I Hate When That Happens, Vol. 1: Mediocre Songs with FANTASTIC Titles

Artist Song Buy
Joan of Arc  It's Easier to Drink on an Empty Stomach than Eat on a Broken Heart  buy on itunes
Songs: Ohia  Steve Albini's Blues  buy on itunes
Olivia Trevor Control  The Sky is a Harpsichord Canvas  buy on itunes
Half Man Half Biscuit  Four Skinny Indie Kids  buy on itunes
Charles Manson  I Got a Tough Bastard Child Want to Become into a Samurai  buy on itunes
Little Joe Gould  Hold Lord, Shawshank Redemption is Such a Good Movie!  buy on itunes
The Soft Boys  Where are the Prawns?  buy on itunes
Of Montreal  Dustin Hoffman Becomes Indignant and Wets Himself  buy on itunes
DNA  Lying on the Sofa of Life  buy on itunes
The Seth Material  She Makes Me Wanna Do Long Division  buy on itunes
The Residents  Safety is a Cootie Wootie  buy on itunes
The Fugs  I Saw the Best Minds of My Generation Rock  buy on itunes
Beulah  Ballad of the Lonely Argonaut  buy on itunes
Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band  Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish  buy on itunes
Skyclad  The Great Brain Robbery  buy on itunes
Pink Floyd  Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast  buy on itunes
Joe Pernice  Second Semester Lesbian  buy on itunes


The Theme of This Mix: Songs that Really Aren't that Great, but Which have AWESOME Titles. Like what Westerberg says in the liner notes to "Sorry Ma, Forgot the Take Out the Trash" about 'Shiftless When Idle': "Title - Good. Song - Kinda." (I didn't put 'Shiftless When Idle' on here 'cos the song is at least as good as the title.) This is not to say that "Four Skinny Indie Kids" and "Where are the Prawns?" aren't good songs, but just that they're not good enough to get on a mix for the actual m u s i c , only the title. Having a mix of mediocre songs makes getting "flow" a bit difficult, but I'll sit through anything called "Neon Meate Dream of a Octafish," no matter where you put it. The thing I hate the most is when I make, say, a Joe Pernice mix for someone, and I WANT to put "Second Semester Lesbian" on there, but have to put "Our Time Has Passed" on there instead 'cos it's a better song, even though I know that someone looking over the track list would laugh at a song title like "Second Semester Lesbian." Is that just me?


Doctor Jekyll
Date: 11/8/2003
Neon Meat Dream is a pretty good song in a Beefheart kind of way, and of the others here I know, none are really bad. Still, this seems like it might be more entertaining as a list than as listening. Did you actually burn this as a CD, or is it just an imaginary track list?
Date: 11/8/2003
No, I actually burnt it. I figure if I listen to these songs for long enough I'll get to like them, and then I won't be in this pickle of liking the title more than the song. You're right, none of these tracks are awful, but then again I don't think any of them are good enough to go on any other mixes. Yet.
Date: 11/8/2003
You know, now that I think of it, Safety is the Cootie Wootie is one of my least fave Residents tracks...
Pop Kulcher
Date: 11/24/2003
Nice concept. I imagine the entire Of Montreal catalog would work well here. The Floyd song is, I've gotta say, the most unlistenable crap they ever committed to vinyl, even counting the post-Waters garbage. And since you mention it in your notes, let me just add a plug for "Shiftless When Idle" as the best use of a car metaphor in any rock song, ever.
Date: 11/25/2003
Actually, if you're looking for "unlistenable crap" with a cool title from the Floyd, I would suggest: "Several Species of Small Furry Animals Gathered Together In a Cave and Grooving with a Pict"
It features a continous loop of high-pitched sound effects that resemble chimpmunks and David Gilmour blathering on in a fake Scottish accent.....
Actually, I would say "Alan's Psychedelic Breakfast" has some cool guitar and piano grooves mixed with breakfast noises...but I'm a Floyd freak

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