Yo, DJ.

There was a time, I’m sure a friend in particular of mine will tell you, when making a mix tape was a far more demanding art than it is today. First off, you or the people in your immediate vicinity actually had to own, right at the very moment of mixed truth, the music you wanted to mix. Quelle Horreur! Not only that, but you actually had to worry about balancing the aesthetics of song-order against the inscrutable realities of song length, crafting a mix pleasing in each individual transition that didn’t leave two minutes of blank space at the end of each side.

And the making, the making… you actually had to wait for the entire length of a song for that song to be recorded, then adjust your entire apparatus. Truly ’twas the dark ages. All that effort for a few fleeting moments of individuality while driving your parent’s car, perhaps to let your high-school sweetheart know that you are both passionately in love and, if she doesn’t realize it yet, a complete dork.

Don’t act like you haven’t been there. I have.


So, mercifully, we don’t have mess around with all that old analog crap anymore. And while I’ve been known to devolve back to a pre-sentient, teenlike state under some exotic combinations of alchol and duress my blackened, cynical heart has so far sought no solace in mix-tapery which is, I ask you to believe me, better for all of us.

Still , some interesting people are making mix tapes, and my intention, during my absence, had been to put a decent one together for myself and use that sequence of songs to edify and amuse you, the audience. But I can’t do it, and I’m going to need help.

Here we are, then: the criteria are simple. This is a CD for one purpose only, that being “driving at night”. Most likely “driving at night, alone, for long distances”. This is what I have so far:

  1. Voodoo People – Prodigy, remixed by the Dust Brothers.

    Selected from many, many awful remixes of that song, not the least of which is the original. This one is clearly head and shoulders above its brethren.

  2. Dissolved Girl – Massive Attack.

    If you do not own Massive Attack’s “Mezzanine”, then there is a hole in your music collection that you may not even be aware of. I’m tempted to put “Teardrop” or “Angel” on here as well, but there are rules, people, and one of them is only one song per band per mix. Just the idea of doing something like that is repugnant. Christ, you people disgust me.

  3. Big Head – Ms. Jade ft. Timbaland.

    Never heard of them? That’s Ok. Get this tune. Let me know if you can find anything else by this woman that’s even marginally as compelling as this tune. I do loves me a smoky voice.

  4. The Trick Is To Keep Breathing – Garbage.

    Off “Garbage 2.0″, a very smooth, very much underrated little tune.

  5. Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews, the hip-hop remix.

    A great song and possibly the finest fan remix I’ve heard.

  6. Satisfaction (Live) – PJ Harvey and Bjork.

    This live performance has the dual qualities of putting a whole new spin on a well-known standard, and making it quite suitable for the task at hand.

  7. Edge Hill – Groove Armada.

    Perfectly suited. All instrumental, a song that speaks to me of cloudy nights and cruise control.

So there we are. That’s what I’ve got, and I’m only partway through a full CD. I need your help, dear reader: how do I finish this off? Is there stuff in there I should take out? What do you, driving down some lonesome strip of abandoned blacktop, like to have in your CD player?

13 Comments

  1. sean
    Posted November 25, 2003 at 1:50 am | Permalink

    Stealing is federal offence… stealing from the car of your particular friend’s mix cd to make your own… now that’s cold dawg.

    So you want some tunes to drive by with huh… top down… crusin’ all pulp fictioned out… uma thermen on your mind… i hear ya…

    here is some of my favs (which mike has already stolen and posted … that pinko fascist commie bastard particular friend of mine…

    1) Reel Big Fish – Beer (yeah beer)

    2) Still Dre Day (remix) by dr Dre, 50 cent & Neptunes

    3) already stolen by that pinko.

    5) return of the pinko.

    4) the pinko strikes back.

    6) Santa Ria by Sublime

    7) Will you be my girl – Jet (the pinko has been stealing this one too funny he didn’t mention it here… since Ipod also seems to think it’s cool… damn pinko)

    8)Twisted Sister – I wanna to rock (you know you miss it)

    9) I come from a land down under – Pennywise

    10) that other song in the ipod commercial… what is it called… tell me the name you pinko and I might forgive you this awesome mix cd transgression.

    BAhhhh!

    Sean.

  2. Posted November 25, 2003 at 3:33 am | Permalink

    I’m just going to let that comment sit there, so that when you get back on your meds you can give me a second opinion.

  3. Posted November 25, 2003 at 8:39 am | Permalink

    The song in the iPod commericial is “Take California” by the Propellerheads. But that’s not the one you’d want on a late night driving CD — you’d want “Bang On!”, from the same album (Decksanddrumsandrockandroll).

    So far I’m hip to your mix. Depending on the type of driver you are, you might want to quiet the tone down a touch (while not inserting sleepy tunes) by throwing in some acid jazz — Verve Remixed or St. Germain are good options here — or some more trance-like electriconica — here I’d always recommend Underworld.

    Also, I’d suggest timing your mix so that at around the 45 minute mark — just when you’d be hitting that really boring part on the 416 (as if one part is more boring than others) — you’ve got a really peppy, bouncy, dancable tune. “Hey Ya” by Outkast fits the bill, but might get tiresome in a few years.

  4. Posted November 25, 2003 at 11:45 am | Permalink

    My night music aesthetic is clearly not in tune with yours. I tend more towards either “violent and abrasive” or “bouncy” at night, as the goal is usually to keep me awake.

  5. Posted November 25, 2003 at 12:18 pm | Permalink

    As Michael T. Bruce says, “keep me awake” is the number one criterion for my driving music, which is why my since-lost driving CD featured such hits as “Ice Ice Baby”, “Eye of the Tiger”, “Everybody Dance Now”, “Good Vibrations” (the Marky Mark song, not the Beach Boys song), “The Final Countdown”, “Total Eclipse of the Heart” (the dance version), “Mortal Kombat”, the Spice Girls, Coolio, and Dre.

    I realize, of course, that none of that music is high-falutin’ enough for your Canadian tastes.

  6. Mike Hoye
    Posted November 25, 2003 at 12:20 pm | Permalink

    I was thinking of throwing in some Afghan Whigs, specifically “Rebirth of the Cool” or the ultracool “If I Only Had A Heart”, but I don’t think they really fit in with the aesthetic I’m going for here.

    I could see their live cover of “Creep” getting in there, which is also amazing.

    I should really find some times for all of these songs, just so we could see how far along we are.

  7. Mike Hoye
    Posted November 25, 2003 at 12:26 pm | Permalink

    I think that CD might have been ‘disappeared’ for you, Koz.

    Jesus.

  8. Posted November 25, 2003 at 2:12 pm | Permalink

    A cut at what I’d want in a good night-driving CD:

    • Vengaboys – “Boom, Boom, Boom, Boom”; No, seriously. It’s irritating and fast, which is a good start.
    • Squarepusher – “My Red Hot Car”
    • Plaid Tongued Devils – “Russian History XXX”
    • Snake River Conspiracy – “Vulcan”
    • Hot Snakes – “LAX”
    • Rage Against the Machine – “Testify”
    • Kool Keith – “Make Up Your Mind”
    • Frank Black and the Catholics – “Jet Black River”
    • KMFDM – “Megalomaniac”
    • Marcy Playground – “It’s Saturday”; This is the same band that did that awful “Sex and Candy” song, but this one is much better.
    • Ministry – “N.W.O.”
    • Modest Mouse – “Never Ending Math Equation”
    • DJ Shadow – “Highnoon”
    • Eels – “Mr E’s Beautiful Blues”
    • Outkast – “Last Call”

    The alternation between songs that don’t really flow into each other is intentional. The switching styles are jarring and might help alertness.

    (I’m not 100% happy with the individual selections, but the general idea is there.)

  9. sean
    Posted November 25, 2003 at 5:18 pm | Permalink

    for your viewing pleasure… and my mildest of revenges.

    http://quantumcat.off.net

    photoshopped pictures of mike as spiderman

  10. Posted November 25, 2003 at 8:20 pm | Permalink

    A total of four Mikes, in these comments.

    Ominous.

  11. Posted November 25, 2003 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    Agent Smith was indeed the high point of the last two Matrix movies.

  12. OD
    Posted November 25, 2003 at 9:29 pm | Permalink

    Fear of a black planet…el matatdor…I’m ready (George T.)…cleveland rocks (PrezofUSA)…oh oh, Open Up by Dispatch…well, these are loud, keep ya awake stuff…if you want cool, wee hour cruising stuff…Juno Reactor’s 10000 miles works for me…maybe even Terra Firma off the Tomb Raider s’track

  13. Posted November 29, 2003 at 8:54 pm | Permalink

    Ahh the mixed tape… ’tis a lost art form… what’s worse, I still have 3 or 4 that I made while in NYC and they’ve snapped, but I can’t find splice tape, nor can I bear to toss ‘em out… naturally, the track listing is long gone… had a couple in highschool that I’d kill to have back now… Ali Azabar and Kevin Siu made ‘em for me… damn wicked tunes… can’t even remember what was on ‘em.. only htat I loved it.

    Shit.