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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Songs You'd Never Put on a Mix CD

This started out as a conversation with Mark Caro. I sent him, as a joke, a short list of songs I don't like by bands I do--songs I'd never put on a band's "best" mix.

Stu’s initial salvo:
Squeeze, "Here Comes That Feeling"
XTC, "Leisure"
Procol Harum, "Monsieur R. Monde"
ELO, "Believe Me Now"
Camper Van Beethoven, "The Humid Press of Days"
REM, "The Wrong Child"
Pink Floyd, "Sisyphus"

Mark’s answer:
Elvis Costello, "The Deportee's Club"
The Byrds, "Mind Gardens"
Paul McCartney, "Morse Moose and the Grey Goose"
George Harrison, "Bye Bye Love"
John Lennon, "Attica State"
Ringo Starr, "Spooky Weirdness"
The Kinks, "She Bought a Hat Like Princess Marina"
Queen, “Sweet Lady”

Stu’s rejoinder:
Big Star, "My Life is Right"
Beatles, “Honey Pie”
Let's Active, "Mr. Fool"
Steely Dan, "I Got the News"
Supertramp, "Potter"
Love, “Revelation”

Whaddaya think? Comments? Suggestions?


Blogger Dan E said...

Really? You got a problem with "My Life Is Right"? I'd include that as part of any Big Star mix w/o a second thought.

Agreed on all the others, though. And please allow me to add:

The Kinks - Welcome to Sleazytown (okay, and just about everything else they recorded post '85)

XTC - Complicated Game

Love - Slick Dick

The Byrds — I Wanna Grow Up to Be A Politician

The Turtles - The Story of Rock n' Roll

5:46 PM, September 12, 2007

Blogger Jennifer said...

Aw, I *like* "Attica State." Then again, Sometime In New York City *is* my fave John/Yoko disc. (Well, at least disc 1 is.)

Me, I'd include "P.O. Box 9847" by the Monkees, "Walking Down Your Street" by the Bangles, and "Black Celebration" by Depeche Mode. And that's just for a start....

7:26 PM, September 12, 2007

Blogger Stuart Shea said...

Can't argue with either of your selections. I had also thought about "Travels in Nihilon" as my XTC pick, but "Complicated Game" is a great choice. Dunno why I don't like "My Life is Right"--it's the only thing on the first Big Star album that I consider skipping.

"PO Box 9847" is DEFINITELY not a favorite (in fact, that whole 'Birds, Bees, & the Monkees' album is pretty barren), and "Walking Down Your Street"...ugh. Thanks for fab input!

8:22 PM, September 12, 2007

Blogger Winona said...

Am I the only person in the world who actually *likes* "Honey Pie"? Although, being a barbershopper, I tend to gravitate towards music of that sort. As far as the original topic of this post, I'll have to think about it... although I will say that, even though I love Hanson, I completely dislike "When You're Gone". But I think I'm the only one reading this who knows that song!

10:36 AM, September 13, 2007

Blogger Stuart Shea said...


Thanks for checking in! I don't mind barbershop material at all--I kind of like it. To me, "Honey Pie" is just the least effective of Paul's stabs at that kind of music. I like "When I'm Sixty-Four," "Good Day Sunshine," and "Dear Boy," just to name three...

10:41 AM, September 13, 2007

Blogger Larry Epke said...

Obviously, anyone's recording of John Cage's 4'33". :)

12:55 PM, September 13, 2007

Blogger Bob Purse said...

Choosing some of the artistes I've listened to most over the last 30 years....

Queen - Body Language

Beatles - She's Leaving Home

Randy Newman - Davy the Fat Boy (or his entire first album, actually...)

George Harrison - The Lord Loves the One Who Loves the Lord

John Lennon - Going Down on Love (or about 2/3rds of "Walls and Bridges", actually)

Ringo Starr - Drumming is My Madness

Paul McCartney - Momma Miss America

Prince - Little Red Corvette

Frank Zappa - Don't Eat the Yellow Snow

Pete Seeger - Guantanamara (deadly dull...)

Bob Dylan - Lay Lady Lay (surely one of the worst hit records ever...)

Elvis Presley - Suspicious Minds (ecch)

Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven

The Commonwealth - Walking Around :-)

3:20 PM, September 13, 2007

Blogger Bob Purse said...

Oh, and I always liked "Spooky Weirdness". One of my favorite Ringo tracks. "Attica State" is a train wreck, but better than some of the other material on that album, particularly "Luck of the Irish".

7:23 PM, September 13, 2007

Blogger Florence Yoo said...

Hilarious. Rock on!

Florence :D

10:28 AM, September 19, 2007

Anonymous John Blaney said...

Hey Stuart, I was in a band that did an interesting version of Camper Van Beethoven's "The Humid Press of Days". You should have been there. John.

7:04 AM, September 28, 2007


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