August 16, 2018 (Elvis is still dead.)

On this day, I revisit one of my favorite mixes:

August 16, 2002 (Elvis is still dead.)
total playing time: 1:16:48

The Time – Dreamland (abridged)/Pandemonium (Paisley Park/Warner Bros.)
Elvis Vs. JXL – A Little Less Conversation (radio edit) (RCA)
James Brown – Sex Machine (Polydor)
Scritti Politti – Scritti Politti Turntable Mix by Mastermind (Wizard of the Turntable) (Hypnotize/Absolute/Wood Beez) (Virgin)
George Michael – Too Funky (extended)
Imani Coppola – I’m a Tree (Columbia)
Shonen Knife – Butterfly Boy (F.I. mix) (Virgin)
Seals & Crofts – Diamond Girl (Warner Bros.)
LaTour – Blue (Smash)
Was (Not Was) – Out Come the Freaks (Chrysalis)
Donna Summer – Summer Fever (Casablanca)
Prince & The New Power Generation – Gett Off (single edit) (Warner Bros.)
Rachel Sweet – Baby, Let’s Play House (Stiff)
Was (Not Was) – Elvis’ Rolls-Royce (with Leonard Cohen) (Chrysalis)
DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime ’98 (SoulPower remix) (Jive)
Was (Not Was) – Look What’s Back (Chrysalis)
Elvis Presley – Such a Night (RCA) [hidden track]

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Flashback: All Bound for Mu Mu Land Again

I made quite the score about a week or so ago. While out and about performing the day’s tasks, I finally stopped at the Silver Platters flagship store’s new location.

Apparently, they recently acquired a huge amount of vinyl from Masa, one of the DJs at KEXP. And when I say “huge”, I’m not exaggerating: there’s a whole section of the vinyl area devoted to it—and I’m told there’s more. Continue reading

Flashback: Elton John Custom Mix

A while back—I’m not exactly sure when—I assembled a playlist of Elton John songs in iTunes. I narrowed down the playlist to CD length so I could listen to it in the car.

Recently, while moving for the second time in less than six months, I gave it a spin. Subsequently, it provided the soundtrack for much of the week I spent taking boxes from old place to new place. Continue reading

Flashback: The Summer of My Discontent, 2012 Edition


It has been a while since my last post—over two months, in fact.

I had intended to continue the saga of the Summer of 1987 in my next post—but, alas, real life decided to intervene. (You are forewarned—this could be a long one…) Continue reading

Flashback: The Official Lenn Tapes—Japan Survival Series (Summer 1985)

A “Larger than life itself…”
Ringo Starr – “Oh My My” (Apple)
Rod Stewart – “Dock of the Bay” (from Motown Returns to the Apollo)
Go West – “Call Me” (Chrysalis)
The Human League – “Fascination (extended remix)” (A&M)
The Style Council – “The Lodgers (or She Was Only a Shopkeeper’s Daughter)” (Polydor)
Phil Collins – “Don’t Lose My Number” (Atlantic)
Donna Summer – “I Feel Love” (Casablanca)
Elton John – “Your Starter For…” (MCA)
Stevie Wonder & George Michael – “Love’s in Need of Love Today” (from Motown Returns to the Apollo)
Kajagoogoo – “Too Shy (Midnight mix)” (EMI)
Apollonia 6 – “Sex Shooter” (the only performance in Purple Rain that isn’t interrupted by dialogue or cutaways) (Warner Bros.)

B “A 2 x 4’ll do it…”
The Style Council – “Shout to the Top!” (Polydor)
Paul Young – “Wherever I Lay My Hat (That’s My Home)” (CBS)
Band Aid – “Do They Know It’s Christmas? (12″ version)” (Columbia)
Thomas Dolby – “The Search for Truth” (the first 30 seconds or so of one of the “Dissidents” remixes played at 33-1/3 rpm instead of at 45) (EMI)
Go West – “Goodbye Girl” (Chrysalis)
The Jam – “Absolute Beginners” (Polydor)
Elton John – “Philadelphia Freedom” (from The Superior Sound of Elton John 1971-75) (DJM)
Spandau Ballet – “Lifeline” (Chrysalis)
Earth, Wind & Fire – “Touch” (Columbia)
John Lennon – “Ya Ya” (Apple)
The Style Council – “Council Meetin’” (Polydor)

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Flashback: 1987 (Part 2)

The 24th Birthday State of Mind Tapes
March 16, 1987

Part 1:
David Sylvian – “Gone To Earth” (Virgin)
Kate Bush – “Running Up That Hill” (EMI)
The Style Council – “My Ever Changing Moods” (Polydor)
Joe Jackson – “The Verdict” (A&M)
Prince – “Sometimes it Snows in April” (Paisley Park)
Ryuichi Sakamoto – “Ballet Mécanique” (School/Midi)
Supertramp – “The Logical Song” (A&M)
Simply Red – “Holding Back the Years” (Elektra)
David Sylvian – “The Healing Place” (Virgin)
The Style Council – “Blue Café” (Polydor)

Robbie Nevil – “C’est La Vie” (EMI Manhattan)
The Style Council – “(When You) Call Me” (Polydor)
Boz Scaggs – “Hard Times” (Columbia)
Elvis Costello & The Attractions – “Tokyo Storm Warning” (Columbia)
Japan – “Oil On Canvas” (Virgin)
David Sylvian – “Nostalgia” (Virgin)
Jimmy Buffett – “Wonder Why We Ever Go Home” (live) (ABC)
Koji Ueno – “Adagietto (remix)” (¥EN)
Epo – “Harmony” (Dear Heart/Midi)
David Sylvian – “Upon This Earth” (Virgin)

Part 2:
Ike & Tina Turner – “Nutbush City Limits” (United Artists)
Rachel Sweet – “B-A-B-Y” (Stiff/Epic)
Rachel Sweet – “Who Does Lisa Like?” (Stiff/Epic)
Mick Karn – “Buoy” (featuring David Sylvian) (Virgin)
John Lennon – “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” (Apple)
John Lennon – “Mind Games” (Apple)
John Lennon – “#9 Dream” (Apple)
Elton John – “Roy Rogers” (MCA)
Thomas Dolby – “Weightless” (EMI)
Plastics – “Diamond Head” (Island)
Joe Jackson – “You Can’t Get What You Want (Til You Know What You Want)” (A&M)
Nick Heyward – “Whistle Down the Wind” (Arista)

Elvis Costello – “Hoover Factory” (Columbia)
Wynton Marsalis – “Melancholia” (Coumbia)
Culture Club – “Time (Clock of the Heart)” (Virgin/Epic)
The Style Council – “It Didn’t Matter” (Polydor)
Sade – “Punch Drunk” (Epic)
Supertramp – “Just Another Nervous Wreck” (A&M)
Warren Zevon – “Ain’t That Pretty At All” (Asylum)
Japan – “Sometimes I Feel So Low” (Hansa)
The Art of Noise – “Love” (ZTT)
David Sylvian – “Silver Moon” (Virgin)
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