choadwarrior wrote:There you have it. By the way--this tracklist is also musically palindromic in that it works just as well if played in reverse order.
I called this one "There is Nothing New Under the Sun" because most of these songs are not new, or I have used the artists on other discs. There's no theme to this; it's merely songs I've been listening to lately. There are a lot of horns on this; that's just a coincidence and probably laziness on my part since it was easier to tie those songs together.
---Damn lot of horns!
The Only One I Know The Charlatans -
The late 80's/early 90's was a great era for British music. I developed a taste for it in '89 when I lived in London. Praise be the miracle of downloading music that I'm now able to rebuild my collection of songs I really loved back then. This is one of them. I always wondered...was there a Charlatans US?
---Already answered The Charlatans (US) question above. You know, why can't "classic rock" stations play more stuff like this instead the same crap they've been playing for 20 years? I'm cereal!
3 Strange Days School of Fish -
This was a tune I really liked back when it came out in the early 90's. It got a lot of airplay in LA, but I don't think it was really known outside of Southern California.
---Was this on a mmyers swap? School of Fish were somewhat popular when I was a DJ in school in the early 90s, but I don't remember this song at all.
Vehicle Ides Of March -
I have no idea why I put this song on here, other than I think it's one of the most ridiculous, over-the-top vocals ever recorded. I always think of DVDA's Now You're a Man when I hear this. If you ever get me in a car and put this track on, I'll happily sing along.
---It's not funky, it's fonky.
Always Amon Tobin -
Hey! A new song! I think this is the third time I've put Amon Tobin on a swap disc. This is one of my favorite artists--nobody matches the depth he creates with his sampling.
---Yes, it is the tenth time! Just kidding, I like every track you include by him. People should be paying him for beats instead of Timbaland.
Dustbowl Treva Whateva -
This was a late addition. There's a song called Singalong that I put on my funk CD by this artist. I think it's the bounciest song in my collection. A week before I burned the discs, I was browsing the Ninja Tune site and saw they released an album by him in the last year. I was happy to hear the new songs are just as funky.
---Kind of sounds like a modern take on the "Sanford & Son" theme. I mean that in a good way.
Fried Neck Bones and Some Home Fries (Dan the Automator Remix) Willie Bobo & Dan The Automator -
This is just here for ambience. I have a lot of old jazz and blues songs that are sampled by modern DJs.
Rotary Ten R.E.M. -
I like the new R.E.M. CD; I'm glad they've gone back to their roots. This one is from Dead Letter Office and I think it's the only instrumental I've ever heard them release.
---Also, it's their only attempt at a TV detective show theme. ;)
Valerie Mark Ronson featuring Amy Winehouse -
Please don't hate me for putting this on here. Yeah, she's a tragic mess, but this song helps explain why she's famous in the first place. I 70 pound Jewess should not have a voice like this.
---Believe it or not, I've heard no Wineho outside of "Rehab," but damn, those are some magic pipes. She needs a producer like Ronson to give her lift. Hope she gets her act together.
Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance Frank Zappa -
I can't believe it's taken me this long to put a Zappa song on a swap. He's always been one of my favorite artists and since he was constantly evolving, you can hear the same song by different band line-ups and have a completely different experience. He truly could do it all. I like how stripped down and straight-forward this version is of this song is.
---This should be the background music for Christopher Walken as The Continental on SNL.
Dayton Bumps Deeds Plus Thoughts -
No One Lives Forever Oingo Boingo -
I really miss Oingo Boingo. I wish they'd reunite. I watched a dvd of their final concert (I saw them the week before) last month and then after hearing BigFrank's disc, I decided to lay down some ska influenced music as well.
---I don't miss Oingo Boingo because choad keeps including them on swaps!
Ugly Violent Femmes -
This randomly played on my ipod as I was contemplating tracks. While this album was seriously overplayed in the 80s and 90s, this particular song wasn't. Plus, half the participants in this swap were in diapers when it came out, so I figured it was safe to put it on here.
---Some of us are still in diapers, thank you. Snap you'll never hear: "Yo mama so ugly the Violent Femmes be singin' 'bout her!"
Brimful of Asha Cornershop -
I was in a spin class and the instructor played this song. I had completely forgotten about it. To be honest, I had to try a few google searches before I finally found out what it was called. Ironlically, the week after I downloaded it, I was in a record shop (the place where people used to buy music) and they had an Asha Bhosle CD on the counter.
---Spin class? You're so gay. I couldn't stand this song when it came out. I can't stand it now. I promise myself I will listen to every second of every swap at least the first time through, and then you had to go and make me break my promise. It's not that I hate the song, but there's nothing in it for me.
Spacehopper Hookah -
Even more ambience.
---Another track that lives up (way up) to its title. Makes me feel drifty.
Coin-Operated Boy The Dresden Dolls -
Just a fun song.
---The world needs more songs about sexual automatons.
The Strangest Girl Looper -
Here's another band I wish would put something out again. They had a nice string of albums going, then nothing. This song was released for free on their website.
---Songs about boys...songs about girls. Are you going bi?
Double Bass Gorillaz -
From their first full-length CD.
---I'm still on the fence about Gorillaz. Gov's also sent some stuff from them I like, but then their other stuff just doesn't do it for me.
Outversion Mark Ronson -
This song reminds me of theater advertizing or opening credits music from the 70s.