Saturday, February 23, 2013

Mixtape Revisited: Really Crappy Music [1992]

Something that gets lost these days is the actual act of making a mixtape. Physically sitting in front of a stereo with a stack of cassettes, CDs, or even records, and painstakingly taping each individual song, getting them in the right order, and coming up with the perfect tracklist. It's a lost art form. Whether I was making a mixtape for a crush, or to soundtrack a party, or even if it was just for my own listening pleasure, it was a task I took seriously.

I've been toying with the idea of attempting to recreate one of my old mixtapes and sharing it on here. Today, I finally pull the trigger on this plan. This is one I still listen to since the CD player on my stereo is broken and the tape deck is the only other thing working. Its title may not be too inviting, but one look at the tracklist below and it's revealed that this relic is from an important transitional period in my music taste.

Really Crappy Music [1992]

Side A: Alternative
Who's Gonna Ride Your Wild Horses- U2
A Small Victory- Faith No More
Plush- Stone Temple Pilots
Godsmack- Alice In Chains
We Cry Out- Warrior Soul
Stardog Champion- Mother Love Bone
I Wanna Be Sedated- The Ramones
Tommy The Cat- Primus
Unsung- Helmet
N.W.O.- Ministry
Time For Livin'- Beastie Boys
Wish (Remix version from Fixed)- Nine Inch Nails

Side B: Hardcore / Grind / Thrash
Pound For Pound- Pro-Pain
Punishment- Biohazard
Locomotive- Sick Of It All
Redemption- InsideOut
Martyr- Fear Factory
Like Rats- Godflesh
Desperate Cry- Sepultura
Mouth For War- Pantera
Seemingly Endless Time- Death Angel
Chemical Warfare- Slayer
We're Only Gonna Die- Biohazard
Left Hand Black- Danzig
Only- Anthrax

Looking back at this list of songs puts an interesting timestamp on this tape because it's clear that there is a definite turning point in what I was listening to at the time. I was beginning to branch out into things that weren't considered metal. Side A shows that slow evolution. It also shows, that like so many others that lived through the Lollapalooza Generation, I was fooled into thinking Primus was a good band. However, I will still stand by those first two Stone Temple Pilots album; I don't care what anyone says, they were once good.

Side B is remnants of my metalhead-ness. Hair metal was done and thrash was beginning to lose its luster with me. Fear Factory was the tipping point since I couldn't find any redeeming factor to death metal. Hardcore at the time was a cool alternative; that is until I started delving into alternative which was back when that word still had some kind of meaning in music. I still listen to some Pantera and Sepultura - their music has aged pretty well. The same can't be said for Pro-Pain, however. Also of note on this side of the tape are two things: 1) "Redemption" from InsideOut which happened to feature a pre-Rage Against The Machine, Zack de la Rocha, and 2) including 2 songs by one artist on the same side!? That's a mixtape no-no.


Mixtape Revisited: Selections From Really Crappy Music [Side A]
1. A Small Victory- Faith No More
2. Plush- Stone Temple Pilots
3. Stardog Champion- Mother Love Bone
4. I Wanna Be Sedated- The Ramones
5. Unsung- Helmet
6. N.W.O.- Ministry
7. Time For Livin'- Beastie Boys
8. Wish (JG Thirlwell Remix)- Nine Inch Nails


Mixtape Revisited: Selections From Really Crappy Music [Side B]
1. Punishment- Biohazard
2. Locomotive- Sick Of It All
3. Like Rats- Godflesh
4. Desperate Cry- Sepultura
5. Mouth For War- Pantera
6. Seemingly Endless Time- Death Angel
7. Chemical Warfare- Slayer
8. Left Hand Black- Danzig

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