December 31, 2001
December 26, 2001
Russell Crowe stars in the story (based on real events) of John Forbes Nash Jr, a mathematics genius. In the first third of the film, we learn that Nash is brilliant, intolerant of lazy thinking, and introverted to a fault. "I don’t like other people, and they don’t like me" he remarks. His whole mind is tied to creating a 'truly original idea'. Director Ron Howard (Apollo 13, Ransom) goes to great lengths to show us how revolutionary and cool Nash’s ideas are. Thankfully, Nash only explains himself once, and then at a suitably earthy level that everyone can understand.
The first half of the film feels like Good Will Hunting crossed with North By Northwest. A math genius plunged into cloak-and-dagger intrigue. Only at the midway point do we learn that there’s more in Nash’s (and Howard’s) Mind than we thought.
Howard is the king of the safe, dependable movie you can safely take your parents to see. Nothing challenging, nothing revolutionary, just quality, mainstream entertainment. There’s nothing remarkable here, except for another (sigh) revelatory performance from Russell Crowe. There are no great lines, no great scenes, but to watch Crowe react to the outside stimulus to his interior world. Howard draws out Nash’s overactive mind through a labyrinth of mathematical notation, but we can see Nash’s wheels turning in the eyes of Crowe.
Jennifer Connelly (Pollock, Requiem for a Dream), in her highest profile role of her career, is splendid as Nash’s wife and only connection to the real world. She is an intelligent, educated woman who loves Nash’s heart over his mind. Her character is well-formed on the page, and she plays the conflicts between the heart and mind, the real world and the metaphysical, with grace.
Ed Harris is Ed Harris. Always superb (Pollock, Apollo 13), he does a fine job as a G-man doggedly pursuing Nash’s genius for the good of the country. In his 1940’s spook suit, he looks tough and mean enough to beat up Humphrey Bogart.
The movie has the potential to be 'excellent', but steps back into 'very good' territory in the last third. When making a biopic of a real person (Nash is alive and well) you must choose whether to tell THE story OF a man’s life, or A story IN a man’s life. Howard tries for both and the movie suffers for it. Once Nash conquers his struggles, the film continues for (what feels like) twenty minutes, covering the Sixties, Seventies, Eighties and Nineties. This incredibly boring section is necessary to get us to a 1994 Nobel Prize ceremony scene, and a completely fictional accepance speech. The story IN his life was over decades earlier. If Nash were a fictional character, these 20 minutes would never have made the final cut. Howard felt the need (out of respect) to conclude the movie on the best, happiest, and least ambiguous note possible. No doubt can be left in the viewer’s mind that everything turned out okay.
Crowe shines in this otherwise solid, workmanlike biography. You can always count on Howard for quality product, but it wouldn’t hurt the film to trim a little. (AMC Framingham, wth my friend Lyza)
December 25, 2001
The first time I saw The Fellowship of the Ring was Christmas Day, at Showcase Cinemas Randolph. The second time I saw The Fellowship of the Ring was December 30, outside Salt Lake City, UT, with Laurie and Joel.
In the eight years + four months since I saw LOTR:FOTR, I have probably put this movie in my DVD player more than any other movie. That doesn't mean I've watched all three hours every time, but the LOTR movies are our first choice for "something to watch while puttering around the house on the weekend."
- "I know they're lonely and a long way from home, but should Sam and Frodo be spooning?"
- "If the cave troll and the Incredible Hulk had a fight, who would win?"
- "When do the Hobbits play Quidditch? Did I miss it?"
- "I think I see Peter Jackson."
- "You know, once you've made it with an elf, you never go back."
- "Would it kill them to "accidentally" leave a few reels out?"
- "If Frodo and Sam would just drive to Mount Doom, this film would be a lot shorter."
- "I will not rest until there's a black elf in Hobbiton."
- "You know what this film needs? More dancing."
- "I think I sprained my imagination!"
- "Gee, there are a lot of furry feet in this movie."
- "I can't feel my ass- will you carry me to the bathroom?"
- "I just stepped out to watch Dickie Roberts: Former Child Star next door. Did I miss anything?"
- "Seven hours of trailers for "Return of the King," what were they thinking?"
- "I think I just saw a Hobbit with Birkenstocks?"
- "Frodo dies!" (shouted by interloper at theater door; riot ensues)
- "Wow, these extra scenes add so much nuance to the zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz..."
December 16, 2001
Vanilla Sky is based on the Spanish film Abre Los Ojos, co-written and directed by Alejandro Amenábar (The Others). Tom Cruise plays David Aames, a millionaire playboy whose wild, womanizing ways have led him into a disastrous affair and a crippling accident with his lover, Julie Gianni (Cameron Diaz). The same night of the accident, he meets another woman: the enigmatic, adorable Sofia (Penélope Cruz, who played this role in the original). After the accident, David’s life comes falling apart. His face resembling the Frankenstein monster and limping like Igor, he falls into a deep depression. His best friend (Jason Lee) appears to be stealing away Sofia, and control of his family business is slipping away at the hands of his board of directors. While we are supposed to believe that his mental crisis is abetted by the symptoms of his injuries, it’s hard not to believe that David’s depressed because, frankly, he’s gone from looking like Tom Cruise to the Elephant Man.
The events described above are told to us from prison. A police shrink (Kurt Russell) is evaluating David while he awaits a trial for murder. We know early on that he is supposed to have murdered someone, but for the first two thirds of the film, we are not sure exactly who. Until we learn more about this murder, it is fairly easy to take the narrative at face value. But when the shrink starts dragging more memories out of the reluctant David, we discover that not all of what we have seen makes sense.
The last third of the film completely falls apart. We are shown more and more about what led David to be charged with murder, but there is no logical way to piece together the narrative. When the story started winding around itself like a boa constrictor, I held out hope that we were supposed to puzzle out the solution to the contradictions. We hope to get inside David’s head before the shrink does, but it’s not that simple. In fact, there’s no way to solve the puzzle. I am not going to reveal the film’s explanation for the contrarian nature of the plot. Audiences love to solve mysteries and draw their own conclusions, but in this film, the solution is given to you in the last half hour and the choice to interpret the events is yanked away.
Filmmakers love it when people walk out of the theater discussing their perspectives on the story, but after this film, you have nothing to do but scratch your head. We are forcibly pushed out of the film; when you don’t know who is real and what really happened, how are you supposed to care about the fate of the characters? While Cruise is effective as the former playboy tortured by the hand of fate, he plays at a strong disadvantage. For about a third of his screen time, he wears an amazing, award-worthy prosthetic face that transforms his million-dollar mug into a hideous, lopsided pile of skin and bone. For another third of the film, he wears a skin-tone therapeutic mask, which transforms him into a short, limping, well-dressed mannequin. The problem is, we only get to see any of his face for the scenes when he is untroubled and content- when he really gets to sink his teeth into meaty material, we can’t see it.
Penélope Cruz is the Hype of the Year. All she has to do here is talk sweet nothings with a Spanish accent, bat her fifty-yard eyelashes at Cruise, and her freckles are supposed to win me over? There’s nothing happening there. Cameron Diaz, however, is fabulous as the jilted lover on the verge of mental collapse. Diaz plays the quiet desperation and ragged edge of sanity with subtlety and aplomb. Given the chance to shine in a brief but complex role, it’s nice to see her rise to the occasion.
Something about the original 1997 Spanish film Abre Los Ojos (Open Your Eyes) clearly drew Crowe and Cruise to this project. You have to respect them for attempting such an experiment. But that doesn’t mean you have to enjoy watching it. (Loews Boston Common)
December 9, 2001
Soderbergh set out to make a fun, popcorn flick involving a casino heist, in the spirit of the Frank Sinatra/Rat Pack movie of 1960. The new Ocean's Eleven stars George Clooney, Matt Damon, Andy Garcia, Brad Pitt, and Julia Roberts. Clooney, with Pitt, scheme to steal $160 million from Andy Garcia's casino. They enlist nine con men and hustlers to make it happen. The Eleven of the title pull off the heist, Mission: Impossible style- no guns, no violence. Hardly anyone even gets their hair mussed. There are plenty of kinks in the plan as we go along- but are they kinks or a part of the plan we're unaware of?
The great casting continues below the title, with Carl Reiner and Elliott Gould as old-school Vegas cronies looking for one last hand; Don Cheadle as the bomb expert, Bernie Mac as the inside man at the casino; plus Casey Affleck and Scott Caan as the bratty, feuding footsoldiers of the gang. Everyone took pay cuts to join in the fun, and it shows; the set must have felt like a class reunion as it seems everyone has worked together before. Soderbergh has directed Clooney, Roberts, and Cheadle before; Clooney worked with Cheadle in Out Of Sight; Affleck and Damon were in Good Will Hunting, and Gould was on Friends with Brad Pitt's then-wife.
You'd think with a big cast and a fast-moving story, that there wouldn’t be enough screen time for all the principals. With such a long list of stars, you might expect some bruised egos as some of the cast could get short shrift. However, Soderbergh does a nice job of giving everyone at least one scene to shine. For example, Cheadle (Traffic, Boogie Nights), in some ways, is barely in the movie. But he gets a few brief moments to be noticed which count for a lot. A few of the great moments: Pitt's first and last scenes begin with his character eating junk food. We just watch him eating nachos for 5-10 seconds. How he can look so cool and yet funny while eating nachos is beyond me. Clooney has a scene where he plays with his wedding band. His character is not aware he's doing it, but he fiddles with his ring finger while talking to his estranged wife, and it says more about his feelings that any dialogue can.
I had some problems with the Roberts/Clooney relationship. Clooney played a similar role as a thief in Out Of Sight and squeezed out sexy sparks opposite Jennifer Lopez, including a pivotal scene at a secluded table in a dark restaurant. In Ocean’s Eleven, Clooney and Roberts’ big scenes take place in a similar setting, and suffer by comparison. Without giving too much away, suffice it to say her character is supposed to harbor a grudge against Clooney. She does unleash some sharp jabs in their snappy dialogue. However, we need more romantic magnetism underneath to develop her character arc.
It’s rare when all the pieces come together for a fun and exciting film these days. Hollywood seems to have forgotten that movies can be thrilling without gunplay, explosions, and car chases. We can only hope that the rest of Hollywood follows Soderbergh’s example. This film is not genius, it's just first-class entertainment.
Rated PG-13 for language, and one brief scene with a strip show in the background (no nudity). Hardly any violence (a few punches are thrown); no gun violence. Hardly any smoking. Hardly sounds like a Vegas movie, does it? (With Dan, Beth, and Mike. Mike announced LL was expecting twins! Framingham Premium Cinema)
December 1, 2001
- "88 Lines About 44 Women" The Nails; from Mood Swing 
- "People Who Died" Jim Carroll Band 
- "Groom's Still Waiting At The Altar" Bob Dylan, from the Biograph box set
- "Change The Locks" performed by Lucinda Williams, later covered by Tom Petty.
- "Cinammon Girl" Neil Young & Crazy Horse; from Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere 
- "Wicked Game" Chris Isaak
- "Easy" The Commodores 
- "Slow Love" Prince; from Sign 'O The Times 
- "If I Were You" (Single Version) k.d. lang 
- "Could've Been Anyone" Aimee Mann; from Whatever 
- "We're The Same" Matthew Sweet; from 100% Fun 
- "Lady In The Front Row"  This one-hit wonder from Redd Kross reminds me of my year interning at WFNX in 1993-94.
- "No More No More" Aerosmith; from Toys In The Attic 
- "Give It Everything" I think I found this Al Green song on a soundtrack CD, but I don't have the CD anymore.
- "Mr. Wendal"  from 3 Years, 5 Months & 2 Days in the Life Of...Arrested Development
- "I Know" (single edit) Dionne Farris used to be in Arrested Development. This single (which reached #4 in 1994) is from her solo debut, Wild Seed Wild Flower.
- "I Found A Love" I found this song (written by Leon Russell), with an awesome drum solo, on Eric Clapton's Crossroads box set.
- "What Is Life" George Harrison had just passed away from cancer (after a lifetime of cigarette smoking) when I made this mix.
November 24, 2001
November 18, 2001
EPILOGUE: I recently watched the second half of this movie on TV, and I yearn to make a Personalized Cut of the movie which knocks out 10-20 minutes of unnecessary crap. For example, when Harry catches the Snitch in his first Quiddich game, it takes at least 30 seconds from the moment he catches the Snitch before the scene ends. If this scene were in one of the sequels, like Prisoner of Azkaban or Goblet of Fire, the scene would have been over a millisecond after Harry touched the Snitch. Or, even better, the scene would be gone completely!
November 11, 2001
November 4, 2001
Mike: Oh, hey. We're rehearsing a... a scene for the upcoming company play called uh, Put That Thing Back Where It Came From Or So Help Me. It's a musical! [singing] "Put that thing back where it came from or so help me... so help me, so help me..." and... cut. We're still working on it, it's a work in progress but, hey, we need ushers? (November 4th and December 1st, Showcase Cinemas Randolph)
November 3, 2001
October 21, 2001
October 14, 2001
- Better Than Nothing Jennifer Trynin
- Here We Go Again Everclear
- 5-Piece Chicken Dinner, and
- Looking Down The Barrel Of A Gun- Beastie Boys
- Personal Jesus (7" Version) Depeche Mode
- Why Don't We Do It In The Road? An out-there cover by Lydia Lunch. This is the only Beatles cover I have ever heard which includes a sample of the original Beatles song! There's some car-crash sound effects too...
- Blind Talking Heads
- You're All I've Got Tonight The Cars
- I Love Every Little Thing About You Stevie Wonder
- Somebody To Love Queen
- Down the Line Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (This is a very odd, rare track from Tom Petty's box set. The production has a very slick soulful R&B flair.)
- Darling Lorraine Paul Simon
- Wishlist Pearl Jam
- Be Mine R.E.M.
- Winona Matthew Sweet
- 32 Flavors Ani DiFranco
- Silver Springs Fleetwood Mac (The original 1976 B-side, not the performance from the live reunion album.)
- Northern Sky Nick Drake
- Crossroads Tracy Chapman
October 6, 2001
September 8, 2001
September 1, 2001
This is a good mix to listen to in the car if you're taking lots of short trips! I had made similar "short song" cassettes in the past: Mixes 21 and 32 were very similar. To make it slighly more interesting, I mostly excluded 1950s & 1960s pop songs that are almost all under three minutes anyway!
- [Untitled Instrumental] Bo Diddley
- "One Week" Barenaked Ladies
- "In God's Country" U2
- "Get Up" (Live) R.E.M.
- "Tears Of A Clown" The English Beat
- "Me And Julio Down By The Schoolyard" Paul Simon
- "Second Hand News" [alt mix] Fleetwood Mac
- "Waterloo" ABBA
- "The Apartment Song" [demo] Tom Petty & Stevie Nicks
- "Let My Love Open The Door" Pete Townshend
- "Is That Love" Squeeze
- "Crazy Love" Van Morrison
- "Time Wounds All Heels" Nick Lowe
- "(The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes" Elvis Costello
- "She's Too Good For Me" Sting
- "I Fought The Law" The Clash
- "When I Come Around" Green Day
- "War" (live at the Los Angeles Coliseum) Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
- "Supernova" Liz Phair
- "Sunshine" Paul Westerberg
- "Come To California" (demo) Matthew Sweet
- "Blood Makes Noise" Suzanne Vega
- "Someone Keeps Moving My Chair" They Might Be Giants
- "In Between Days" The Cure
- "The Break" Soul Asylum
- "The Great Big No" The Lemonheads
- "Stop Your Sobbing" The Pretenders
- "Something So Strong" Crowded House
- "Groove Holmes" The Beastie Boys
|I goofed around with Photoshop to extend the checkerboard tile floor|
behind Evan Dando to fill the rest of the background of the CD tray insert.
August 19, 2001
August 16, 2001
- Elvis Costello & The Brodsky Quartet: "Jacksons, Monk, and Rowe"
- The Rutles: "Another Day" Despite sharing a title with a Wings song, this Beatles parody is a spot-on goof on "Martha My Dear".
- World Party: "When You Come Back to Me" from Reality Bites
- Billy Joel & Cyndi Lauper: "Code Of Silence"
- John Hiatt: "Cry Love"
- Van Morrison: "Call Me Up In Dreamland"
- Bruce Springsteen: "Spirit In The Night"
- R.E.M.: "Nightswimming"
- The Wallflowers: "Three Marlenas"
- Bob Dylan: "Positively 4th Street"
- Roxy Music: "End of the Line"
- John Mellencamp: "Your Life Is Now"
- "You Make Me Feel" --> "Afternoons & Coffeespoons" I really wanted the Jeremy Toback song to slam into the Crash Test Dummies, so I edited them together.
- The Rolling Stones & Dave Matthews: "Memory Motel" [live]
- Electric Light Orchestra: "Can't Get It Out Of My Head"
- Sarah McLachlan: "Ol' 55"
- Stevie Wonder: "I Believe When I Fall In Love It Will Be Forever" [High Fidelity edit]
August 13, 2001
August 10, 2001
August 3, 2001
August 1, 2001
July 27, 2001
- Jane's Addiction "Stop!"
- The Breeders "I Just Want To Get Along"
- Pearl Jam "Glorified G"
- Dave Matthews Band "Too Much"
- The Who "Magic Bus" [live at Leeds 2/14/70]
- The Beatles "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
- Alice In Chains "Would?"
- The Presidents of the United States of America "Lump"
- Barenaked Ladies "Shoebox"
- Stevie Wonder "Superstition"
- The Police "Canary In A Coalmine"
- XTC "Generals and Majors"
- Meat Puppets "Sam"
- US3 "Cantaloop"
- Beastie Boys "Sure Shot"
- Soho "Hippy Chick" [remix]
- Eric Clapton "Motherless Child"
- Republica "Ready To Go"
- U2 "Beautiful Day"
July 16, 2001
July 8, 2001
July 4, 2001
This mix starts super-strong, and ends with a whimper.
- Michael Penn "Try"
- Soundgarden "Black Hole Sun"
- The Church "Under The Milky Way"
- Eric Clapton "Lonely Stranger" [unplugged]
- Lucinda Williams "Lonely Girls"
- Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers "Angel Dream [no 4]"
- The Lemonheads "The Outdoor Type"
- Dar Williams "As Cool As I Am"
- Violent Femmes "Please Do Not Go"
- Jeff Lynne "Nobody Home"
- The Beatles "No Reply"
- Morphine "Gone For Good"
- Pretenders "My Baby"
- Peter Gabriel "Come Talk To Me" [Bob Clearmountain remix]
- Neneh Cherry feat. Michael Stipe "Trout"
- Cranberries "Twenty-One"
- 10,000 Maniacs "Gold Rush Brides"
- Mazzy Star "Fade Into You"
- Bob Dylan "Tangled Up In Blue" Alternate version from The Bootleg Series
July 2, 2001
July 1, 2001
- "Something In The Air" ⇔ Thunderclap Newman
- "Subcity" ⇔ Tracy Chapman
- "World Leader Pretend" (live) ⇔ R.E.M.
- "All The Young Dudes" ⇔ Mott the Hoople
- "Doctor My Eyes" ⇔ Jackson Browne
- "Einstein on a Beach (for an eggman)" ⇔ Counting Crows
- "Anywhere But Here" ⇔ k.d. lang
- "Simple Kind Of Life" ⇔ No Doubt
- "Whip-Smart" (Remix) ⇔ Liz Phair
- "What Do You Love More Than Love?" ⇔ Dar Williams
- "Crazy for this Girl" ⇔ Evan & Jaron the poor sampling rate on the MP3 of this one-hit wonder reveals this mix to originate from the Napster era of the turn of the millennium.
- "Found Out About You" ⇔ Gin Blossoms
- "If Love Was A Train" ⇔ Michelle Shocked
- "Natural Blues" ⇔ Moby
- "Essence" ⇔ Lucinda Williams
- "Waiting on a Friend" ⇔ The Rolling Stones
- "When You Say Nothing At All" ⇔ Alison Krauss
- "So Bad" ⇔ Paul McCartney
- "Shape Of My Heart" ⇔ Sting
June 30, 2001
June 23, 2001
June 15, 2001
June 11, 2001
- They Might Be Giants "Extra Savoir Faire"
- The Beatles "Honey Pie"
- Sting "Nice Work If You Can Get It"
- Barenaked Ladies "Hello City"
- Joe Jackson "Jumpin Jive"
- Pete Townshend "Face the Face"
- Brian Setzer Orchestra "Jump, Jive and Wail"
- Sheena Easton "Strut"
- The Rolling Stones "She's A Rainbow"
- Joan Osbourne "St. Teresa"
- Traveling Wilburys "Heading for the Light"
- John Wesley Harding "The Person You Are"
- Edie Brickell & New Bohemians "Love Like We Do"
- The Replacements "Kiss Me On The Bus"
- Wilco "Box Full of Letters"
- Jon Svetkey "Dead End Streets"
- Bruce Hornsby & The Range "The Valley Road"
- Warren Zevon "Excitable Boy"
- The Small Faces "Stay With Me"
- "It's All Over Now, Baby Blue" --> "Jack Ass" The Beck song samples the Van Morrison song, so I cross-faded them together.
June 7, 2001
June 2, 2001
These included fellow SST Records alumni like former Black Flag vocalist Henry Rollins, members of Sonic Youth, Curt and Cris Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets, Dinosaur Jr's J Mascis, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder, Nirvana's Pat Smear, Krist Novoselic, and Dave Grohl, Jane's Addiction and Porno for Pyros drummer Stephen Perkins, Red Hot Chili Peppers's Flea, Soul Asylum's Dave Pirner, former Pixies singer Frank Black, The Lemonheads frontman Evan Dando, and Mike D and Adam Horowitz of the Beastie Boys.
- Sinead O'Connor: The Emperor's New Clothes
- Tracy Bonham: Second Wind
- Pearl Jam: Nothingman
- Dire Straits: I included "Brothers In Arms" due to it's inclusion in the West Wing TV show season finale.
- The Smiths: Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want
- Nick Drake: Cello Song
- Caetano Veloso: O Leaozinho
- Ben Folds Five: Selfless, Cold, and Composed
- Extreme: More Than Words
- The Mamas & Papas: Midnight Voyage 
- World Party: Is It Like Today?
- Mike Watt featuring Frank Black: Chinese Firedrill
- Prince: 4 The Tears In Your Eyes
- Duran Duran: Save A Prayer
- Hall & Oates: One on One
- Oasis: Champagne Supernova
- The Black Crowes: Thorn In My Pride
June 1, 2001
May 25, 2001
Also On Memorial Day, Through The Years
- 2014: Godzilla
- 2008: Indiana Jones & The Kingdom of the Crystal Skull
- 2007: Pirates Of The Carribean: At World's End (the third one)
- 2006: X-Men: The Last Stand
- 2005: Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith
- 2002: Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones
- 2001: Pearl Harbor
- 1998: Godzilla (yes I saw two different Godzillas on Memorial Day 16 years apart)
- 1997: The Lost World: Jurassic Park
- 1996: Mission: Impossible
- 1995: Braveheart! I actually saw a Best Picture winner on Memorial Day!
- 1992: Alien3
- 1991: Hudson Hawk; perhaps ironically, the three Memorial Day movies with original screenplays were an Oscar winner, Pearl Harbor, and Hudson Hawk.
May 22, 2001
May 20, 2001
- "Daughter" Pearl Jam
- "Atlantic City" Bruce Springsteen
- "Coming Up From Behind" I never need to hear Marcy Playground's one hit, the Gen X, grunge-slacker corporate rock cash-in "Sex and Candy" ever again. However, I liked this song from the first time I heard it, on the soundtrack to the movie Cruel Intentions.
- "Kate" Ben Folds Five
- "Night In My Veins" Pretenders
- "Falling for the First Time" Barenaked Ladies
- "Never Let You Go" As far as mid-90s pop-alt-rockers go, Third Eye Blind is better than, say, Smash Mouth, Sugar Ray, and Marcy Playground. This is my favorite song of theirs, probably because of the New Wave flourishes.
- "Not Too Soon" This Throwing Muses song always reminds me of the nine months I dated Kathy Belbin in 1991-92. She got me into Depeche Mode, The Cure, and New Order too.
- "Gee Angel" Sugar
- "Interstate Love Song" I also appreciated Stone Temple Pilots appropriation of grunge, when in fact they appeared to be more of a glam-rock band at heart.
- "Sexual Healing" Marvin Gaye
- "Fools In Love" Joe Jackson
- "People Get Ready" Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions
- "Windmills of Your Mind" Sting. I think this was on the soundtrack of the Thomas Crown Affair remake? It makes me think of Rene Russo topless, so that must be it.
- "Can't Do A Thing (To Stop Me)" I met Chris Isaak in 1995 and he is even more handsome in real life.
- "Live To Tell" One of my top 5 Madonna songs.
- "All Apologies" Ditto for Nirvana.
- "He Moved Through The Fair" -> "Big Time Sensuality" [Moby remix] The last note of the Sinead O'Connor a capella song (from the Michael Collins soundtrack) cross-faded into the Bjork remix.
Created May 16; burned May 20, 2001
May 18, 2001
May 17, 2001
- "Sick of Myself" My favorite Matthew Sweet song.
- "Chemistry" I like this song and love the production on this Semisonic song.
- "Imitation of Life" If I had a time machine, I would go back to 1992 and tell past Nat to stop buying R.E.M. CDs after Automatic for the People. As history shows, I kept paying out for four more albums, and some CD singles too, until Reveal (2001), which was enough for me to finally learn my lesson.
- "Love & Happiness" Al Green
- "This Time" Los Lobos
- "Safety In Numbers" Joan Osbourne
- "A Girl Like You" Edwyn Collins
- "Cuts You Up" I put Collins and Peter Murphy together because "A Girl Like You" (from a late-90s slacker movie I can't remember...Empire Records maybe?) reminds me of Peter Murphy.
- "Mint Car" --> "Mother Mother" The Cure song ends on the same note as the Tracy Bonham song begins, so I cross-faded them together. I don't remember how I discovered this.
- "Rudie Can't Fail" The Clash
- "The Tide Is High" Blondie is one of those bands that I have never liked. This song is okay.
- "Genius Of Love" Tom Tom Club
- "Marching Through The Wilderness" David Byrne
- "Old" Paul Simon's album You're The One is unfairly overlooked. Some great songs on there.
- "Crazy" Alana Davis
- "Stupid Girl" Garbage
- "Here Comes Your Man" The Pixies