Here's a mix to commemorate the 50,000 visits to this blog (the overwhelming majority of them unintentional, I'm sure). And, really, what other blog would throw together a mix as uselessly themed as this one?
As for "1969" and "1970", I figured most potential downloaders will be very familiar with the Stooges originals, so I went with worthy cover versions. Ditto the Clash's "1977".
I would've liked to have linked 22 or so years straight, but this is as close as I could get. Michael Monroe's "'78" was so tempting, but ultimately his choice to abbreviate the title disqualified it. Bowie's "1984", Giant Sand's "1972", Robyn Hitchcock's "1974" and Clem Snide's "1989" were all bumped for what I thought were superior songs. And if there's any others I missed I'd like to hear about 'em.
Anyone who's ever followed this blog knows what to expect on these samplers. The planet has been scoured and sifted in a search for those few nuggets that fit comfortably in my wheelhouse, and that wheelhouse is all about the rock and the roll. Now, my definition of such is admittedly a bit chaotic - rock, power pop, reggae, glam, 60s girl groups, soul, rhythm 'n' blues, Americana, and punk all get squeezed into this same category - but ultimately it all boils down to that sacred truism: it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing. And if it makes you swing from the rafters, all the better.
1. One Like Son Start the Show 2. Yukon Blonde Radio 3. Lucero On My Way Downtown 4. Howler Told You Once 5. Crusaders of Love Dreaming 6. Free Energy Electric Fever 7. Spy Island The Punchline 8. The Connection I Think She Digs Me 9. The Afternoons Moving City 10. Foxy Shazam Wasted Feelings 11. Diamond Dogs Lay Me Down on Solid Ground 12. Chuck Prophet Temple Beautiful 13. Prima Donna Puta, Te Amo 14. The Honey Wilders Hey Hey 15. Throwback Suburbia Give and Take 16. Teenage Kicks I Get What You Give 17. Heartless Bastards Parted Ways 18. Alabama Shakes I Ain't The Same 19. The Undecided by Default Way Too Cool 20. Gentleman Jesse Word Gets Around 21. Nude Beach Walkin' Down My Street 22. Minky Starshine Cinematic Mojo 23. The Perms The Mess 24. Cowboy Junkies Fuck, I Hate The Cold
Power pop, garage, R&B, Americana, soul, glam, and punk all mixed, matched, masticated, and otherwise mulched.
Everything on this blog is an attempt to support bands and artists that I feel deserve more attention. If you have a problem with my use of a song or a link, please contact me directly and I'll simply remove it. T'ain't no big thang.