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August 22, 2006

Music for the Road

My dear friend is leaving Brooklyn this Friday to start a new phase of her life in Seattle. She's driving cross country with a few stops in between as has requested some music for the ride. I would like to give her a couple of playlists and have chosen the following categories:

Best 80's Music Ever (Ex: Wham!)
90's Adolescence (Ex: Alternative, but also things like Ace of Base)
College Years (Ex: Smith College in the late 90's...)
Ridiculous Rap Lyrics (Er, Do Yo Chain Hang Low?)
Current Goodies, and
Music that Reminds Me of S

Obviously, I am the only one who can cover the last category but I would love some input on the others. There is only one requirement-- the music cannot be sad, involve breakups or talk about leaving in a melancholy/tear producing way. For some reason that pretty much rules out my entire iPod.

Submissions start now. If the songs are available on MySpace, do let me know.

Posted by callalillie at August 22, 2006 9:32 AM | Random


For "current goodies" that are non-depressing:

Regina Spektor, Voxtrot, Sufjan Stevens (for the midwest), new-ish Belle & Sebastian, Gnarls Barkley, The Knife, Jose Gonzales (sentimental but so sweet)

90's adolescence/college (?): Nirvana, Soul Asylum (that runaway train song), Toad the Wet Sprocket, Smashing Pumpkins (tonight tonight), the entire Throwing Copper album by Live, old STP, Red Hot Chili Peppers (under the bridge), Our Lady Peace, Greenday (dookie!)

... hm...I'm having too much fun with this. :)

Posted by: yp at August 22, 2006 10:18 AM

Ahhh...making mixes, something I could talk about for hours...OK, I'll start with some of the songs on my 80's mix that seem to get a good reaction whenever they come on:

Rock me Amadeus - Falco
The Reflex - Duran DUran
Voices Carry - Till Tuesday
I just died in your arms tonight - Cutting crew
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
No One is to Blame and Things Can only Get Better - Howard Jones
Toy Soliders - Martika
99 Luftballoons - (I forget her name - Nina, I think)
Time After Time - Cynid Lauper (which is really just the best song ever, but might be disqualified, b/c it could be about breakups)
Here I go Again on My Own - Whitesnake
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Take My Breath Away (from Top Gun) - Berlin
Relax - Frankie Goes to Hollywood
We Built This City - Jefferson Starship
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns & Roses
She Drives me Crazy - Fine Young Canniballs.
Invisible Touch - Genesis
Walk Like an Egyptian - Bangles
Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
Rasberry Beret - Prince
Karma Chameleon - Culture Club
Warrior - Scandal
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Sunday Bloody Sunday (live @ Red Rocks) - U2
It's the End ofthe World As We Know it - REM

I'll probably post later in the day with my early 90's mix.

Posted by: Dave at August 22, 2006 10:36 AM

i know she's going to the North-west, but in any case, Wall of Voodoo's "Call of the West" album should still get the job done!

Posted by: ChrisG at August 22, 2006 11:36 AM

I assume the Smith College mix should be heavy on the Indigo Girls and Ani DiFranco.

Posted by: Bill at August 22, 2006 1:38 PM

Hmm...that's a little more late high school-- I'm thinking more Throwing Muses/Kristin Hersh, Kaia, and later Le Tigre, etc. There's a big hole in my memory during that time period...I need to go back and see if I can dig up some of those ancient CDs...

Posted by: corie at August 22, 2006 1:44 PM

Have you heard Nouvelle Vague's version of Echo and the Bunnymen's "Killing Moon"? It's on Myspace. I lurve it!

Posted by: Frenchie at August 22, 2006 2:07 PM

You must check out, and look at his 90s lists. He's listed all of his favorite songs from each year and I must say, they're quite good and extensive. I'll email you a list as well, since, well, I fricking love the 90s.

Posted by: lesterhead at August 22, 2006 2:13 PM

OK, here are my 90's songs (other than the ones that you and YP have already suggested):
Black Crowes, Blinf Melon (No Rain), 10,000 Maniacs, Counting Crowes, Hootie, Offspring, Weezer, Better than Ezra, Blues Traveller, SPin Doctors, Dave Matthews, Colective soul, Dishwalla (counting Blue Cars), Foo Fighters, Alice in Chains, Cake, Gin Blossoms, MAtchbox 20, Paula Cole, Eagle-Eye Cherry (save tonight), Fastball (The Way), Lauren Hill, The PResident's of the United State of America (Peaches, LUmp), Moby, Fatboy Slim, Macy Gray, Alicia Keys, cranberries, Marcy Playground (sex and candy), chumbawumba, and Phish.

For more contemporary stuff:

See the World - Gomez (great road trip song)
Toothbrush and My Table - Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
Suddenly I see - KT Tunstall
Put Your Records On - Corrine Bailey Rae
Let Me Go - Sonya Kitchell
Deal Lord - Joseph Arthur
Sister Kate - Ditty Bops
Breathe Me - Sia

Posted by: Dave at August 22, 2006 2:51 PM

In the Kristin Hersh/Muses vein, you've got Belly, Breeders, Lemonheads, Juliana Hatfield (in various incarnations) and onne hit wonders like Veruca Salt. And, almost any of the 4AD bands from that time should fit the bill, really.

Posted by: Bill at August 23, 2006 1:33 AM

Oh, hell. I just realized that I'm talking more early/mid-90s; sometimes I forget how long ago I was in college.

Posted by: Bill at August 23, 2006 1:35 AM

Lest we forget 'Hold On' by Wilson Phillips and 'Move This' by Technotronic...

Posted by: zach at August 23, 2006 8:52 AM

Corie, I'm not sure I've posted a comment before, but couldn't resist the request - here are some "awesome" 80s songs - enjoy!
Close to Me - The Cure
If you Leave - OMD
Bizarre Love Triangle - New Order
Closer to Fine - Indigo Girls
Take on Me - a-ha
Vacation - the Go-go's
Freedom - Wham
Never ending story - kajagoogoo
99 luftbalons - nena
With or without you - U2
Fast car - tracy chapman
borderline - madonna
faith - george michael
karma chameleon - culture club
magic - the cars
broken wings - mr mister
just like heaven - the cure
dancing with myself - billy idol
always on my mind - pet shop boys
holiday - madonna
under pressure - queen & david bowie
heaven is a place on earth - belinda carlisle
kiss - prince
i melt with you - modern english
stand by me - ben e king
girls just wanna have fun - cyndi lauper
every breath you take - police
i'm free (heaven helps the man) kenny loggins
video killed the radio star - the buggles
into the groove - madonna

Posted by: Marcela at August 28, 2006 7:35 PM

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