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4:47 pm - 02.20.04
My Generation Mix
I love burning CD mixes, yet it's differant than making a tape mix. For one, you have 10min less than your average 90min tape. Also it's much more difficult to add special effects, unless you have a microphone and exspensive sound editting software.

So creativity is limited somewhat. That's where ingenuity comes in, you can join 2 tracks together, to make one, so you can surprise the listener.

When I started making mix tapes, I had no idea what the hell I was doing, and so made many mistakes, timing mistakes, like a song gets cut off, cause the tape runs out. Also you can't rerecord over a tape more than twice, otherwise you'll still hear the first recording in the background. I learned by trying to record chorale music, over some 80's mix. Have way through Ave Maria, you could hear Paula Abdule singing with the cartoon cat "Opposites Attract"

ave maaaarrrriiiiah....avvvveeee....two steps forward two steps back...opposites attract...

You get the idea.

Anyways, as time went on, I got better. And began the quest for the perfect mix.

I have made maybe 3 or 4 perfect mixes. Coffee Shop Mix #1 was perfection, but I lost it some years ago in one of Shannon's old cars. I tried to remake it, but it didn't feel the same.

I began compiling all my favorite songs together, the ones you could dance or cry too, the ones you grew up with, whether or not they were popular before you were born.

My mom gave me a wide taste in music growing up. I remember on weekend mornings, waking up to the sounds of her cleaning, and either the "Flashdance" or "Footloose" soundtrack would be on the stereo. She also introduced me to Barbara Striesand, Neil Diamond, and Kenny Rogers. I learned to love them all.

She would let me watch MTV when it was first on, mainly cause she didn't know it's mind-warping capabilities. I remember Simon Rex, before he did porn. I remember that promo of the guy in spacesuit walking on the moon, with the MTV flag. I remember when they used to play mostly videos!

MTV and the Radio opened my eyes to more great music. That's when AM Radio still had more music stations. And country music was still owned by the Statler Bros, Kenny Rogers, Conway Twitty, Linda Ronstadt, Bonnie Raitt, Sheena Easton, Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson, Gordon Lightfoot, and even the variety show "HEE-HAW".

I miss Minnie Pearl.

I started pulling all of this great music together, but I did not yet have the means to put it together into a collection.

Until now.

Over the years of having a PC with a CD burner, I've made several mixes I call "My Generation". In honor of The Who song by the same title. Their song was about the Mod Generation, and the shakey way Roger Daltrey was singing it, was to mock the mass aphetamine use, which would cause the body to shake.

These 6 mixes which follow, were experiments. Now I'm getting ready to make the perfect ode to the music of my past.

Here is what I have so far:

My Generation 1
1-99 Red Balloons-Nena
2-All About Chemistry-Semi Sonic
3-Baba O'Riley-The Who
4-Burn To Shine-Ben Harper
5-Da Da Da
6-Elephant Love Song Medley-Ewan MacGregor & Nicole Kidman
7-I Am Woman (dance mix)
8-I Love Rock n' Roll-Joan Jett
9-I Wanna Talk About Me-Toby Keith
10-Iko Iko-Zap Mamma
11-Jump For Your Love
12-Little Room-White Stripes
13-NICK NICK NICK-Nickelodeon Theme
14-The Orgin of Love-Hedwig and the Angry Inch
15-The Sound of Sundance-Interstate
16-The Vampire Song-Concrete Blond
17-Weapon of Choice-Fatboy Slim
18-When The Deep Purple Falls
19-You Can't Do That On Television-theme
20-The Hamster Dance (techno mix)
21-Yeha Noha-Enigma

My Generation 2
1-Call Me-Blondie
2-I Always Liked That Best-Cyndi Thomson
3-Detachable Penis-King Missle
4-Hangin' By a Moment-Lifehouse
5-Have a Little Faith in Me-Jewel
6-I Love You Period
7-Everybody Hurts-REM
10-Mary Moon
11-It's Hip to be Square-Huey Lewis and the News
12-Sex and Candy-Marcy Playground
13-Simply Irresistable-Robert Palmer
14-Sugar Daddy-Hedwig and the Angry Inch
15-To Be With You-Mr. Big
16-We Built This City-Starship
17-Where In The World Is Carmen Sandiego?-Rockappella
18-Break My Stride
19-Another Lonely Day-Ben Harper

My Generation 3
1-What's Going On-Four Non Blonds
2-Heart and Soul-T'Pau
3-I'm The Only One-Melissa Etheridge
4-King of May-Natalie Merchant
5-Axel F
6-Come Sail Away-Styx
7-You Gotta Be
8-Cool Like Dat-Diggable Planets
9-Mephisto and Kevin-Primus
10-Drac's Back-Red Lipstique
11-Disco Duck
12-Runaway Train-Soul Asylum
13-Ruby Vroom
14-Mr. Roboto-Styx
15-I Know What Boys Like-The Waitresses
16-How Do You Like Me Now-Toby Keith
18-Low Rider
19-Streets of Philadelphia-Bruce Springsteen
20-Kookie Kookie-Ed Byrnes & Connie Stevens

My Generation 4
1-Man, I Feel Like a Woman-Shania Twain
2-Walk This Way-Areosmith
3-Material Girl-Madonna
4-Truly, Madly, Deeply-Savage Garden
5-When The World Was Young-Paige & Plant
6-Kiss From a Rose-Seal
7-Karma Chameleon-Boy George
8-It Wasn't Me-Shaggy
9-I Don't Know Why-Norah Jones
10-True Colors-Cyndi Lauper
11-Landslide-The Dixie Chicks
12-Like a Prayer-Madonna
13-She Fucking Hates Me
14-The Locomotion
15-Every Breath You Take-The Police
16-Time After Time-Cyndi Lauper
17-Werewolf in London-Warren Zevon
18-I've Got My Mind Set On You
19-Draggin' The Line
20-Dancing In The Moonlight

My Generation 5
1-The Promise
2-Leaving on a Jet Plane-Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
3-Halloween Spooks
4-Ghostbusters-Ray Parker Jr.
5-Penguin Shuffle-Lorie Line
6-My Baby Just Cares For Me-Nina Simone
7-Zoot Suit Riot-Cherry Poppin' Daddies
8-Martian Hop
9-Thirtysomething-W. G. Snuffy Walden
10-Better Off Alone-Alice Deejay
11-The Jetsons
12-Joey-Concrete Blond
13-Return To Innosense-Enigma
14-The Cantina Band-John Willians
15-I'll Melt With You-Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
16-Bless This House-John Williams
17-Frosty The Snowman-The Roches
18-The Blob
19-Mambo #5-Lou Bega
20-I Just Called To Say I Love You-Trinnidad Steel
21-Masters of the Universe-Juno Reactor
22-West Wing-W. G. Snuffy Walden
23-Feelin' Good-Nina Simone
24-Astro Boy theme

My Generation 6
1-Closer To Fine-Indigo Girls
3-I'm The Only One-Melissa Etheridge*
4-Missionary Man-Eurythmics
5-Dreams-The Cranberries
6-Why-Annie Lennox
7-Breathless-The Corrs
8-Angel of Harlem-U2
9-Everyday Is a Winding Road-Sheryl Crow
10-The Animal Song-Savage Garden
11-I'm Just a Girl-No Doubt
12-Come To My Window-Melissa Etheridge
13-Mmm Bop-Hanson
14-Excuse Me Mister-No Doubt
15-Sweet Dreams-Eurythmics
16-Heart of Glass-Blondie
17-Tide Is High-Blondie
18-Thunder Road-Bruce Springsteen

My Generation 7
coming soon...

* Oops, already had this one :P

My brain holds too much stuff at times, so if the artist slot is blank, and you know what it is, please let me know. I know once I remember, it'll be a DOH! moment.


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