It was brought to my attention though that on a few of these, the original songs may be less well known, so I’ve created a second mix containing the same playlist in the same order, but all original songs rather than the cover versions.
01. Turisas – Rasputin (Boney M)
02. Van Canto – Kings of Metal (Manowar)
03. Dinosaur Jr. – Just Like Heaven (The Cure)
04. Melvins – Going Blind (KISS)
05. Apocalyptica – Welcome Home (Sanitarium) (Metallica)
06. Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Puff The Magic Dragon (Peter Paul and Mary)
07. The English Beat – Tears of a Clown (Smokey Robinson and the Miracles)
08. Fishbone – Date Rape (Sublime)
09. Reel Big Fish – Hungry Like The Wolf (Duran Duran)
10. The Meat Purveyors – Round and Round (Ratt)
11. Iron Horse – Polar Opposites (Modest Mouse)
12. Lucero – Kiss The Bottle (Jawbreaker)
13. Ramones – Needles and Pins (The Searchers)
14. Seu Jorge – Five Years (David Bowie)
15. The Slackers – Wanted Dead Or Alive (Bon Jovi)
16. Five Iron Frenzy – It’s Not Unusual (Tom Jones)
17. The Urge – This Is Radio Clash (The Clash)
18. The Protomen – No Easy Way Out (Robert Tepper)
This mix has been sitting in my iTunes library for well over eight months. There just hasn’t been the right time to release it. Jim’s oldest son, Damian, asked about ska and as a big fan, I wanted to help address this ska need — because everyone needs ska. Everyone.
Then, this last weekend, with the Aquabats playing at the Metro in Chicago, I was committed to getting this mix out — and then I messed up my ankle, which kept me from getting to see the Aquabats and made me a very sad panda. Hours of Guitar Hero later, I was comfortable with keeping my quantum of solace in check enough to produce this mix.
So I share with you, future lovers of 2 Tone just the lowest hanging fruit on the interwoven branches of ska, punk, rocksteady, new wave, reggae, rock and pop.
…in which I take you on a trip… through the mind, inner space and time itself. In the past few weeks, I’ve had the good fortune of recovering some first blog entries going back to 2003 where Suzy and I took a long-delayed honeymoon to Amsterdam for two glorious weeks. I could regale you with my writings forever, but instead, let us take the quest to enlightenment, self-discovery as we travel through giddiness, joy, peace, love, bemusement, reflection, questioning, anxiety, paranoia, panic, anger, badassery and ultimately resolution — the kind that generally leads to three grand slam breakfast skillets at Denny’s around 2am and about 13 boxes of Nerds.
This extra-special mix includes:
Electric Light Orchestra – I’m Alive
Elmore James – Hawaiian Boogie
Poi Dog Pondering – Living With the Dreaming Body
VHS or Beta – Heaven
Duran Duran – New Moon on Monday
The Verve – Sonnet
The High Llamas – Painters Paint
The Clash – Lost in the Supermarket
Gordon Lightfoot – If You Could Read My Mind
Lou Reed – How Do You Think It Feels
The Police – Does Everyone Stare?
Soul Coughing – True Dreams of Witchita
Super Furry Animals – Run! Christian, Run!
Grandaddy – A.M. 180
Godspeed You Black Emperor! – Kicking Horse on Broken Hill
Shriekback – The Reptiles and I
System of a Down – X
Cypress Hill – Cock the Hammer
Danger Mouse – What More Can I Say? (Jay Z / Beatles Mashup)
(Kevin) Cover songs are great. I can’t help myself. This mix may run a tad long, but stick with it to the end and you’ll be rewarded with a fewtreats. At least they’re treats to me anyway. The name of this mix comes from all the thousands of bad TV shows where someone is “forced to go undercover” to solve some ridiculous mystery, perhaps as part of a “race against time.”
This week’s episode of Radio Gen1us takes us to the very cliffs of insanity that were the American Punk scene starting in the late 60s with The Velvet Underground and their connections to the UK with the Sex Pistols and the Clash. Artists this week include The Buzzcocks, The Jam, MC5, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop, Richard Hell of the Heartbreakers, The Runaways, Patti Smith, Television, The New York Dolls, The Ramones, The Dead Boys, The Sex Pistols, The Damned, The Clash and Plastic Bertrand (just for fun).