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Fear and Loathing in Atlantis: Frank Zappa & Hunter S Thompson write an epitaph for Flower Power

Side A
Artist Song
Hunter S. Thompson   interview clip 
the Doors  Break on Through (to the Other Side) 
Mothers of Invention  Take Your Clothes Off When You Dance 
Bob Dylan  The Times They Are A-Changin' 
the Zombies  The Time of the Season 
the Byrds  Turn, Turn, Turn 
Mothers of Invention  Absolutely Free 
Donovan  Atlantis 
Jefferson Airplane  White Rabbit 
Canned Heat  Going Up the Country 
Crosby Stills Nash & Young  Woodstock 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas soundtrack  "Timothy Leary" 
Mothers of Invention  Who Needs the Peace Corps? 
Scott McKenzie  San Francisco 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas soundtrack  "Did they hear me?" 
the Beatles  Helter Skelter 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas soundtrack  A Drug Score Part 3 "the possibility of mental collapse..." 
Side B
Steppenwolf  Magic Carpet Ride 
Buffalo Springfield  For What It's Worth 
Mothers of Invention  Hungry Freaks, Daddy 
Moby Grape  Hey Grandma 
the Youngbloods  Get Together 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas soundtrack  "San Francisco in the Sixties..." 
Mothers of Invention  Trouble Every Day 
the Animals  Sky Pilot 
Buffalo Springfield  Expecting to Fly 
Phil Ochs  Love Me, I'm a Liberal (live) 
Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention  Dickie's Such an Asshole (live at the Roxy, Dec.12th 1973) 
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas soundtrack  Final quote "there was only one road back to LA..." 


I've been reading HST's "The Great Shark Hunt" and just picked up the Criterion DVD of "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," with all the great supplementary material- including a 30 minute reading by the real Dr. Gonzo, Oscar Zeta Acosta. The HST quote about how the wave of the 60's broke and rolled back, and how with the right kind of eyes, you could see the watermark, has always resonated with me, so I wanted to make a mix tape about it.
I had also recently read the disturbing "Will" by G. Gordon Liddy, and Stephen King's 60's reminisce-fest, "Hearts in Atlantis" (the movie is just one small part of the book). I definitely wanted to end with "Dickie's Such an Asshole" because of all I'd read about Nixon's paranoid ways.
I started out with an interview clip about the book, and late 60's songs that typify the feel of the times. I sprinkled in songs from the Mothers of Invention's early albums because I like them, and I needed some counterpoint to the happy hippie all is well attitude the songs have. Slowly the songs lose their idealism and get more disturbing, until side one ends with Helter Skelter, the beginning of the end, when idealism began darkening into rage.
A few songs are from the book, not the movie, notably the Moby Grape track. "Trouble Every Day" symbolizes the civil rights battles, "Sky Pilot" is the one song about the Vietnam war; I didn't want to linger on many specific things because there are so many.
Phil Ochs "Love me, I'm a Liberal" is included because of the milquetoast McGovern attitude that eventually went flaccid in the face of Nixon. Ochs committed suicide in '76; Jerry Rubin became a stock broker. I was originally going to end with Zappa's "We're Turning Again," his 80's-era mockery of hippie nostalgia, but I wanted to keep everything in the period- the only anachronisms are the movie clips and the interview clip by Hunter S Thompson.
Stuff I wish I'd had more space for:
Ritchie Havens performing "Freedom" at Woodstock;
"The Seeker," by The Who, a song from '71 goofing on people looking for answers with Bob Dylan and Timothy Leary;
"Five to One," by The Doors. I don't like that song enough to include it, but he captures the rage of the era in it.
I should probably call this "Frank and Loathing in Atlantis" because there's so much Zappa on it, but I don't go for puns.
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Date: 11/23/2003
...I have to confess I really hated the movie with Johnny Depp....there's another one called Buffalo something or other with Bill Murray..hang on I'm goin to look this up....Where The buffalo Roam (1980)which was pretty good if memory serves me...anyway, another well researched mix with exceptional cover!
French Connection
Date: 11/23/2003
One of the best mixes I've seen on AOTM. Hunter is the dogs bollocks as far as I'm concerned. Have you read the The Proud Highway?
Date: 11/23/2003
Gonzo mix, brotha! I'm a huge fan of Thompson and of Gilliam's movie - I remember the first time I saw it I kept caressing my chest because some of the scenes were a little intense (and relatable) and I thought my heart was going to explode! I'm currently reading Fear And Loathing on the Campaign Trail '72 and Fear And Loathing In America. Did you know The Rum Diary (another great read) will be made into a movie? I'm pretty sure Benicio Del Toro is directing it.
Date: 11/24/2003
Where the Buffalo Roam better than Fear & Loathing? Heh! Buffalo is dated. To each their own.
Rob Conroy
Date: 11/24/2003
Hey, this looks great. A fine idea, really. Maybe we could trade for a copy of this sometime.