Friday, January 27, 2012
"~name this mix~" : THE WEEKEND MIX
As per me, I've latched on to a handful of songs this past week. And while 5 hours of Dylan covers owned my ears for the last 3 days, I did manage to spin the following 4 songs an obsessive number of times in between "Hattie Carrols."
•Last Glittering Thrill by The Thousand Pities, a band from Montclair, New Jersey whose CD was released back in March but only just found its way to my CD player, is doing all the right things by me. I'm loving the record, "Believe In Sound," but I'm REALLY loving this tune. (And that chorus!)
•I Don't Like It But I've Got To Do It by Pugwash is yet another in what seems like an endless supply of infectious tunes by this pop genius, aka Thomas Walsh from Dublin, who should be as famous as Paul McCartney, or at the very least, Mike McGear.
•Your Closest Friends by John Dunbar hit home like a wrecking ball. It's lyrically clever, and twisted in the very best way. Musically, it's perfect pop candy, like the rest of "Comeuppance, See Me Sometime," the album in which it appears.
•Summer '68 from Pink Floyd's "Atom Heart Mother," has worked its way into my Top 500. (That's not as many as it sounds when we're talking all time.) It's a little masterpiece from Richard Wright and I'm always surprised it's Pink Floyd when I hear it.
It is this quartet of songs that has been in heavy rotation this week, so naturally, I wanted to build a mix around them...and this is what I've got.
A few highlights:
Haven't heard the Eric Matthews cut in ages, and I was reminded of it thanks to the new release (18 years after their debut) from Cardinal, Eric's project with Richard Davies.
I first heard the XTC track on a bootleg of demos, then found out it appeared in finished form on a benefit CD whose name escapes me, then it turned up in a third incarnation on Andy's "Fuzzy Warbles" series. I still like the first version I heard, so that's here.
I can never say enough about Jason Falkner. Here's another guy who deserves to be in the Pop Genius Hall Of Fame, if only for covering Be Bop Deluxe, which is what's here.
Once you unzip and load, you'll notice I gave the mix the title "Pop/Psych/Hooks/Songs," which is a little bit clumsy and a little bit horrible. Maybe you can come up with something better.
As I am wont to say, it sounds good altogether.
Fanfare- Eric Matthews
Forget All About It- Nazz
The EMI Song (Smile For Me)- Alex Chilton
I Don't Like It But I've Got To Do It- Pugwash
Last Glittering Thrill- The Thousand Pities
I Don't Wanna Be Here- XTC
All Around The World- The Jam
Little Billy- The Who
She Sent Me Away- David Werner
I See The Rain- Marmalade
Summer '68- Pink Floyd
Jet Silver & The Dolls Of Venus- Jason Falkner
Without Expression- Terry Reid
Your Closest Friends- John Dunbar
Foxy, Foxy- Mott The Hoople
It's All Over Now, Baby Blue- Bad Religion