Monday, February 6, 2012

Year of the Mix: January

Here is the first in my series of monthly mixes. The listening order is for maximum enjoyment and not ranked.

1. "Don't Bring Me Down" - Electric Light Orchestra, Discovery (1979)

They just don't make 'em like this anymore. You'll be very hard pressed to find such a rocking AND peppy song on the Top 40...or even on the rock chart. Due to being featured in Paul, Super 8, several movies trailers and Budweiser commercials, "Don't Bring Me Down" had a resurgence in 2011. You've heard it, trust me. Songs like this one make me certain the best music ever produced came out of the late 70's/early 80's. There, I said it again.

2. "All I Wanna Do Is Make Love to You" - Heart, Brigade (1990)

A woman's husband can't knock her up so she picks up a drifter, beds him, and picks him up again after she's birthed his child. You know...just your average "all I wanna do is make love to you" song. It's corny and could only be a hit in the early 90's. A guilty pleasure, for sure, but a pleasure just the same.
3. "Sexy Bitch" - David Guetta (feat. Akon), One Love (2009)

Even though the best music ever produced came out of the late 70's/early 80's, one of the best stand alone years is definitely 2009. By then, I started to become quite fond of popular music and yet "Sexy Bitch" didn't make an impression on me until now. A very likely story with me, I know. Fucking infectious.
4. "Remind Me" - Brad Paisley (feat. Carrie Underwood), This is Country Music (2011)

It seems the only true blue love songs produced these days come from country music. This duet is about a couple who has lost the spark but decide to regain it after seeing other couples perform PDA. Soaring chorus...yes please.
5. "My Heart Is Broken" - Evanescence, Evanescence (2011)

If you like "Bring Me to Life" and "Going Under" you will like this goth-esque rock ballad about lost love. It's pretty much everything you'd expect from Evanescence and that's not a bad thing. Perfect for sing-screaming in your car after a mad break up with your rocker boyfriend.
6. "The Concept" - Teenage Fanclub, Bandwagonesque (1991)

I first heard this song in the opening of Young Adult. On a mixtape made by her former sweetie, Charlize Theron's character plays it OVER AND OVER on her trip back to her hometown to win him back. I became addicted and search the internet ferociously to find the title and artist. If sung in a slightly different way, this song could easily pass for mid-60's garageband.
7. "Hello, Hello" - Elton John and Lady Gaga, Gnomeo & Juliet: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2011)

Readers already know that this is my pick for Best Original Song...unfortunately it wasn't nominated. ☹ None the less, this weird little love song is extremely catchy and feels like it could have been a hit for Elton John in the 70's.
8. "Jar of Hearts" - Christina Perri, lovestrong. (2011)

Well...I'm sort of at a loss to discuss this piano ballad. It's about a womanizer who wants to rekindle a relationship but the singer will have none of it. It's pretty and that's enough.
9. "Go All the Way" - The Raspberries, Raspberries (1972)

This song used to play on my oldies station all the time, but then I forgot about it until randomly rediscovering it on Youtube. I love the pretty chorus where the singer's girlfriend begs to, ahem, go all the way. Sweet sounding songs with sexual meanings are the greatest. It's reminiscent of The Beatles' "Please, Please Me" in a very good way.
10. "I Like It" - Enrique Iglesias (feat. Pitbull), Euphoria (2010)

Also didn't get this one until last month even though it was pretty big. A pro-cheating anthem for da clubs! Great to dance in your underwear to...not that I ever would do that.
11. "I Do Not Hook Up" - Kelly Clarkson, All I Ever Wanted (2009)

Slow on the musical uptake, that's me. Yep, this one too. Another great song from 2009. Maybe I'm off the mark with this, but it seems very rare these days to have a song where a girl is fighting off sexual advances. Great vocals from Kelly Clarkson as always.
12. "21 Guns" - Green Day, 21st Century Breakdown (2009)

Okay...this one doesn't make sense at all. Although I'm a fan of "Wake Me Up When September Ends" (mostly because it reminds me of being on top of Steptoe Butte my senior year) I don't pretend any sort of Green Day fan. I saw the video for "21 Guns" on Pop-Up Video and the melody just wouldn't leave my head. Also, and I hardly ever say this about men, Billie Joe Armstrong has a beautiful voice.

13. "Price Tag" - Jessie J (feat. B.o.B.), Who You Are (2011)

Infectious. Catchy. Anti-materialism. I really have nothing else to say about this one other than I'm behind the message.
14. "Special Death" - Mirah, Advisory Committee (2001)

This one's for the angsty pre-teen inside me who cuts in her closet and writes sad poems that could easily double for suicide notes. I heard this one on the first episode of American Horror Story.
15. "Dim All the Lights" - Donna Summer, Bad Girls (1979)

One of my favorite disco songs. And just filthy. Check out this lyric:

You can use me all up/Take me bottom to top/Don't leave even one drop/Do it tonight/You know the moments are right/Turn my brown body white

...Yep. It means exactly what you think.

16. "Love Drunk" - Boys Like Girls, Love Drunk (2009)

Pop punk at its most shameless. It's no secret that I love me some catchy hooks and this feels like it was cranked out of a machine for stupid saps like me.
17. "Stan" - Eminem (feat. Dido), The Marshall Mathers LP (2000)

What the fuck, right? Time and time again I decry rap/hip hop/whatever, but here I go again blogging about how much I like a random track. I like story songs. And I like songs about fame and this one takes the perspective a fan obsessed with Eminem's alter-ego Slim Shady. I'll also give some due respect to Eminem for the letter writing format. Haha and it's Devon Sawa in the video!
18. "Stars Are Blind" - Paris Hilton, Paris (2006)

No, no, wait! Hear me out...Okay, you're right. This song is just as vapid as you think. I'm a slave to the hook, the pseudo reggae beat and Paris's weak, breathy vocals. You can thank Pop-Up Video for this one, too. Only on a mix of mine would Paris Hilton follow Eminem.
19. "(Can't Live Without Your) Love and Affection" - Nelson, After the Rain (1990)

While listening to every song to hit #1 on the Billboard charts, I admired this one after its initial listen. I recently picked it up again and was taken away with the simple message and easy going production. These are just two dudes (twin sons of Ricky Nelson) who want to sing a least it seems that way. And I would kill for their hair.

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