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November 26, 2008

RED DEATH (Mixtape)

I was sorting through some boxes of treasure/junk and found a stack of MixCDs I’d made over the past few years.  I thought it would be fun to listen to them again and maybe you’ll find them fun too.  I’ll post them over the coming weeks.

The first entry is a MixCD that I titled ‘Red Death’ which I made around mid 2002, when I was clearly still in thrall to savage Garage-Rock, Punk and Blues brought on by my obsession with The White Stripes that had begun the year before (An obsession that seems to have been well placed nearly eight years and countless classic White Stripes releases later).  I remember being very satisfied with the Russian propaganda influenced cover (With it’s pretentious Malcolm X quote).

Nostalgia wise this was a great trip back, there being many tracks I haven’t listened to in years (Of course the title track ‘Red Death At 6:14’ is still one of my favourites).  I’d clean forgotten how good ‘Untutored Youth’ by The Hives was with Pele’s declaration of “Would you like lemon and lime with that peace of advice Mr!”.  Other fantastic tracks that bizarrely haven’t had a spin on my player for while, include Mando Diao’s toe-tapping ‘Motown Blood’, The Datsuns’ rifftastic ‘Motherfucka From Hell’, The Bellrays’ ferocious ‘They Glued Your Head On Upside Down’, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion’s raucous ‘Sweet ‘n’ Sour’ and The Dirtbombs’ certified classic Fuzzbox-Soul number ‘Chains Of Love’.

Here’s the tracklisting (With links):

1. Mando Diao – Motown Blood / 2. The Sounds – Dance With Me / 3. The Donnas – Take It Off / 4. At The Drive-In – One Armed Scissor / 5. The Bellrays – They Glued Your Head On Upside Down / 6. Sahara Hotnights – Only The Fakes Survive / 7. The Vines – Get Free / 8. The D4 – Heartbreaker / 9. The Music – Take The Long Road & Walk It / 10. Soledad Brothers – Burn The Rich / 11. The Libertines – Up The Bracket / 12. The Hives – Untutored Youth / 13. British Sea Power – The Spirit Of St. Loius / 14. The Datsuns – Motherfucka From Hell / 15. The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Sweet ‘n’ Sour / 16. The Buff Medways – Troubled Mind / 17. The Detroit Cobras – Boss Lady / 18. The Dirtbombs – Chains Of Love / 19. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Miles Away / 20. The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – Celebrate Your Mother / 21. The Strokes – Hard To Explain / 22. The (International) Noise Conspiracy – Enslavement Blues / 23. The White Stripes – Red Death At 6:14 / 24. Peaches – Rock Show / 25. Foo Fighters – All My Life / 26. The Von Bondies – Going Down / 27. Caesar’s Palace – Over ‘Fore It Started


‘Sweet ‘n’ Sour’ was a record I ran straight out and bought the morning after seeing Mr Spencer’s incendiary performance on Later.  It was his gyrating hips, his Elvis vocals, the band’s black leather jackets and of course those massive mutton-chops that caught my imagination (Even Jools Holland on Piano couldn’t spoil it).  Behold, pure distilled Rock ‘n’ Roll!!!