A New Week, A New Mixtape.

I haven’t updated in a while- mainly because I’ve been quite busy with various things. I’ve started driving lessons again, for the first time in at least 3 years. The assessment went pretty well- with a little lot of luck, I might be able to get a full driving license sorted by the end of the month.

Anyway, that’s not what I’m talking about today. Yesterday, I went up to Newcastle with my dad. Haven’t been there in a while, so it was a bit of a change. We ended up having a look in a music shop- one that had both instruments and records. Only problem was the fact that the vast majority of the items for sale were pretty expensive. I daresay I had been priced out of the market somewhat…

But I managed to pick up a couple of Elvis singles- as a Spritualized fan, and a Glasvegas fan, I pretty much had to:

Browsing the clearance racks, my dad picked out a couple or compilations to get himself- a ’50s Rock ‘N Roll one, and a Country/Western one. 79p each- he’s quite good at finding bargains. Or cheap rubbish. It’s a bit of a hit-and-miss skill, really. So, armed with the purchases, as we got back to the car, the Rock ‘N Roll comp. was stuck in the player for the journey home.

I didn’t notice it at first, but a top tip for everyone: always check the record label before purchasing- I’m not going to name the label (no name, no lawsuit), but it’s the certain brand that are often advertised on shopping channels, or at 4 in the morning (once even the chat hotlines have given up and gone to sleep). Similarly, any 1950s Rock N Roll album without the brilliant ‘C’Mon Everybody’ by Eddie Cochran should be given a very wide berth.

The first track didn’t seem…right…almost like a kareoke version- all Casio and Bontempi and basic drum kits. Oh dear. Some where taken from live recordings, which were awful quality. A version of ‘Blueberry Hill’ was particularly dire- it was indeed Fats Domino, but sounded like it was performed on a TV special. Oh dear oh dear.

Needless to say, the rest of the compilation was subject to the golden rule of ‘First 5 seconds, then skip the track.’ A shame really, because some bits of the pre-Beatles/Spector pop music is some of the greatest ever written. Seriously. And any modern groups that are inspired by it should be given more credit.

So, naturally, I’ve made a better mixtape myself. This time, it’s a bit more ‘populist’ (my previous playlists usually have a few lesser-known songs on. I’m not as clued-up about this style than others, sadly, but it’s full of favourites.). It’s a mix of rockabilly, surf rock and straight-up rock ‘n roll.

So here it is:

  1. Eddie Cochran- C’mon Everybody(1:55)
  2. Elvis Presley- That’s All Right Mamma(1:59)
  3. Chuck Berry- Johnny B. Goode (2:42)
  4. The Ventures- Walk, Don’t Run (2:11)
  5. Fats Domino- Blueberry Hill (2:21)
  6. The Shadows- Apache (2:57)
  7. Buddy Holly- Peggy Sue (2:31)
  8. Gene Vincent- Be-Bop-A-Lula (2:37)
  9. The Penguins- Earth Angel (2:59)
  10. Link Wray- Rumble (2:27)
  11. The Lively Ones- Surf Rider (3:17)
  12. Johnny Kidd & The Pirates- Shakin’ All Over(2:20)
  13. Little Richard- Tutti Frutti (2:22)
  14. Chuck Berry- You Never Can Tell (2:40)
  15. Dick Dale- Let’s Go Trippin’ (2:11)
  16. Elvis Presley- Jailhouse Rock (2:34)
  17. The Beach Boys- Surfin’ Safari (2:07)
  18. Ricky Nelson- Lonesome Town (2:13)
  19. Jerry Lee Lewis- Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On (2:52)
  20. Eddie Cochran- Summertime Blues (1:57)
  21. Duane Eddy- Rebel Rouser (2:23)

PLUS Super Bonus Tracks!!!

  1. The Raveonettes- Let’s Rave On (1:55)
  2. Manic Street Preachers- Rock And Roll Music (2:55)
  3. The Jesus & Mary Chain- Surfin’ USA (2:58)
  4. The Jesus & Mary Chain- Tower of Song (4:49)
  5. Camera Obscura- A Sisters Social Agony (3:59)
  6. The Raveonettes- My Time’s Up (4:43)
Artwork? Yes there is.
Yeah. At least, I like it.
I’ve got one more thing, hang on…
(rummages around)…
From the doodlers of The Undertaker, Kendo Nagasaki, Ric Flair, Roddy Piper and Mick Foley, here’s the new addition to the bad-drawing brigade…….BRET HART!
(Dial Tone)

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