Friday, October 1, 2010
"For Casual Fans" : THE WEEKEND MIX
In the last week or so, I made reference to "Greatest Hits" CDs and how they don't always best represent the artist, or at least I think I did. I can't remember in which post I brought it up. I do remember saying that I thought the material on Cheap Trick's hits CD, a band I absolutely adore, was some of their weakest material. Same with ELO.
My thought for this week's "Weekend Mix," was to possibly surprise and delight, not the die-hard, but the casual fan, who may only be familiar with the obvious. You may think 10 songs by Cheap Trick is enough, satisfied with "Surrender," "I Want You To Want Me," and "Ain't That A Shame." But owning their "Greatest Hits" also subjects you to "The Flame," "If You Want My Love," and "Can't Stop Falling Into Love," arguably three of their most cringe-making tunes.
I thought it a good idea to take ten of my favorite bands, and make ten separate, ten track mixes of not-so-obvious songs for each artist; a huge project that I may still attack at some point. Until then--
Here are ten legendary artists and songs you may not have heard before. Remember, I am not addressing anyone who owns the German only, mono digipaks with monitor mix bonus tracks of any of these artists. This mix isn't for you. (though you may still enjoy it) If YOU don't own "Axis" Bold As Love," then buying that should be the first thing you do today after posting your new status on Facebook.
One Rainy Wish- Jimi Hendrix
("Axis: Bold As Love")
The Calling- Yes
Heaven's Falling- Cheap Trick
("Next Position, Please")
She'll Drive The Big Car- David Bowie
Stranger On A Quiet Street- ELO
Blue, Red, & Grey - The Who
("The Who By Numbers")
All About You- The Rolling Stones
Your Own Worst Enemy- Bruce Springsteen
Time Table- Genesis
Black Muddy River- Grateful Dead
("In The Dark")