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Headphones - you may never want to take them off

Headphones - you may never want to take them off
Created by: LustyKazoo
Tracks: 21
Length: 01:19:31
Keywords 1. Mix Contest 20
2. Mix Contest 20
3. Mix Contest 20
Created on 3/06/08 12:02pm
Level 5
Points 2450
Total visitors 82
Unique visitors 34
This mix was ranked #6 out of 13 entries for this contest
description:
I was raised way up in the mountains by (for lack of a better word) Hippies. We didn't have a telephone, or running water (yes an outhouse) or electricity until I was in 6th grade. My folks didn't believe in television, but my mother is a folk-singer & my father a music junkie with a large record collection (which I inherited on my 14th birthday) & it seemed that our lives revolved around music.

Whether it was in the form of Mom playing guitar & singing us to sleep, or Dad starting up the generator (which was only otherwise used to power the juicer for our required morning glass of carrot juice) to play us a Frank Zappa tune (I'm The Slime) that would curb our young minds of the question, "why can't we have a T.V. like NORMAL people?"

As children my siblings & I spent the greater part of each Summer at our Grammaw's house up in the woods. While my older sister was off chasing boys at the lake & my younger brother was off chasing frogs in the creek ... I was in the house, chasing pop-music on the stacks and stacks of records I would pile around me. You see, Grammaw had electricity & little Poppy could listen as long & as often & as loud as she desired.

Curled up on a large avacado-green vinyl, duct-tape patched bean-bag chair directly in front of Grammaw's large silver Hi-Fi system, wearing a set of headphones not unlike the ones depicted in my cover art (except for the fact that mine were made of wood). They were huge & heavy & awkward & if I accidentally bobbed my head too far to either side my neck would threaten to snap. But they erased the outside world & cocooned me inside my music & brought a feeling of safe contentment into my soul that I was too young then to recognize or explain.

Each of the songs on this mix was chosen because I consider them to be perfect 10s & I have at different times in my life spent more than a little time, wrapped in headphones, ignoring life outside just to listen again & again & again to a perfect little bit of heaven.

1-7 are from summers @ Grammaws

8-12 are teenage years (the headphones got smaller, but the frequency intensified)

12-21 are college & beyond (I am now on the lookout for a nice, large, wooden pair once again)

tracklist

1 Simon & Garfunkel : The Only Living Boy in New York
This song is my parents ... I have a distinct memory of listening to this song on 8-track in our orange van, h [...]
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Track 8 from Bridge Over Troubled Water
Length: 00:03:57
Year: 1970
Track Description:
This song is my parents ... I have a distinct memory of listening to this song on 8-track in our orange van, headed to the river with my folks singing "I've got nothing to do today but smile doo-doh-doo-doh" & then playing it again.
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2 The Temptations : Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
My Grammaw had this 45 & at six years old there were some days when it's the only record I'd play.
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Track 2 from Sky's The Limit
Length: 00:03:39
Year: 1971
Track Description:
My Grammaw had this 45 & at six years old there were some days when it's the only record I'd play.
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3 Tom Waits : I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love With You
My Godmother is the hugest Tom Waits fan & I inherited my love of his music from her. Driving down the highwa [...]
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Track 2 from Closing Time
Length: 00:03:56
Year: 1973
Track Description:
My Godmother is the hugest Tom Waits fan & I inherited my love of his music from her. Driving down the highway with the windows open, she'd have her long hair in a braid, a joint hanging out of her mouth, singing along at the top of her lungs. When I was a kid I thought his gravelly voice was funny, but this song always made me sad because I didn't understand how love could make him so blue.
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4 Elvis Costello : (The Angels Wanna Wear My) Red Shoes
My uncle Anthony was a musician & light tech & was always on the road touring. He & his girlfriends brought m [...]
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Track 7 from My Aim is True
Length: 00:02:50
Year: 1977
Track Description:
My uncle Anthony was a musician & light tech & was always on the road touring. He & his girlfriends brought me the BEST music to listen to whenever he was home from the road. To this day, this is my very favorite Elvis song & I probably listen at least twice a week.
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5 Blondie : Sunday Girl
Anthony's girlfriend Robin had cropped red hair that she intensified with a paste made of clear henna & cherry [...]
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Track 9 from Parallel Lines
Length: 00:03:06
Year: 1978
Track Description:
Anthony's girlfriend Robin had cropped red hair that she intensified with a paste made of clear henna & cherry Kool-Aid packets (the kind without sugar in them). They bought me a copy of Parallel Lines when I was seven years old. I spent the entire summer alternating between this album & Road to Ruin.
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6 The Ramones : She's The One
Oh man did my third grade self have a crush on The Ramones. I was THE ONE ... I was sure.
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Track 10 from Road to Ruin
Length: 00:02:13
Year: 2001
Track Description:
Oh man did my third grade self have a crush on The Ramones. I was THE ONE ... I was sure.
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7 The Go-Go's : Vacation
Perfect! God this song is so good it gives me goosebumps.
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Track 1 from Vacation
Length: 00:02:59
Year: 1982
Track Description:
Perfect! God this song is so good it gives me goosebumps.
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8 The Cure : In Between Days
Another band to thank Anthony for. This may be my favorite track 1 - side 1 of all time. I stole this casset [...]
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Track 1 from The Head On The Door
Length: 00:02:59
Year: 1985
Track Description:
Another band to thank Anthony for. This may be my favorite track 1 - side 1 of all time. I stole this cassette from him when I was 12 & to this day, every time he hears I've been to a Cure show ... he asks if he can have it back. Maybe someday.
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9 Dramarama : Anything, Anything (I'll Give You)
Quite possibly the song I've listened to more than any other. I go through spells where I have to hear it. I [...]
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Track 4 from Cinéma Vérité
Length: 00:03:26
Year: 1985
Track Description:
Quite possibly the song I've listened to more than any other. I go through spells where I have to hear it. It's that good.
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10 Pixies : Gigantic
I don't know what to say about the Pixies that you can't guess I'm going to say. As teenagers they were someh [...]
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Track 5 from Surfer Rosa
Length: 00:03:54
Year: 1988
Track Description:
I don't know what to say about the Pixies that you can't guess I'm going to say. As teenagers they were somehow better & different than anything else we had heard. When I saw them @ Coachella in 2004, I was so in awe that this song made me weepy.
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11 Social Distortion : Story of My Life
Yep ... Junior year of high school. Camel filters, my '65 Ford Falcon Futura & the open road. Man, I thought [...]
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Track 3 from Social Distortion
Length: 00:05:48
Year: 1990
Track Description:
Yep ... Junior year of high school. Camel filters, my '65 Ford Falcon Futura & the open road. Man, I thought I was awesome, but I thought Social D was more so & still do.
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12 The Lemonheads : Confetti
They are reissuing this album on March 25 ... I am happy about that. It is one of my top 5 favorite albums of [...]
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Track 2 from It's A Shame About Ray
Length: 00:02:45
Year: 1992
Track Description:
They are reissuing this album on March 25 ... I am happy about that. It is one of my top 5 favorite albums of all time. It is classic. Confetti is a party for my ears.
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13 Counting Crows : A Murder of One
The first Counting Crows song I ever heard, I was hooked. It means more to me than any other song ever.
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Track 11 from August and everything after
Length: 00:05:43
Year: 0000
Track Description:
The first Counting Crows song I ever heard, I was hooked. It means more to me than any other song ever.
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14 Pearl Jam : Rearviewmirror
Just so good. Pearl Jam get it ... & they share it with the world.
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Track 8 from Vs.
Length: 00:04:44
Year: 1993
Track Description:
Just so good. Pearl Jam get it ... & they share it with the world.
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15 Grant Lee Buffalo : Mockingbirds
The day after I saw this video premiere on 120 minutes I went to Tower & purchased the cassette. Still think [...]
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Track 2 from Mighty Joe Moon
Length: 00:04:42
Year: 1994
Track Description:
The day after I saw this video premiere on 120 minutes I went to Tower & purchased the cassette. Still think they were super overlooked by everyone. I even heard someone compare them to Hootie & the Blowfish once. Ack ... no way.
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16 Jeff Buckley : Last Goodbye
Same thing here ... saw the video premiere & immediately ran to pick up this album. Another that makes its wa [...]
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Track 3 from Grace
Length: 00:04:35
Year: 1994
Track Description:
Same thing here ... saw the video premiere & immediately ran to pick up this album. Another that makes its way into my top 5 albums. When I heard he had died it wounded me in the same way that John Lennon's death wounded my Mom. I saw Jeff as a kindred spirit & felt blessed that he shared his self so passionately through his music.
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17 Ani DiFranco : This Bouquet
It's a sweet little ditty.
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Track 12 from Not A Pretty Girl
Length: 00:02:28
Year: 1995
Track Description:
It's a sweet little ditty.
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18 Bright Eyes : A Perfect Sonnet
Back when Conor was angry about everything ... listening to this song makes me know true love exists.
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Track 2 from Every Day and Every Night
Length: 00:03:42
Year: 1999
Track Description:
Back when Conor was angry about everything ... listening to this song makes me know true love exists.
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19 Alkaline Trio : Radio
Imagery, imagery. In the car, on repeat ... yes.
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Track 10 from Maybe I'll Catch Fire
Length: 00:04:41
Year: 2000
Track Description:
Imagery, imagery. In the car, on repeat ... yes.
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20 Ryan Adams : The Rescue Blues
This song lifts me up, no matter how far down I may be.
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Track 5 from Gold
Length: 00:03:39
Year: 2001
Track Description:
This song lifts me up, no matter how far down I may be.
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21 Rilo Kiley : With Arms Outstretched
Before Jenny Lewis was an Indie-Pop sex symbol she used to make glorious little stories out of music.
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Track 10 from The Execution Of All Things
Length: 00:03:45
Year: 2002
Track Description:
Before Jenny Lewis was an Indie-Pop sex symbol she used to make glorious little stories out of music.
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Mixtape Contest XX -- First Place badge
Mixtape Contest XX -- First Place
After the nuclear holocaust, there will be three things left: Cockroaches, Twinkees and Keith Richards.

Keith is answer key for they test of time. And Cocaine.

Congrats on first place.
awarded on 2008-03-22

Level 17
Nooooo! Social Distortion, I want to forget!
But I agree with Rachael: first half = Wow.
3/21/08 08:02pm
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Level 3
This mix is great!
3/16/08 09:24pm
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The MLK Badge
Because Civil Rights rock (and roll).
awarded on 2009-03-07

Level 27
Wow!
3/10/08 11:12am
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Team Robot Member
Despite the fact that TEAM ROBOT was crushed like a Pabst can at a frat party by the might claws of TEAM MONSTER, you are still deserving of a badge... Loser.
awarded on 2006-10-18

Level 40
stunning!
3/09/08 08:59pm
Mixtape Potpourri II: Third Place badge
Mixtape Potpourri II: Third Place
A random badge for a random mix, Serious Cat is mildly amused by your mix. Congrats on third.

Serious Cat for president. 2008. Seriously.
awarded on 2007-07-14

Level 26
The first half of this made me go "WOW".
3/07/08 06:58pm
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