Monday Muxtape Update, 04.14.08: The Odd Pop Mix

April 14th, 2008 · 5 Comments

Battiato - “La Convenzione”

Wuzzup? OK, so I’ve nixed the downloadable MP3 podcasts and decided to just keep a regular update on This week I’ve got a weird ’70s pop/eclecto mix going on, some well known stuff (Rundgren, Yes, Lindsay Buckingham) thrown in with some out-there shit (YMO, Battiato, the Homosexuals). Read on for the tracklist …

This week’s tracks:

01. Le Orme - “Ritorno al Nulla” (3:34) Le Orme is an Italian prog band, this track is from their most well-known album Felona e Serona. Sounds like it’s from some bad ’70s horror flick; a pretty bombastic way to start off a mix, don’t you think? I like the way it leads into …

02. 10cc - “Rubber Bullets” (4:46) A great, underrated British art-rock band; this track is from their first album. I used to get these guys confused with Air Supply for some reason, kinda like when I think Dean Stockwell and Dan Hedaya are the same person. But 10cc is truly galaxies above those guys. Fun Fact: “Rubber Bullets” was also used as the theme song to the pilot for an Adult Swim show called Superjail.

03. Lindsay Buckingham - Mary Lee Jones (3:14) From Buckingham’s first solo album, Law and Order.

04. Yellow Magic Orchestra - “Absolute Ego Dance” (4:37) YMO are like a punky Japanese Kraftwerk but they have a lot more fun.

05. Franco Battiato - “La Convenzione” (3:36) From what I can tell, this is Battiato’s first release (1971) that captures the radical new sound he pursued after ditching his early pop singer act. Sounds kind of like an Italian Nuggets version of the Silver Apples.

06. Scott Walker - “Nite Flights” (4:22) From the Walker Brothers album of the same name that turned Walker from lounge singer has-been to über-cool Bowie/Eno contemporary instantly. He’s gotten weirder ever since, and this record made a generation of British punks reconsider his work.

07. Todd Rundgren - “A Dream Goes on Forever” (2:21) This song is every ballad you’ve ever heard by Todd Rundgren all wrapped into a neat two-minute fun-pack.

08. Battiato - “Energia” (2:59) From my favorite Battiato record, Fetus, which I’m planning on including in an audio review podcast soon.

09. Yes - “Long Distance Runaround” (3:29) Yes! It’s Yes!

10. Roy Wood - “Look Through the Eyes of a Fool” (2:56) If you keep reading this site, you’ll soon learn that Roy Wood and his associated projects (ELO, the Move, Wizzard) is probably maybe my favorite artist of all time, if only because I can flip on any Roy jam at any time no matter what mood I’m in and dig it. This is from his second solo album, Mustard. Tomorrow I’ll be posting an audio review podcast of the Move’s Message from the Country and ELO’s first album, called No Answer in the States.

11. John Cale - “Fear Is a Man’s Best Friend” (3:53) Forget Lou Reed; I took Cale in the split!! Because I was, uh, totally alive back then … OK, Cale’s solo albums can be spotty, but I definitely listen to Paris 1919, Vintage Violence and Fear (which contains this track) more than any of Reed’s solo stuff.

12. The Homosexuals - “Vociferous Slam” (1:39) And we’ll end here with a record that feels like it’s going to fall apart at any second.

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