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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- The Trick Is To Keep Breathing – Garbage.
Off “Garbage 2.0”, a very smooth, very much underrated little tune.
- Crash Into Me – Dave Matthews, the hip-hop remix.
A great song and possibly the finest fan remix I’ve heard.
- 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.
- 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?