16 May 2007
Mix & Match #8
[Disclaimer #1: The mixes and the majority of the tracks from all of these mixtapes are the originals from the late 70's/early mid 80's. Vinyl to tape. Play a couple of hundred times. Tape to mp3. Snap, crackle, pop and hums are free of charge]
[Disclaimer #2: Meg from Nelson is helping out for a couple of weeks. To say that our musical tastes have few touch points would be an understatement. If you're surprised to find Barry Manilow, Andy Williams or Liberace here, don't look at me]
An explanation or 2 needed here (and a mea culpa for yet another Phil Collins. Fuck me sideways. What was I thinking back then)
Bap is a band from Cologne and they write and sing in the local dialect (which I understand mostly and speak pitifully badly). Legendary status and hugely influential in the early 80s.
Jupp ("Joseph") is pure brilliance.
Tells the story of a tramp who meets up with his mates under the Severin's Gate (Severinstor - Fringspooz - see what I mean about dialect..) with a flagon of cheap Italian wine and his worldly possessions in a plastic bag and tells tall tales.
Balancing on the Equator, knife fights that cost him his thumb, the thousands of women, playing cards with two yeti in Kathmandu, gold fever, dancing the twist with a cobra, a checkered zebra, Lola, the blond fairy from Beijing....
And then someone asks him about Stalingrad
"Wo litt dann Stalingraad ? En welchem Land es dat?" (Stalingrad? Where's that? Which country's Stalingrad in?)
Stalingraad pack hä nie, irgendwie. (Stalingrad left its mark. He's never recovered)
Goosebump stuff. There were hurt vets before Vietnam. For sure. Just no TV.
"Ahn 'ner Leitplank" - Ode to a crash barrier - is a glance out of a car window passing a car crash. Pathos heaped on a mite thickly.
But the rest is beaut...
Waterloo Sunset does 'Ooh lala ooweeoo" to perfection
Bob Seger - still doing it well - for the thundering bass drum as he rolls away
Page 43 for the ease of it all. And Lee Sklar's bass
Joe Walsh. Subtle as a brick and delicate with it. Not here, necessarily...
Skip "Somebody's Baby. Please. Although it's for a Cameron Crowe movie, so it squeezes by. Just.
The Loner still frightens me with its intensity
As primal screams go, Won't get fooled again is in a class by itself.
Andrew Gold belongs in last week's suck-without-a-trace M&M, actually.
Dr John doesn't
And I've seen 7 of these acts live.
Not bad, eh.
Really wanted you - Emitt Rhodes from Mirror
Walk away Rene - Ricky Lee Jones from Girl at her volcano
It don't matter to me - Phil Collins from Hello, I Must Be Going
Jupp - Bap from für usszeschnigge
Waterloo Sunset - The Kinks from Boots Rock Collection
Roll me away - Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band from The distance
Page 43 - Crosby & Nash from David Crosby & Graham Nash
Bright Side Of The Road - Van Morrison from The Best Of Rock Legends
I can play that rock & roll - Joe Walsh from You Bought It You Name It
Steppin' out - Joe Jackson from Night and day
Nashville cats - Lovin' Spoonful from The Lovin' Spoonful
Somebody's baby - Jackson Browne from Best
The sea refuses no river - Pete Townshend from All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes
The loner - Neil Young from Neil Young
It's a mistake - Men at work from Cargo
Looking For The Next Best Thing - Warren Zevon from The Envoy
Won't Get Fooled Again - The Who from The Best Rock Album In The World
Ahn 'ner Leitplank - Bap from vun drinne noh drusse
Hope you feel good - Andrew Gold from What's wrong with this picture
Such a night - Dr John from The Last Waltz
Mix and Match 8.mp3 82.4MB 1:27:55