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Saturday, February 02, 2008

That's Dangerous! :: The Mix

A thoughtful friend sent a book to our house around Christmastime called That's Dangerous!. Originally published in France, it is a slightly alarming collection of cute drawings showing a scrawny little boy doing all sorts of dangerous things (kicking a bully, climbing into a washing machine) and after each picture, kids can easily learn that the facing page warns, "That's dangerous!" My four year old was delighted and a little awed by all the varieties of heretofore unthought-of trouble that one could possibly get into if they were so inclined.

My mother taught me to always say thank you, but instead of a dull note this time around, I realized how rich my iTunes library was with fodder for a cautionary mix for adults, detailing all the perilous things we can get ourselves into. There's some genuinely dangerous stuff here, sure, and then many things which are really just . . . not a good idea. Paradoxically, many of those things those are also kind of fun. Such is life.

I entertained myself thoroughly with the making this one, and sent it off by mail as my thanks to the gift-giver. The mix should all fit onto one CD and in addition to being funny, it also sounds hazardously good. What else would you expect? Cue the warning sirens:

Which Of The Two Of Us Is Gonna Burn This House Down? - The Star Spangles
Shadow Stabbing - Cake
U Make Me Want To Drink Bleach (Stylophone mix) - Easyworld
Running With Scissors - Ben Lee
Kicking Television (live in Chicago) - Wilco
You Left The Water Running - Otis Redding
Positive Bleeding - Urge Overkill
Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones cover) - Oasis
Fairly Blacking Out - The Takeovers
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window (outtake) - Bob Dylan
Riot In Thunder Alley - Eddie Beram
Touch Me I'm Sick - Mudhoney
Busting Up A Starbucks - Mike Doughty
Sink To The Bottom - Fountains of Wayne
(She Was) Only Sixteen - Sam Cooke
I'm On Fire - Bruce Springsteen
Fighting In A Sack - The Shins
A Quick One, While He's Away - The Who
Wondering Where The Lions Are (Bruce Cockburn cover) - Donavon Frankenreiter
Tied Up And Swallowed - Black Crowes
Dancing In The Dark (Springsteen cover) - Pete Yorn
The Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Was A Train Coming The Other Way) - Richard Hawley


Bonus related tracks: My friend Tom is thinking is a similar direction when he posted these "warning label" songs about artists and their mercurial relationship with their record labels. A clever twist.


At February 02, 2008 5:05 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Great mix as always Heather. Donavon Frankenreiter played that tune when I saw him opening for Ben Harper last fall; just awesome.

- Neil

At February 02, 2008 8:58 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

you better be preparing something special for yield's 10th birthday, or i for one will be very disappointed

At February 03, 2008 4:27 PM, Blogger Russell said...

This is such a good idea! That song about Macdonalds and Pizza Hut oughta be on there,too.....

At February 03, 2008 8:09 PM, Blogger -tom said...

you're showing a seriously scary dark side on this one.

I love it. great stuff.

p.s. thanks for the link

At February 03, 2008 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

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At February 03, 2008 8:53 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

No Misfits "Skulls" ??

At February 03, 2008 9:04 PM, Blogger zara hemla said...

That's such a great idea for a mix. Brava!

At February 04, 2008 11:15 AM, Blogger Luke said...

oh, so clever!

leave it to you, to master mind a mix like this.

might i offer up: "Like Eating Glass" - by Bloc Party

At February 04, 2008 5:51 PM, Blogger OneWag said...

Check Wilson Pickett's version of "You Left the Water Running." Quite tasty.

At February 05, 2008 11:23 AM, Blogger tumbling upwards said...

thx for this "mix tape" - love your site

At February 05, 2008 11:54 AM, Anonymous Dynamic Meter said...

I would add "Bomb Yourself" by TV On The Radio

My son is 4.5, so I totally understand!

At February 05, 2008 10:16 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tied Up And Swallowed by The Crowes? Noice. ;)


At February 06, 2008 9:32 PM, Anonymous Dan said...

Loving the mix and your site Heather. Thx for all the work you put into it.

At May 27, 2009 2:23 PM, Blogger Dainon. said...

Re-up! Re-up!


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