Ever since the CDP Nationwide Mix-Tape Trade ended a couple months ago, people have been harping on me about reviewing their mix. Time constraints were getting in the way at the time, but while I’m waiting for my book to go to publication, I have a week to really sit down and pick apart these works that CDP readers were kind enough to mail to me.
I set the rules for listening to and reviewing the assorted mixes as follows: I would write in complete stream-of-consciousness mode while each song played (hence the poor grammar and possible spelling errors), and stop writing as soon as the song was over. Any pausing or skipping tracks was not allowed. I was listening for songs that I liked, along with the general flow and mood you’d expect from a decent mix-tape. I listened to every mix through headphones and without outside distraction.
My eighth reviewed mix belongs to a man that might actually hate Duke University more than I do, Moe Greene. Here we go.
1. Chinese People – Jerry Seinfeld
2. The Mixed Tape – Jacks’ Mannequin
3. Midnight Show – The Killers
Every time I hear The Killers, I wonder why Hot Hot Heat isn’t more popular. I mean, I have every album by both bands, I see hardly no difference in hooks, songwriting and lyricism, yet The Killers are significantly more mainstream. Maybe it’s that fruity perm that the HHH lead singer sports.
That all being said, I’ve always liked this track. Typical Killers fare; sexy, driving, pulsing and even more sexy.
4. No, It Isn’t – +44
When Blink 182 broke up, I was already tired of listening to them, so I never gave their many offshoot bands a chance. Mark always had the better voice, Tom was funnier, Travis was the most talented and Scott Raynor looked exactly like an old friend of mine.
The truth of the matter is that they can write a popular song; there’s no denying that. Hell, I spent the bulk of my high school years learning to play all of their songs on the drums (mission accomplished, by the way). The elitist jerk in me would like this song more if it weren’t created by a washed up pop-punk star, but it’s really quite listenable.
5. Susanne – Weezer
6. Time Turned Fragile – Motion City Soundtrack
7. Popular – Nada Surf
Quick side note. I saw Nada Surf in concert about 6 years ago, and they played this song. It was divine.
I’m sure he’ll like it.
Everyone will appreciate it.
You’re so novel.
What a good idea.
You can keep your time to your self.
You don’t need date insurance.
You can go out with whoever you want to.
Every boy in the whole world could be yours!
If you’ll just listen to my plan…
The Teenage Guide…To Popularity!!!
8. Lazy Eye – Silversun Pickups
9. The Best Of Me – The Starting Line
Secondly, they’re full of ultimate WIN simply for having the balls to record ‘Bedroom Talk.’ The line “I’m gonna tear your ass up like we just got married” is one of my favorite lyrics in the history of pop-punk.
Again, a good old school/new school mix. Moe shares some of my music tastes in this regard. The appreciation for a good song, regardless of what washed-up scene it came from.
10. Sell Out – Reel Big Fish
See? What did I tell you? Third-wave ska? Sure! Sell Out is one of my favorite ska tunes of all-time, and I’ve seen RBF at least 7 times in the last 10 years. If anyone knows about my musical background, I’m mainly a ska-punk drummer, and I’ve played along to this song in my headphones many a time as a teenager. RBF hit their peak with Why Do They Rock So Hard?, but their live show is still worthy of your cash.
If anyone wants to talk about ska in the comments section, that would be just awesome. It’s been forever since I had a good conversation about this constantly disrespected genre.
11. Hey Jealousy – Hit The Lights
I feel all warm and fuzzy right now. I think that as the days have progressed, I’ve grown more and more soft reviewing these mixes. My apologies to the first few people that had to feel my unnecessary wrath. I love this song.
12. Under Pressure – My Chemical Romance (w/The Used)
I hate this song. I hated the original, so it only makes sense that I would hate it more when covered by less talented people with less clout and even more homosexual tendencies than David Bowie and Freddie Mercury, if that’s even possible in this universe.
13. Hands Down – Dashboard Confessional
14. Dancing With Myself – Blink 182
Wow, another cover? More Blink 182 stuff? Damn, that’s a pretty bold move; it pretty much violates the three main rules of a mix-tape. No covers, no multiple tracks from the same people, and no Blink 182 at any time.
However, because it is a cover of a Billy Idol song, I’ll look past those instances…for now.
15. I Feel So – Box Car Racer
16. 155 – +44
Oh man, you have got to be absolutely kidding me, here. Blink Track #4? I’ll tell you, there are very few bands that deserve more than 2 tracks on any given mix, and the Blink 182 extended family is certainly not one of them. Listening to the song itself, I fully believe that Mark Hoppus completely owns Tom when it comes to singing, songwriting and musicianship, but still…four songs?
Weezer! Nada Surf! Reel Big Fish! Remember how much fun that was? Remember?
18. Nothing Lasts Forever – The Living End
I saw The Living End open for The Get Up Kids and Green Day many years ago, and it was one of the better concerts I had ever seen at that point. These guys are very entertaining live, the bass player is absolutely insane, and hey, they’re not Blink 182!
19. Everlong – Foo Fighters
Everyone should listen to Everlong at least once, laying down in pitch darkness with the speakers blasting, thinking of nothing but the most intimate and unforgettable moment of your life. It’s almost religious in feeling.
20. The Dufresnes – Mitch Hedberg
Time for stats!
Total Number Of Tracks – 20
Number Of Above Average Tracks – 9
Number Of Average Tracks – 5
Number Of Below Average Tracks – 6
Number Of Tracks That I Own –
Best Track – Everlong
Worst Track – Anything by Blink Airwaves 44
Total Score – 7.0/10
Tomorrow, I’ll have the final mix on the chopping block. Stick around to see how it all goes down.