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May 13th, 2004


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2004.0513.0128::Mixed up
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Making mix tapes in college was something of a ritual for me, mostly after the breakup with Rose Marie. I had a great deal of time on my hands, so I'd spend it adding up song lengths and arranging contrasting styles, getting as close to that 90 minute mark as I could. I'd stick odd 10-second songs off punk comps on the ends to fill time, and bogue dialogue from soundtrack albums like Reservoir Dogs or Mallrats.

I'm sure some of my roommates and all the people I gave rides to got pretty sick of some of the stuff I always listened to, so I'd just go ahead and make yet another mix tape.

I fell out of the habit of making these things when I got a portable CD player for the car, with the audio tape adapter pretty much permanently ensconced in the player. I would, on occasion, make a mix CD, but it wasn't quite the same.

About nine months ago, I picked up a decent MP3-CD player--what I've been doing lately is recording a bunch of random MP3s along with a few albums together on a CD-R and listening to everything in sequence. I don't have to swap CDs as much anymore, but I still get a bit bored with the stuff that I've thrown together from time to time.

So last friday night, I somehow decided to recompile my old college mix tapes onto MP3 CDs, staying up until about 7:00 am ripping songs from the original CDs.

Why would I stay up for so long? Well, here's the list (tape titles are primarily from the random comic book trading card that I would use to differentiate each tape):

Failed
1. Burn - The Cure
2. Mother - Tori Amos
3. Total Eclipse of the Heart
4. Crying - Roy Orbison
5. Flowers Never Bend with the Rainfall - Simon and Garfunkel
6. Under Pressure - Queen
7. Baker Baker - Tori
8. Lovesong - The Cure
9. If I Can't Love Her - Beauty and the Beast
10. It Can't Rain All the Time - Jane Siberry
11. The Dangling Conversation - Simon and Garfunkel
12. Pretty Good Year - Tori Amos
13. In the Real World - Roy Orbison
14. The Caterpillar - The Cure
15. Somebody - Depeche Mode
16. China - Tori Amos
17. Homeward Bound - Simon and Garfunkel
18. The Comedians - Roy Orbison
19. King of Pain - The Police
20. Smells Like Teen Spirit - Tori Amos
21. If I Can't Love Her (reprise)- Beauty and the Beast

Mars Attacks
1. She's a Mystery to Me - Roy Orbison
2. Basket case - Green Day
3. Mothra - Spoke
4. Regret - New Order
5. Ultraviolet - U2
6. Sunshine - Screeching Weasel
7. Tell me a story - Samiam
8. It's a Sin - Pet Shop Boys
9. The Swing of Things - a-ha
10. 80 Percent - Spoke
11. Slip Slide Melting - For Love not Lisa
12. Only of you - Green Day
13. Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
14. Like a Child Again - The Mission U.K.
15. Busy - Jawbreaker
16. Somebody to Shove - Soul Asylum
17. Boys Don't Cry - The Cure
18. Chesterfield King - Jawbreaker
19. Stay - Lisa Loeb
20. Always on my Mind - Pet shop boys
21. Supermarket Fantasy - Screeching Weasel
22. Tear in Your Hand - Tori Amos
23. Take on Me (Extended) - a-ha
24. In a Glade- Milla
25. Runaway - Screeching Weasel

Hellshock
1. Gobstopper - Corsair
2. 1000 Hours - Green Day
3. Leave a light on - Belinda Carlisle
4. Red Rain - Peter Gabriel
5. She's got a way - Billy Joel
6. Hunting High and Low - a-ha
7. Ain't got no sense - screeching weasel
8. Jinx Removing - Jawbreaker
9. Paper Lanterns - Green Day
10. Mad about you - Belinda Carlisle
11. Bridge - Queensryche
12. Goodnight Saigon - Billy Joel /
13. Dry Ice - Green Day
14. I can see Clearly - Screeching weasel
15. Indictment - jawbreaker
16. Sorry seems to be the hardest word - Elton John
17. In your eyes - Peter Gabriel
18. Fire and Rain - James Taylor
19. This is the Time - Billy Joel
20. It's all in my head - screeching weasel
21. Manhattan Skyline - a-ha
22. For crying out loud - meatloaf
23. Don't know what you've got 'til it's gone - Jawbreaker??
24. Barney song - No idea comp

Thorn
1. Pumpkin and Honey Bunny / Misirlou - Pulp Fiction
2. Falling Apart - Screeching Weasel
3. Hooked on a Feeling
4. KBilly - Bohemiath
5. I can't be with you - Cranberries
6. The Sun always shines on TV (Extended) - a-ha
7. Every Night - Screeching Weasel
8. Ain't no size that small - Samiam
9. Rock Flock - kbilly
10. Dreams - Cranberries
11. Crying in the Rain - a-ha
12. It Can't Rain all the time - Jane Siberry
13. Ezekiel 25:17
14. Let's Do It - Tank Girl
15. Totally - Screeching Weasel
16. A New Tomorrow - Screeching Weasel
17. Dark is the night - a-ha
18. Keep on Truckin - Kbilly
19. The Gentleman who Fell - Milla
20. My Family - Cranberries
21. Steelers' Wheel - KBilly
22. Strong Reaction - Pegboy
23. Burnout Girl - Screeching Weasel
24. Little Green Bag - KBilly
25. Hunting High and Low (extended) - a-ha
26. Zombie - Cranberries
27. Objects in the Rear View Mirror - Meatloaf
28. Going Home - Screeching Weasel
29. Alien Death Ray - Spoke

Bone and Thorn
1. Condition Oakland - Jawbreaker
2. The Bridge - Samiam
3. Dreaming my Dreams - Cranberries
4. Waiting for Her - a-ha
5. Wait - White Lion
6. My Brain Hurts - Screeching Weasel
7. Ache - Jawbreaker
8. Can't Take my EYes off of you - Morten Harket
9. Video Killed the Radio Star - Buggles
10. November Rain - Guns n Roses
11. Kathy Isn't Right - Screeching Weasel
12. Song of Myself - Relish
13. Guardian Angel - Jane Wiedlin
14. Making Love out of Nothing at All - Air Supply
15. Lady of the Valley - White Lion
16. I wrote Holden Caulfield - Screeching Weasel
17. Friend - Samiam
18. Kiss from a Rose single - Seal
19. No Need to Argue - Cranberries
20. Don't Cry - Guns n Roses
21. In sadding Around - Jawbreaker
22. Leather Jacket - Screeching Weasel
23. I like Food - Descendants

Kabuki
1. Want - Jawbreaker
2. Message in a Bottle - The Police
3. Anybody Listening? - Queensryche
4. Orangeworker - For Squirrels
5. Sandalwood - Lisa Loeb
6. The Lady in Red - Chris deBurgh
7. Oyster - Jawbreaker
8. Tonight is what it means to be young - Streets of Fire
9. Fake Plastic Trees - Radiohead
10. Hope I Never Lose My Wallet - Bosstones
11. Cancion del Mariachi - Desperado
12. Silent Lucidity - Queensryche
13. I'll Stand by You - Pretenders
14. Sluttering - Jawbreaker
15. Rolling Thunder - a-ha
16. Hurricane - Lisa Loeb
17. Me for Me - Quit
18. The Flame - Cheap Trick
19. Shades of Michaelangelo - Belinda Carlisle
20. Accident Prone - Jawbreaker
21. No All - Descendants

Dot Patrol
1. Mission Impossible 1 - Mallrats
2. The Passing - Hot Water Music
3. J.A.R. - Green Day
4. Changes - Quit
5. Free your mind - Mallrats
6. Pictures of You - The Cure
7. Surreal - The Innocence Mission
8. See that Girl - Righteous Brothers
9. Cousin Walter - Mallrats
10. Kung Fu - Angus
11. Just A Thought - Spoke
12. That Ski Trip - Mallrats
13. Name - Goo Goo Dolls
14. Everything's Different Now - The Innocence Mission
15. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' - Righteous Brothers
16. Recliner - Hot Water Music
17. Woman of Kleenex - Mallrats
18. Whole World Lost its head - Gogos
19. Alone - Lisa Loeb
20. Near You Always - Jewel
21. A Very Uncomfortable Place - Mallrats
22. Arms Can't Stretch - Hot Water Music
23. Waiting - Quit
24. Mission Impossible 2 - Mallrats
25. As I lay me down - Sophie B. Hawkins
26. Foolish Games - Jewel
27. That was Another Country - The Innocence Mission
28. Million - Jawbreaker
29. Counting Numbers - Hot Water Music
30. Quedate Aqui - Salma Hayek
31. Last Words (Kneel Before Zod) - Mallrats

Beauty and the Beast
1. Untouchable Face - Ani DiFranco
2. Breathe - A capella
3. Where the Streets have no name - Pet Shop Boys
4. Behind the Wheel - Depeche Mode
5. Us and Chuck - Hot Water Music
6. Weinerschnitzel - Descendants
7. Howwhywuz, Howwhyyam - Bosstones
8. Pep talk - Descendants
9. Gratitude - Ani difranco
10. American Pie - Don McLean
11. Baker, Baker - Tori
12. Imperfectly - Ani Difranco
13. Tonight I can Write... - Andy Garcia
14. Napoleon - Ani Difranco
15. Forever Young - Alphaville
16. Suburbia - Pet Shop Boys
17. Woman of Kleenex - Brodie
18. Sound for Language - Hot Water Music
19. Silly Girl - Descendants
20. Pretty good Year - Tori Amos
21. Blasphemous Rumors - Depeche Mode
22. Loft - Hot Water Music
23. Both Hands - Ani Difranco
24. Solsbury Hill - Wellesley Widows


It's taken about five nights of on-and-off ripping (and some ripping from work to prevent jittery rips), but I'm largely done with recompiling. I skipped two of the tapes (one's a dedicated punk tape repeating a lot of what's already been ripped), but since it looks like I might have enough for about two CDs worth, I might go ahead and grab some more for filler.

The problems? I compiled one of the tapes with CDs from Rose Marie's collection. Honestly, I don't particularly care about those songs (Billy Joel's "She's Got A Way" and "Goodnight Saigon" and Belinda Carlisle's "Mad About You")--I really fast-forwarded through those songs anyways.

Another tape has a song (Cheap Trick's "The Flame") from an 80s comp CD I loaned to a friend for use in her wedding reception like seven years ago, and I forgot to get it back. I've got an a capella song ("Breathe") from the BOCA college competition, and one from the Wellesley Widows ("Solsbury Hill")--both CDs in the ownership of an old college roommate. Those're no big loss either.

There are two songs, however, that I am a bit miffed about--songs from CDs which I'll be pissed if I lose: Pegboy's "Strong Reaction" and the Radiohead's "Fake Plastic Trees." And there's a 'Murder Barney the Dinosaur' song from the Baggy Pants Waste Precious Fabric No Idea comp which pretty much goes perfectly after the cut-off from Jawbreaker's "You Don't Know..."

I think my brother borrowed that Radiohead CD-single, and tiiguy might have the Pegboy CD. I can probably snag a copy of "Fake Plastic Trees" from one of the many Radiohead fans I'm well-acquainted with, but at the root of it all, where the hell's my damned CDs?

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