The Return Of The Mixed Tape

The Return Of The Mixed Tape

When I was a kid, we used to make mix tapes of our favourite songs and hand them around.

Most of my friends would just put on music, usually top 40 crap, but I went that little bit extra and added my own personal intros and commentaries between songs. I played old 50s and 60s classics and used “THE LION SLEEPS TONIGHT” as my theme song. I was also known for my commentary on current events and personal digs at my listeners, aka my friends.

I guess my style mirrored that of Christian Slater’s character Hard Harry in the film PUMP UP THE VOLUME (still one of my favourite films).

Since then we have had the CD revolution, and it seemed that the days of the classic TDK mixed tape were far behind us. The biro pen-smudged cardboard inlay with spelling mistakes would be no more.

Ohh the days…


Recently I was with two of my best friends in their car, after spending some time together doing our regular coffee ritual at MacDonald’s, when I commented on their awesome mixed song selection that was playing. It was only a small EP sized selection but the mix was so extreme, obscure and diverse and consisted of:

01. Puff The Magic Dragon – Peter, Paul & Mary

02. C’mon n Ride It (The Train) – Quad City DJs

03. Saltwater – Julian Lennon

04. The Neverending Story – Limahl

05. Sympathy For The Devil – The Rolling Stones

06. Paint It Black – The Rolling Stones

Because it was such a breath of fresh air, I commended them on their awesome and original song selection. They in turn removed the CD from the car stereo and gave it to me. With that moment, the MIXED TAPE revolution was reborn. My friends passed the gauntlet and now, it was my duty – the mighty quest – to return the gesture and soon go to work on my own MIXED CD for my friends and the world to enjoy. When I started to compile my MIXED CD, unlike my tapes which were usually themed based, this compilation would be based on “one off” songs that I just loved hearing in the car or the office. Whether they be novelty songs, fast songs, songs with a beat, one hit wonders or songs from established artists that simply made me feel good about myself. I saw this as a way for my friends to get an understanding about what kind of person I was.

Brainsnappingly, I called it my “ONE OFFS” collection.

The problem was, when I was finished, I had enough for two CDs.

CD 1: One Offs Volume One

01. I Make Hamburgers – The Whitlams

02. Crazy – Gnarles Berkley

03. Dizzy – Vic Reeves & The Wonderstuff

04. One Week – Barenaked Ladies

05. The Man Song – Sean Morey

06. Detachable Penis – King Missile

07. Smooth – Rob Thomas & Carlos Santana

08. Great Song Of Indifference – Bob Geldolf

09. The Ballad Of Tom Jones – Space

10. Slice Of Heaven – Dave Dobbin

11. Cows With Guns – Dana Lyons

12. The Way – Fastball

13. Dice – Finlay Quayle

14. Good Riddance (Time Of Your Life) – Green Day

15. A Kind Of Magic – Queen

16. I’m A Scat Man – Scatman John

17. Across The Universe – Fiona Apple

18. Starlight – Superman Lovers

19. Gay Eskimo – Tenacious D

20. The Music Goes Round My Head – The Saints

CD 2: One Offs Volume Two

01. Thank You – The Whitlams

02. Superstition – Stevie Wonder

03. Nutbush City Limits – Ike & Tina Turner

04. Ca Plane Pour Moi – Plastic Bertrand

05. Building A Mystery – Sarah McLaughlin

06. The Animal Song – Savage Garden

07. If It Makes You Happy – Sheryl Crowe

08. Follow Me – Uncle Cracker

09. My Brave Face – Paul McCartney

10. Pinch Me – Barenaked Ladies

11. Rush – Big Audio Dynamite

12. Not Ready To Make Nice – Dixie Chicks

13. Fast As You Can – Fiona Apple

14. Tusk – Fleetwood Mac

15. Welcome To The Black Parade – My Chemical Romance

16. The Joker And The Thief – Wolfmother

CD 3: One Offs Volume Three If I were to make it, it would most likely contain:

01. Devil Went Down To Georgia – Charlie Daniels Band

02. Town Without Pity – Gene Pitney

03. Proud Mary / Fortunate Son – CCR

04. Shout (parts 1 & 2) – Johnny O’Keefe

05. Smooth Criminal – Michael Jackson / Alien Ant Farm

06. If I can Dream – Elvis Presley

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07. Tribute – Tenacious D

08. Star Trekkin – The Firm

09. Sex Bomb – Tom Jones

10. Stutter Rap – Morris Minor & The Majors

11. Supreme – Robbie Williams


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