Tuesday, December 6, 2011

What You Should Have Heard #83

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 want 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]

Three Days Grace Mix CD

  1. Are You Ready? – I Hate Everything About You
  2. Bitter Taste – Life Starts Now
  3. Break – Life Starts Now
  4. World So Cold – Life Starts Now
  5. The Good Life – Life Starts Now
  6. Bully – Life Starts Now
  7. It’s All Over – One-X
  8. Pain – One-X
  9. Animal I Have Become – One-X
  10. Never Too Late – One-X
  11. On My Own – One-X
  12. Riot – One-X
  13. Let It Die – One-X
  14. Over and Over – One-X
  15. Time of Dying – One-X
  16. One-X – One-X
  17. Burn – Three Days Grace
  18. Just Like You – Three Days Grace
  19. I Hate Everything About You – Three Days Grace
  20. Home – Three Days Grace
  21. Scared – Three Days Grace
  22. Overrated – Three Days Grace

A few notes on Three Days Grace:

  • This group is high on my list when I want to listen to some screaming or some anti-ex songs. They’re fun to listen to and easy to scream along with. It’s kind of weird. Lead singer Adam Gontier actually has a good voice, so it can be jarring to hear that, say at the beginning of “Break,” and then he seamlessly transitions into a harsher, raspy yelling. Weird in a good way, I mean.
  • I can’t listen to “The Good Life” without thinking it sounds like a harder Nickelback song. Maybe it’s a Canadian thing?
  • When going through their Vevo channel to pick out some videos, I was amazed at the transformation in Gontier. From the first video they did (“I Hate Everything About You”) to the latest (“The Good Life”), it doesn’t look like the same person. Of course, I don’t look like I did eight years ago, it’s just a little strange to see the transformation happen over a handful of minutes while watching the videos.
  • I listened to TDG a LOT during the past two years. Between personal problems and the dissolution of my marriage, I was hurt and angry and this is what I listened to and screamed along with driving to and from work. I can only imagine how I looked to other commuters as I sat in traffic just screaming, sometimes with tears streaming down my face. Yet I don’t associate TDG with the problems I faced. There are some artists I still have a difficult time listening to because it’s the music we listened to, but these guys were therapy. Primal, screaming therapy. You’ll have to use your imagination as to the songs that were put on repeat most often.

Three Days Grace’s AllMusic entry

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