Sunday, April 10, 2005

Pop is a many splendored thing.

I was looking to make a new music mix for myself, and thought it'd be fun to go old school and actually make a tape instead of a CD. It's been so long that I actually forgot how different the two processes are (for me, anyway). Generally, if I'm making a CD mix, I make a list of tracks I want to compile, and then listen to samples of each song to see if there's anything I want to add or delete as per needs of time, taste, etc. With tapes, though, having to sit through the songs in their entirety changes the way I operate, since hearing a certain song will inspire me to want to listen to some other other song, which will lead to another song and so on. The music seems to drive the selection process, so it's a lot more spontaneous. Even if I do make an initial list (which I started to do here), I wander away from it pretty quickly.

Here's what I ended up with:
Side A
Kids in America - Kim Wilde
New York City - They Might Be Giants
Here Comes Your Man - The Pixies
Your Favorite Thing - Sugar
Playdough - The Aquabats
Top of the World - Shonen Knife
Brian Wilson (live) - Barenaked Ladies
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Signal in the Sky (demo version) - The Apples in Stereo
I am Superman - REM
Three Small Words - Kay Hanley
Drive My Car - The Beatles
The Mayor of Simpleton - XTC

Side B
Spin the Bottle - The Juliana Hatfield 3
Eleanor - The Turtles
Blue - The Jayhawks
Panic - The Smiths
Doctorin' the TARDIS - The Timelords
Afternoons & Coffeespoons - Crash Test Dummies
Please Do Not Go - Violent Femmes
Saturday Morning - The Eels
Jimmy Olsen's Blues - Spin Doctors
Pleasant Valley Sunday - Marykate O'Neil
Dawn of the Day - Ookla the Mok
Blowin' Bubbles - Call & Response
Dream Police - Cheap Trick

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