in the mood for Jonathan Richman and can only take him in small doses, but this is my favorite. It’s such a singular song and I find it completely irresistible. If you don’t like it, all I can say is “Wow, man like your vibes are so uptight.”
14. Count Zero – “Cure of a Kiss” (Live Acoustic)
This is from a live radio performance (Carmelita’s show, I think??). I love the studio version of “Cure of a Kiss” that is on Robots Anonymous , but this version has an entirely different charm and I might even prefer it. This song is full of great Peter Moore lyrics like “The clock pickpockets the cause from his eyes.”
15. Pussy Galore – “Cunt Tease”
This song cracks me up. I guess it sort of continues the humorous misogyny theme I began last CD with “Girl on the Screen.”
16. Exmo-6-Desmo – “Tooot”
I mostly included this one because I just like saying Exmo-6-Desmo. Hmmm, I guess I don’t actually get to say Exmo-6-Desmo here. I just get to write Exmo-6-Desmo, which is decidedly less fun because I have trouble typing hyphens. I dig their music, but was never wild about the vocals, so this song is perfect.
17. Christmas – “Tommy the Truck”
One of my favorite local bands of yesteryear. I thought Michael Cudahy was just brilliant - just so marvelously inventive - and he and Liz Cox were a great combo. I rarely hear people cite Christmas when they are talking about favorite Boston bands. I think they deserved more recognition than they got.
18. Soul Asylum – “Never Too Soon”
From While You Were Out , this is one of several songs that I think it was a mistake to omit from the Best of the Twin/Tone Years compilation.
19. Volcano Suns – “White Elephant”
Another one of my favorite local bands from yesteryear. It was great to see them play last year and I hope they get together for another outing again sometime.
20. Snide Rhino – “Tell Me Something”
Snide Rhino features Peter, Eric, and Izzy of Count Zero (but with Eric on vocals and Peter on drums) and Andrew Hickman, who produces the most amazing sounds on saxophone. Oodles of fun to see live.
21. The Wombats – “In a Minute”
The Cleveland Wombats from the 80s, that is, not the contemporary Wombats from the U.K. A few people singled out the Wombats as one of their favorite tracks off my last mix, so I figured I’d throw another one on. This is also off Zontar Must Die (as opposed to the other albums in the Wombats’ extensive discography) and features that same great lo-fi sound.
22. Brian Jonestown Massacre – “Nailing Honey to the Bee“
23. Brad Sucks – “Dirtbag”
From the CD I Don’t Know What I’m Doing . Sort of like “Creep” in an Internet-fame one-man-band kind of way.
24. Think Tree – “Holy Cow”
A Think Tree classic, although the recording could never equal the live performance. Think Tree was just a great live band and Holy Cow was always a highlight. Apparently a lot of people took this song seriously and found it offensive. Sigh.
25. Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel – “Lust for Death”
I saw Foetus play in London and it’s actually one of the few shows that I’ve walked out of. I think I just found him really boring – just a bunch of boring noise. Meanwhile, Hole has some great songs on it like this one.
26. Naked Raygun – “Surf Combat”
This song just has such an awesome tick to it.
27. Wire – “12xU”
I don’t think I need to say anything about this one. A classic.