Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Desert Island Mixtape

You've got one 80 minute CD-R to take with you to a desert island. Cram it full of songs and post your list.


Gaston Monescu said...

A tentative list...I haven't worked out the order yet. I'd like to see other lists to see what I've missed and THEN craft the order.

I Will/Beatles
I'll Be Your Mirror/Velvet Underground
Lysergic Bliss/Of Montreal
Mojo Pin/Jeff Buckley
Brown Eyes/Red House Painters
Backstreets/Bruce Springsteen
Still Be Around/Uncle Tupelo
On a Plain/Nirvana
Surgical Focus/Guided By Voices
Hear My Train A'comin'/Jimi Hendrix (live at the Fillmore East)
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough/Michael Jackson
This Charming Man/Smiths
Sabotage/Beastie Boys
Let Down/Radiohead
He Woke Me Up Again/Sufjan Stevens
Posies/Sister Carrie
Andrew Bird/Tables and Chairs
Tomorrow Never Knows/Beatles
Subterranean Homesick Blues/Bob Dylan
E'vry Time We Say Goodbye/John Coltrane

T. Azimuth Schwitters said...

An addendum: rather than dealing with the 80 minute issue, why don't we just say, you have 20 songs and 1 desert island: Go. I don't want to be checking your run-times, holmes.

Gaston Monescu said...

Oh, mine was within 80 minutes. We have to have limits. One burnable disc...

Gaston Monescu said...

We operate on the honor system. The point is, can you make your disc for someone else?

Britt said...

Here's my first stab (and I am following the 20 tracj rule):

Bring it On Home to Me/ Sam Cooke ft. Lou Rawls
She Loves You/Beatles
Young Folks/ Peter Bjorn John
Bad to Me/ Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas
Words of Love/Buddy Holly
Baby I Love You/Aretha Franklin
St. Stephen/Grateful Dead (from Live/Dead)
The Hardest Part/Ryan Adams
Someone Saved My Life Tonight/Elton John
I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry/Hank Williams Jr
This Must Be the Place/Talking Heads
Just One Look/Doris Troy
A Hard Rain's A-Gonna Fall/ Bob Dylan
Substitute/The Who
Wanna Be Startin' Something/Michael Jackson
Some Kind of Wonderful/ The Drifters
Living Loving Maid/Led Zeppelin
Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine/J. Brown
Just Like Heaven/ The Cure

And there you have my pop-hooky bourgeois, 60s heavy first go.

Gaston Monescu said...

I tried to have a couple songs in each of my major listening categories: rock, dance, love returned/unrequited, mope, celebratory.

There were a lot of bands whose work I dig as a whole, but whose catalog was not conducive to one song over others. Thus, Zeppelin, Smashing Pumpkins, Soundgarden, Elliott Smith, Rolling Stones, James Brown, The Who, etc. didn't make the cut.

Almost made it, and didn't because of the split:
The Who: Mobile or Bargain
Soundgarden: Fell on Black Days or Rusty Cage
Smashing Pumpkins: Hummer or Geek USA
James Brown: Sex Machine or Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
Led Zeppelin: Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You or Heartbreaker
Elliott Smith: Between the Bars or Say Yes

Britt said...

I wanted upbeat, dancy things, things I can recall or remember, but things that have a particular resonance when I hear these particular versions. That and I have a narrow groove, I think, of what I like.

So something I can clearly recall or even sing to myself were automatically out. You other fellows have the benefit of being musically inclined, and could therefore make your own music if you were stuck on said island.

Case in point, I can remember all the words to Bring It On Home, but nothing beats hearing Cooke's voice; it is the epitome of soul and that song...damn. It just melts me.

Many of the songs on my list are there for that reason. I also steered clear of the sadder ones, in favor of one of *the* saddest ones. Maybe I'd end up regretting the thrown-together, rather narrow breadth of this collection, but I think each of these songs has remained intriguing for me for a long time, and that's why some of them got a call up.