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The Other Mix From December

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December 2002 CD Mix Club Mix
Pamela McLaughlin

Los Angeles, CA
A well put together mix, including nice packaging, a CD label and an explanation for certain tracks. Where she hits on some more obscure bands, she includes the websites which is a VERY nice touch.

The only real criticism I have is that the label, while well printed and not smudged is too thick for use in my truck CD player. I put it in and it almost got stuck, so it’s not going back in there. Since she included a track listing in the CD case, she could have skipped the label.

  1. Untyde “Fall Down” – I like this song quite a bit even if it is somewhat Creed-sounding. She states that they are an “Local L.A. as of yet unsigned band.” Hopefully, they’ll get signed and we’ll hear more from them.
  2. Poe “Haunted” – C’mon, POE?? Geez, after a nice opening track, we have to deal with this? I HATE this song and I HATE this generic “angst”-ridden sound.
  3. Blink 182 “I Won’t Be Home for Christmas” – Another band I can’t really stand, ALTHOUGH I do like this song. I love a tongue-in-cheek approach to Christmas songs. This song is so funny, you can’t help but liking it. This is apparently pretty hard to get a hold of, too. It’s out of stock and/or print on Amazon.com.
  4. Cake “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” – Catchy, poppy song that you can’t hate if you want to, which I don’t.
  5. Jimmy Eat World “A Praise Chorus” – Generic aimed straight for the radio “nu-metal” rock song complete with the mellow try-to-sing break in the middle of the song. Either scream in hard rock style or sing in pop style, don’t do both in the same song! It sounds like they incorporate lyrics from several older songs, most notably “Crimson & Clover” by Joan Jett (I think that was a cover, but I can’t remember….) and “Our House,” which I forgot who recorded.
  6. No Doubt “Oi to the World” – Easily my favorite song on this mix. This is the first song I’ve heard by No Doubt that I’ve actually liked. Anti-skinhead anthem in the “oi” tradition. It doesn’t hurt that the music absolutely JAMS. Another
  7. U.S. Crush “Same Old Story (She’s so Pretty)” – Catchy tune, even if it sounds like a hard rock band selling out.
  8. Incubus “Privilege” – This is just one of those songs that I want to hate since I’ve never heard anything good from these guys either. The rap meets metal thing is O-V-E-R and I just wish it would go away. It doesn’t help that they have that radio-friendly DJ break in the middle of the song where the guy harmonizes a bit since that is too-trendy as well.
  9. Puddle of Mudd “Out of My Head” – I think I heard a soundtrack or tribute track by these guys that sparked my interest. They are just heavy enough to be semi-radio friendly, but light enough to have a mainstream appeal. This one’s pretty good and touches on the heavier side. I found myself moving to this, which is always a good sign.
  10. Coldplay “Clocks” – I don’t like this band and I don’t like this song. There’s no particular reason for it, I just don’t get into them and this song isn’t the one to get me to go there. A mellow piano ballad isn’t going to get me to like a band I haven’t heard anything that turned me onto them with.
  11. Young Dubliners “Unreel” – Well, alright! Someone else who’s heard of the Young Dubliners. I first heard this band in the jukebox in an Irish pub I frequent in Providence. From the moment I heard them I liked them. I love Irish music and I like modern use of Irish instruments so this is a natural for me.
  12. Hoobastank “Crawling In The Dark” – Here’s one that I wanted to hate in the worst way. I just couldn’t do it, though. It’s a catchy tune that draws you in and it’s just heavy enough to not be mainstream. It doesn’t hurt that it has some really nice guitar work.
  13. Stone Temple Pilots “Down” – A friend of mine has been trying for quite a while, in vain, to turn me on to STP. I like the music a lot, but I hate his voice. It’s really a matter of personal taste and he just doesn’t sound good to me.
  14. Black Rebel Motorcycle Club “What Ever Happened to My Rock N Roll” – These guys sound like a late ’80’s, early ’90’s metal band. There’s nothing here to inspire love or hate. An altogether middle-of-the-road song.
  15. Fuel “Innocent” – This follows the ’80’s hair band ballad formula, acoustic guitar (or piano) intro/outro with a single lead “rockin’ out” middle section. It’s been so long since I heard a song in this style that I actually dug it quite a bit.
  16. Steve Pierson “Secrets” – Any truly righteous blues song will make you want to do one of three things: Cry, Drink or Fight. This one makes you want to ball your eyes out, down a fifth of whiskey and punch out the chick who he’s singing about (although I’m not that type of guy….). From the wailing guitar (although too muted at times, in my opinion) to the mournful vocals and the strong rhythm section you can just hear the whiskey flowing. Amazing work, absolutely amazing.
  17. Madredeus “Milagre” – Beautiful, soulful song from the film Lisbon Story. Although I don’t understand the lyrics, I feel her pain.
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