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The Best of Pizza Hippie Samplers

Artist Song
Frente!  Ordinary Angels  
The Sundays  Joy 
Pale Saints  Half-Life, Remembered 
Saint Etienne  Nothing Can Stop Us 
The Darkside  Waiting for the Angels 
The Field Mice  If You Need Someone 
The Jesus & Mary Chain  Girlfrie nd 
Verve  Slide Away 
The Dylans  Lemon Afternoon 
The Boo Radleys  Lazarus 
Spiritualized  Run 
Ch@rlatans UK  Indian Rope 
The Stone Roses  Made Of Stone 
Pixies  Monkey Gone to Heaven 
Blur  Chemical World 
Veruca Salt  Seether 
Dinosaur, Jr.  Blah 
The Smashing Pumpkins  Siva 
Moose  Jack 
Teenage Fanclub  Everything Flows 
Sugar  Tilted 


It was a cold March evening in Columbia, 1993. Steve and I were making our normal rounds up and down 9th street, from quarter beers at 9th street deli to burgers at Booche's and finally down at Shakespeare's Pizza, looking for a vagabond guitarist to accompany our crooning. At a certain point in our evenings and at a certain state of mind, Steve would get the urge for us to duet on his favorite American Country & Western Songs, you know, tunes like Dead Flowers, Runaway Eyes, Sweet Virginia, etc.

Well, we didn't find the guitarist, but we started off with some hackneyed version of Sympathy for the Devil, which was country enough for us at the time. The "kids" (2 years younger than me at the time) on the sidewalk looked at us as if we had just gotten off our spaceship. For me, the look they gave us was a sign that my time in Columbia and the States was coming to a close. But Steve summed it up perfectly back up in his apartment, as I pulled his muffler off from around his neck, "Those God-Damn PIZZA hippies!"

And thus was born a new catch phrase, to describe the Lollapaloser generation, of which we were more than glad to be "above" with our Billie Holiday, Stooges, Burning Spear and Mose Allison, among others. It seemed that most of those "kids" thought that Pearl Jam had invented rock n' roll and had no grasp of their roots. And of course, in Kaufmannesque fashion, the funniest joke is only understood by one person (or in this case three people).
Steve and I soon graduated, I moved to Mexico, got married and settled down in Guadalajara all in the same summer. I got a job teaching high school English and my teenage students and I connected on a certain number of artists, but still mainly the Seattle scene and others. As a Neil Young freak, it was easy to latch on to J. Mascis.
However, it was my wife's cousin Gabriel, in about 1995, who was a year or two older than me, who finally turned a switch on to me with a mix tape containing many of these artists. Still tied up with the old fart influence of The Wad, I mockingly titled his mix "Pizza Hippie Sampler". But then I really started listening to it and realized how great that music could be. The one that really turned me on was the Jesus & Mary Chain track here, then Pixies, and then Spiritualized, and then the Stone Roses. Soon, I borrowed several of his CDs to make my own samplers of my favorites. I held on to those cassettes in the intervening 13 years and handed them off to my buddy Strange Loop earlier this year to rip to MP3s. This mix collects my favorites of the favorites. The sound quality of all of them may not be the sharpest, but they did travel 3000 km in a hot moving van 8 years ago.

I have used a few of these tunes here and there on alt-djs, etc., but this particular mix idea has been simmering in the back of my head since I digitized those cassettes. And I have explored the Pizza Hippie concept before as well. Now this week, between her country and gutbucket mixes, e.buster has inspired me to work outside my comfort zone. As they say at Shakespeare's, "It's the pizza, stupid. And maybe the beer. Everything else can go fly."
See my blog for the complete story...


Texas Hobart
Date: 10/4/2008
Great notes,and i like all the pictures but,i'm not familiar with the music.I guess i'm missing out on something.
Date: 10/4/2008
Great history! You and Wad are a couple of ch@racters. Lots to like here, esp. Pixies and J&MC.
Darth Pazuzu
Date: 10/4/2008
Well, I'm not exactly familiar with every single song here, but I think you've got a good overall sampler of the '90s al-ternative scene here! True, the only ones here I know all that well are the Pixies' Monkey Gone To Heaven and the Pumpkins' Siva, but you've certainly got this particular "pizza hippy"'s undying respect! :-) (Having graduated from high school in '91 and come of age in the '90s, I guess I come more from the more heavier, metallic and testosterone-laden side of the "pizza hippy" spectrum - ha, ha!)
Darth Pazuzu
Date: 10/4/2008
P.S. That track from Blur isn't by any chance a cover of the Van Der Graaf song by the same name, is it??
e. buster
Date: 10/4/2008
OH NO!!! I am a Pizza Hippie! haha - Listening to this as I type, Doowad, and it is a gem. I think I started out as just the garden variety hippie, but then some things happened. In order - I fell in love with Bowie's Low, I stopped smoking dope, I heard Anarchy in the UK, I decided the Housemartins reflected my world view better than The Dead, Darklands and Fables of the Reconstruction got hold of ears, Loveless came out... It was all pizza from there on out.
Date: 10/4/2008
I'm loving what you've got here.
Date: 10/5/2008
Huh. I might be a Pizza Hippie. After all, I like a lot of the stuff on here, especially the Ch@rlatans UK and the Stone Roses. But Smashing Pumpkins give me a headache.
Date: 10/5/2008
Lots of great picks here and a wonderful story too... pizza hippies!
Date: 10/7/2008
the Sundays/Pale Saints/Saint Etienne run brought back some good memories from a particular pizza parlor in Provo, UT circa 1991. really love that Jesus & Mary Chain song and the Darkside number too. but I'm really more of a chicken pot pie hippie these days.
Funky Ratchet
Date: 10/8/2008
So that's what a pizza hippie is. I think that's me...or at least it certainly was. How many genres have you invented names for?Like the Dino Jr., Veruca Salt, Pixies, and Stone Roses, to name just a few.
anthony lombardi
Date: 10/8/2008
tell the truth - you made this especially for me, didn't you? what with the field mice, JAMC, pixies, blur, stone roses, dino jr. & teenage fanclub...looks great, derek
French Connection
Date: 10/10/2008
Each and every topping a hit with me!
p the swede
Date: 10/13/2008
a lot of old memories here, for me too
Date: 10/22/2008
i just finished off my last slice of pizza - time for a new delivery !

(great story, btw)