Monday Mixtape Update 11.17.08: Hell hath no fury …

November 17th, 2008 · 11 Comments

The Slits

… Like a lady rockin’ out! Folks, though the fact has been overshadowed by the achievement made for African-Americans in this country, between Hillary Clinton’s historic presidential run, the trumping of daytime TV over the cable news bla-bla, and the dominance of the comedienne, it’s been a groundbreaking year for the ladies. Except for that whole Sarah Palin thing. In tribute, here’s a mix of tracks some of my favorite she-rockers. Here’s to our next president being a lady (and a stone fox at that!).

Read on for track list and link …

Bow Wow Wow

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01. Stevie Nicks — “Edge of Seventeen” Just about one of the straight coolest songs ever.

02. Joan Armatrading — “(I Love It When You) Call Me Names” “I can’t wait to see you again / I know you’re going to slap my face.” She bad and I like it.

03. Cristina — “Ticket to the Tropics” Underrated new wave from Cristina’s second album, Sleep It Off, produced by Robert Palmer (R.I.P. homie).

04. Bow Wow Wow — “Jungle Boy” “You don’t play Afrobeats with a surf band’s chops—what makes real African music captivating is a tonal range so subtle it creates little hooks among the polyrhythms. Yet a lot of this transcends its own klutziness. M. McLaren’s propagandistic conceits are so outrageous they’re comical, especially in a little samba called ‘Hello, Hello Daddy (I’ll Sacrifice You)’ (’Eat the heart of my kith and kin!/That’s what I’m interested in!’). And the good-legged adolescent grace and vivacity of the wondrous Annabella touch my heart every time she opens her mouth. B+” — Robert Christgau, 1981

05. Lizzy Mercier Descloux — “Funky Stuff” From her 1981 album Mambo Nassau, this is a cover of a Kool & the Gang song.

06. ESG — “Dance” I saw ESG’s last show in Chicago. They still had the goods!

07. The Raincoats — “Only Loved at Night” From the Odyshape album.

08. Fiery Furnaces — “The Philadelphia Grand Jury” The best band making music today. Period. This is from the group’s last album, Widow City.

09. Deerhoof — “Milk Man” Another one of the best bands making music today. Just caught them at the Congress Hotel in Tucson.

10. Os Mutantes — “Top Top” When Os Mutantes headlined the Pitchfork Festival in 2006, they actually played this song. I was stoked.

11. X-Ray Spex — “The Day the World Turned Day-Glo” Screamin’ loud sax scronk.

12. The Slits — “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” I heard it through the grapevine that … this song … is sweet! I got nothing …

13. Siouxsie and the Banshees — “Hong Kong Garden” A fun, borderline racist song, one of the only ones I actually like by Siouxsie.

14. Dolly Mixture — “Remember This” A lesser-known post-punk girl group named for a delicious Scottish confection.

Blonde Redhead

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15. Sheena Easton — “Modern Girl” I like hearing different versions of good songs. Remember, we heard the Camera Obscura cover of this track on my last Odd Pop mix.

16. Blondie — “Fan Mail” One of the band’s best album tracks.

17. Fleetwood Mac — “Think About Me” The best Christine McVie tune.

18. The Shivvers — “Teen Line” A song so cool its title serves as the name for the most essential DIY power pop compilation.

19. The Vaselines — “Son of a Gun” Son of a biscuit!

20. Patti Smith — “Ask the Angels” From her second album, Radio Ethiopia.

21. Suzi Quatro — “Can the Can” I’ve never been able to get too huge on much of Suzi Quatro’s music, but I think her influence really lies in her being one of the first balls-out, leather jacket and fuck-all attitude girl rockers, even before the Runaways or Patti Smith.

22. X — “When Our Love Passed Out on the Couch” One of the best song titles ever.

23. Marianne Faithful — “Working Class Hero” The former teen pop star and Mick Jagger boo turned punk in the late ’70s on her Broken English album.

24. Young Marble Giants — “Final Day” Great single included on the recent reissue of Colossal Youth.

25. Martika — “Toy Soldiers” Eminem knew he must’ve had a hit when he sampled this jam.

26. Blonde Redhead — “Pink Love” The best kinda luv.

27. Stars — “Ageless Beauty” Yet another one of the only bands I really follow these days …

28. Joan Jett — “Fake Friends” Jett’s best single.

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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Christian BC // Nov 17, 2008 at 5:09 pm

    OMFG! Slits.
    I Heard It Through The Grapevine is such a great jam. Glad you included the song and the cover. And bonus boner points for the Bow Wow Wow cover.
    I’m totally crushin’ on this mix.
    PattiSMithX-RaySpexDeerhoofXVaselines sogoodtoo.!

  • 2 Layla // Nov 17, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Dude, where the fuck are the Pretenders?!?!?

  • 3 Joel // Nov 17, 2008 at 5:38 pm

    Layla — You’re totally right to point out the Pretenders missing, but, at the risk of blasphemy … I’m not much of a Pretenders fan.

  • 4 Joel // Nov 17, 2008 at 5:48 pm

    oh, and Christian, I’ve been looking forward to the day when I could put that picture of muddy boobies on my front page

  • 5 thom // Nov 17, 2008 at 9:10 pm

    the keyboards on “modern girl” are soooooooo good

  • 6 Joel // Nov 18, 2008 at 3:18 am

    yeah fuck yeah

  • 7 Layla // Nov 18, 2008 at 12:28 pm

    Fan or not of the Pretenders, you can’t deny the awesome sexy rockingness of Chrissie Hynde. To meet she’s like the perfect middle ground between Joan Jett and Patti Smith.

    Also, the Cold goes right along with the Shivvers!

  • 8 Joel // Nov 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    Layla, that Cold song is awesome. Thanks for introducing it to me. I do appreciate the awesome sexy rockingness of Chrissie Hynde I just have never really gotten into any of the Pretenders’ albums. My friend Steve, if he’s reading this, is probably also wringing his hands in consternation at my leaving out the Pretenders.

  • 9 meredith // Nov 20, 2008 at 8:22 am

    Elenor Friedberger once waited for me to put a Candi Stanton record down at Reckless while I started going through another stack and then totally snatched it from me when my back was turned. The weird part was I only pulled it out because I’m all “OH MAN. She’s so cool. I better not just buy a used copy of 40 Year Old Virgin while I’m standing next to her.” Thus, I’ve refused to listen to Window City
    and now I guess I have to. THANKS JOEL.

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