Sometimes it's good that I'm OCD.
A few weeks back I sat down and started digitizing the large pile of vinyl I had accumulated over the last year or two. Things that I wanted to hear but couldn't find online in any fashion -- legal or not. I converted these over to my laptop (all of them listed here) and then got to thinking about finally hooking up a cassette player to my laptop and capturing some of the old mix tapes I used to make.
Rather than indulging in my own work, the first tape I grabbed was one labeled "ROCK" on one side and "ROLL" on the other. It didn't necessarily "change my life" but it definitely broadened my musical horizons -- as it was meant to do. It was a mix tape that a good friend of mine made for me, by my request if I recall correctly.
My old pal, Steve Chesney, had put together a group of roughly thirty songs along with sound clips and other audio experiments that delighted me for years -- until cars started coming without cassette players as standard equipment.
Now, if you know me, you know it wasn't good enough to just transfer over the raw cassette, break it into tracks, and call it a day. No. The sound quality wasn't sufficient for me. Likewise, I had no idea what a lot of these songs were in terms of title or artist. I wanted to upgrade everything to "digital quality". Thus began my search to re-make the tape as a collection of mp3s.
This endeavor shouldn't have been as painstaking as it was but, being who/what I am, I culled all of the tracks from the internet, turning to Steve on occasion to describe a song when I couldn't find it via the iPhone Shazam app, a lyric search, etc. More than just the music, I re-captured a lot of the audio soundclips from the movies Steve used as between-song breaks. Luckily, most of these were from two sources; The Mack and Orgy of the Dead, sometimes both at once.
That said, here's the full track listing:
|Criswell Demands Entertainment||Criswell||Orgy of the Dead|
|The Greatest Man Alive||Three Times Dope||Original Stylin'|
|Pastoral Nightmare||Soundclip||Rock / Roll|
|Hot Thing||Gaye Bykers on Acid||Stewed to the Gills|
|Happy Birthday||Altered Images||New Wave Classics|
|Woodpecker From Mars||Faith No More||The Real Thing|
|Criswell Meets The Mack||Chesney Tape||Orgy of the Mack|
|7 Chinese Bros.||R.E.M.||Reckoning|
|Run's House||Run-D.M.C.||Ultimate Run DMC|
|Message In a Bottle||Excel||The Joke's On You|
|Worms||Dark Angel||Leave Scars|
|Mountain Surf Report (from "The Movie")||M.O.D.||Surfin' M.O.D.|
|Cheeba Cheeba||Tone Loc||Loc-ed After Dark|
|Banned In D.C.||Bad Brains||Rock For Light|
|Grandma Dynamite||24-7 Spyz||Harder Than You|
|The Player's BBQ||The Mack||The Mack|
|I Go To Work||Kool Moe Dee||The Posse Soundtrack|
|You Hurry Up!||The Mack||The Mack|
|Sometime To Return||Soul Asylum||Hang Time|
|Wildflower Commercial||Car Wash||Car Wash|
|Gene Machine/Don't Bother Me||Bad Brains||Quickness|
|It's The Noise That Bothers Me!||Soundclip||Rock / Roll|
|American Nightmare||The Misfits||Legacy of Brutality|
|I Wanna Be A Flintstone||Screaming Blue Messiahs||The Flintstones|
|The Mack Daddy On The Left||De La Soul||3 Feet High And Rising|
|It's A Wonderful Life (Gonna Have A Good Time)||Fishbone||In Your Face|
|Rock 'N' Roll High School||The Ramones||End of the Century|
|Fucked by the Devil||45 Grave||Only the Good Die Young|
|Waiting||New Model Army||All Of This: The "Live" Rarities|
|The Unknown Knows||Voivod||Nothingface|
|Ballad Of The Green Berets||Elvis Hitler||Hellbilly|
|Don't Let's Start||They Might Be Giants||Then (Disc 1)|