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Feel Bad For You – August 2015

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1. “Police Car”
Larry Wallis
Police Car 7″ (1977)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Recently been diving and exploring into this strain of punk rock from the late 70s/early 80s. So many forgotten gems, so many sweet bass lines.

2. “Tell Me What You Want From Me”
Good Old War
Broken Into Better Shape (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: The kings of earnest catchy folk-pop return with a more produced treatment. And it works, repeating a hook until it is stuck in your ear like a space bug in the Wrath of Khan.

3. “(I Love Your) Psychedelic Curtains”
(The) Nervous Wrecks
(The) World of…(The) Nervous Rex (2011)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comment: New band to me, this track was featured on a recent online radio show I’ve being tuning into of late (Fusion On Air) and it’s become an ear worm. Check out their album – it’s a good ‘un.

4. “Pearly Gates”
The Men
Tomorrow’s Hits (2014)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Craig Finn tweeted the other day that this was the best song he’s ever heard. Be a blast to play live mostly drunk.

5.”American Bigfoot”
Fangs and Twang
Fangs and Twang (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Former members of Black Jake and the Carnies, Billy LaLonde (drums, vocals), Andy Benes (guitar, vocals), and Joe Bertoletti (bass, vocals) new band Fangs and Twang. This is the first single from new release in July.

6. “Back Up Mama”
Buddy Guy
Born To Play Guitar (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: We still have plenty to learn from Buddy Guy, ’cause nowadays, you just can’t be too sure.
Note from our buddy BoogieStudio22: It’s been all elbows and assholes at work this week, but I’m having a blast. With that in mind, a ‘work’ mini-mix:

7. “Work to Do”
Olds Sleeper
Chasing Ghosts (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I love this guy’s minimalist blues.

8. “Hard Workin Man”
Left Lane Cruiser
All You Can Eat!! (2009)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: And now for some nice dirty, grungy blues.

9. “Working at Working”
Wayne Hancock
Muddy Roots 2011 Compilation, Volume 1 (2011)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Some might say that Wayne is a bit heavily influenced by Hank, but I love how he puts it all together.

10. “Hey Mama, My Time Ain’t Long”
Jonathan Tyler
Holy Smokes (2015)
Submitted By: @Trailer
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11. “People Who Died”
Government Cheese
Government Cheese: 1985-1995 (2010)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: The Cheese’s cover of Jim Carroll’s song is best experienced live. And loud. And perhaps a bit disoriented. Next best thing perhaps is to watch it. Highly encourage you to watch a couple of versions of it on YouTube – two separated by almost a quarter-century. 1992 version below:

12. “Wheels on Fire”
Neil Young and The Sadies
Garth Hudson Presents a Canadian Celebration of The Band (2010)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: I finally saw The Sadies live for the first time since I left Canada four years ago. They played in this crappy Boston-area venue where the sound was horrid and the opening bands were worse, but damn if they are not one of the best live bands going. Neil Young was not at this show, because if he was I would have died of musical awesomeness right in front of the stage and I would not be posting right now. I’m not sure if this album was distributed in the U.S. It’s very hit and miss, but this track is definitely a hit.

13. “You Will Always Bring Me Flowers”
Shannon and The Clams
Sleep Talk (2011)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: This band has been in pretty constant rotation for me lately. The end of summer can be a big ol’ bummer, so it’s important for me to keep listening to fun music that makes me wanna dance around like a goofball.

14. “The Witches Song”
Longshot Nelson & The Disjoints
Coming For Your Blood (2013)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Getting near autumn and I suppose Hallowe’en. Too soon?

15. “Saturday”
SPORTS
All of Something (2015)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: To be released on 30 October, All of Something by Ohio’s SPORTS is a welcomed return to the halcyon days of indie rock post-Nirvana. “Saturday,” the album’s first single, is an angst-ridden treat of empty calories but not one lacking universal sentiment.

16. “Safe Corridor”
Cruising
Cruising EP (2015)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: The best (and catchiest) surf-punk riff of the year so far.

Feel Bad For You – July 2015

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Another eclectic mix from the Feel Bad For You team, big thanks to Rockstar Aimz for curating and Trailer for the artwork.

1. “Guided By Voices”
Selective Service (2001)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: One of a few songs anointed the “ballad of Guided By Voices” by none other than Robert Pollard. Perhaps the perfect summer song. Oh yeah, fuck Don Henley.
Note: This track was supposed to be on the June mix, but I missed it. D’oh! Sorry. :(

2. “True Believers”
Have Gun Will Travel
Science From An Easy Chair (2015)
Submitted By: Autopsy IV
Comments: Lead single from the upcoming Have Gun Will Travel album, Science From An Easy Chair. Love the rim shot drums on this song as well as the guitars in it.

3. “The Rise of the Black Messiah”
Indigo Girls
One Lost Day (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: You didn’t think a new Indigo Girls record could be released without me submitting a track did you? Written for the case of the Angola 3, it feels even more appropriate given recent events and the ugly evils of a racist system we’re still not able to face directly.

4. “Rules of Change”
Neil Young + Promise of the Real
The Monsanto Years (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Enlightened anger; got a good beat, easy to dance to, I’ll give it a 90.

“Seeds have floated, birds have flown
Seeds have traveled far from home
Seeds are life it can’t be owned
Not even by Monsanto
People must be free to grow”

5. “Who Are You Listening To?”
Billy Hubbard
Demo (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: The Knoxville Americana-ist has been working on this song for awhile and recorded a demo at home to send out into the interwebs for comment. I feedbacked him :) that it’s one heck of a song. And not a bad question.

6. “Imuhar (Freemen)”
Bombino
Nomad (2013)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Sometimes a song just plugs itself into your brain; that’s what happened to me with this Bombino number. The swaying beat, the elegant vibraphone solo, the hypnotic guitar arpeggiation, all tell me I need to be smoking what this dude is smoking.

7. “I Ride My Bike”
Cracker
Kerosene Hat (1993)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’ve been riding my bicycle a lot, so …

8. “Trash The Sun”
Hymn For Her
Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames (2013)
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Can’t wait to say goodbye to July. Good lawdy it’s hot. Wait. What? AUGUST??? Damn.

9. “Yuma”
Justin Townes Earle
Yuma EP (2007)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Just discovered this beauty… “And is it too much to ask, he cried as he stepped into the wind, He turned his back onto the world and he fell back to earth again, So with the wind in his hair, and smile on his face, he crashed through the hood of an Old’s 98, and he lay there dying on a cold winters day, all alone, all alone.

10. “Atlantic City (Gonna Make a Million Tonight)”
East River Pipe
The Gasoline Age (1999)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: East River Pipe a.k.a. F.M. ‘Fred’ Cornog is a recent discovery for me even though his early recordings (93-96) were released on legendary UK indie label Sarah Records, this sound effect laden track is from an album released by the mighty Merge Records in 99.

11. “24 Frames”
Jason Isbell
Something More Than Free (2015)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Just got this today — enjoying listening to the new album.

12. “Call To Arms”
Fritz Montana
Double A Side (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: I’m digging on this San Francisco based blues/indie rock trio Fritz Montana. New 7″ just released. New album later this year.

13. “I’m Not The Same”
Fritz Montana
Double A Side (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
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14. “You Got to Me”
James McMurtry
Complicated Game (2015)
Submitted By: Rockstar Aimz
Comments: McMurtry paints with words, way Rembrandt, Monet, or Picasso paints with oils.

15. “Too Close To Home”
My Life in Black and White
Columbia (2014)
Submitted By: Romeo Sid Vicious
Comments: Having kids is always bittersweet. Summers can be especially so. This track is one I’ve been listening to a lot lately while thinking about my kids but it stands on its own even for those without kids. It’s a great punk track from a band who doesn’t get nearly enough attention.

16. “Summer’s Cauldron”
XTC
Skylarking (1986)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: It’s been awfully warm in the Pacific Northwest, so this song came to mind.

17. “Husk”
Michael Rank & Stag
Horsehair (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: From Rank’s latest album, really rootsy Americana from an artist who has released five spellbinding albums in the last four years.

18. “Philophobia”
Copywrite
A Heart of Glass EP (2015)
Submitted By: magearwig
Comments: The raw and unadorned first single from Australia’s Copywrite. The band’s debut LP will be released on 11 August.

19. “Littleworth”
T. Hardy Morris
Drownin’ on a Mountaintop (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer
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20. “I Love a Rainy Night”
Eddie Rabbitt
Number One Hits (2009)
Submitted By: annieTUFF
Comments: So, everything keeps getting rained out right now. But it’s ok…because I love a rainy night.

21. “When My First Wife Left Me”
R.L. Burnside
Too Bad Jim (1994)
Submitted By: Truersound
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22. “James Alley Blues”
Jeff Tweedy, Roger McGuin & Jay Bennett
The Harry Smith Connection (1997)
Submitted By: Truersound
Comments: Salt for salt

Feel Bad For You – June 2015

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This month’s FBFY is a celebration of summer, thanks to all taking part and Amy for putting it together and @philnorman for the artwork.



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1. “It Must Be Summer”
Fountains of Wayne
Utopia Parkway (1999)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: It must be summer, because I’m falling apart.

2. “This Summer”
The Royal Sea
The Royal Sea (2011)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel
Comments: The Royal Sea’s album was a particular favourite for us in 2011, although never seemed to get the acclaim we thought it deserved. A beguiling mix of surf rock, garage and indie pop, lead track This Summer opens with a spectacularly catchy drum beat before the vocals of Timmy Sunshine come in like a rush of sugar coated adrenalin, plaintively announcing:

We crashed everybody’s parties,
we drank cheap wine and whiskey.
We partied up on the rooftops,
I’m glad it was just you and me.

One of our favourite songs of that, or any other year, “This Summer” should have been the woozy, feel good hit of that summer.

3. “Acceleration
Drivin’ N’ Cryin’
Songs About Cars, Space and The Ramones EP (2012)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: My iPod gets a spring cleaning to get ready for road trips. No point trying to listen to delicate little songs with their pretty little lyrics when you’re booking down the highway with windows wide open. Thirty years these Atlanta dudes have been racking up the miles.

4. “Summer’s Kiss”
The Afghan Whigs
Black Love (1996)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: I nearly submitted Chuck Prophet’s “Summertime Thing,” but something made me keep looking until I hooked into “Summer’s Kiss.” The intro builds from an almost space jam to a driving, Lindsey Buckingham-style one note guitar solo; then explodes with big drums, bigger guitars, and Dulli. “Do you know the words? Sing along with me; and put on your rose fur coat, baby, it’s 1973.” Demons mess with his head and heart. He wishes he had her back, but admits he is alone. We are all alone.

5. “Summer Babe [Live]”
Pavement
Slanted & Enchanted: Luxe & Reduxe (2002)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Slacker rock at its best!

6. “Constructive Summer”
The Hold Steady
Stay Positive (2008)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: When The Hold Steady was good, they were great!

7. “Summertime”
Janis Joplin
18 Essential Songs (1995)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This song still gives me chills, even in the heat of the summer.

8. “Sleep All Summer”
Crooked Fingers
Dignity and Shame (2005)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Try not to spend your summer brooding over lost love. Or something.

9. “Summer School”
Liquor Giants
Every Other Day At A Time (1998)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: I was ready to listen to this band when their first album was released. Ward Dotson fronted the Liquor Giants, and I was a fan of his previous band, The Pontiac Brothers.

10. “Your Frown’s My Friend”
Greg Summerlin
The Young Meteors (2005)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: OK, so it’s not a song ABOUT summer. But it’s still a pretty kickin song by someone WITH summer in his name.

11. “Over The Red Cedar”
Charlie Parr
Sumpjumper (2015)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Great song off his latest

12. “Rainbow Sign”
The Buckstankle Boys
The New Young Fogies Vol. 1 (2012)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Met these guys at Mt. Airy, which is where they hail from. Some astounding talent.

13. “Strictly Business”
EPMD
Strictly Business (1988)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Summerjam

14. “Summer Wine”
Hazeldine
Digging You Up (1998)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: Great cover of the classic Lee Hazelwood / Nancy Sinatra tune

15. “Summer Wine”
Lana Del Ray
Unreleased? (Youtube rip)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: ditto

16. “Long Hot Summer Days”
Turnpike Troubadors
Diamonds and Gasoline (2010)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Fantastic John Hartford cover. Can’t wait for their new album to be released this coming fall.

17. “You Keep Me Hanging On”
Vanilla Fudge
Vanilla Fudge (1966)
Submitted By: @PopaTunes
Comments: While there are plenty of newer summer songs, summer takes me back to my youth, spinning records on a portable record player in the woods in the mountains, sharing new music with my summer friends. This one was a staple summer after summer. One I remember most though is Archie Bell and the Drells tighten up, which is at my kid’s house.

18. “Red Umbrella”
Kostars
Klassics with a “K” (1996)
Submitted by: April @ Now This Sound Is Brave
Comments: Not about summer, per se (the lyrics talk about a rainy day, in fact), the vibe of this song by Kostars is summery as fuck. This song from the side project of Jill Cunniff and Vivian Trimble of Luscious Jackson brings to mind the tropicalia sound of classics like “The Girl from Ipanema” and feels like a cool breeze blowing in off the ocean.

19. “Far From Any Road”
The Handsome Family
Singing Bones (2003)
Submitted By: Trailer
Comments: True Detective returns June 21. What better time to recall the haunting theme song from season 1?

20. “Boss”
The Rumblers
The Roots Of The Cramps (2009)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: I can’t get enough surf music, what says summer more than surf? I love how dirty and gritty this is. The whole comp “Roots Of The Cramps” is really great. I’m gonna be honest, I didn’t know how many of the Cramps songs I loved were covers until years later, and it’s fun to check out the originals.

21. “Two Kegs In The Swimming Pool”
Mike Kelly
Wake The Dead (2010)
Submitted By: @RomeoSidVicious
Comments: It’s looking like it’s going to a damp, hot summer here in Houston and I didn’t want to go with the obvious songs complaining about that state of affairs so I dug deep and pulled out this Mike Kelly tune. The summer relation is that there’s obviously a swimming pool involved and for most of the country those are only involved in summer activities. I think plenty of us have lived the night described here, although I’ve never been able to afford two kegs…

22. “Hot Fun In The Summertime”
Sly & The Family Stone
Greatest Hits (1970)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Reminds me of hot days in the excellent summers of the seventies.

23. “The Warmth of the Sun”
The Beach Boys
Endless Summer (1974)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: A little melancholy to end the mix, but what’s a summer mix without the Beach Boys? This song was originally released in 1964.

FEEL BAD FOR YOU – MAY 2015

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A small but mighty mixtape this month. Thanks to Hoosier Buddy and his long-haired dachshund puppy Maisey for the artwork. Say it with me people, “Awwwwwwwwww!” Happy House-training! May or May not Feel Bad for You! And puppy nips.

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1. “Batman”
Bob Schneider
Live at the Paramount Theatre, Volume 2 (2011)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: There’s a live, acoustic version of this song recorded at a radio station in Boston making references to various Boston places, and it’s just fantastic. I can’t find it anywhere. This version will have to do.

2. “Lovin’ Babe”
Anna & Elizabeth
Anna & Elizabeth (2015)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: SWVA represent. Check out the podcast of their Floyd Radio Show on iTunes (http://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/the-floyd-radio-show/id592756379)

3. “Tell Her You Belong To Me”
Beth Hart
Better Than Home (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: From what so far is the blues album of the year, a blues-soul torch song about her dad leaving her mom for another woman. Best new ‘old’ song I’ve heard since Amy Winehouse.

4. “I Can’t Stop It”
Anthony Da Costa
Da Costa (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: From the upcoming album from a great young songwriter from Austin-TX-by-way-of-NY. Get on board.

5. “Livin’ On”
13th Floor Elevators
Bull of the Woods (1969)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: The 13th Floor Elevators performed for the first time in 47 years at Levitation Fest in Austin this past weekend! Four of the original members Erickson, Leatherman, Walton, and Hall were joined by Erickson’s son Jegar, Fred Mitchim and Eli Southard subbed for the late Stacy Sutherland. The album Bull in the Woods, is the last album they worked on as a group, featuring the 1968 line-up and also Ronnie Leatherman, though both Roky Erickson and Tommy Hall had noticeable absences during recording, guitarist Stacy Sutherland, carried the weight of the songwriting credits (five tracks, co-writing a further four with Tommy Hall) with Roky credited with one co-write with Hall. The album wasn’t released until 1969, by which time the group had effectively disbanded. So 47 years later, they’re Livin’ On.

6. “You’re Gonna Miss Me”
13th Floor Elevators
The Psychedelic Sounds of the 13th Floor Elevators (1966)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Something as epic as the return of Texas’ fathers of psych from a 47 year hiatus demands a double shot! Here’s the first time an electric jug made it onto Billboard’s top 100, charting at #55

7. “Vetvi”
Theodor Bastard
Vetvi (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: In the world of Folk / Ethnic / Trip-Hop / Experimental / World music, this song is an example of how good it can get when a Russian band travels to the frozen northern wastes to record an album about “our places of power, the places where stones and winds are talking to us.” Traditional Mongol and Russian instruments include the morin khuur, dunchen, gusli, cajon, and vargan. Vocalist Yana Veva paints (and pants) with her pure voice, bringing drama without histrionics. Check out the official video: https://youtu.be/b2pvaP_OED8
I usually fall in love with cinematic music, because through it I can travel in space and time. Sure, I’d love to know what she’s singing about, but not knowing is no obstacle to feeling the deep pulse of this haunting song.

8. “Asa Jones’ Blues”
Charlie Parr
Daytrotter Studio 4/27/2015 (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I’m a big fan of Charlie Parr’s minimalist blues. He recently did a Daytrotter Session and this is one of my favorites from that session.

9. “Lost In A Crowd”
Fantastic Negrito
Studio Paradiso 4/20/15 (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Another Daytrotter Session. This time an artist I had never heard of, but liked his alternative/rock/blues.

10.”Me Oh My”
The Honeycutters
Me Oh My (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer
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11. “Ambition”
Velvet Elvis
Velvet Elvis (1988)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: From the Mitch Easter.

12. “Breakfast in Bed”
Dusty Springfield
Dusty in Memphis (1969)
Submitted by: @simon2307
Comments: thumbing my way through some old albums the other day I came across one that I’d not played for some time, my copy was rescued from a charity shop (before they discovered Discogs) the vinyls seen some action, it cracks and pops and the sleeves held together by sticky tape – but it’s still a pleasure to listen too. “Somebody was trying to tell me that CDs are better than vinyl because they don’t have any surface noise. I said, ‘Listen, mate, life has surface noise.’” – John Peel

13. “Rooster Still Crows”
Barna Howard
Quite A Feelin’ (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Out this month, Barna Howard’s second album has some songs that can stand beside early Kristofferson and Prine. This is one of them.

14. “My Own Saving Grace”
Andrew Bryant
This is the Life (2015)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: My favorite lyrics from my favorite album released thus far this year.

15. “Love Detective”
The Arab Strap
The Red Strap (2001)
Submitted By: The Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: A salutary tale for all those who have suffered jealousy, envy or any form of paranoia. A lover gains possession of his partners “wee red cash box” of memorabilia and cannot resist looking inside giving the listener a sumptuously cringe-worthy insight into the insecurities and fantasies of the human psyche.

Feel Bad For You – April 2015

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This month’s Feel Bad For You goes commercial & multi-media, love ’em or hate ’em you can’t avoid them.  Thanks to Amy for putting things together and Popa Tunes for the artwork.

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1. “Send me on My Way”
Rusted Root
When I Woke (1994)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: This song is the inspiration for this theme. When I first heard in in 1994 I thought it was the Talking Heads. Now I hear it every damn day on Enterprise car rental ads. I wonder if it’s gotten more air time from Enterprise than it ever did from radio play back in the 90s.

2. “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays”
Buzzcocks
Singles Going Steady (1979)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: As soon as I got the theme for a song in a commercial I had an idea about what I was going to choose. So I decided to send in my pick right away vs. over-thinking it and freezing up on my pick (choosing just one song a month is HARD!). Also, when is a Buzzcocks song on a mixtape a bad thing?
Edit: Nothing says the Buzzcocks like the AARP (2007 video)!

3. “You Spin Me Right Round (Like A Record)”
Dead or Alive
Youthquake (1985)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Catchy, if dated. But who saw the 1985 video and thought, “Gosh I wish I knew where to find a family fun park”? Butlins 2010 advert pushed the nostalgia button with parents…who also remembered androgynous lead singer Pete Burns’s cross-dressing solo career. Course it was all an act, and by 2010 Pete was a Dad. No idea if Butlins paid in park passes.
Edit: For those of us who don’t know, Butlins is a “is a chain of large holiday camps in the United Kingdom.” Yes, I had to google it. 😛

4. “Pink Moon”
Nick Drake
Fruit Tree (1986)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This Nick Drake song is the first that came to mind when Amy mentioned the theme. The only time a commercial turned me on to an artist.
Edit: Totally agree with Boogie Studio on this one. I saw the commercial in 1999 and I had to know who the artist was. Correct me if I am wrong, but didn’t this commercial basically give a second life to Nick Drake’s music? Unlike most of these submissions, the ad is actually very good.

5. “Enjoy Yourself (It’s Later Than You Think)”
Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians
Decca Records Single (1949)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Nothing immediately came to mind for the theme, so I cheated and googled a list of songs used in commercials. I heard this one recently on a big-band era broadcast and smiled, so it jumped out at me to include. Apparently it was in a Mercedes commercial during the 2000 Olympics. I thought about using the Todd Snider cover, but I like the original…
Edit: The only video I could find was a ska version, but I think it’s the right one. Todd Snider didn’t write this song? Huh.



6. “Theme from Harry’s Game”
Clannad
Magical Ring (1983)
Submitted by: April
Comments: When the subject of songs used in commercials comes up, this is always the song I think of first. Hearing this song in some car commercial in the ’90s was the first time I remember stopping and thinking, “I need to know what that song is,” during a commercial. It must have been a strange boost for Clannad – the Irish group that spawned Enya and her ubiquitous “Orinoco Flow” – who had written the song back in the ’80s for a television mini-series set during The Troubles in Northern Ireland. I’m betting the commercial sold more copies of Clannad albums than it did of whatever vehicle it had been advertising (it’s telling that I can’t recall what vehicle it was).
Edit: Googled and found it was in a Volkswagen commercial in 1992 to coincide with the movie Patriot Games, where Jack Ryan kicks some IRA ass and Sean Bean’s character dies. Man, Volkswagen is ahead of the curve on advertising music! Couldn’t find the video though.

7. “The Snake”
Al Wilson
Searching for the Dolphins (1968) and too many compilations to mention including, The Best Northern Soul All-Nighter (2012), Paul Weller’s Vinyl Classics Vol.2 (2001) and the recent Move on Up – the Best of Northern Soul (2015)
@simon2307
Comments: Great theme deserves the greatest Northern Soul track ever and one of my all-time favourite songs – get dancing.
The good – when an Ad revives a great tune (my pick this month).
The bad – when a great track is butchered to fit the Ad narrative.

The ugly – when the great track is paired to a crap product (back to my pick this month).

And for fun

8. “I’ve Been Everywhere”
Hayes Carll
Bootleg from Cheatham Street Warehouse, November 30, 2006
Submitted By: toomuchcountry
Comments: Choice Hotels took liberties with Johnny Cash’s “I’ve Been Everywhere” as part of an ad campaign. Hayes Carll also put a spin on the timeless song. Big difference is I’m always inclined to listen to more Hayes, but rarely moved to stay at a Comfort Inn.

9. “Another Girl, Another Planet” (used in an ad for Vodaphone in 2006)
The Only Ones
The Only Ones (1978)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Peter Perrett, lead guitarist for The Only Ones, wrote this refreshing pop song. Lyrics include “I always flirt with death – I could kill, but I don’t care about it- I can face your threats – Stand up tall and scream and shout about it — I think I’m on another world with you, I’m on another planet with you.” So not a terribly serious song, but it takes the emotional impact of young love pretty seriously. Must have had some impact on Paul Westerberg, which leads us to this ‘Mats cover version…

10. “Another Girl, Another Planet”
The Replacements
Shit, Shower & Shave (1989 bootleg)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Killer live version recorded in Bristol, Connecticut, on 31 August, 1989. Until this month, this was the only version I’d ever heard. The ‘Mats bring rock credibility to this song, along with a dose of intense insanity that makes the lyrics more real and heartfelt. And I love the way Westerberg pegs on “Planet” at the end.

Bonus: Misty Miller – Another Girl Another Planet – Beat Surrender

11. “Ooh La La”
Faces
Ooh La La (1973)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Mitsubishi used this in commercials for their 2001 Galant. When this album came out in ’73 I wore it out, constantly playing it, and it’s still one of my favorite albums and this is one of my favorite songs… It was Ronnie Wood, not Rod Stewart or Ronnie Lane, who sang the lead vocal for this song. Lane and Stewart were at odds at the time. Stewart did not think the song was up to his standards although both he and Lane recorded lead vocals for it. Their producer suggested Wood give it a try, and that’s the version that was used for the album, which was Faces last studio album. Lane left the group after Ooh La La was released and The Faces disbanded after their 1974 tour. This song was used in the final scene of the 1998 movie Rushmore. It was also used in the opening scene of the 2004 movie Without a Paddle.

12. “White Room”
Cream
Wheels of Fire (1968)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: In 2000, Apple Computer used this in commercials for their white iMacs which is strange as it’s about depression and hopelessness, but the setting is an empty apartment, I guess with your iMac. As a wee lad I had this 45 in my treasured collection the B side was “Those Were the Days.” It is now in the possession of one of my boys. It was released as a single after Cream had broken up.

13. “Bohemian Like You”
The Dandy Warhols
Thirteen Tales From Urban Bohemia (2000)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments: Used in a 2001 Vodafone commercial and chosen purely because that fact is plastered all over the cover via a sticker.
Edit: This is the only video where you have to watch a commercial to see a commercial. Thanks Vodafone! I seem to remember from the documentary Dig! that this commercial made The Dandy Warhols super popular in the UK.

14. “Grounds for Divorce”
Elbow
The Seldom Seen Kid (2008)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: Elbow’s crowning achievement, both song and album. And that guitar riff!
Edit: (Per Wikipedia) “Grounds for Divorce” was also featured in the 8th episode for the 5th season, and promos for the 6th season of the American TV-show House MD.

15. “A Chicken with It’s Head Cut Off”
Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (1999)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: I vaguely remember this and had my aging-brain’s thoughts confirmed by the lovely internet which is clearly never wrong. I’m not sure why JC Penney’s would go this way for an ad campaign, but that’s probably why I’m not in advertising. I’m guessing the executive who OKed this is not in advertising either. Incredibly catchy song (as most Magnetic Fields songs are), just not one to inspire shopping.
Edit: It’s a 2013 “Back to School” video, but I can’t find it.

16. “Underwear”
Magnetic Fields
69 Love Songs (1999)
Submitted By: @scratchedsoul
Comments: While looking to confirm my thoughts that the other Magnetic Fields song was indeed in a commercial, I also stumbled upon learning that this song was used for a 2009 Puma campaign. Why a footwear company would choose a song called “Underwear” to sell shoes is beyond me.
Edit: Found this one! And it’s another video where you have to watch a commercial to see a commercial. Thanks PUMA!

17. “Dueling Banjos”
Eric Weissberg and Steve Mandell
Dueling Banjos: From The Original Soundtrack Deliverance (1972)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Saw this used in a Kentucky Fried Panda Express commercial for PORK RIBS. WTF?

18. “Gigantic”
Pixies
Surfer Rosa (1988)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: 26 years after its release and less than a year after Kim Deal left the band, the Pixies’ “Gigantic” was co-opted by Apple to promote the iPhone 5S, thus verifying the sentiment that the band’s 2004 return was all about the money.

19. “Love Sick”
Bob Dylan
Time Out of Mind (1997)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Remember our collective “What the fuck?” when Bob Dylan started shilling for Victoria’s Secret in 2004? It’s not like he needs the money. Maybe he was trying to introduce his music to a younger audience? Whatever. Bob works in mysterious ways.

20. “The Thanks I Get”
Wilco
A bonus internet download to purchasers of Sky Blue Sky (2007) and also on the box set Alpha Mike Foxtrot: Rare Tracks 1994-2014 (2014)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Wilco licensed half of Sky Blue Sky for advertising by Volkswagen. At the time I was somewhat offended that Wilco sold out (and equally offended that Sky Blue Sky sucked), but, unlike the Dylan and Buzzcocks fiascoes above, I can actually see Jeff Tweedy driving a Volkswagen.

Bonus! I thought of this one after I uploaded the mix and didn’t feel like re-uploading it.

“Revolution”
The Beatles
The Beatles: 1967-1970 (1973)
Submitted By: Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: The hard rock version was released as the B-side of the “Hey Jude,” as opposed to the slower and experimental versions (“Revolution 1″ and “9”) on the white album. See below for the download. From Wikipedia:

In 1987, “Revolution” became the first Beatles recording to be licensed for use in a television commercial. Nike paid $500,000 for the right to use the song for one year, split between recording owner Capitol-EMI and song publisher ATV Music Publishing (owned by Michael Jackson). Commercials using the song started airing in March 1987.

The three surviving Beatles, through their record company Apple, filed a lawsuit in July 1987 objecting to Nike’s use of the song. The suit was aimed at Nike, its advertising agency Wieden+Kennedy, and Capitol-EMI Records. Capitol-EMI said the lawsuit was groundless because they had licensed the use of “Revolution” with the “active support and encouragement of Yoko Ono Lennon, a shareholder and director of Apple.” Ono had expressed approval when the commercial was released, saying the commercial “is making John’s music accessible to a new generation.”

The “Revolution” lawsuit and others involving the Beatles and EMI were settled out of court in November 1989, with the terms kept secret. The financial website TheStreet.com included the Nike “Revolution” advertisement campaign in its list of the 100 key business events of the 20th century, as it helped “commodify dissent.”


Feel Bad For You – March 2015

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Here’s this months FBFY selection for your aural delectation.
Thanks to Annie for the artwork & Amy for putting things together.

1. “Magnet”
Punch Brothers
The Phosphorescent Blues (2015)
Submitted By: @philnorman
Comments: Editor’s Note: Phil submitted this track but I lost the comments. D’oh!

2. “Bomb Disneyland”
The Fat White Family
Champagne Holocaust (2014)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Saw The Fat White Family live for the first time last week and was blown away by the mix of hazy motorik rhythms, queasy 60s psychedelia and crazy frontman histrionics. They finished with this track which was like the Stooges crossed with Heath Ledger’s Joker…awesome.

3. “Rockin’ With Peggy”
L.C. Robinson
House Cleanin’ Blues (1974)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Some kick-ass instrumental blues from the mid-70s.

4. “Hurry Up And Wait”
Ben Miller Band
New West / Normaltown Records 2015 Spring Sampler (2015)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Some recent kick-ass ‘Ozark Stomp’ from a guy who’s been getting some ‘airtime’ on various podcasts.

5. “Ramblin’ Ways”
American Aquarium
Wolves (2015)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This slinky, slappy groove feels new and familiar at the same time. I used to think this was about life on the road, but it’s really about sincere devotion. Could have been a song by Two Cow Garage, but it ain’t. I want to move to where this is on the radio.

6. “No Good”
Banditos
Banditos (2015)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: Quiver with me, I came across this band on a reverbnation excursion a while back and was mesmerized, and was excited to hear Bloodshot Records picked them up recently after seeing them at SXSW. Their debut self-titled releases on May 12th. Pre-order on Bandcamp. The members of the band first met playing in various punk and rock ‘n’ roll projects around Birmingham at D.I.Y., all-ages venues. In 2010, singer/guitarist Corey Parsons and singer/banjo player Stephen Pierce began busking around town and were soon asked to perform at their favorite local bar. Without a full band they invited friends Randy Wade (drums), Jeffrey Salter (guitar), and Mary Beth Richardson (vocals) to join them.

7. “Don’t Look That Way”
Shelly Poole
Hard Time For the Dreamer (2005)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: A recent English discovery. Nice slow burner torch song. What is this hold FBFY has over me?

8. “Nissim”
The Gaslamp Killer
Breakthrough (2012)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: I’ve been playing a lot of GTA V lately.

9. “Unspoken Thing”
David Corley
Available Light (2015)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke
Comments One of my favourite releases so far this year. Has a nice John Murry-like desperation to it along with an excellent lazy country shuffle.

10. “Dogs of Lust”
The The
Dusk (1993)
Submitted By: @magearwig
Comments: Winter was a bitch; let’s skip spring altogether and go right to sultry summer nights full of booze and sexual urgings.

11. “Jesus Built My Hotrod”
Ministry
Psalm 69 (1992)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Kicking it old school. I’m realizing this song is older than some of the kids I manage. Plus if this is up on my iTunes at work, it will not raise eyebrows from the church crowd. Hehehehe. I’m old.

12. “Light Enough to Travel”
The Be Good Tanyas
Blue Horse (2001)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Just can’t get this song out my head the last few days, my favourite track from TBGT.

13. “Awkward”
Fidlar
Awkward (Single) (2013)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: SPRING, kind of. It’s more of a muddy mess. At least the ice has melted, aside from a random pile of gross snow you might find in a parking lot (but that’s more in a days drive, not in my actual town). Anyway. Everything is muddy, it looks gross but there’s hope. Time change has happened, everyone is groggy and feels weird this week….but man oh man it’s so awesome. Does this explain anything about my song choice? Who knows?

14. “Fade Into You” (Mazzy Star cover)
J. Mascis
Fade Into You 7″ (2014)
Submitted By: @TheSecondSingle
Comments: Fantastic acoustic cover of a classic.

15. “Chains Off Me”
Delta Routine
You and Your Lion (2015)
Submitted By: Trailer

16. “Chank-A-Chank”
The Big Happy
The Big Happy (2006)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: Submitted in memory of Nashville drumming and alt-country institution, Billy Block, who lost his courageous battle with cancer on March 11. The Big Happy was a short-lived band he had with Billy on drums, wife Jill Block on guitars-bass-vocals, Tom Mason on guitar, and his wife Pru Clearwater on vocals and guitar. R.I.P. Mr. Nashville.

17. “Meet a Changing World”
Smug Brothers
Woodpecker Paradise (2015)
Submitted By: @CaptainsDead

18. “Born in the USA” (Bruce Srpingsteen Cover)
Jason Isbell and Amanda Shires
Dead Man’s Town: A Tribute to Springsteen’s Born in the U.S.A (2014)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Isbell turns this Springsteen classic into a totally different song by playing it in a minor key, but it’s Shires’s violin that makes the song completely haunting. Take that Ronald Reagan. This record was made in honor of the 30th anniversary of Born in the U.S.A. Congratulations, you are old.

Feel Bad For You – February 2015

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Here’s this months FBFY special, to celebrate the years shortest month you get 49 tracks that all clock in at under two minutes and there are some killer songs this month, dive right in.

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1. “An Arrow in the Gale”
Magnolia Electric Co.
Josephine (2009)
Submitted By: @captainsdead

2. “Your Name is Wild”
Guided By Voices
Under the Bushes, Under the Stars (1996)
Submitted By: @captainsdead

3. “Calinda”
The Louisiana Honeydrippers
Bayou Bluegrass (1960)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: Mandatory Cajun song to make the old ladies mad. I should get bonus points for song being exactly 2 mins.

4. “I’m Black”
Furry Lewis
The Alabama State Troupers Road Show (1972)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: This is off a double album that is fairly horrible, but side 1 is all Furry Lewis, and the only reason worth having this album. OG rap, your new jam.

5. “Country Delight”
Country Mike
Country Mike’s Greatest Hits (1998)
Submitted By: @Truersound
Comments: I was wrong, THIS is your new jam.

6. “Tell Her Lies and Feed Her Candy”
The Sadies
Precious Moments (1998)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: The Sadies cover Porter Wagoner. Some good advice in this song.

7. “Get Drunk”
Drag the River
Closed. (2002)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Getting drunk is awesome. In fact, it’s what I’m doing right now.

8. “Never Talking To You Again”
Hüsker Dü
Zen Arcade (1984)
Submitted By: @Rockstar_Aimz
Comments: Some Grant Hart Goodness. I once heard the Foo Fighters cover this song, and it was brilliant.

9. “Fried My Little Brains”
The Kills
Keep On Your Mean Side (2003)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: Our favourite riff of the millennium!

10. “Somethin’ Else”
Eddie Cochran
The Best of Eddie Cochran (1988)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: For us, the best two minutes of genuine cars and girls rock’n’roll ever committed to vinyl.

11. “Midnight Wave”
Two Wounded Birds
Midnight Wave (2011)
Submitted By: Mad Mackerel Music Blog
Comments: The sadly missed Two Wounded Birds flared briefly with their Link Wray inspired surf rock and this was their finest two minutes – in party mood, flicking up their collars and spitting out the gum.

12. “All Mods Cons”
The Jam
All Mod Cons (1978)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: …learned more from a two minute record, baby, then I ever learned in school.

13. “Jolene”
Me First & the Gimme Gimmes
Love Their Country (2006)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Much better than the White Stripes version.

14. “Little Deuce Coupe”
The Beach Boys
Little Deuce Coupe (1963)
Submitted By: @simon2307
Comments: Borrowed and never gave back my dad’s copy of this.

15. “Crazy Mother Fucker From Shelby Ohio”
Tim Easton
Not Cool (2013)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: Short song, great swampy sound, underrated songwriter.

16. “Stolen The Moon”
Bob Walkenhorst
The Beginner (2003)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: From the front man of The Rainmakers. Planning to visit Kansas City? If so, you can request Bob play it on Wednesday nights at The Record Bar.

17. “Crush Your Skull”
Elvis Hitler
Disgraceland (1988)
Submitted By: @toomuchcountry
Comments: I wonder why this band didn’t make it.

18. “Heaven and Hell”
Willie Nelson
Phases and Stages (1974)
Submitted By: @philnorman

19. “The One After 909″
The Beatles
Complete Rooftop Recordings (1969)
Submitted by: @philnorman

20. “Catching on Fire”
They Might Be Giants
Apollo 18 (1992)
Submitted by: @philnorman

21. “She Said Yeah”
The Rolling Stones
December’s Children (and Everybody’s) (1965)
Submitted By: Trailer

22. “Selfish Lover”
Gary Floater
Who Cares (2014)
Submitted By: Trailer

23. “Fragmented World”
Split Single
Fragmented World (2010)
Submitted By: Ryan(Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: One of my favorite songs from my favorite record of 2014. Just a great power pop song. Jason Narducy (leader of Split Single) has gotten plenty of attention for his bass duties in Bob Mould’s band and as a touring member of Superchunk – its about time he gets some credit for his own fantastic songs.

24. “Songs About Boats”
Chumped
Teenage Retirement (2014)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: Great 90’s sounding slice of rock and roll. There was a ton of great music that come out last year that I’m just getting around to.

25. “Walking Out on Love”
Paul Collins’ Beat
The Beat (1979)
Submitted By: Ryan (Verbow @ Americanamusic.ca)
Comments: Power pop heaven. This is a tighter, more crisp version of a song that Collins wrote for The Nerve (and which appeared on their only album). Just a great turn it up and sing it loud type song.

26. “Mark on the Bus”
Beastie Boys
Check Your Head (1992)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Short. I ride on the bus into the city every day…. If I had a nickel for every time this album has been played, I could have retired while in college.

27. “Chromatic Death”
Stormtroopers of Death
Speak English or Die (1985)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Shorter. One of the guys from Anthrax was part of this. Not sure if they were serious or not. The lead singer did go on to found Method of Destruction and I did see a flyer for their show in Glasgow for July 2014.

28. “Ballad of Jimi Hendrix”
Stormtroopers of Death
Speak English or Die (1985)
Submitted By: Gorrck
Comments: Shortest. Sorry. I’ll go get a mop.

29. “Little Bit of Whiskey”
Bill Morrissey
Bill Morrissey (1991)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: This is typical of his terse, beautiful compositions about the harshness of eastern seaboard life (Mark Erelli did a tribute album last year called Milltowns, which is a must for any folk collection)

30. “Better Not Wake The Baby”
The Decemberists
What a Terrible World, What a Beautiful World (2015)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: Colin Meloy being deceptively flippant again. Probably had cabin fever.

31. “I Wanna Lose Control”
Paul Westerberg/Deathray
Open Season (OST) (2006)
Submitted By: @tincanman2010
Comments: My first thought for under 2 minute songs was the Ramones, and I think this channels them well. Continues my ‘cabin fever is a bitch’ theme.

32. “Skilly Bom Billy Flop”
The Imperial Rooster
Cluckaphony (2013)
Submitted By: @popa2unes
Comments: Nobody packs an under two minute wallop quite like the late, great Imperial Rooster.

33. “Up”
The Renaldo The Ensemble
Why Are You (2009)
Submitted By: @Popa2unes
Comments: The Renaldo The Ensemble can get you up in just a few seconds.

34. “Smoke (La Vie En Fumer)”
The Tubes
Infomercial – How To Become Tubular (1999)​
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: “Your life is smoke and the world is my ashtray.” Fee Waybill lets us know it’s okay to be uncomfortable in a rock club.

35. “Helter Skelter”
The Bobs
Best of The Bobs: 20 Songs From 20 Years (2003)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: This cover version conveys the drama carried out in the lyric, while playing a game with the music that ignores rules, convention, and common sense. It’s perfect.

36. “Country Song 2″
Lizzie Huffman
Lizzie Huffman & Her Brother Band (2010)
Submitted By: hoosier buddy
Comments: Yes, we can tell she’s lying, but we won’t hold that against her. She’s sweet, and her nervousness makes her even more appealing.

37. “The Imposter”
Elvis Costello & The Attractions
Get Happy (1980)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

38. “Another Green World”
Brian Eno
Another Green World (1975)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

39. “Alison’s Starting to Happen”
The Lemonheads
It’s a Shame About Ray (1992)
Submitted By: Blabber’n’Smoke

40. “I’m in Love with a Girl”
Big Star
#1 Record/Radio City (1992)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: This song epitomizes all that I love about pop music.

41. “I Missed the Point”
Neko Case
Blacklisted [Bonus Track] (2003)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I love Neko’s voice and also wanted a song that would reference my love of country influences.

42. “Broken Face”
Pixies
Surfer Rosa (1988)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: I was into a lot of 80s/90s alternative music and Pixies are a favorite.

43. “Somebody Kill Me”
Adam Sandler
The Wedding Singer [Original Soundtrack] (1998)
Submitted By: @BoogieStudio22
Comments: Bonus humor track. While listening to my 600+ tracks that are less than 2:00 minutes, this popped up. It still makes me laugh out loud.

44. “All”
Descendents
All (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

45. “No, All!”
Descendents
All (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

46. “Short Songs”
Dead Kennedys
Give Me Convenience or Give Me Death (1987)
Submitted By: @Scratched Soul

47. “You’re Hurting”
Cars Can Be Blue
Doubly Unbeatable (2008)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: So, what’s a FBFY Feb mixtape without a bitter anti-love song? AND under 2 minutes. 2 birds.

48. “Weirdo”
Masked Intruder
M.I. (2014)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments: I’ve really gotten into these guys over the past year. Check ‘em out, they have some awesome videos too. “I don’t wanna be alone tonight” is an adorable 8 bit favorite.

49. “Feeling Called Love”
Wire
Pink Flag (2006)
Submitted By: @annieTUFF
Comments I mean, it’s Wire…and a love song…and under 2 minutes. C’mon.

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