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LoB Presents 'Songs for Swingin Classrooms' Volume II

Side A
Artist Song
British Sea Power  Waving Flags 
Neil Young  Like a Hurricane 
Fairport Convention  Matty Groves 
The Beatles  Here comes the sun 
The Whites  Keep on the sunny side 
Jackie Wilson  (I get the) sweetest feeling 
The White Stripes  We're going to be friends 
Otis Redding  Wonderful World 
Glen Campbell  By the time I get to Phoenix 
Jens Lekman  Maple Leaves 
Side B
Kylie Minogue  Slow 
Sigur Ros  Glosoli 
Sufjan Stevens  The Upper Peninsula 
Belle & Sebastian  The State I Am In 
Meg Baird  Dear Companion 
Caetano Veloso  Lost in Paradise 
Felice Taylor  I can feel love 
Calexico  The Ballad of Cable Hogue 
The Mamas & Papas  California Dreamin' 
North Sea Radio Orchestra  End of Chimes 
The Pogues & Kirsty MacColl  Fairytale of New York 
The Flaming Lips  Race for the Prize 


You never know what students will or won't like. Jackie Wilson's unfuckwithable classic gets dissed but they sit rapt watching Sigur Ros' kids flying. The Lips' altrock standard is 'horrible' but Sudanese guys totally dig BSP's tale of immigrants and drinking. Neil Young is boring. Glen Campbell is a hippy. Jens Lekman is sad. Felice Taylor makes us want to dance (can't argue), Kylie is music made by robots (yep) and NSRO are 'beautiful'. But who teaches future continuous, comparatives, infinitive verbs, the compound noun 'photographic memory'?


Mark Petruccelli
Date: 1/24/2008
Love the Beatles -> Glen Campbell run on side One and the Pogues / Lips closing pair on side Two especially.
anthony lombardi
Date: 1/24/2008
neil young, the beatles, jackie wilson, white stripes, otis, jens lekman, B&S, the pogues...this is fanfuckingtastic. side one is really doing it for me...
Date: 1/24/2008
I can totally identify, I taught ESL in Guadalajara for 6 years, the first two at a high school, where I could get away with nothing with the spoiled kids (it also helped my Spanish). Funny about the Glen Campbell/Neil Young reaction, I actually used Frente!'s cover of Bizarre Love Triangle as well as Everybody Hurts. California Dreamin' is spot on for future tense.
Date: 1/24/2008
Fuck the kids. I'm the future! Anyway, this is classic, Jake. Love the Fairport Convention, Otis Redding and the Belle and Sebastian songs here. The rest is pretty rad too.
sport !
Date: 1/24/2008
The whole thing looks great, but side one is incredible!
Date: 1/24/2008
Kids eh? Fantastic mix, and great to see one of my fave Kylie tracks on a mix as well..
Date: 1/24/2008
Amo, amas, amat. I hope the parents did not claim you are promoting violence by playing Matty Groves. ;-)
Date: 1/25/2008
Love the whole of side 2. Interesting observations too Mr Bear. Permission to applaud?
Date: 1/25/2008
Some kids once attacked me with fruit (seriously).Lemons and limes were hurtling through the air at me from across the road. They were crap shots though and I picked up a lemon and lime and hit one of them on the back of the leg. Great mix, never mind the kids.
Date: 1/25/2008
Jackie Wilson, Glen Campbell, Sigur Ros, Mamas & the Papas, "Fairytale of New York"... this looks like a greatest hits of the best kind (the kind that aren't hits, I guess). on a recent road trip to the Oregon coast, my boyfriend and I came upon some road construction while listening to that Kylie Minogue song on his i-pod. so the gruff-looking construction worker in orange reflective gear was standing by the road holding a sign with the song's title on it as we passed by... slowly. we thought it was pretty funny. great, great mix.
Rob Conroy
Date: 1/25/2008
This is really, really great, my friend. I absolutely love your mixes and this is no exception. (Have I ever begged you to get a burner... ? ;-) )
p the swede
Date: 1/28/2008
nice, maybe I should do something like this with my class, they are 15-16, how old are your students?