Friday, November 23, 2012



Over at "THE SEASON OF PLUM AND COBBLESTONE", Lisa* posted a mix tape she made back in 1994.  I thought it was such a keen-o mix that I decided to make a "rebuttal" mix which would feature the "opposite version" of the songs on her mix.  And for a limited time, there it is to listen to over on the right in the box there.

Her first song is Green Day's "Dominated Love Slaves".  Now that sounded very constrained and . . . well . . . dominating.  So I thought I'd start with something liberating which is "Free" by Deniece Williams.

Her second song was Lenny Kravitz's "Are You Gonna Go My Way?".  This implied to me someone inviting someone along to accompany them.  So I chose as rebuttal the anti-social "Baby Get Lost" by Dinah Washington.

Her third song was Creedance Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising".  Well, the opposite of a moon rise is a sun set, so I chose the Kink's classic "Waterloo Sunset".

Her fourth song on the mix was "Bombtrack" by Rage Against the Machine.  Now bombs seem real belligerent to me so I thought the opposite would be a pretty little flower.  That's why I chose the Carter Family's "Wildwood Flower".

Her fifth song was Pink Floyd's "Time".  What could be more opposite than "No Time" by The Guess Who?

Her sixth song was "Typewriter" by Louie Rankin.  Now, a typewriter is a really old-fashioned instrument so I countered that with a more modern writing thingy:  "My Computer" by Prince featuring Kate Bush.

Her seventh song was "I'm Nuthin'" by Ethan Hawke.  Sounds a little down on himself.  So I rebutted with a more self-confident "I'm Lucky" by Joan Armatrading.

Her eighth song was "Another Man Loved Me Last Night" by Loretta Lynn.  Sounds a bit unfaithful, if you axe me.  That's why I chose to rebut with "Faithfully" by Journey.

Her ninth song was Depeche Mode's cover of "Route 66".  That's a great big busy highway so I countered with a quieter thoroughfare like Ray Charles' "Lonely Avenue".

Her tenth song was "Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now" by the Smiths.  Cheer up, Moz.  How 'bout with Terra Naomi's "I'm Happy".

Her eleventh song was "Fly Like an Eagle" by the Steve Miller Band.  What's the opposite of flying around like that up in the sky?  David Bowie's "Underground", that's what.

Her twelfth song was Billie Holiday's version of "Stormy Weather".  I countered that with "On A Clear Day You Can See Forever (Live)" by Sammy Davis Jr.  Ka-chonk ka-chonk!

That was the end of side one on her original mix tape.  Side two began with Stone Temple Pilots' "Sex Type Thing".  Gee, that sounds very naughty, sexy like.  I countered "sex" with "death" and the "sensual" with the "spiritual" by choosing Anuna's "Media Vita".

Her fourteenth song was "Hip Hop Lyrical Robot" by UB40.  The opposites of robots is human beings so I chose "Human Beings Want To Be Happy (Interlude)" by King Britt featuring Ursula Rucker.

Her fifteenth song was Jim Morrison and the Doors' "The Ghost Song".  OK, ghosts are dead so I chose "Alive Again" by Trey Anastasio.

Her sixteenth song was Bob Marley's "War".  Easy, what's the opposite of war?  I went with "Peace Tonight" by the Indigo Girls.

Her seventeenth song was Harry Chapin's "Better Place To Be".  Sounds like a place where things are improving so I rebutted with things getting worse in "Slipping" by Neil Patrick Harris from the "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog" soundtrack.

Her eighteenth song was Barbra Steisand's "I'd Rather Be Blue Over You".  Again, cheer up Babs!  How 'bout with Trini Lopez's "If You Wanna Be Happy"?

Her nineteenth song was "Sweet Toxic Love" by Boy George.  I countered sweet with bitter by choosing the Jam's "The Bitterest Pill (I Ever Had To Swallow)".

Her twentieth song was Judy Garland's classic "The Man That Got Away".  Well, I didn't let my choice get away; I captured "I Got You" by Split Enz.

Her twenty first song was House of Pain's "Top 'o the Morning To Ya".  The opposite of good morning is nighty nite so I rebutted with Will Kimbrough's "Goodnight Moon".

Her twenty second song was "A Man and A Woman" by Francis Lai.  Don't be so grown-up.  I countered with "Boy Meets Girl" by Mel Brooks & Marlo Thomas from the "Free To Be You and Me" soundtrack.

Her twenty third and final song on the mix was the Cure's "Closedown".  Opposite of close down is open up, right?  So I ended with "Open Up Your Heart and Let the Sun Shine In" by Frente!


Star said...

wow - this mix is incredible! i love the title and how much thought you put in to every song. BRILLIANT!!

Cerpts said...

Awwwwwwww you sweet talker. But I could only be inspired by you first!