03 August 2007

Mix Tape Friday: Pound the Ground

No special theme today. This was one of those weeks that demanded tunes for banging away the stress. You know the ones: those songs that make your body dance and your feet pound the ground as hard as you can, until the stress begins to leave your neck and shoulders. Here are some of my favorite ground-pounders.

R.E.M.: Begin the Begin

Beck: Black Tambourine

David Bowie: Queen Bitch

The Replacements: Left of the Dial

Burning Brides: Artic Snow

The Raveonettes: Attack of the Ghost Riders

Jane's Addiction: Superhero

Joe Jackson: I'm the Man

The Stooges: I Wanna Be Your Dog

U2: Elevation (Tomb Raider Mix)

Big Audio Dynamite: Rush

New York Dolls: Personality Crisis

Sleater-Kinney: I Wanna Be Your Joey Ramone

The Pixies: Debaser

Sonic Youth: Incinerate

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Give It Away

Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians: Freeze

Elvis Costello: Tear off Your Own Head (It's a Doll Revolution)

Pearl Jam: Glorified G

The Pretenders: Middle of the Road

Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: Spread Your Love

XTC: Living Through Another Cuba

The Clash: White Riot

Wire: Eardrum Buzz

Television: See No Evil

The Smiths: How Soon Is Now

R.E.M.: Lotus

While you download and listen, here’s a music-obsessive trivia question to ponder: One musician shows up on this mix tape more than any other. Who is it, and on which tracks is he playing?

UPDATE: We have a winner! The mysterious M knew that the busiest musician on this mix tape was none other than our beloved Peter Buck of R.E.M. In addition to the R.E.M. songs that open and close this playlist, he also plays lead guitar on Robyn Hitchcock's "Freeze."

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At 8/03/2007 03:36:00 AM, Blogger Tumuli said...

You always compile the coolest, most eclectic mixes! Just how did your tastes become so vast?

At 8/03/2007 07:08:00 AM, Blogger Evil Genius said...

Is it Johnny Marr, guitar prostitute? That would probably be the answer for my mix tape catalog.

Query: Would this fit on a 90 minute cassette?

Follow up: Which song would start off Side B?

These are important considerations for any mix tape.

At 8/03/2007 09:19:00 AM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

You had me hooked at "Queen Bitch." Thanks, Beth! I needed that.

At 8/03/2007 09:59:00 AM, Blogger Johnny Yen said...

Nice list! I love that XTC song-- in fact, the whole Black Sea album. Just finally got it on cd recently.

I wonder if there's any rocker in the world who doesn't love the New York Dolls' "Personality Crisis?"

At 8/03/2007 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

"Johnny Marr, guitar prostitute"! hahahaha!

I'm guessing Stipey, but I am just being lazy and going with the easy answer.

Debaser is probably one of my all-time favourite scream along songs, right after Holiday Song. Now I have to go listen to many many of these other good ones.

At 8/03/2007 11:05:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

TUMULI: Why, thank you! I've always been a music fanatic. The one thing that opened up the world of music for me was working at our campus radion station in 1980-81. It was such an exciting time for music — locally and internationally — and I have yet to stop listening to new sounds.

EVIL GENIUS: Nope, not Mr. Marr. You caught me! Most of these tapes run about 1:20, so I'm stretching it. I keep thinking about doind side A/B; maybe I'll start that next week ...

TENACIOUS S: You are so welcome, ma'am. I like to be Queen Bitch on occasion.

JOHNNY YEN: Thanks! "Living Through Another Cuba" is the XTC song that hooked me on the band. First heard it on the Urgh! soundtrack, which is an excellent album, too.

BARBARA: Nope, not the adorable Mr. Stipe, either, although he's a regular feature on these pages. Isn't "Debaser" a great stress reliever?

At 8/03/2007 11:26:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

Okay, the Beloved Engineer just proved me wrong on the Urgh soundtrack. Can anyone remember a compilation form 1981 that included "Living Through Another Cuba" and a Black Flag song? I hate getting old ...

At 8/03/2007 01:10:00 PM, Blogger Blue Eyes said...


Nice mix tape. I didn't see any Bad Religion, Cooter or Pennywise? They are great choices for a Friday mix.

Cool Blog...

At 8/03/2007 01:23:00 PM, Blogger Michael K said...

I'm gonna guess Mick Jones.

At 8/03/2007 01:33:00 PM, Blogger blueblanket said...

This mix kicks ass!!

At 8/03/2007 02:29:00 PM, Anonymous m said...

is it peter buck?

At 8/03/2007 02:36:00 PM, Blogger BeckEye said...

Every time I think of that Elvis Costello song, I have to laugh. My brother made me a bunch of mix CDs a few years ago and he must not have written down what he was putting on them, because that song was on three CDs. It's a good song, but I don't think I needed it that much.

My guess at your trivia question is Flea. He's a bass whore. I know he played with RHCP and Jane's Addiction, and I believe he did some stuff with B.A.D.

At 8/03/2007 03:05:00 PM, Blogger mellowlee said...

YAY for your Friday mixes!!! This ought to be a rockin' weekend. Thanks Beth xo

At 8/03/2007 04:01:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

BLUE EYES: Welcome! I'll keep then in mind for upcoming mix tapes. Come back every Friday!

MICHAEL K: Sorry, no. But good guess since he's with The Clash and Big Audio Dynamite.


M: I knew you'd be the first to guess correctly! You know how I love Mr. Buck's guitar playing.

BECKEYE: Your bro has good taste, even if it's repetitive. I didn't know Flea played with Big Audio Dynamite! I'll have to check that out ...

MELLOWLEE: Rock away, child!

At 8/03/2007 04:12:00 PM, Blogger MC Etcher said...

To think, my kids will have no clue what a cassette is. Not to mention an 8-Track!

At 8/03/2007 05:05:00 PM, Anonymous john said...

Great looking tape, Beth. I like the Pound the Ground title as well. Reminds me of one of our current summer expressions - Bash the Dash. Let's just say my co-pilot has had to deal with a few less than compliant foldable maps. Got any mixes for times like that?

At 8/03/2007 06:10:00 PM, Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

You rock all worlds Beth. You have two of my absolute favorite songs in the world on this list. Begin the Begin is my mostest favorite REM song - probably because it was the first one I ever heard by them. And Middle of the Road is still a kick ass political statement that I will listen to turned up to 11.

Like I said, you ROCK girl!

At 8/03/2007 06:59:00 PM, Blogger Moxie said...

I just went through this week's mix tape and downloaded a bunch of songs that looked good to me, then I went back through the last 2 Friday Mix Tapes and downloaded other stuff. You are responsible for my expansion of my musical horizons - well, at least this week, anyway.

At 8/03/2007 07:07:00 PM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

Every album should open with songs as good as "See No Evil" and "Begin the Begin."

A friend of mine used to get confused and call "Begin the Begin" "Start Where it All Began." Not quite as catchy.

At 8/03/2007 07:17:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

This is a perfect start to a nice looooong weekend. Thanks Beth!

At 8/03/2007 08:21:00 PM, Blogger Malcolm: said...

This is what I love about blogs like yours, the chance to discover music I haven't heard. I will definitely be back on a regular basis.

At 8/03/2007 11:53:00 PM, Blogger mindy said...

what a great list!! i saw r.e.m and robyn hitchcock opened for them.. 88.. has it been that long.. ugh.

At 8/04/2007 12:31:00 AM, Blogger jin said...

Excellent compilation!
Cool! :-)

At 8/04/2007 12:10:00 PM, Blogger kfluff said...

Can I just say how much I love that Pixies song? Who the hell else writes songs about obscure Spanish directors? I wanna be a debaser when I grow up!

At 8/04/2007 01:50:00 PM, Blogger Bubs said...

Your lists are always spectacular, but this one is especially cool. It's like a stroll down memory lane, that is if I could clearly remember the late 70's and early 80's.

At 8/04/2007 03:44:00 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Good gravy! When you, Dale and Becka aren't putting "How Soon Is Now?" into my head, they're playing "Hippy Chick" at the Bennigan's in Santa Clara!

At 8/05/2007 12:43:00 AM, Blogger Dan said...

Great list Beth! And with two great "I Wanna Be Your" songs!

At 8/05/2007 11:31:00 AM, Blogger Allison said...

This list is fabulous, honestly. I haven't the time to download now, but I am coming back Monday!

At 8/05/2007 12:35:00 PM, Blogger Jacy said...

love that big audio dynamite song

At 8/06/2007 09:17:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

MC ETCHER: Most of them don’t know about vinyl, either. Sad, isn’t it? They’ll never enjoy the pops that made that album your own personal copy.

JOHN: Bash the Dash — I love it! I’ll use that as inspiration for an on-the-road mix.

KEITH KENNEDY: Thank you, sir! I have to admit, this is a helluva great mix. (P.S. I think “Begin the Begin” is one of Peter Buck’s faves, too; they love starting concerts with that one.)

MOXIE: I’m so glad! You have to drop me a line and let me know what new tunes/musicians you love. That’s why I’m doing this: to share good music with as many people as I can.

GRANT MILLER: Even better: R.E.M.’s cover of “See No Evil.”

At 8/06/2007 09:22:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

DALE: Hope you enjoyed it over your nice looooong weekend. You’re welcome, Dale!

MALCOLM: Glad to have you! I’ve discovered all sorts of new music via the blogs. Fun, isn’t it?

MINDY: And now Peter Buck and Scott McCaughey are playing guitar and bass for Robyn on his tours! Aren’t you glad you saw R.E.M. back in the day?

JIN: Thanks! And enjoy!

KFLUFF: Black Francis wrote great songs about stuff the rest of us would never consider, didn’t he? I think you should be a DEBASER! when you grow up.

At 8/06/2007 09:24:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

BUBS: The one thing I can remember from the 1970s and 1980s is the music. BTW, love the new avatar; it looks just like the back of my beau’s head.

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: At least you still have a Bennigan’s nearby. We lost ours years ago — strange for McCity, too.

DAN: Thanks!

ALLISON: You’ll have to let me know if it includes any new and great discoveries!

JACY: Isn’t it great? But I love every Big Audio Dynamite song.

At 8/06/2007 09:57:00 AM, Blogger Zed said...

I was going to SAY Peter Buck! Well, actually no; no, I wasn't.

I'm late for the download, but it'll happen today. Thanks again, Beth! You're the best.

At 8/06/2007 06:30:00 PM, Blogger Mother of Invention said...

You must know every song there is!
Would some of these also be on a list of great songs to listen to while on a road trip? (especially to keep yourself alert!)

At 8/07/2007 09:23:00 AM, Blogger DJ Cayenne said...

Nice mix. The real story here is your great pick for this week's read. It was L'il Cayenne's read last night.

At 8/07/2007 12:57:00 PM, Blogger Artful Dodger said...

What a lovely mix. Nothing like music to jump, yell, run & scream to. I always look forward you Fridays now more than ever to see what you'll play next.

At 8/07/2007 02:08:00 PM, Blogger Tony Alva said...


Just happened to come over to your place after catching you lurking at mine. Seems like you're into music as much as the few that haunt my blog are. I think you've jumped over to Savage Distortion a few times too. Jackson and I kinda grew up together and have fairly similar tastes, although he's far more adventurous.

Stay tuned and I'll add you to my blogroll. You should also check out Newcritics here...


I contribute every now and again and from what I've read here, you'd fit right in. If your interested, jot Tom Watson a note and mention your blog and my name.

Keep up the good work!

Rock is dead, long live rock!

Tony Alva
Intravenus De Milo

At 8/07/2007 06:12:00 PM, Blogger Ummmm said...

love Begin the Begin!

At 8/08/2007 10:29:00 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: At least you still have a Bennigan’s nearby. We lost ours years ago — strange for McCity, too."

Odd, I thought it was Georgian law that you have one of everything except for Jack-In-The-Box.

At 8/10/2007 10:34:00 AM, Blogger Beth said...

ZED: Thank you! I have so much fun with these Mix Tape posts — and finding out what tunes y’all like.

MOTHER OF INVENTION: Not quite, but I have a pretty good collection. I’m working on a road trip mix for September, so keep your eyes and ears open.

DJ CAYENNE: I love Mr. Lunch! In fact, one of our cats is named Otto for Mr. Seibold.

ARTFUL DODGER: Always love your thumbs-up, Artful Dodger. After all, you put me back on the mix-tape path.

TONY ALVA: I’ll put you and Savage Distortion on my blogroll, too. I always enjoy reading both blogs, even if the music that day isn’t my cup o’ tea. I’ll check out Newcritics, too.

UMMMM: Welcome! And excellent taste!

WRITE PROCASTINATOR: Every once in a while, we lose a chain ... and an angel gets its wings.


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