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The insufficiency of Human Endeavour

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The Pretenders  Middle of the Road  buy on itunes
Concrete Blonde  It'll Chew You Up and Spit You Out  buy on itunes
The Dresden Dolls  Modern Moonlight  buy on itunes
Squirrel Nut Zippers  Suits Are Picking Up the Bill  buy on itunes
Luminescent Orchestrii  She's a Brick  buy on itunes
The Real Tuesday Weld  (Still) Terminally Ambivalent Over You  buy on itunes
Forty Thieves Orkestar  Rabble Rouser  buy on itunes
Bertolt Brecht  Lied von der Unzulaenglichkeit menschlichen Strebens  buy on itunes
Django Reinhardt  Nuages  buy on itunes
Ute Lemper  Denn wie mann sich bettet (As you make your bed, so you must lie in it)  buy on itunes
Boban Markovic Orkestar  Sat (Time)  buy on itunes
Gary Numan  Are Friends Electric?  buy on itunes
Moloko  Pure Pleasure Seeker  buy on itunes
Kinky  How Do They Do That?  buy on itunes
Balkan Beat Box  BBBeat  buy on itunes
Ojos de Brujo  Ventilator R-80  buy on itunes
Doctor Rockit  Cafe de Flore  buy on itunes


This mix comes from two points: (1) my recent discovery of Brecht's "Lied von der Unzulaenglichkeit menschlichen Strebens" (I always wondered what his voice sounded like...), which plays a role in Sting's version of "Mackie Messer" (it also comes from DIE DREIGROSCHENOPER) and wanting to make a mix around it; and (2) hearing "She's a Brick" yesterday while cooking dinner and having a similar thought about it.

So why not both?

The mix opens with a couple of oldies but goodies (please notice resonance between tracks 2 and 10...), then flies toward Reason #2, which fairly quickly moves back to Reason #1 and then bursts out from there.

The title comes from Track #8, "The Song of the Insufficiency of Human Endeavour," which starts, "Mankind lives by its head / Its head won't see it through / Inspect your own. What lives off that? / At most a louse or two. / For this bleak existence / Man is never sharp enough."

The Ute Lemper song is from AUFSTIEG UND FALL DER STADT MAHAGONNY, also by Brecht and Weill. The refrain there is something like "For as you make your bed, so you must lie in it, / no one will tuck you in. / If anyone does the kicking it will be me, / and if anyone gets kicked, it will be you."


Date: 8/13/2007
This looks neat! I would probably get it better if I knew any German, although I will try to remember that Unzulaenglichkeit = insufficency. I did use a song from Mahagonny in a mix once, see Whiskey Bar.

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