Greetings and welcome to a very special
Wednesday episode of Mixtape Monday!
The rather unassuming mixtape "L" features a decent blend of Eighties pop, R&B, new wave, hip hop, metal and dance music just like most of the other mixtapes featured thus far. And that's just Side A of the tape. Side B is a whole 'nother thing as HERC turned back the clock 20-30 years to feature those jukebox oldies his parents had listened to when they were hormone-crazed, music-loving teenagers.
There are a total of seventeen songs on Side B of mixtape "L"; So many songs, the poor girl had to use an additional panel of the J-card to write the titles and artists. Maybe you like 'em, know 'em and love 'em, maybe you don't. If this isn't one of the oddest Eighties mixtapes ever dubbed by a nineteen year old then it is certainly among the Top 5 don't you think?
Side A kicks off the New Order's "Blue Monday", quite possibly the most-played-in-clubs, sold-in-stores and influential-post-disco track of all time. Followed by some R&B and some Devo, then comes the so-called Heavy Breather Subversion of Thomas Dolby's aptly named "Hyperactive!". Some solo Jagger, some early Idol and then the righteous riffage of "Fast" Eddie Clark and his supergroup, Fastway. This side of the tape keeps up its jarring lack of continuity by going from metal to Hall Of Fame hip-hop and then seedy synthpop before ending on the funk tip with The Time's "My Drawers". The one track HERC and the Mrs. hadn't heard in forever and a day was the Grandmaster Flash track from 1985's They Said It Couldn't Be Done. Very Run-DMC-ish. And that album title could very well describe this mixtape.
Side B is well Side B. HERC can't explain it and MRS. HERC has no memory of requesting an oldies tape. Songs from 1954-1968, ripped form what few oldies albums HERC had back then. What was agreed upon was that this tape was most probably made in late February or early March 1985. And there will never be another one like it.
|1982||Blue Monday||New Order||07:26|
|1984||Hold On Tight (Don't Let Go)||Dreamboy||04:13|
|1985||Lonely At The Top||Mick Jagger||03:49|
|1981||Baby Talk||Billy Idol||03:14|
|1983||Say What You Will||Fastway||03:19|
|1985||Rock The House||Grandmaster Flash||06:05|
|1981||Sex Dwarf||Soft Cell||05:10|
|1984||My Drawers||The Time||04:09|
|1959||Running Bear||Johhny Preston||02:38|
|1959||Sea Of Love||Phil Phillips||02:22|
|1963||It's All Right||The Impresssions||02:47|
|1963||Surf City||Jan & Dean||02:27|
|1963||Wipe Out||The Surfaris||02:38|
|1957||School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell)||Chuck Berry||02:41|
|1962||Let's Dance||Chris Montez||02:15|
|1954||(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock||Bill Haley & the Comets||02:10|
|1963||(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave||Martha & the Vandellas||02:43|
|1957||At The Hop||Danny & the Juniors||02:32|
|1955||Tutti Frutti||Little Richard||02:27|
|1962||Duke Of Earl||Gene Chandler||02:28|
|1957||Little Darlin'||The Diamonds||02:09|
|1968||Born To Be Wild||Steppenwolf||03:28|