Sunday, March 3, 2013

Mixtape Revisited: Another Really Bad Mix [1994]

Another week and another mixtape revisited. This time out, we recreate a mixtape I put together in 1994. One look at this one and it's clear that I wasn't exactly comfortable coming up with clever nicknames for my mixes. I was still about a year away before I began using jokey punchlines as mixtape titles, so for now we're still sticking to names that were almost deterrents. This one was called Another Really Bad Mix and its separated into two sides. Side A being the "Good Side" and Side B, naturally being the "Evil Side."

ANOTHER Really Bad Mix [1994]

Side A: Good Side [11/18/94]
Classic Girl- Jane's Addiction
Feed The Tree- Belly
Touch Me- The Doors
Don't Follow- Alice In Chains
Blew Away- Smashing Pumpkins
Pictures Of You (Live from Show)- The Cure
Here Comes Your Man- Pixies
Everybody Loves Me- Juliana Hatfield
Angel Of Harlem- U2
Interstate Love Song- Stone Temple Pilots
Tell Me When- The Human League

Side B: Evil Side [11/29/94]
So What'Cha Want- Beastie Boys
2,000 Light Years Away- Green Day
Seether- Veruca Salt
A Girl Like You- Tom Jones
Nite Flights- The Fatima Mansions
Heresy (Blind)- Nine Inch Nails
Butterfly Wings- Machines Of Loving Grace
Light (Fat Back Dub)- KMFDM
Get Your Gunn- Marilyn Manson
Custard Pie- Helmet w/ David Yow
Rock & Roll N*****- Patti Smith

Some interesting things of note going on here. First, each side of the tape is actually dated revealing that the mix wasn't completed in one sitting. Oddly, none of my other mixtapes were dated. Thinking back, this was actually compiled during my first semester of college. Aside from Alice In Chains, there are almost no hints of my high school metalhead years on here. Instead, it's been replaced by what can be considered a playlist of MTV's Alternative Nation. Side A still shows evidence of my love of Stone Temple Pilots. I said it before and I'll say it again, their first two albums were great. It also reveals another dirty secret which is that I like The Doors. At least for a short while. It is, however, good to see some Human League on here as they're still one of my all-time favorite bands. What can I say, Phil Oakey's voice is gold.

Not to be outdone, Side B also does its share of revealing dirty secrets. Here it's Green Day. Dookie won me over so much that I somehow ended up picking up their first two albums and truth be told, I favored Kerplunk over Dookie. Also, I was a few years away from getting involved in college radio so at this point I didn't know that the The Fatima Mansions track was actually a Walker Brothers cover. Even more telling is the inclusion of Tom Jones. No, he's not on this mix ironically; hell, I openly admit to LOVING "It's Not Unusual" and "What's New Pussycat?" It's something I can't explain. At the time, the reason behind my love of his version of "A Girl Like You" was because it sounded like Tom Jones Gone Industrial thanks to producer, Flood (Depeche Mode, NIN, et al.) Again, I was a few years away from college radio and wasn't aware that "A Girl Like You" was, in fact, a Wolfgang Press cover. The most telling detail from the "Evil Side" of this tape is the beginning stages of my industrial music obsession (NIN, Machines Of Loving Grace, and KMFDM.) Soon enough, industrial would be all I listened to.


Mixtape Revisited: Selections from Another Really Bad Mix
1. Classic Girl- Jane's Addiction
2. Feed The Tree- Belly
3. Pictures Of You (Live from Show)- The Cure
4. Here Comes Your Man- Pixies
5. Tell Me When- The Human League
6. So What'Cha Want- Beastie Boys
7. Seether- Veruca Salt
8. A Girl Like You- Tom Jones
9. Nite Flights- The Fatima Mansions **
10. Heresy (Blind)- Nine Inch Nails
11. Butterfly Wings- Machines Of Loving Grace
12. Light (Fat Back Dub)- KMFDM

** not included on the Spotify playlist.

There you have it. Another glimpse into my personal mixtape collection. Our February 2013 Backtracks will be up soon. In the meantime, listen loud and become immersed.

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