Monday, October 08, 2007

More Green Monkey Madness

Since I had so much fun with his Halloween mix, I participated in Splotchy's newest Green Monkey Mix Project, "Speed it Up." This mix required each participant to compile a list of 5-8 songs arranged by tempo - song #1 was used as the base and then each additional song had to be faster than its predecessor. Go here to review and download the entire playlist. You can also pick up tracks "a la carte," if you prefer.

Here's a little info on my contribution to the mix:

Elvis Costello, I Want You - This was the first song I thought of because it's almost painfully slow. A friend of mine introduced me to this tune about 7-8 years ago and it quickly became one of my favorite Elvis songs. It's gorgeous. Sting may think "Every Breath You Take" is the quintessential stalker song, but this song proves him wrong.

Pearl Jam, Come Back - Eddie Vedder trying his hand at some blue-eyed soul. *swoon*
I heard that he wrote this song about the death of his friend, Johnny Ramone. It's just sad and beautiful and Eddie's vocals twist my guts around. That's a good thing, really.

Ryan Adams, Halloweenhead - I felt bad for leaving this song off of the Halloween mix, but it's not creepy in any way, so I don't think it would have fit. This is one of my favorite songs right now. I'm not really sure what it's about, but I have a sneaking suspicion it may be about drugs. Whatever it means, I love any song in which the singer feels the need to tell us when the guitar solo is coming. What a delightfully '80s thing to do.

Guided by Voices, Twilight Campfighter - This will be really annoying if I keep saying "this is my favorite (insert artist here) song." But it is. I don't know what else to say except that I thought this would be a great mid-tempo, mid-list song.

The Bottle Rockets, Nancy Sinatra - What a groove! This song either makes me want to dance or ride a mechanical bull. I need to find a way to combine those two things.

Edwin Starr, 25 Miles - If you put a gun to my head and forced me to pick my favorite song ever, there's a good chance I would pick this one. No use hemming and hawing around when death is on the line. I could live with this choice.

Squeeze, Misadventure - I knew I wanted a Squeeze song as one of the fastest ones, because their old, fast songs are like perfect little pieces of New Wave gold. I picked this one after listening to it while watching Dancing with the Stars on mute and laughing/marveling at how the mambo went perfectly with the music. Plus, it's a fun little tune about drug smuggling. You won't find any Glenn Frey-style whining here!

Flogging Molly, Seven Deadly Sins - I didn't want a Ramones song for my last pick, because I figured there would be a lot of those. (As it turned out, there's only one. Maybe everyone else thought the same thing.) Quite simply, this was the fastest song I could think of. And, while Splotchy can't wait for Halloween, I can't wait for St. Patrick's Day!

Now, run on over to Splotchy's and download these awesome songs. What are you waiting for?? Go! Faster! Faster!!


Splotchy said...

Great descriptions!

I believe this mix is the first time I'm hearing music by Ryan Adams, the Bottle Rockets and Guided By Voices.

For some reason, I think I was intimidated by the sheer output of GBV, and didn't know what to get.

I've only read favorable things about The Bottle Rockets, but never picked up anything by them.

Thanks a lot for introducing me to some new music!

Barbara Bruederlin said...

I was actually considering that a Pogues song would be a good fastest, and since Flogging Molly is sort of the American Pogues, I'm thinking we were pretty much on the same track.

I am totally shocked to see a Squeeze song on your list. I wasn't expecting that at all.

All in all, a lovely list!

X. Dell said...

Thanks. I believe I will. I've been looking for some of those tunes.

Blowing Shit Up With Gas said...

Man, I must live in a cave or something. I don't think I've heard even one of your tunes! But, I really like the idea of this mix. I'm a runner and often order my tunes like this because I like to start out slow and build during a run.

Travis said...

I'm working on my Starbuck's mix.

Today I got a song by someone called CeU. The song is Roda (Bombay Dub Orchestra Grateful Dub Radio Mix).

Do you know this? I haven't downloaded it yet.

pistols at dawn said...

I would have all fast songs, and called it "Less Slow, More Go!" But does anyone need another mix of Minor Threat and Angry Samoans songs?


No, they do not.

An80sNut said...

Elvis Costello's "I Want You" is a breathtaking song. The slow wiggle that it creates really emotes the tortured pining one can feel for someone.

BeckEye said...

Splotchy - Yeah, GBV has like 200 albums. Best to start out with their Greatest Hits and then maybe grab "Bee Thousand."

Barbara - Well, I know the singer from Flogging Molly is actually from Ireland. I don't know about the rest of them. He was also the lead singer of Fastway in the '80s, which I thought was completely hilarious when I found out. He sounds nothing like he did then. And hey, Squeeze and Pearl Jam will always be my go-to guys. Like Radiohead is to you.

X.Dell - This one was a particularly good mix. I picked up a bunch of new tunes myself!

BSUWG - Well, I hope you went on a downloading frenzy before your latest run.

Travis - Please don't mention the "S" word on my blog. Ick. :)
I've never heard of the song you mentioned.

Pistols - What's wrong with slow songs? Are you afraid to show your sensitive side?

80s Nut - Yes. It's also just a bit creepy too!


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