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Tape #505, originally recorded mid-summer 1994

Side A: 45:16 minutes, 62.2 MB


1. Ping Pong -- Stereolab
2. Born in Xixax -- Nina Hagen
3. Sex on Wheels -- My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult
4. Theme from “Scooby-Doo”-- Pennsylvania Six-5000
5. Hello, I Love You -- Adam Ant
6. American Woman -- Butthole Surfers
7. Joyride -- Roxette
8. Dance of the Reed Flutes -- The Jingle Cats
9. Time to Change -- The Brady Bunch
10. Crystal Clear -- The Darling Buds
11. Whenever You’re on My Mind -- Marshall Crenshaw
12. Between Us -- The Rutles
13. I Need Love -- Sam Phillips


Stereolab: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MoMAsAF81AU
Penn Six: http://pennsix.com/main/the-music/
Roxette: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xCorJG9mubk
The Darling Buds: http://tinyurl.com/yksqu2q
Marshall Crenshaw: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ke7q5sqWdI
Sam Phillips: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mIsrWxot3g


Side B: 46:33 minutes, 63.9 MB


1. Shitlist -- L7
2. Cat Scratch Fever -- Fudge Tunnel
3. Surfin’ USA -- The Jesus and Mary Chain
4. 100% -- Sonic Youth
5. Don’t Call Home -- The Breeders
6. Groove is in the Heart -- Deee-Lite
7. Fuck and Run -- Liz Phair
8. I’m Telling You Now-- Freddie and the Dreamers
9. Fade Away and Radiate -- Blondie
10. Halah -- Mazzy Star
11. Hey Jude -- The Ray Conniff Singers
12. Hazy Shade of Winter -- The Bangles
13. A Girl Like You -- Smithereens
14. Teddy Bear’s Picnic -- Trout Fishing in America


L7: http://tinyurl.com/ydg9rfk
Sonic Youth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iiqM-Ne5b10
Deee-Lite: http://tinyurl.com/yez2qpf
Freddie and the Dreamers: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8ImLhAbLT4c
Mazzy Star: http://tinyurl.com/yaflqvt
Bangles: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NFRx4PkXeVM
Smithereens: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0s4_PKJKbU

Side A: 47:05 minutes, 64.7 MB


1. Roses are Free -- Ween
2. Sex Shooter -- Apollonia 6
3. All Hail Me -- Veruca Salt
4. Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft -- Babes in Toyland
5. Been Caught Stealing -- Jane’s Addiction
6. Time of the Season -- Ippu Do
7. Go Go Dancer -- Pizzicato Five
8. Misirlou -- Dick Dale and his Deltones
9. Wipeout -- ?
10. Zana -- Yma Sumac
11. Zarah -- Nina Hagen
12. Harry Houdini -- Kon Kan


Ween: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-JYg7k1z6g
Apollonia 6: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2cXoVSALNRc
Veruca Salt: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8LimHXfavgw
Jane’s Addiction: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jrwjiO1MCVs
Nina Hagen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5r5MBBRRn1Y
Yma Sumac: http://javasbachelorpad.com/ymasumac.html
Kon Kan: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zvvz7jCpWmU

Side B: 45:28 minutes, 62.5 MB


1. Ambitious Capricorn -- from “Discover Yourself Through Astrology”
2. Happy Birthday -- Altered Images
3. A Marshmallow World -- Jacky Noguez and his Orchestra
4. Portuguese Washerwoman -- Baja Marimba Band
5. Kiss -- Age of Chance
6. Monster -- Frank Chickens
7. Universal Radio -- Nina Hagen
8. Superstar -- Sonic Youth
9. Mysterons -- Portishead
10. Head Over Heels -- The Go-Go’s
11. Cool Places -- Sparks and Jane Wiedlin
12. Instant Karma -- Tater Totz
13. This Must Be the Place (Naive Melody) -- Talking Heads


Altered Images: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40K2S0-5Xo0
Baja Marimba Band: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2O0gomlvjjc&feature=related
Sonic Youth: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y21VecIIdBI
Portishead: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y2pxBPBNCJo
The Go-Go’s: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EkzLxV1AbIM&feature=related
Sparks: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XcrrgR9a0MU&feature=related
Talking Heads: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cqg_ZGcuybs

Recorded during the winter of 1995

Side A: 46:08 minutes, 63.4 MB


1. The Muppet Show Theme -- The Muppets
2. It’s Oh So Quiet -- Bjork
3. Candy Everybody Wants -- 10,000 Maniacs
4. Sugar, Sugar -- Mary Lou Lord with Semisonic
5. Smokin’ in the Boys Room -- Brownsville Station
6. I’ll Stick Around -- Foo Fighters
7. Nearly Lost You -- Screaming Trees
8. You Can Never Go Down the Drain -- Mister Rogers
9. Down to This -- Soul Coughing
10. Crystal Ship -- Duran Duran
11. About a Girl -- Nirvana
12. 1979 -- Smashing Pumpkins
13. Erotica -- Madonna
14. I Love Little Pussy -- Little Marcy


Bjork: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5ndoBdm0yY
Mary Lou Lord/Semisonic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLfkOh-yCT0
Mr. Rogers: http://pbskids.org/rogers/songLyricsYouCanNeverGoDownTheDrain.html
Soul Coughing: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V-GqTr8THJg
Smashing Pumpkins: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l4_C4yhl33g
Madonna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sur8fJSV8GE
Little Marcy: http://users.vianet.ca/grizelda/marcy/index.html
and http://othersideofmusic.blogspot.com/2009/01/little-marcy-marcy-sings-nursery-rhymes.html

Side B: 46:14 minutes, 63.5 MB


1. Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? -- Thompson Twins
2. The Heart’s Filthy Lesson -- David Bowie
3. Hey Man Nice Shot -- Filter
4. Help -- The Carpenters
5. Yesterday Once More -- Redd Kross
6. P Control -- Prince
7. Weirdo -- Charlatans
8. Connection -- Elastica
9. Hunger is From -- Ken Nordine
10. Millionaire’s Holiday -- Combustible Edison
11. Conestoga Nova -- The Friggs
12. Wheels -- The Shaggs
13. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star -- Little Marcy


David Bowie: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9_sjm2YiL6E
Redd Kross: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ejJwjddKLec
Charlatans: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=--TwfsHgA6U
Elastica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ilKcXIFi-Rc
Ken Nordine: http://tackyraccoons.com/2007/12/01/saturday-matinee-ken-nordine/
Combustible Edison: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VMoIv0oWdc
The Friggs: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C0CDVL9g2zc&feature=related

American Excess

Recorded mid-1995

Side A: 46:15 minutes, 63.5 MB

Here’s a tape that has a bit of everything. It also features Ben Vaughn, one of my favorite performers. Before he left Philadelphia for the West coast, I saw him play live countless times. Ben also produced the first album by Los Straitjackets, the band that opens this side of the tape. Next up are four great pop songs by four amazingly prolific artists. Most people are familiar with the band Elastica because of “Connection,” and “Car Song” is another great track from their first album. Lene Lovich’s “New Toy” is next, followed by another 80’s classic from the Romantics. We move back to the 1960’s next, with the Cowsills and John Davidson doing a creepy cover of a song originally done by the Lovin’ Spoonful. Next, the Kinks sing one of their masterpieces before we head into the 1970’s with Paper Lace. Side A concludes with another great Philly band, the all-girl Friggs (Click on the last two Friggs links below to see the photos I shot for their very first single).


1. Car Hop -- Los Straitjackets
2. Dressed in Black -- Ben Vaughn
3. I’ve Been Waiting -- Matthew Sweet
4. Your Favorite Thing -- Sugar
5. Into Your Arms -- The Lemonheads
6. I’ll Be You -- The Replacements
7. Car Song -- Elastica
8. New Toy -- Lene Lovich
9. Talking in Your Sleep -- The Romantics
10. The Rain, The Park, and Other Things -- The Cowsills
11. Daydream -- John Davidson
12. Waterloo Sunset -- The Kinks
13. The Night Chicago Died -- Paper Lace
14. Juiced Up -- The Friggs


Los Straitjackets: http://www.straitjackets.com/
Ben Vaughn: http://www.benvaughn.com/about/bio.html
also: http://www.benvaughn.com/radio/index.html
Elastica: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=djjw3BKUV28
Lene Lovich: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-TbGF5liLM
The Cowsills: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ord6UXaep_w
Paper Lace: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Night_Chicago_Died

The Friggs:

Interview: http://www.magnetmagazine.com/2009/01/22/15-in-philly-the-friggs/
"Juiced Up" single: http://www.podomatic.com/mymedia/thumb/1124246/0x0_2498482.jpg
First single (photos by Retrollama): http://www.podomatic.com/mymedia/thumb/1124246/0x0_2498483.jpg
Back cover: http://www.podomatic.com/mymedia/thumb/1124246/0x0_2498491.jpg

Side B: 46:34 minutes, 64 MB

White Zombie opens up Side B of the tape. Next up is a song from the “Tank Girl” soundtrack, featuring Scott Weiland of Stone Temple Pilots. Mike Nelson and the robots from MST3K sing a bouncy upbeat song before our eardrums are assaulted by the sounds of the Shaggs. After PJ Harvey is a lost classic from the 80’s by Slow Children. The cover of “Tequila” comes from an album created for marching band directors. Finally, the tape ends with the Sex Pistols and Leonard Cohen arguing about the existence of the future.


1. More Human Than Human -- White Zombie
2. Mockingbird Girl -- The Magnificent Bastards
3. Crush With Eyeliner -- R.E.M.
4. Bouncy Upbeat Song -- Mike and the ‘Bots
5. You’re Something Special to Me -- The Shaggs
6. Working for the Man -- P.J. Harvey
7. President Am I -- Slow Children
8. Aerodeliria --The Loud Family
9. I Got a Girl -- Tripping Daisy
10. She Don’t Use Jelly -- The Flaming Lips
11. Tequila -- Overton High School Marching Band
12. God Save the Queen -- The Sex Pistols
13. The Future -- Leonard Cohen


Magnificent Bastards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtOjON_n4Vw
R.E.M. : http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xA3H6czr9Ms
The Shaggs: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Shaggs
Slow Children: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v3PhM6gIFPc
The Loud Family: http://www.loudfamily.com/index.html
Sex Pistols: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mbyZjU5gHVQ
Leonard Cohen: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlNoYY6_NN4

Tape 492
Originally recorded during the summer of 1994 (exact date unknown)

How to Make a Mix Tape:

Gather together the following items:

One blank cassette tape (90 minutes is preferred, but any length will do).
Your latest music purchases (on CD, vinyl, or cassette)
Records or tapes from your childhood
Ridiculous cover versions of classic songs
Odd thrift store finds (click http://blog.wfmu.org/freeform/2007/06/cool_and_strang.html for more info)
A collection of spoken word phrases, movie lines, and other soundbites
Favorite songs that you can listen to over and over again

To begin your tape, choose a vocal clip or something else that will provide a memorable opening. Next, find a song that is similar in feel or sound to the original clip. When that song ends, choose a song that flows lyrically or musically from the first. If you are not able to do that, throw in another soundbite or strange phrase. Continue to do this until you have filled up one side of the cassette. Then, turn the cassette over and repeat the entire process.

When you have finished recording, the next step is to create a new cover for your tape. You can use your computer to do this, or if you prefer a more hands-on approach, use a typewriter, clip art, glue, and markers. Save the original cassette insert to use as a template for folding your new cover. Finally, you will need a title for your tape. This is the perfect opportunity to immortalize a favorite movie line or employ one of those strange phrases you’ve collected. Now, you are ready to enjoy your tape.

A Rip in the Fabric of Time
Side A: 46:56 minutes, 32.3 MB

A children’s read-along storybook version of “Dumbo” opens Side A of “A Rip in the Fabric of Time.” The circus calliope sound soon gives way to another children’s record, this one sampled by Information Society for use in their song “A Knife and a Fork.” The second song is “My Favorite Town Osaka,” by Shonen Knife. A brief clip from “Star Trek” leads into Madonna’s “Bye Bye Baby.” Next up is another song from Information Society. Although I usually try to limit myself to one song per artist on a tape, this one fit so well I had to go with it. British artist Robyn Hitchcock follows Info Soc with a bizarre song about his wife and his dead wife.

The next track is one I discovered on a record company promo cd. I know nothing about the Volebeats, other than the fact that I really enjoy their country-ish “First Time Next Time.” Aztec Camera is next, and you can never go wrong there, even if you’ve used the same song on other mix tapes. After a short vocal interlude from an album partially created by inhabitants of a nursing home (http://www.duplexplanet.com/visitorcenter.html), the tape continues with classics from the Replacements and Naked Eyes. Next, The Three O’Clock remind us why they led the Paisley Underground movement of the 1980’s during their song “With A Cantaloupe Girlfriend.” After the original “Theme from Mission Impossible” and a short commercial break from the guys of “Mystery Science Theater 3000”, we are treated to four different cover songs ranging from the strange to the sublime. And so ends the first side of “A Rip in the Fabric of Time.”


1. A Knife and a Fork -- Information Society
2. My Favorite Town Osaka -- Shonen Knife
3. Bye Bye Baby -- Madonna
4. If Only -- Information Society
5. My Wife and My Dead Wife -- Robyn Hitchcock
6. First Time Next Time -- The Volebeats
7. Oblivious -- Aztec Camera
8. Kiss Me on the Bus -- The Replacements
9. Always Something There to Remind Me -- Naked Eyes
10. With A Cantaloupe Girlfriend -- The Three O’Clock
11. Theme from “Mission Impossible” -- Lalo Schifrin
12. Wild Rebels -- Joel and the ‘Bots
13. Dancing Days -- Bad Livers
14. Run for Your Life -- Nancy Sinatra
15. People are Strange -- Echo and the Bunnymen
16. Mack the Knife (excerpt) – Ludwig the Zither Soloist


Information Society: http://www.informationsociety.us/

Shonen Knife: http://www.shonenknife.com/

Madonna: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jpOIVR6LQTs

Aztec Camera http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zgDOXqMmVdA

Replacements: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tXAmzGD7Vc0

Naked Eyes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtPKa7MXLfA

The Three O’Clock: http://digivinyltal.blogspot.com/2009/06/three-oclock-baroque-hoedown-1982.html

MST3K: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XL7fqjK_l4

Run for Your Life: http://mockable.org/the-creepiest-beatles-song/

Side B: 45:36 minutes, 31.4 MB

A bit of Cheap Trick serves as an introduction to Beck, who is soon followed by a ridiculous classic from the “Grease” movie soundtrack. Next, 80’s performance artist John Sex invites listeners to hustle with his muscle, Shriekback covers KC, and one-hit wonders Curiosity Killed the Cat sing their one hit. After that, Madonna somehow coerces Warren Beatty to sing a duet with her, and Chet Baker wants to get lost. An extra-scratchy vinyl version of “Moondance” paves the way for four more British artists, and Ludwig the zither soloist returns. The Velvets close the tape with their ever-haunting “After Hours.”


1. Loser -- Beck
2. You’re the One That I Want – John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John
3. Hustle With My Muscle – John Sex
3. That’s the Way I Like It -- Shriekback
4. Misfit – Curiosity Killed the Cat
6. Now I’m Following You – Madonna and Warren Beatty
7. Let’s Get Lost – Chet Baker
8. Moondance – Van Morrison
9. Inside Out – The Mighty Lemon Drops
10. A Million Things – The Lucy Show
11. World Shut Your Mouth – Julian Cope
12. Crash – The Primitives
13. D’Waldbua (The Forest Boy) – Ludwig the Zither Soloist
14. After Hours – The Velvet Underground


Beck: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gFi8toT60Js

John Sex: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-42r6fT32M

Curiosity: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eTBAbwXYsa0

Julian Cope: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sa8gYL_SC9o

The Lucy show http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjC4WD1t5ys&feature=related

Ludwig: http://18.media.tumblr.com/geEX7hDB7pg377dtBlifURkto1_500.jpg

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