Due to the sometimes-unfortunate occurrence that is life, I’ve been in a rental car this week.
If you recall, the theory of the car rental soundtrack is that you make a Cd, then leave it in the rental car for the next person. It’s kind of like a gift. Or, depending on your taste in music, a curse.
So, even though it’s not an out-of-town car rental, it still applies. When life hands you lemons, you make mix tapes. The interesting thing about mix tapes (and yes, I know, it’s not a “tape”) is that it offers a snapshot into your life right now.
And looking over this lineup … it’s difficult to say what’s going on here.
- TH3 FANTA5T1C MACH1N3, the violet burning. The lyric, “It’s a mighty fantastic machine you got boy” seems appropriate to open this mix. This new TVB album Is … well … difficult to describe. It must be listened to.
- Every Car You Chase (The Snow Police), Party Ben. Probably the best thing from Just Go With It is the soundtrack. You can get this for free online.
- Love Shack, The B-52’s. And then there’s this …
- One Week, Barenaked Ladies. And this. Both are classics, if a little overplayed.
- 3 MC’s & 1 DJ (Live Video Version), The Beastie Boys. It’s nice to put something you don’t listen to in the middle of familiar music. It’s a neat way to introduce it.
- In Between Days, Ben Folds. I’m not saying this is a cover that is better than the original … but it’s close.
- 40 Dogs (Like Romeo And Juliet), Bob Schneider. “You’re the color of the colored part of Wizard of Oz movie.” Love. It.
- Hands Down, Dashboard Confessional. Hands down, best first date song ever.
- Michael Jackson, Fatboy Slim. “Michael Jackson (Tina Turner) …” It seems more of a tribute than a parody now that he’s dead. Michael Jackson … not Fatboy Slim.
- Hey Hey We’re The Monkees, The Monkees. Fun.
- L.I.F.E.G.O.E.S.O.N., Noah And The Whale. Being able to spell is an attractive quality.
- Hey Ya, Outkast. Does the phrase “Shake it like a Polaroid picture” have any relevance anymore?
- Say Now That You’re Sorry, Plankeye.
- Bohemian Rhapsody, Queen. Put this in the “Love Shack,” “One Week” category. But still. It’s a car. You gotta sing it, right?
- Walk This Way, Run-D.M.C. Here’s a question: if it weren’t for this song, would Steven Tyler be a host on American Idol. Hmmm … something else to blame Run-D.M.C. for, perhaps?
- Pressure Drop, The Specials.This starts a three-song set of soundtrack songs. This one’s from Grosse Point Blank …
- Know How, Young MC. … this one’s from Whip It …
- The Weary Kind, Ryan Bingham. … and this one’s from Crazy Heart. Not sure why it’s here, though.
- Born In The U.S.A.(live), Bruce Springsteen. For some reason I’ve been obsessing about this song lately. This is the live version from three disc Live 1974-85 set.
Well, there you have it. Now look over the songs. What do they say about the person who created the disc?