14 February 2008

Mix Tape Thursday: Love + Happiness

It’s Valentine’s Day — the one day of the year you’re allowed to indulge in your crushes and flirt with abandon. (Okay, some of us live that way every day — but this is the day for you shy kids.)

Today’s mix tape has two sides (you’re welcome, Anandamide). Side A is the Love side — those songs that make you swoon over romantic lyrics, make you want to fall madly in love, leave you aching for long, deep kisses. Side B is the Happiness side — because what makes us happier than the sexy side of love? These are the songs that make me wanna … well, you know ... the songs that send those delicious shivers between my shoulder blades.

Disclaimer: You may scratch your head over some selections — but there are personal reasons behind them, so quit scratching and start enjoying.

Some sleazebag bloggers have been stealing my MP3 URLs and publishing them on other sites without permission — which is eating up the download bandwidth for you — so this week I’m linking just A-side and B-side zip files. Don’t you hate slimy weenies who ruin it for the rest of us?

Spending a week listening to songs about love has left me in a romantic tizzy. I’ve been swooning and swaying all week, my hand dramatically pressed against my forehead as if I’m in a Douglas Sirk flick — in Technicolor, of course. Listening to Side B has left me in a whole different type of tizzy.

Side A: LOVE

Al Green :: Love and Happiness

Aretha Franklin :: I Never Loved a Man (The Way I Love You)

Sinéad O'Connor :: Nothing Compares 2 U

Bruce Springsteen :: She’s the One

Grant Lee Buffalo :: Truly, Truly

Joss Stone :: Fell in Love with a Boy

Edwyn Collins :: A Girl Like You

Matthew Sweet :: Looking at the Sun

R.E.M. :: Be Mine

Pearl Jam :: Love Reign O'er Me

Oasis :: Wonderwall

Elvis Costello :: She

Petra Haden + Bill Frisell :: I've Got a Crush on You

Shane MacGowan + Sinéad O'Connor :: Haunted

John Lennon :: Oh My Love

Bruce Cockburn :: Last Night of the World

Nick Drake :: Northern Sky

Iron & Wine :: Love and Some Verses

Glen Hansard + Marketa Irglová :: Falling Slowly

k.d. lang :: So in Love

Big Star :: Thirteen

Landon Pigg :: Falling in Love at a Coffee Shop

Shelby Lynne :: Dreamsome

Van Morrison :: Someone Like You

Etta James :: A Sunday Kind of Love

Neil Young :: Harvest Moon

The Beatles :: I Will

The Rolling Stones :: Wild Horses

The National :: Wasp Nest

Sam Phillips :: When I Fall

David Bowie :: Without You

Anita Baker :: Caught up in the Rapture

John Hiatt :: Learning How to Love You

Warren Zevon :: Keep Me in Your Heart

Otis Redding :: Try a Little Tenderness


Al Green :: Here I Am (Come and Take Me)

Marvin Gaye :: Let’s Get It On

Bob Dylan :: Lay, Lady, Lay

Chris Isaak :: Wicked Game

Lucinda Williams :: Hot Blood

Rufus feat. Chaka Khan :: Tell Me Something Good

Dave Matthews Band :: Crash into Me

R.E.M. :: Perfect Circle

The Patti Smith Group :: Because the Night

Marcy Playground :: Sex and Candy

Psychedelic Furs :: Love My Way

Ryan Adams :: Wonderwall

The Beatles :: Love You To

U2 :: With or Without You

Joe Cocker :: You Can Leave Your Hat On

Lisa Stansfield :: Never, Never Gonna Give You Up

King Floyd :: Groove Me

Nina Simone :: Feeling Good

Stevie Wonder :: Boogie on Reggae Woman

The Brothers Johnson :: Strawberry Letter #23

Luka Bloom :: I Need Love

Joan Armatrading :: Turn out the Light

Major Harris :: Love Won’t Let Me Wait

Teddy Pendergrass :: Turn off the Lights

Luther Ingram :: (If Loving You Is Wrong) I Don't Want to Be Right

Peggy Lee :: Fever

Iggy Pop & The Stooges :: I Wanna Be Your Dog

Jeff Buckley :: So Real

R.E.M. :: Turn You Inside-out

Bruce Springsteen :: Tunnel of Love

Bill Withers :: Use Me

Joan Osborne :: Right Hand Man

Barry White :: I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More Baby

Serge Gainsbourg feat. Jane Birkin :: Je T'aime Moi Non Plus

Touch and Go :: Would You …?

I could pontificate for paragraphs about these seventy songs — but it’s Valentine’s Day. Do you really want to read? No, you don’t. You want to download these tasty little tunes and get on with your seductions. Go. Have fun. Wear sexy panties. Make me proud.

And come back tomorrow to let me know if the mix tape helped you score.

Thanks to HollyC and RCofCHS, Filegod and The Bastard, Renae and Simeon, The Northwest Doppelganger and the Sister, Scrivener and The Occasionally Beloved Engineer for their lovely suggestions.

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At 2/14/2008 08:21:00 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yeah, um, I'll have to find another way to make you proud.

Much love,
Anonymous Bastard

At 2/14/2008 10:37:00 AM, Blogger BeckEye said...

I have similar mix tapes. For some reason, the one song that makes me, uh, "happy," is "Burnin' Sky" by Bad Company. Nothing like a song about a prison break to get you in the mood, eh? I attribute it mostly to Paul Rodgers' amazing voice. He could sing the alphabet and it would sound sexy.

At 2/14/2008 10:54:00 AM, Blogger Pezda's Ghost said...

Sorry to hear about your leeches. Try some salt on them next time.

Wow, I'll have to try some of these out on [Wife #1], thanks.

At 2/14/2008 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

Nothing says romance like "I Wanna Be Your Dog."

Ahem. Anyway, lovely list and Happy Valentine's Day!

At 2/14/2008 11:02:00 AM, Blogger Grant Miller said...

Nothing compares 2 ur blog!.

At 2/14/2008 11:06:00 AM, Blogger SkylersDad said...

Happy Valentines day, oh queen of the mix tape!

At 2/14/2008 01:30:00 PM, Blogger chez béziat said...

It's possible I've never seen a more perfect mix tape.

And...I'm gonna have to go with sexy boxer briefs here instead, thank you very much. ;)

At 2/14/2008 09:11:00 PM, Blogger Sean Wraight said...

Oooooh, I beg to differ Iggy and the Stooges. Now that's a sexy mix tape. I might even be inclined to add William S. Burroughs' take on REM's Star Me Kitten.

Super fabulous as always Beth. Better than a whole drawer of sexy undies!


At 2/14/2008 09:55:00 PM, Blogger Scrivener said...

Glad you didn't take more of my suggestions because it means there are more songs on here that I don't already have.

At 2/14/2008 10:00:00 PM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Shane McGowan and Sinead O'Connor did a duet? Now I never knew that - got to listen to that one, although frankly I would prefer to see a video.

Oddly, Radiohead's Let Down always makes me feel like a need a smoke, because nothing says release of sexual tension like being crushed like a bug on the ground.

At 2/14/2008 10:17:00 PM, Anonymous Funnypants said...

Servus, Beth und Barbara!

Your wish is my command: here's the video

At 2/14/2008 10:48:00 PM, Blogger Dale said...

Happy VD!

At 2/15/2008 07:02:00 AM, Blogger DaBich said...

Oh. My. God.
What a sexy, provocative mix.
Thongs, candles, wine, music, my man.
'scuse me while I go have fun...


At 2/15/2008 09:53:00 AM, Blogger Barbara Bruederlin said...

Excellent, Funnypants! Thanks! I love how you can't tell if Shane still has his teeth in that video, which of course is the first thing one looks for.

At 2/15/2008 11:09:00 AM, Blogger Keith Kennedy said...

You included my two mostest favorite love songs - "I Will" by the Beatles and Elvis singing "She".

You rock Beth!

But you left out Star Fucker by the Rolling Stones. Got to be room for that most romantic ballad somewhere in your list!

At 2/15/2008 03:53:00 PM, Blogger Moxie said...

I'm actually more excited over the zip files than anything else, to be honest. I concur with a number of the song choices - and oddly enough I've had Nina Simone's version of "Feeling Good" going through my head last night and today. I think it's because a very nice sexy man I recently met sent me a Valentine's Day greeting yesterday...and it got me all warm and gooey on the inside. Sigh.

Hope your V-Day with your new beau was scrumdiliumptious!

At 2/15/2008 04:45:00 PM, Blogger pistols at dawn said...

Crash Into Me? I say nothing kills the mood like that damn band.

I remember when a girl I was dating loved some Bush song and she was like, "It makes me want to do dirty things," and I hated Bush more than I liked her doing those things. You've got to have some damn principles at times.

At 2/16/2008 03:25:00 AM, Blogger lulu said...

I'm totally excited by the zip files because it has been almost impossible for me to download more than a song or two from the mixes. Those databitch thieves were really working early too, because I would get online at 1:00 am your time and you would have already exceeded your amount of downloads for the day.

So anyway, thanks Beth! Its hard to get new music hear, and Pandora doesn't work, so your mixes are a huge treat for me.

At 2/16/2008 12:25:00 PM, Blogger Bubs said...

Wonderful list! Thanks, and Happy V-Day.

I love being able to check in for new music every weekend!

At 2/16/2008 05:07:00 PM, Blogger Erik Donald France said...

Beautiful. It's true, all we need is love and get happy time. And not get shot at by random psychos.

Your music hath charms to soothe a savage breast, to soften rocks, or bend a knotted oak.

At 2/16/2008 10:55:00 PM, Anonymous filegod1 said...

working my way through the love and happiness list. Any list that starts with the reverend Al and ends with Otis is going to be killer. Throw in the coolness of Edwyn Collins, the searing vocals of Sinead, and some heartbreaking Warren Zevon, and that my dear is entertainment. Will try to get to the "doing it list" after I rest up from this one. Happy VD to the Chits, Renae, and you Ms. Coffey

At 2/19/2008 12:28:00 AM, Blogger Tenacious S said...

You freaky girl. Matthew Sweet, David Bowie, The National and "I Wanna Be Your Dog." You got some freak goin' on! Hope you had a good V-Day.

At 2/19/2008 01:28:00 AM, Anonymous sticky fingers said...

been listening to your B side for two days now. This is the crowning achievement of mix-tapeology. Incredible mix of sexy songs have filled my dreams with hot, nasty, and sometimes disturbing images.

At 2/19/2008 03:35:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

ANONYMOUS BASTARD: You always do. And what are you doing scarved in anonymity?

BECKEYE: Bad Company was the soundtrack of my first high-school romance. Better than the second one (“Silly Love Songs”).

PEZDA’S GHOST: I’d love to salt those anonymous bastards. How did the tunes work out on Wife #1?

WRITE PROCRASTINATOR: I was called a freak recently, so I guess “I Wanna Be Your Dog” fits. Happy Valentine’s Day to you, dear WP.

At 2/19/2008 03:38:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

GRANT MILLER: You flatter my page, boy. You’re the Too Cool for School with R.E.M.’s “Romance” on your Valentine’s mix.

SKYLER’S DAD: And to you, Big Daddy!

CHEZ BÉZIAT: It is damn awesome, isn’t it? I’m still listening to it — while I should be working on Friday’s mix tape.

SEAN WRAIGHT: Leave it to a cool man to save my Stooges honor. I should have used that version of “Star Me Kitten,” should I? I love how they always sneak one or two “f*cks” in the song.

At 2/19/2008 03:39:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

SCRIVENER: I hope these put you in the mood for your next romantic evening.

BARBARA BRUEDERLIN: I stumped Barbara? Now I’m dancing with glee!

FUNNYPANTS: Thank you for the link — and welcome!

DALE: Happy heart day to my favorite Bee Boy!

At 2/19/2008 03:41:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

DABICH: Did you have fun at my musical expense? I hope so!

BARBARA: I’d say it must be post-teeth since he’s in shadow for much of the video.

KEITH: Filegod insisted on “Wild Horses.” Bet he’s also wishing I’d included “Star F*cker.” I love that you love “I Will” and “She” — but not surprised.

MOXIE: Appears you have a story to spill in my inbox, Mizz Moxie. (BTW, New Beau surprised me and spoiled me rotten.)

At 2/19/2008 03:44:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

PISTOLS AT DAWN: I *hate* Dave Matthews Band — maybe not *hate* — but their stuff really bores me. Except for “Crash into Me.” I cannot focus on roadways when it plays on the radio. It makes me feel all funny and tingly inside.

LULU: I upgraded MyDataBus account this week, so I’ll go back to individuals and zipped files. I don’t want you stuck listening to crap.

BUBS: Hope you and your beloved had a romantic Valentine’s Day!

ERIK DONALD FRANCE: I love this comment; I’m saving it. I hope you had a wonderfully single Valentine’s Day.

At 2/19/2008 03:47:00 PM, Blogger Beth said...

FILEGOD1: I am one entertainingly brilliant lover + happinesser, dude. (p.s. I’ll send your VD love to the Chits and Renae.)

TENACIOUS S: We freaky girls stick together, don’t we?

STICKY FINGERS: A new fan who’s one damn musical genius. Welcome, you Warholian genius. But you really need to share your “disturbing images” with the rest of the class.

At 2/19/2008 10:38:00 PM, Blogger thirdworstpoetinthegalaxy said...

Another great mix. I dig everything on here I recognize, which is quite a few. Though this year's theme for me was a bit more akin to Nick Cave's "Sweetest Embrace."

At 2/19/2008 11:24:00 PM, Blogger Writeprocrastinator said...

"I was called a freak recently"

I hope that person wasn't an idiot and they meant the good kind of freak, like Funkadelic, Chic and Rick James.

At 2/29/2008 09:14:00 PM, Blogger justacoolcat said...

Great list.

Don't you hate sleezebag bloggers?

If you want to know a great mp3 source shoot me an email.


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