July 1, 1992

N's 3rd New Mix

Between my sophomore and junior years of college, this mix feels trapped between my high school tastes and my new college tastes. Bands that are lingering on this mix, but soon to be old news: Supertramp, Rush, Yes, INXS, and The Eagles. New music which I was just discovering: the new Red Hot Chili Peppers single, more music from Shockra, and the new U2 album.
Side A
  1. "Lucky Town", Bruce Springsteen
  2. "Dirty World", Traveling Wilburys
  3. "Life is a Highway", I bought the whole Tom Cochrane CD just for this impossibly catchy song that was a big hit the summer of 1992. This is my biggest regret of The Compact Disc Era. I feel zero guilt for all the free MP3s I downloaded from Napster circa 2000 because the record industry was soaking us for $17 CDs during the 90s.
  4. "Already Gone", The Eagles
  5. "Gun", Shockra
  6. "Dude (Looks Like A Lady)", Aerosmith
  7. "Yesterday Girl", The Smithereens: their album 11 was huge in my life at the end of high school. Produced by Ed Stasium (Living Colour), it's the hardest rocking of their career, and introduced me to the rest of their awesome catalogue.
  8. "Bohemian Rhapsody", This Queen masterpiece enjoyed a renaissance due to its appearance in the lip sync sequence of the Wayne's World movie. The song doesn't really fit on a playlist, unless you're making a playlist of bombastic rock opera numbers- maybe between a Meat Loaf song and The Who's "Love Reign O'er Me" it would fit?
  9. "You Talk Too Much", George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  10. "Sledgehammer", Peter Gabriel: My early playlists are hardly curated with a lot of TLC- in those days I was limited to whatever CDs, vinyl, and cassettes I picked out and brought with me to the studio. Also keep in mind in the cassette days, if I had a few spare minutes at the end of a side I'd tack on one more song regardless of how well it flowed.
Side B
  1. "57 Channels (and nothin on)", Bruce Springsteen
  2. "Cannonball", Supertramp
  3. "New Sensation", The INXS album Kick was a smash from beginning to end. Every track was great.
  4. "The Body Electric", I always loved the drum and bass intro to this Rush song.
  5. "Give It Away", Red Hot Chili Peppers
  6. "Even Better Than The Real Thing", U2
  7. "Love Will Find a Way", strong hard rocker from Yes, with a string quartet intro that weirdly fits perfectly.
  8. "Middle Man", much like The Smithereens 11, Living Colour's Vivid was an important record for me in high school.
  9. "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except Me and My Monkey", The Beatles
  10. "Bad To the Bone", George Thorogood & The Destroyers
  11. "Rebel Rebel", I lived on campus at Emerson College for only one semester. My roommates were always desperate for cash; in the spring of 1992 they sold me their scratchy copy of ChangesBowie for five bucks?
(Maxell 100 minute cassette)