Monday Mixtape Update 02.09.09 :: Popue Baroque II

February 9th, 2009 · 26 Comments

I Camaleonti

Folks, I may be slacking on the ol’ bloggins of late, but I’m trying my best to make it up to ya’lls. Today we have the second installment in my baroque pop mix series (hear the first and read my long-winded dissertation on it here). There’s 38 songs in total here between both sides, the most since my Yacht Rock mix; and if I do say so myself, this one’s got some gems!

Read on for tracklist and link …

The Tremeloes

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01. David Hemmings — “Back Street Mirror” Hemmings was an actor best known as an actor (his most famous role was the jaded cameraman in Michaelangelo Antonioni’s Blowup). His dabbling with pop music, 1967’s David Hemmings Happens, is a mixed bag at best, but the lead track, a cover of Gene Clark’s Dylanesque “Back Street Mirror”, is a forgotten classic.

02. The Amen Corner — “Recess” A highly underrated band that was propelled by the fantastic vocals of lead singer Andy Fairweather.

03. David Bowie — “Love You Till Tuesday” This is seriously just about the only salvageable track from Bowie’s first album, available reissued as The Deram Tracks. The dude clearly underwent some serious transformation in the couple years between this and “Space Oddity”.

04. Scott Walker — “Copenhagen” From Scott 3.

05. The Beatles — “She’s Leaving Home” One of the underrated songs from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

06. Al Kooper — “Mourning Glory Story” An interesting cover of the Harry Nilsson song. From Kooper’s You Never Know Who Your Friends Are.

07. Graham Gouldman — “Bus Stop” Gouldman wrote this for the Hollies, who made it a huge international hit in 1966, but few have heard his own interpretation; this is from Gouldman’s 1969 album The Graham Gouldman Thing.

08. Colin Blunstone — “Caroline Goodbye” Blunstone wrote this for his former girlfriend … It appears on 1971’s One Year album.

09. The Flowerpot Men — “Let’s Go to San Francisco” Yes, let’s!

10. The Tremoloes — “Silence Is Golden” A sappy little folk-pop classic.

11. Andy Kim — “Shoot ‘Em Up, Baby” The Canadian pop/rocker who also co-wrote “Sugar, Sugar” for the Archies.

12. The Merseys — “Sorrow” Formerly the Merseybeats, “Sorrow” was the only hit for this incarnation of the Liverpool band.

13. The Left Banke — “She May Call You Up Tonight” Prolly my fave Left Banke song.

14. The Monkees — “The Girl I Knew Somewhere” Killer single penned by Mike Nesmith and released circa 1967.

15. Emitt Rhodes — “Somebody Made for Me” Rhodes was a member of the Merry-Go-Round before he went solo and made a bunch of highly-regarded proto-power pop records. This is from his first, self-titled 1970 album.

16. The Zombies — “She Does Everything for Me” Seriously, name me one bad Zombies song. You can’t do it. The thing does not exist. This band was the tits!

17. Graham Nash — “Chicago (The Truth)” Tom Scharpling recently had an ongoing topic for callers to the Best Show on WFMU—Who is the worst member of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young? My vote would probably be for Steven Stills for his ridiculous, baby-ish Elvis Costello scrap. It certainly wouldn’t be for Graham Nash, who was in the second best of the pre-CSNY bands (yes, the Hollies are better than Buffalo Springfield. Suck it). This song is from his first solo album, the recently reissued Songs for Beginners. The opening organ hook is sampled by Kanye West on Beanie Siegel’s “The Truth”. Good shit, m’friends.

18. Les Payne — “Very Well” Don’t know much about Mr. Payne other than that this song was included on the very excellent Tea and Symphony baroque pop comp, of whose praises I have sung many times previous on this site.

19. Richard Harris — “The Hive” From Harris’ second collaboration with Jimmy Webb, The Yard Went on Forever.

Nick Drake

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20. Scott Walker — “Prologue/Little Things” This little song suite kicks of Walker’s unfairly maligned fifth album, Til the Band Comes in.

21. The Millenium — “It’s You” Probably one of the best psychedelic pop albums of the late-60s was the Millenium’s Begin. Check it out.

22. The Association — “Windy” One of my earliest musical memories! I used to love this song as a kid.

23. Edison Lighthouse — “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes)” Probably the best bubblegum song. Ever.

24. The Cowsills — “The Rain, the Park and Other Things” Good song, but it always makes me think about the dream sequence in Dumb and Dumber.

25. The Flying Machine — “Smile a Little Smile for Me” Great one-hit wonder.

26. The Kinks — “Animal Farm” All them pigs and goats and the animals! I wanna go to the animal farm!

27. The Humblebums — “Her Father Didn’t Like Me Anyway” Another gem from the Tea and Symphony comp.

28. Nick Drake — “The Thoughts of Mary Jane” Man, it’s been a while since I dusted off the Drake (probably about as long as I watched The Royal Tenenbaums), but it’s always a treat.

29. The Move — “Mist on a Monday Morning” From the band’s first album.

30. Keith West — “Excerpt From a Teenage Opera” West was the lead singer of Tomorrow (which also featured future Yes guitarist Steve Howe), but he clearly had an urge to be a cabaret singer.

31. Glen Campbell — “Just Another Piece of Paper” A classic Webb/Campbell collaboration.

32. The Beach Boys — “Wonderful” I wasn’t a big fan of Brian Wilson’s redone Smile album. Everything he redid already existed, and it didn’t sound like it was being sung by a stroke victim (Sorry for that, but come on. Seriously).

33. Montage — “I Shall Call Her Mary” Montage consisted of former members of the Left Banke, and they released one classic self-titled album in 1969. Track it down if you can.

35. Manfred Mann — “Raggamuffin Man” Manfred Mann had them some pop hits!

36. I Camaleonti — “L’ora dell’amore” An Italian cover of Procol Harum’s “Homburg”.

37. Tim Buckley — “Morning Glory” One of my favorite Buckley tunes.

38. Franco Battiato — “La Torre” Before he got all weird, Battiato put out some fairly trendy late-’60s pop singles. This is my favorite.

Tags: Monday Mixtape Update

26 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Christian BC // Feb 9, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    @ “Love You Till Tuesday” : See PLEASE KILL ME for explanation of David Bowie transition and a summation of why I, for the most part, can’t stand him.

    Also, next time you do a Baroque playlist, try and include some more Handel and Vivaldi.

  • 2 Joel // Feb 9, 2009 at 1:34 pm

    yeah i believe we had this discussion before. i’ve read please kill me and i understand why people think david bowie is annoying. but also, he’s awesome and i love him.

    i think you’ll find company with layla though, she dislikes david bowie too.

    i’d put some handel and vivaldi on here but that shit is too underground for my radar. i can’t even find a vinyl rip. what gives?

  • 3 Layla // Feb 10, 2009 at 12:44 am

    i don’t HATE david bowie. i just think he’s kind of annoying and that people who think he’s god’s gift to music are REALLY annoying. but, you know, dude’s got some good songs. i just think he’s not as innovative as people make him out to be.

    blah blah blahbitty blah.

    ps joel i was thinking about how you want me to make a playlist and here’s my idea:
    25 of my favorite thin lizzy songs. OR celebrating ir(i)eland! how do you think that will go over with the vivaldi crowd?

    i had a medium diabetes from jack in the box with paul before practice and now i’m all wired. i hope the stinky kava kava tea i am making right now remedies this.

  • 4 Layla // Feb 10, 2009 at 12:45 am

    MC RIB

    where you at?

  • 5 Layla // Feb 10, 2009 at 12:45 am

    ppps m’crib

  • 6 Joel // Feb 10, 2009 at 5:14 am

    looks like someone’s jockin’ to beat Christian BC for the top commenters position this month!

    hey guys, just because God sent his second son, David Bowie, to Earth as a gift to music isn’t David Bowie’s fault. It’s not his fault he’s so damn talented and amazing, with the sweet voice of angels. JEEPERS CREEPERS LEAVE THE GUY ALONE!


    I like your ideas for the playlists. so by celebrating ireland i’m thinking … U2, the Cranberries, the Boomtown Rats, Therapy? and Sinead O’Connor? Celebration!

    Gah, can’t fall back asleep! Lame!

  • 7 Joel // Feb 10, 2009 at 5:16 am

    also, seriously, you guys are wrong:

    “Drive-In Saturday”

    anyone who writes that song gets a lifetime pass for being annoying.

  • 8 d'avery // Feb 10, 2009 at 8:52 am

    That Edison Lighthouse track is my go-to when I need to get out of a funk.

    I’ll also have to track down that Millenium album… unless someone were to… I don’t know… up it for me?

    Keep it going Joel.

  • 9 d'avery // Feb 10, 2009 at 8:58 am

    Also, is it safe to assume that you were also raised on a steady diet of oldies radio?

  • 10 Joel // Feb 10, 2009 at 9:09 am

    you are correct sir!

  • 11 Layla // Feb 10, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    OMG i am listening to “sorrow” right now and it reminds me that billy kinsley from rockin’ horse was also in the merseys/merseybeats.

    this song be good. rockin’ horse be good.

  • 12 Layla // Feb 10, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    ps re: emitt rhodes, don’t forget the palace guard! he played drums for them and they had this sweeet song:

  • 13 Christian BC // Feb 11, 2009 at 1:42 pm

    First, Bowie sucks.
    Second, I mainly agree with Layla’s sentiments on the guy.
    Third, “i think you’ll find company with layla.” Watch your back bro.
    Fourth, it doesn’t count as being beaten in comments when you guys are just using the comment section to chat back and forth. I still run PDD.

  • 14 Joel // Feb 11, 2009 at 1:48 pm

    in re: your third point — look here: i’ve got my eyes on you buddy. don’t be messing with my woman.

    in re: your fourth point — you aren’t setting the rules for PDD’s top dog. but you’re right, quantity AND quality of posts should be counted. in that case, the random IPs who keep posting me the DOG SEX VIDEO comments (that i’m unfortunately required to delete) are blowing you two out of the water. You too, d’avery. let’s take this up a notch people.

  • 15 Layla // Feb 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    i never knew that the idea of “finding company” with me was considered an insult to some. i’ve always thought of it as more of a compliment, but to each is own, i suppose.

    i also would like to point out that i find nothing low in quality about a comment that mentions the mc rib. they’re limited, people!

  • 16 Layla // Feb 11, 2009 at 5:22 pm

    dear joel,

    how are you? i’m pretty good. just, you know, hanging out here at work listening to some tunes and eating a bagel. streaming some naughty videos. the usual.

    anyway just wanted to say what’s up dude! see you soon. say hi to poco for me!



  • 17 Joel // Feb 11, 2009 at 10:29 pm

    i heard some guy got fired for looking at the pornos at his work. watch out.

  • 18 Dillon // Feb 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    “Bend me, shape me anyway you want me” - I haven’t heard this song in ages..for some reason, after watching this video I would love to punch the lead singer in the yarbles.

  • 19 Joel // Feb 17, 2009 at 11:54 pm

    Mr. Dillon, you can bend me and shape me any way you want me if you catch my drift.

  • 20 Christian BC // Feb 18, 2009 at 8:44 am

    @ “i never knew that the idea of “finding company” with me was considered an insult to some. i’ve always thought of it as more of a compliment, but to each is own, i suppose.”

    – I just thought “i think you’ll find company with layla.” sounded like a sexual proposition. I dunno where the insult thing figured in. I guess that’s up to Joel to decide. Ooh yeah.

    As for McRibs, I have no sensible argument against their validity in a comment battle. You win that battle.

  • 21 Christian BC // Feb 18, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Also, where can I find these dog sex videos?

  • 22 Dillon // Feb 18, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Been there–done that.

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