Welcome to the 2nd Monday Confessional of 2010. Not a lot of Confessors this week – one actually – and we suspect the nature of the question might be a tad esoteric. We asked you: When you’re creating a new playlist, what song always seems to find its way onto every mix? When you make as many mixes as Hart and Dagger, you take for granted that not everyone thinks as heavily about music as we do, and might not even make mixes at all.
Case in point: When we wrote our “Sweatin’ to the CJS” mix, many of you espoused to not even making workout mixes at all and just put the player on shuffle which strikes us a completely alien concept. But we make a buttload of mixes, and since this week deals almost exclusively with this pursuit, despite our low participation, we’re here to share our mixing peccadilloes with you. So grab your Mp3 player, and let’s see what songs often find their way onto the CJS playlists.
E Dagger: In the aforementioned Workout Mix article, I wrote the following:
“Anyone who knows me well knows that I spend more time creating mix tapes than virtually anyone else. I agonize over each song, its placement, and its effect on the overall aesthetic of the mix. I’m like Rob Gordon in High Fidelity. A mix tape says as much about you as any other aspect of your personality. I have created 10 different punk mixes, that if you listened to them sequentially and paid attention carefully, you’d get a startlingly accurate snapshot of who I was when I created each one. Between 2002 and 2007, my life is summarized in CDs. Some people keep journals. Some make scrapbooks. I make mix tapes.”
In those 10 mixes I did my best not to repeat songs. But since a great deal of college was a boozy haze, naturally this was an impossible goal. A couple of songs found their way onto multiple mixes, but the real mindtrip came when one song showed up not once, not twice, but thrice. The song? “It’s Not Over” by Face to Face off their Live album. This isn’t even close to my favorite Face to Face song, but it’s far and away my favorite live song, ever. The reason? The opening 12 seconds.
Trever Keith begins the song “You think over with it…” goes silent, and the crowd, loud as hell, finishes the line with “Don’t wanna talk about it! I’ll tell you something you don’t wanna know!” Keith, exhilarated by the crowd’s immediate recognition of the song, yelps out an enthusiastic “F*** yeah!” and proceeds to rip through a frenetic rendition for the next 2 minutes and 12 seconds. Awesome moment, and the rest of the song kicks ass on top of it. I get swept up by this song all over again approximately every 8 months, so it’s no surprise that I included it on three different punk mixes.
Other honorable mentions for me in this category include:
“I’m Money” by Zebrahead – A fun, self-effacing anthem that has enough energy to hang on a punk mix, but low key enough to find its way onto a good time summer patio mix or a mellow late night chill session with your friends. It warrants mention that my wedding party entered the reception to this song, and it sounded totally badass.
“Middle of Nowhere” by Hot Hot Heat - And speaking of weddings, this was the song that played for Lady E and I as we walked back down the aisle after saying “I do.” I have yet to find a context in which this song does not work, but then, I fully own my bias here as this is me and Lady E’s song.
“Santeria” by Sublime – I used to listen to this song before every one of my finals for the first three years of college, and it’s my go-to song for just chilling. I like its lazy beat, and the story the lyrics tell. I’m pretty sure Lady E doesn’t even like this song despite liking Sublime a great deal, and like the mysteries of most women, I’ll just never figure that one out.
Lee S. Hart: Recently I came across a mix tape, cassette style, and I found that confined to both sides of that 90 minute beast was the Rancid song “I Wanna Riot” no less than 4 times. I have no idea what compelled me to put that song on one mix so many times.
When I was a little younger I was always sure to add “Journey to the End of the East Bay” by Rancid to every mix I made. I always tended to end with the mix with it to. I guess there is just something about having my favorite song finish off a CD that felt right. I have since stopped using this song for my personal mixes. With more than a hundred songs, there has to be Rancid songs that I haven’t used on a mix.
One song that seems to show up a lot that doesn’t seem as intentionally as Rancid is “15th and T” by the Swinging Utters. I really like this song and it can be classified as a happy sad song as per Dagger’s list, but with it’s fast riffs and good beat, as well as the opening line, “Drinkin’ beers in the pouring rain.” I find this song has fit well with many of my mixes, because to me drinking beers in the pouring rain can be both a good time or a bad time.
And lonely in the Confessional this week is Brad who chooses only the best song to ever appear in a movie, and one in which we are hard pressed to think of a bad time to listen to it. Take it away, good sir!
Brad: I usually take my iPod with me wherever I go. So whenever I’m sitting in traffic, doing my taxes, peeing in public, or robbing a bank, I always have “You’re the Best” by Joe “Bean” Esposito to inspire me into thrusting a swift crane kick through the chest of negativity and self-doubt. I put it on all my playlists because it seems like every minute someone’s calling me an asshole; so I need to be ready.
Alright, so maybe that question wasn’t for you. But if reading the above responses has triggered your brain, please let us know what shows up in your playlists in the comments section. Let’s move on to this week’s prompt, which combines a dash of mad science, a pinch of fantasy, and a big ol’ ladleful of plain ol’ weirdness! Here’s the set-up:
You’re allowed to pick two celebrities (one male, one female) to mate (in front of you if you choose, you perv) and create a perfect hybridization of those two famous people. You can do this for any reason you want – global power, athletic ability, unparalleled intelligence, pure amusement, whatever – so who do you choose, and what is that kid turning out like? In short: You get to make a superchild for any reason you desire. Who do you choose as the child’s DNA donors?
We want to know more about all our readers. So don’t hold back. If you haven’t confessed, or it’s been awhile, or even if you did it last week, we want to hear from you. Don’t be shy and send us your response, along with your posting name to email@example.com and we’ll put them up next week right alongside our responses.
Dagger & Hart
11 Jan 2010 CJS Staff