My Mix CDs
I’ve got a lot of music but limited space to hold it in, especially in my car. So I’ve gone the old tried-and-true way of making mix CDs to have access to as many bands as possible while driving. I’m going slightly old-school since I’m a bit backwards and have no iPod.
Most of the songs will be more upbeat, with probably only the occasional ballad or slower song included. I like to sing in the car, and the more upbeat songs are more fun to sing.
I’ll be going in alpha-numeric order with these, so if you’re wanting to argue with me about what Weezer songs should be included, you’re going to be waiting for a while.
My only limitations are that I use 80 min. discs, and I’m only going to use one disc per band/artist. I will make exceptions for only my most favorite bands with huge playlists (Foo Fighters and Self, off the top of my head), but I’d really like to boil everything down to just one disc.
Here’s the list guide:
Track # - Song Name - Album Name [Artist if album is by a different artist]
- Underground – Ben Folds Five [Ben Folds Five]
- Best Imitation of Myself – Ben Folds Five [Ben Folds Five]
- Bitches Ain’t Shit – Bitches Ain’t Shit
- Bad Idea – Naked Baby Photos [Ben Folds Five]
- Annie Waits – Rockin’ the Suburbs
- Zak and Sara – Rockin’ the Suburbs
- Still Fighting It – Rockin’ the Suburbs
- Gone – Rockin’ the Suburbs
- Losing Lisa – Rockin’ the Suburbs
- Not the Same – Rockin’ the Suburbs
- Rockin’ the Suburbs – Rockin’ the Suburbs
- Fired – Rockin’ the Suburbs
- Hiro’s Song – Rockin’ the Suburbs
- The Secret Life of Morgan Davis – Rockin’ the Suburbs EP
- Bitch Went Nutz – Stems and Seeds
- There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You – Sunny 16
- Landed – Songs for Silverman
- Gracie – Songs for Silverman
- Bitches Ain’t Shit – Songs for Silverman
- Adelaide – Super D
- Rent-A-Cop – Super D
- Army – The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
- Your Redneck Past – The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner
- Hiroshima (B B B Benny Hit His Head) – Way to Normal
- Dr. Yang – Way to Normal
- You Don’t Know Me – Way to Normal
- Bitch Went Nuts – Way to Normal
- Effington – Way to Normal
- One Angry Dwarf and 200 Solemn Faces – Whatever and Ever Amen
- Song for the Dumped – Whatever and Ever Amen
- Kate – Whatever and Ever Amen
- Steven’s Last Night in Town – Whatever and Ever Amen
- Battle of Who Could Care Less – Whatever and Ever Amen
Well, this is a first for my mix CDs, and it’s not unexpected. I like Ben Folds. A LOT. So a lot of his songs made the first cut for the mix CD. Thirty-eight, in fact, and that clocks in at 2 hours and 17 minutes. There’s no way I can push that down to just 80 minutes or less, so I’m going with a double-disc.
The only cuts I made the second time around were removing the songs that got doubled between Stems and Seeds and Way to Normal. Same songs, different versions. In the case of songs like “Effington,” the songs were so similar that one could go. But in the case of “The Bitch Went Nuts,” I had to have both version. They’re just too different and both kind of awesome.
And I just realized I should have typed out the track list before going ahead and burning the CDs. Looks like both discs, while having different versions of “Bitch Went Nuts,” have the same version of “Bitches Ain’t Shit.” Eh, at least it’s a good song (and by good I mean a neat version of an older Dr. Dre…song? Rap? Those aren’t technically songs, are they? Anyways, I like this much in the same way I like “Boyz N The Hood” by Dynamite Hack).
Anyways, WE&EA got me hooked. I connected with some of the songs, “One Angry Dwarf” to be sure, and whenever I hear the song Kate, I think of the person who has been my best friend for half my life. I don’t necessarily connect her to the Kate in the song, but it does make me think of her, and I smile.
It seems that after Folds dropped the Five and went solo, he really let loose in his song writing. A lot of the songs just seem more fun. It’s not a lyrical thing; I think he’s always been a good storyteller with his lyrics. Musically, though, the songs are just more fun to listen to.
The only other song I want to single out is “Gracie” from Songs for Silverman. If “Kate” makes me think of my friend, “Gracie” definitely makes me think of my daughter and her growing up. It’s touching and humorous and frank, and it says the things that I may want to say to my daughter when she’s older.
If I’m not mistaken, Mr. Folds has lived in the Nashville area for quite some time now, and he’s done quite a few shows around town. I, however, have not seen a single damn one of them. He’s on my shortlist of performers I want to see live, though, money and time permitting.
Here’s a live version of “You Don’t Know Me” with Regina Spektor from The Jimmy Kimmel Show. She’s so cute and has a great voice.
Okay, I’m throwin’ up three versions of the same live song to showcase something. Ben likes to get the audience involved when he performs “Not the Same.” I was blown away the first time I heard it. When searching YouTube, though, if an official live video was posted, the audience was drowned out. If a bootleg was posted, quality suffered. So here are three good versions, two that look pretty official (one with Guster and one with the Western Australia Symphony Orchestra in Perth, Australia, and a bootleg that shows Ben teaching the audience before the song).
And here’s the video for “Rockin’ the Suburbs.” I likes it.