The Return Of The Mixed Tape
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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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