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Name Dropping for People With Short Attention Spans

Side A
Artist Song Buy
---------------------  vol. 1---------------------  buy on itunes
Centro-Matic  D. Boon Free (A Ninth Grade Crime)  buy on itunes
Minutemen  History Lesson, Pt. 2  buy on itunes
Bob Dylan  Blind Willie McTell  buy on itunes
Blind Willie McTell  Dark Night Blues  buy on itunes
---------------------  vol. 2---------------------  buy on itunes
Chuck Berry  Sweet Little Sixteen  buy on itunes
The Beach Boys  Do You Remember?  buy on itunes
The Stills-Young Band  Long May You Run  buy on itunes
Elephant Micah  Mt. Neil Young  buy on itunes
Side B
---------------------  vol. 3---------------------  buy on itunes
They Might Be Giants  We're the Replacements  buy on itunes
The Replacements  Alex Chilton  buy on itunes
Alex Chilton  I Wish I Could Meet Elvis  buy on itunes
Elvis Presley  His Latest Flame  buy on itunes
---------------------  vol. 4---------------------  buy on itunes
John Lennon  Working Class Hero  buy on itunes
David Bowie  Life on Mars?  buy on itunes
The Clash  Clash City Rockers  buy on itunes
The Pernice Brothers  High as a Kite  buy on itunes
---------------------  vol. 5---------------------  buy on itunes
Herman Dnne  Air Drum to Pavement (Peel Session)  buy on itunes
Pavement  Unseen Power of the Picket Fence  buy on itunes
R.E.M.  Lightnin' Hopkins  buy on itunes
Lightnin' Hopkins  Shining Moon  buy on itunes


Not actually a tape, but rather a collection of mini-CDs (the 8 cm/3 inch kind). I've been toying with the idea of making sets of mixes in this format for a little while, partly because I think they're pretty, but mostly because my attention span in no way matches the length of my usual mixes - while I am as guilty as the next person of cramming as many songs as humanly possible on an 80 minute mix, I also tend to think that that's not very listener-friendly.
As it happens, the idea of using this format matches another idea I've been harbouring for a while perfectly: that of making a mix where a song references another band or artist, followed up by a song by that band or artists referencing someone else, followed up by a song by that artist...you get the idea. I've thought about this quite a bit, but the best I could come up with was a row of maybe 7 or 8 songs - not much of a full-length mix. So instead, I've now split it up into seperate mini-mixes of 4 songs each. I certainly won't deny that this is more of a novelty-thing, so the flow works better on some of them and not so well on others, but for the most part, they work surprisingly well. They all clock in at somewhere between 10 and 15 minutes, so even people who suffer from the same kind of concentration deficits that I am struggling with can actually listen to them all the way through attentively! Also, did I mention they're pretty?
Volume 1, 3 and 5 follow the pattern outlined above, while volume 2 and 4 are in reverse order: first the band, then the song in which they're referenced. Since I'm not going for circular effects, the closers (of vol. 1, 3 and 5) and openers (of vol. 2 and 4) weren't chosen to contain any musical references, they're just, you know, great songs.
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Date: 11/23/2006
Love Chuck to Chilton! What website am I on, ohh right the mix one, is this a mix? Oh yeah it is. What's a mix?( short attention span jokes ad infinitum)
French Connection
Date: 11/23/2006
Very well executed, think you nailed it pretty damn well.
Date: 11/23/2006
I was also going to chip in with a short attention span joke but I, erm.. Where was I? Wonderful theme and some great picks as well Alex. Btw, listening to the mix I received right now whilst biting my nails and drinking far too much beer. Hooray, it's a winner!
Rob Conroy
Date: 11/23/2006
This looks great. I, for one, make it a point of pride to at least attempt to fill an 80-minute disc chock full of tunes in an order that challenges and entertains... whether or not I fail in others' eyes is their opinion, but I think I do a reasonably good job.
Date: 11/23/2006
No doubt about it, Rob. It's not like my average mix is less than 79 minutes long either...I just felt like doing something different for once. The thing about my short attention span was true, though, unfortunately.
Date: 11/24/2006
I have the same attention spam problem as you - I hardly ever manage to listen to a 80-minute mix CD in one sitting, and the mixes I make myself are often shorter for that very reason. Oh, I'm a bit tired of saying this by now, but this look fantastic.
Date: 11/24/2006
Nice concept and execution.
Date: 11/24/2006
Very cool, and thank you for cluing me in on those Clash lyrics I could never really figure out while singing along...

You owe me a move say the bells of st. groove
Come on and show me say the bells of old bowie
When I am fitter say the bells of gary glitter
No one but you and I say the bells of prince far-i
p the swede
Date: 11/25/2006
welcome aboard, this is a nice one
Date: 11/27/2006
I love a good name dropper theme disc and this one is excellent. Especially for the well executed mini reference batchings.
Lancelot Link IV1
Date: 11/28/2006
Great concept, well executed.
Nick Falivena
Date: 12/2/2006
I love it. I think I'll go get a spindle of the little discs.
Date: 3/20/2010
Re vol 3 track 2 by The Replacements, look at this: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/03/21/opinion/21westerberg.html?ref=opinion

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