Twisted Mixtape Tuesday is back after holiday break. I believe everyone took everything off this holiday. My local radios station were filled with DJs and talk show hosts I’d never heard of and every television show was on hiatus or a best of something with few things I considered “best”.
Jen aka @jenkehl www.jenkehl.com and Kristi aka @findingninee wanted a playlist based on your grandest mistakes or songs that represent your screw-ups. I struggled with this one because my Twisted Mixtapes are always therapy. I’ve used a lot of my tunes from the bad parts of my life. I rocked out and got weird with this one. I’m kind of dark and weird and twisted as is, so here’s more catharsis.
I Wanna Be Sedated – The Ramones. I picked something from the seventies that represented my hyper-activity and wild nature. I didn’t really want to be sedated but everyone else wanted me that way.
The Eighties – Killing Joke. Kurt Cobain allegedly stole the base line and guitar riff from this song for Come As You Are. Good for him, this song rules and it’s so underrated. I lived through this horrid decade from age 10-19. They weren’t the best of times.
Lithium – Nirvana. If I have to explain this one, then you aren’t a regular reader and that’s okay, but, you may want to click around here a bit, if you don’t mind being frightened.
Cumbersome – Seven Mary 3. The opening line “She calls me Goliath but I wear the David mask” could apply to my relationships then and now. My wife will back me up on this. Plus, I can play the opening riffs on guitar. That’s called self-awareness.
The Modern Age – The Strokes. My outer Julian Casablancas went inner as I became a father and less of a jerk. The Strokes are usually part of my life’s soundtrack. This song is Lou Reed-ish, it’s amazing.
Acquiesce – Oasis. I hope my wife and kids listen to the lyrics, especially the chorus and realize how much I’ve kinda sorta almost become a grown up. This underrated, underappreciated, underplayed Oasis anthem says it all.
Please come see me at my other writing places – music – http://www.raisedontheradio.com – I have a Thursday column and my new politics and pop culture I share with my friends Linda aka @modmomelleroy and Natalie aka @singingfool1224 and others – http://www.leftypop.com. I write on Tuesdays (new post today_ and Thursday) – although I wrote something on the 20th anniversary of Nancy Kerrigan’s knee making some Portland hooligans very angry, yesterday.
Those gift cards you got for the Holidays? How about using them on my books.
The Ballad of Helene Troy, an underdog story about a female musician in New York City, and Soul To Body, about an ex-1990s guitar player trying to raise his teenage daughter after the death of his wife, her mother, are available, digitally, on Amazon.com for your kindles, and in paperback from Lulu.com