The Power of the Mixtape

In 1996, I made a mixtape for a young guy I knew at my church. He was really into music; in fact, he was a musician. Eight years later, Jason is fronting a band called China Jean. My friend Jay and I went to see them playing at the Horseshoe Tavern last night. Jason had told Jay quite recently that my mixtape had influenced his tastes, so if China Jean finds any measure of success, I’ll be quite gratified.

Digging around, I found a track listing of the tape I made for him. It amazes me that every single band is from the UK or Ireland. I think I’m much less of an Anglophile these days. I also included some great dialogue bits from the animated series “The Tick” and the Coen brothers’ film “Raising Arizona.”

Side A

Suede – Stay Together
Morrissey – My Love Life
PJ Harvey – Hardly Wait
The The – I’ve Been Waiting for Tomorrow
Elastica – Smile
My Bloody Valentine – Soon
Sleeper – Bedhead
Pulp – Babies
The Wedding Present – Blue Eyes
Billy Bragg – The Saturday Boy
The Smiths – What Difference Does It Make?
The Tick – A Psychic Journey of Self-Discovery
Raising Arizona – Diapers and Balloons

Side B

Joy Division – Disorder
Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
PJ Harvey – Man Size
The Only Ones – Another Girl, Another Planet
Elvis Costello – Lipstick Vogue
The Police – Roxanne
Elastica – Blue
The Waterboys – The Big Music
The Cranberries – I Can’t Be With You
The Wedding Present – Give My Love to Kevin
Morrissey – Interesting Drug
Sinead O’Connor – Jerusalem
Billy Bragg – A New England
Mike Scott – What Do You Want Me to Do?
Depeche Mode – Black Celebration

One thought on “The Power of the Mixtape”

  1. Hi! I just found your blog via Gary (That Easy Life) where I am listed as Stereogirl. That is a very fine mixtape and the Tick dialogue just makes it even better.

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