December 10, 2002

Highway 88 Revisited

"Nigel Stubleigh" was a silly alter ego my wife and I invented when we were still just dating. I took the album Highway 51 Revisited, pasted my head (wearing a tinfoil hat + goggles, naturally) onto Bob Dylan's body, and PRESTO! Instant classic.

NOTE: A bunch of these songs were borrowed from my wife's CDs.

  1. Junior Walker & The All-Stars' "Shotgun" is a perfect opening track.
  2. Cherry Bomb - John (Cougar) Mellencamp
  3. Richard Thompson - I Feel So Good
  4. Bruce Springsteen - "Pink Cadillac" is one of my favorite Springsteen songs: it was released as the B-side to "Dancing In The Dark".
  5. Michelle Shocked - Hello Hopeville
  6. Fountains of Wayne - Leave The Biker
  7. Jonatha Brooke - Linger
  8. Howard Jones - I copied this remix/edit of "No One Is To Blame" from my old mix tape 12 (August 1993)
  9. Lindsay Buckingham - No One Is To Blame (alternate version)
  10. The Faces - Ooh La La
  11. Ani DiFranco - Little Plastic Castle
  12. Shelby Lynne - Life Is Bad
  13. Live - I Alone
  14. Dave Pirner - "Start Treating People Right" is from Dave's soulful solo debut, Faces & Names
  15. Cream - I Feel Free
  16. Eric Clapton & The Band - "Further On Up The Road" Live at "The Last Waltz", Winterland SF, 11/26/1976
  17. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - "Watching The Detectives" live at Hollywood High School
  18. The Beastie Boys - Sneakin Out The Hospital

November 23, 2002

Mix 87: Ex Libris Anita Curleigh

087The Title: This mix was created when my wife and I first started dating. We had silly faux-English nicknames for each other, and her nickname was "Anita Curleigh". I borrowed a bunch of her CDs for this mix, which led to the title.

To create the cover art, I took my teenage head off, and pasted it onto one of my favorite photos of John Lennon. I added tint to my eyeglasses too.

  1. The song "Pressure Drop" from the Specials was taken from the Grosse Point Blank soundtrack. I added some dialog from Minnie Driver and John Cusack too.
  2. One of my favorite R.E.M. songs is "I Believe"
  3. Van Morrison "Back on Top"
  4. Aretha Franklin "Rock Steady"
  5. The Police "On Any Other Day"
  6. The Pursuit of Happiness "She's So Young"
  7. Fountains of Wayne "She's Got A Problem"
  8. Dave Edmunds "I Hear You Knocking"
  9. Beastie Boys "I Don't Know" is a non-rap, semi-instrumental, totally boring track from Hello Nasty.
  10. Sheryl Crow "Home"
  11. Tori Amos "Mr Zebra" is a short and silly Beatlesque track from Boys for Pele.
  12. Joni Mitchell "River"
  13. I always liked the combination of Christine McVie and Lindsey Buckingham's voices on Fleetwood Mac's "Hold Me"
  14. Counting Crows "Rain King" (live and acoustic)
  15. "Ripple" is the one and only Grateful Dead song I have ever included on a mix.
  16. World Party "Put The Message In The Box"
  17. Stevie Wonder "Hey Love"
  18. From John Lennon's LENNON box set, this is a live recording from an Elton John concert at Madison Square Garden: Elton bet Lennon that if "Whatever Gets You Through The Night" reached Number One on the charts, Lennon would sing it with Elton live in concert. Lennon lost the bet, and this recording is the result!
  19. The Band "Acadian Driftwood" from The Last Waltz

February 20, 2002

077: This Charming Mix

  1. Always Something There To Remind Me A cover of the Burt Bacharach - Hal David song by Naked Eyes.
  2. This Charming Man The Smiths
  3. Heather- A mostly instrumental ode by Paul McCartney to his crazy, gold-digging, one-legged second wife, Heather Mills.
  4. Boy Blue [edit] Electric Light Orchestra
  5. Englishman In New York Sting
  6. Chopsticks Liz Phair
  7. Avery M. Powers Memorial Beltway Fear Of Pop was the "name of an experimental recording project by Ben Folds (of Ben Folds Five) and Caleb Southern (Ben Folds Five's long time producer), along with John Mark Painter (Fleming and John), William Shatner and others. Their first album, Volume 1 was released in 1998.
  8. I Think I'm Paranoid Garbage
  9. Spider [edit] They Might Be Giants
  10. Peur Sur La Ville From "The Big Gundown", an album of Ennio Morricone songs performed by John Zorn.
  11. Stray Cat Strut Stray Cats
  12. "Pads, Paws And Claws" Elvis Costello (cowritten by Costello and Paul McCartney)
  13. Rikki Don't Lose That Number Steely Dan
  14. Johnny Strikes Up The Band Warren Zevon
  15. High & Dry Radiohead
  16. Senses Working Overtime [edit] XTC
  17. Alive and Living Now The Golden Palominos, featuring Michael Stipe on lead vocals
  18. Annabella's Song Everclear. From the Album Songs From An American Movie Vol. 1: Learning How To Smile
  19. The Obvious Child Paul Simon
  20. Sabrosa Beastie Boys

February 03, 2002

076: Chocolate Covered Mothballs

The title of this mix was inspired by an episode of the improv comedy TV show "Whose Line Is It Anyway"- Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh was a guest, and he was surprisingly funny on the show. I think he somehow worked the phrase "Chocolate Covered Mothballs" into a skit.
  1. "Sara Smile" Daryl Hall & John Oates
  2. "Fall At Your Feet" Crowded House
  3. "Rosealia" Better Than Ezra
  4. "This Moment" Matthew Sweet recorded this cover for a Victoria Williams benefit CD called Sweet Relief
  5. "A Mind With A Heart Of Its Own" Tom Petty
  6. "Everyday Is A Winding Road" Prince covering Sheryl Crow!
  7. "Like a Prayer" [live] Guster covering Madonna (I found this on Napster).
  8. "Save It For Later" [live] Pete Townsend covering The English Beat (I found this on Napster).
  9. "Burning Down the House" [live] Bonnie Raitt covering Talking Heads.
  10. "September Gurls" Big Star
  11. "In My Room" Grant Lee Buffalo covering the Beach Boys
  12. "There She Goes" The Boo Radleys covering The La's immortal one-hit wonder.
  13. "Victim Of Love" The Eagles
  14. "Love Is The Drug" Roxy Music
  15. "Mysterious Ways" (Solar Plexus Club Mix) U2
  16. "Go Your Own Way" The Cranberries covering Fleetwood Mac on the CD Legacy: A Tribute to Rumours
  17. "Stop Whispering" From Radiohead's debut album Pablo Honey
  18. "Border Song" Elton John
  19. "Everyday" Dave Matthews Band