Friday, February 17, 2012
"Off The Shelves" : THE WEEKEND MIX
I'm tired of listening to music I don't like.
Can you relate?
Let me explain.
This isn't a case of, "Listen to Bon Iver or we will shoot this puppy." I am not being forced to endure hours of unpleasant music by some rogue hipsters with guns. But, I do find myself wanting to experience the sounds of what's new, what's hot and what's not The Beatles and The Stones. Sadly, a lot of that time is wasted. I'm rarely impressed. And at the risk of sounding like the "Hey you kids, get off my lawn!" guy, I'm not looking for the next Beatles or the next Stones. But damn, sometimes I can't even find the next INXS.
This is not intended to be another rant on the state of music today. But, it is my way of saying that I get more satisfaction out of the same old same old, even when I do stumble onto something new and exciting. I get so wrapped up in all I "need" to listen to, I forget how much I simply "want" to listen to.
The mix is called "Off The Shelves" for two reasons.
Back in the merry ol' days of retail, my personal CD collection became unruly. I owned everything by everyone because it was easy. Then came the days to weed it all out. I'd find the discs that offered one or two amazing tracks, "record" them, and remove the CDs "off the shelves" permanently.
The other reason?
I have few memories as great as being a kid and pulling records "off the shelves," with that imaginary audience tuning into my own private radio station. That was when I played nothing but what I loved. I only had what I loved. It was easy. That was when music sounded best. My hand dropping the needle on Track 3, Side Two of "Quadrophenia" was never so steady.
Here's a mix of some tunes I pulled "off the shelves." I made a conscious effort to stay away from The Beatles and The Stones, and even The INXS.
I have a very vivid memory of DJ Dan Neer talking about Pete Townshend's "Stop Hurting People." He read the lyrics on the air, but not in that mocking Steve Allen way. He was moved and you heard it. I love that memory and I love this song.
Most (if any) remember The Bus Boys as the house band in Eddie Murphy's now (and should have been then) unbelievably offensive film "48 Hours." They were a fun band, I think. But it was this track, an obvious homage to the E-Street Band, or at least the Asbury Jukes, that always knocked me out.
A bit of genius sampling from Rick Springfield on his track "Prayer." You'll recognize it, and maybe you'll even admit to loving it.
People love Australia's You Am I, tossing off names like The Who and The Jam when describing their sound. I wish I heard it. I enjoy them from time to time, but nothing by these well-respected rockers hits me as hard as this track, which is always on heavy rotation.
Remember Sailor? Georg Kajanus? No? Well...that's okay. Whatever reading my cousin Al was doing in the mid-seventies, led him to this band and this tune. I have a vivid memory of seeing them perform "Glass Of Champagne" live on some Brit TV show that aired on Saturday mornings in the U.S. (Al, if you're reading, any idea what show that was?) Not sure if this is glam, or "music hall," as the mateys say, but I've loved it since 1978.
It took years before I found a digital version of The Romantics' "Tell It To Carrie." Yes, it's on their debut. But this is the early, superior single version on Bomp, courtesy of reader and friend, FD13NYC.
Is there a cooler record than "Sally Go 'Round The Roses?" I say...no. There is none more cooler.
I like pop music. I've said so many times...right here. I will not don nose-glasses and a propeller hat while attempting to enjoy "I Want It That Way" by the Backstreet Boys, and I won't do it for Take That's brilliant single, "Back For Good," which got some additional street cred when used in the Christmas episode of "The Office." (The British version, that is.)
That leaves a dozen more for you to explore.
Have a good weekend mix.
Stop Hurting People- Pete Townshend
Minor Byrd- You Am I
It's Time- Elvis Costello
Out Of My Head- 20/20
Last Forever- The Busboys
Glass Of Champagne- Sailor
New Romance- Spider
Tell It To Carrie- The Romantics
Two Different Things- Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell
Prayer- Rock Springfield
Mixed-Up, Shook-Up Girl- Patty & The Emblems
Party Down- Little Beaver
Sally Go 'Round The Roses- The Jaynettes
A Knife & A Fork- Kip Anderson
Back For Good- Take That
Always Wanted More- Ron Wood
Stoney End- Beth Nielsen Chapman
Make Me Lose Control- Eric Carmen
So Long- Fischer-Z
Stranger On The Shore- Mr. Acker Bilk
And that's the zip on "Off The Shelves."