Welcome to Twisted MixTape Tuesday, this week we disembark from the 90’s. This decade has been the most versatile and controversial yet. For me the 90’s were an extremely transitional period. I transferred college 6 times, lived in 4 states, graduated in 6.5 years. Took one year off to follow The Grateful Dead. Managed an amazing and doomed Compact Disc Store, and then started my own business, with my mother, that is still going strong after 18 years. Instead of being engrossed in pop music, I was engrossed in Pop TV. I never missed an episode of X-Files, Star Trek Next Generation or Babylon 5. I was such an X-Files junkie, I had X-Files paraphernalia, I also had Star Trek bling, a Starfleet Academy sticker on my car and a tricorder – just incase.
In the 90’s my music choices were influenced by my circumstances, not by radio. And so, while I listened to some music that was technically current, I mostly just listened to what I liked.
If you were my friend in 1995 this is the mixtape I would make for you:
Jen’s Greatest Hits
I don’t talk about my brother a lot. He totally dissed me, took off, and I haven’t talked to him in 10 years. That being said, in the early 90’s he was still sane, and we were living together having an awesome time. He’s 10 years older than me so he is responsible for a lot of the music I listen too. Mostly I would just steal his albums, sometimes I would let him have an opinion. The best thing he ever did was introduce me to Lyle Lovett in the form of me stealing this album out of his room. The first album that hooked me was Pontiac. With lines like “If I had a boat, I’d go out on the ocean, and if I had a pony, I’d ride him on my boat.” Then from the song She Ain’t No Lady She’s My Wife – “She hates my mama, she hates my daddy too, she loves to tell me, she hates the things I do, she loves to lie beside me almost every night, she’s no lady she’s my wife.” There isn’t one song on that album that I wouldn’t listen to over and over again.
On Lyle Lovett and his Large Band there was “I Married Her, Just Because She Looks Like You” and on Joshua Judges Ruth “She’s Leaving Me Because She Really Wants Too.” “Penguins” from I Love Everybody and “Don’t Touch My Hat” from The Road to Ensenada and from the same album “That’s Right, You’re Not From Texas” that’s my son’s theme song, because the stinker got to be born in Texas! There is not one song I don’t love that he has written and recorded, I don’t think I can say that about any other artist. I have mentioned in a previous post, Lyle is IT for me. His singularly brilliant song writing, sense of humor and music composition is beyond compare as far as I’m concerned. I am not a modern country music fan by any stretch of the imagination, this is not modern country music. He is without genre as far as I am concerned. To lump him into the Country genre is unfair to his musical ability. But alack, alas, we all have to “fit” somewhere.
Give Back My Heart – Lyle Lovett off of Pontiac
She’s No Lady – Lyle Lovett (sorry this video is priceless. you must watch it)
In the mid-90’s I was reintroduced to a musician that had crossed my radar before: Elvis Costello was one of my college roommate’s favorites. We even had a giant Elvis Costello – Trust poster on our dorm room wall.
Although she loved his music, there was a lot more Del Amitri and Little River Band playing in our four walls. However, 6 years later, another long time friend and now room-mate in the big city was OBSESSED with Elvis Costello. Every night I would get home from work and Elvis would be blaring from the stereo. It is a wonder we never got any complaints. It was actually to the point of irritation. But sometimes, in hindsight, you realize you really love something too. If only it had been done more gently. I own every single Elvis Costello Album, I love them all. This is one of my favorites.
Green Shirt – Elvis Costello
In the early 90’s I was living at home, my mom wasn’t really living there, she was busy elsewhere. My sister and I had run of the show, we were known as The Schneider Girls. And our house was the party house. These days when someone friends me on facebook and I don’t know who they are, my sister says, “You know, they were at all of our parties.” That’s probably why I don’t remember.
Being friends with many musicians, some incarnation of our musician friends would form, and there would always be live music. It was a blast, but when the evening was winding down, and we were chilling on the sofas, you can bet we were listening to this.
Late in the Evening – Paul Simon
One of my closest friends was an amazing trumpet player. He played with a pretty well-known ska band called The Blue Meanies but when he wasn’t being all ska, his true love was jazz. Every Sunday night we would go see him play at a little jazz club called No Exit in Chicago. Sometimes I would go over to his place and listen to him practice, it is the most amazing thing to watch a truly brilliant musician perfect his craft. I thank him for opening the door to the world of jazz, I had always been on the outside looking in but he translated the language and even inspired me to study Jazz Theory for a year with another amazing trumpet player. My friend Jim used to play this song, and I gotta tell you…goosebumps.
Dizzy Gillespie – A Night in Tunisia
For you this mixtape is Music of The 1990′s – You know what you like, and you know what’s playing but the world is going to end in 1999 so there will be no music after that.
The rules of Twisted MixTape are as such: Try and create a 5 song mix based on this week’s theme. As we move through the decades the assumption is you know about the music in the past, but not what is to come. Create your own post and link it up, or put your mix in the comments. If you’re going to link-up there must be a song – relating to the theme – in your post. Share this all over the place, the more the merrier. And go visit my lovely cohort – Kristi at Finding Ninee. She’s always got a song, a funny story and some silly Drawrings. Mostly, just have fun, there’ s no pressure here.
And if you need to own any of these song, and you do if you don’t already own all that Lyle 😉 these links will take you straight to iTunes:
Give Back My Heart – Pontiac
She’s No Lady – Pontiac
Green Shirt – Armed Forces
Late In the Evening – The Essential Paul Simon
Night In Tunisia – Night In Tunisia – The Very Best of Dizzy Gillespie (1994 Remastered)
Here is The List of all Lists:
July 30 – The 00′s part 1
Aug 6 – The 00′s part 2 up to and including 2013
Aug 13 – Duets ( this can be duets or duos like Hall & Oats or Loggins & Messina you decide)
Aug 20 – No Strings Attached (I know none of this feel this way – wink wink. But there are a lot of great songs about having a relationship/one night stand with no strings attached)
August 27 – You know what? I suck/ You suck. Get your venom out here, or maybe that ballad that basically says ‘you suck’”, or play it this way: you’re the one who did wrong and you know it. This is your apology/acknowledgement for being an ass. Or a mix of the two. You decide.
September 3 – “BEST OF” pick a band, any band, and put together a “Best of” playlist. Easy peasy for the holiday weekend.