September 1, 2009

123 No Man Can Say

This mix is not particularly inspired- it's overloaded with random songs pulled from CDs and LPs I had recently bought at yard sales.
  1. "Mais Que Nada" Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66 • One of those instrumentals I have heard a thousand times and never knew the name. I heard it in the movie Joe Versus The Volcano, so I was able to find the title in the end credits and VOILA here we are. Also known as Music From A Baseball Pitching Change.
  2. "Too Many Dicks [On the Dancefloor]" Flight of the Conchords • I am glad to hear that FOTC is not going to continue for a third season on HBO. I loved season 1, but season 2 was nowhere near as good. This song was a highlight!
  3. "White Lines [Don't Do It]" Duran Duran featuring Grandmaster Flash • Craig Ferguson once lip-synched this song (with a puppet chorus) as the cold open of The Late Late Show, I shit you not.
  4. "We'll Be Together" • Sting
  5. "I DoWanna Know" REO Speedwagon • I had not heard this song in 20 years when I found the LP at Antiques USA in Arundel, ME, for $2. Not exactly a rock 'n' roll classic, I had seen the video for it as a teenager, on Boston's UHF video channel V-66. For some strange reason, this completely ordinary rock song's catchy chorus stuck with me into the 21st century. Listening to it again for the first time in two decades was like watching a video of a long lost dream. Very trippy.
  6. "Sonny Feeling" • Wilco
  7. "Bittersweet" • Hoodoo Gurus
  8. "Baby You're A Rich Man" [mono mix, 2009 remaster] • The Beatles
  9. "Sugar Magnolia" Matthew Sweet & Susannah Hoffs • A Grateful Dead cover from their second disc of classic rock cover songs, Under The Covers Volume 2. I went to see the dynamic duo play an acoustic set, with my friends George and Mandy, in November.
  10. "Las Vegas Turnaround (The Stewardess Song)" Hall & Oates • Back in 1973, John Oates sang nearly as much as Daryl Hall.
  11. "It Hasn't Happened Yet" John Hiatt • From John Hiatt's pre-fame era.
  12. "Slowly [oh so slowly]" • Conor Oberst & The Mystic Valley Band
  13. "Rock'n Me '76 Slow" Steve Miller Band • An outtake from the Fly Like An Eagle sessions, it's a slow acoustic version of the rock classic.
  14. "Across The River" • Bruce Hornsby & The Range
  15. I had a big crush on Belinda Carlisle
  16. "Don't Change" • INXS
  17. "Girl Of 100 Lists" The Go-Gos • I was inspired to include this song after reading a 1983 Rolling Stone cover story about the Go-Gos.
  18. "Time Stand Still" The Hooters • Only after I bought this song on iTunes did I realize why it sounded so good- it's a unintentional remake of their own song "Satellite". Oh well.
  19. "Rollin' And Tumblin'" Canned Heat • I first heard this blues standard covered on Eric Clapton Unplugged.
  20. "Hey Ya" Booker T. • The organist/leader of Booker T. & The MG's covers the Outkast song on the organ!