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.
Archaeological evidence dates domesticated dogs living with Native Americans at least 14,000 years ago. I suspect one day they’ll find evidence going back a lot further. Just a hunch. But until then, here’s to 14,000 years of friendship!
This mix has a special bonus track for dogs (or just people who like frog calls). Play the track for your dog and you should see an interesting reaction.
Lassie Come Home Trailer (1943)
Snoopy vs. The Red Baron – Royal Guardsmen
Canis lupus – The Aquabats
Slow Dog – Belly
Jesse – Paw
George Carlin, from Carlin on Campus
How Much is that Doggie in the Window – The Baja Marimba Band
The Underdog – Spoon
Do the Dog – The Specials
Dog House – The Legendary Hucklebucks
Hound Dog – Big Mama Thornton
Dirty Old Egg-Suckin’ Hound – Johnny Cash
Dog Years – Rush
Dogs and Chaplains – The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
Cheech & Chong
Fido, Your Leash is too Long – The Magnetic Fields
Move It On Over – Hank Williams
Bad Day – Samiam
George Carlin, from On the Road
Pauly the Dog – Agnostic Front
Old King – Neil Young
10 Dead Dogs – Wild Sweet Orange
Every Dog Has Its Day – Flogging Molly
Stray – Fetchin Bones
I Wanna Be a Drug-Sniffing Dog – Lard
SPECIAL BONUS TRACK FOR DOGS
NOTE: I have a hardware issue I’m working on but until then the drive crunches a bit and so there are a few glitches here and there throughout the mix, but nothing Earth-shattering. If I wait until I fix the problem it will be months before this mix is released, so just releasing as is. It’s not that bad.