Nov 5, 2007

The Return of the Living Dead

A few days before Devil's Night I was watching an ole favorite horror flick, the aforementioned Return of the Living Dead. As I was watching, I realized that for the last several months I have been living a zombie-like life, minus the brain eating of course. Like Shawn at the beginning of Shawn of the Dead I have been shuffling around in a daze. Events beyond my control have been kicking me in the ass and I have been very bummed out. At the same time a few people have caused my faith in my fellow human beings to sink to a new low. I have been a study in bitter, frustrated apathy.

To paraphrase Comic Book Guy: Worst. Summer. Ever.

It's getting a bit better now. Someday soon I may be back to my old self.

I tell you these things not so you'll have pity, but so that when you listen to my mix you'll hopefully understand the sour place it comes from.

I had intended to have a theme, but I simply couldn't find my way. There were many songs that I wanted to include, but they just didn't go with my mood.

That being said, as I was working on this mix I at times embraced the abyss and chose songs that helped me continue to be in a poopy mood, and at other times I chose songs with bits that made me happy enough to not contemplate dressing in my Grammy's undies and eating a gun. Just kidding. The track list is as follows...

as usual...SPOILER ALERT!!!

1. Suede - Lazy
2. Les Savy Fav - Pots and Pans
3. Grinderman - No Pussy Blues
4. Pavement - Type Slowly (live)
5. Gordon Lightfoot - Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald
6. Cracker - Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)
7. Bloodhound Gang - Fire Water Burn
8. 808 State - OneInTen
9. Shiny Toy Guns - Le Disko
10. Peaches - Fuck the Pain Away
11. Manic Street Preachers - If You Tolerate This Then Your Children Will Be Next
12. Geneva - Tranquilizer
13. Fugazi - Waiting Room
14. Descendants - Bikeage
15. Slipknot - Duality
16. Marilyn Manson - Rock is Dead
17. Supernaturals - Smile

I embrace the abyss to: Grinderman, Lightfoot, Peaches, Slipknot, Descendants and Manson for all the obvious reasons.

I enjoy: the campy lyrics of Shiny Toy Guns, the snideness of the Supernaturals, the guitar solo during Pavement, the bassline of the Descendants, the Bloodhound Gang line "I'm the root of all that's evil/yeah, but you can call me Cookie", the brazenly dirty lyrics of Peaches (this song always makes me think of Buffy during season 6 when she was doing the Humpty Dance with Spike) and just the whole Les Savy Fav makes me feel like...I dunno...but it's freakin' cool. By the way just how do you pronounce Les Savy Fav? Anyone?

So. There it is then.

Sorry for not being on time but lately it's been hard enough to get out of bed and put on some pants let alone be slightly creative.

I know that this will sound cheesy, but making this mixtape has really been theraputic for me. It's the first decent use of my brain in months. After making this I truly feel as if I am returning from the dead. Never underestimate the healing power of music. Thanks, Joe, for inviting me along.

Thes should hit the mail tomorrow or the next day...I guess that's November 8 or 9.


the Captain

P.S. FYI there's mucho naughty words here...try not to play this around my mom. Thanks.


Grifter said...

can't wait for this mix. haven't listened to Suede for awhile, and the Manic Street track is timeless.

good on you cap'n. by the way, did you know that Gordon recently played at the Civic? It was monumental.

Captain Admiral said...

I screwed up one thing on the track listing. The 808 State song should also have (feat. UB40). Yes, that's right, craptacular faux reggae joined with brilliant 90's techno. Enjoy.

Enigma-Machinist said...

I think Les Savvy Fav is pronounced "Less-Sauvvy-Fov"

Grifter said...

I vouch for "Lay Savvy Fahhv"..more Norman than Troy's interpretation. Just my take.

Enigma-Machinist said...

I will say, I saw Les Savvy Fav before and it was probably one of the best small production shows i have seen. The singer looked more like a roadie; balding, bushy beard, wearing a red shirt too small for his pudginess, shorts, and flip-flops. Still the man had stage presence and crowd control like I have never seen.

Grifter said...

i have been giving your mix a hearty flogging lately. Some good classics on there...London Suede and Fugazi. The track that is slaying though is that Geneva song. Very "epic". The refrain on the chorus is poignant. Insanely good. I also really like the Shiny Toy Guns track and the Descendants. And Grinderman (is that the album with the monkey on the cover? stupid question? I know its a Nick Cave side but I've never looked into it.) The whole mix is great, except for that damn Bloodhound Gang song. I just can't stomach it, but I do like the Barry White/Frank Black line.

rice said...

i'm glad you've got pavement and fugazi on there. two groups that got me through high school. anyone else think that "brighten the corners" was the worst pavement album? there are some good tracks there, but that album never caught on with me. thank you captain my captain.