31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Nine:
Quirky ’80s Cover Songs
My original plan for today’s mixtape was guilty pleasures, but I saw my wife working on digitizing some of our CD collection. Here’s the CD she was on:
That’s right, an entire cover album of Hall & Oates songs…and it’s amazing. Of course it is, right? Hall & Oates were great. Seeing this CD got me thinking. It’s a lot of fun to listen to ’80s songs. I have a lot of ’80s cover song compilations (my favorite being Before You Were Punk from Vagrant Records. The stars were aligning and this mix was born. It went through several iterations. I finally landed on the mix below. It’s a nice blend of new wave, rock, and pop from this great era in music history. I hope you enjoy as much as I enjoyed making it. There aren’t any punk bands on this particular mix, so I’ll save that for later. They’re particularly good at covering ’80s songs for some reason. What ’80s covers are your favorites?
31 Days of Digital Mixtapes, Day Eight:
Music That’s New to Me
No matter who I’m making a mixtape for, I always try to add at least one musician or band I think they’ve never heard of. I discovered some of my favorite bands over the years through mixtapes and compilations, so adding some less known acts on my tapes is almost like a civic duty. For most of my adult life, I’ve been a pretty big music snob who doesn’t want to give bands the time of day if it’s not my “kind of music.” What’s my kind of music? Mainly ska, reggae, punk, hip hop, indie, or a combination of all of those. Just ask my wife if I’m willing to admit I like a band that I didn’t discover first. It’s tough, but I’m trying to get better. It’s with that spirit of self-improvement that I bring you my next digital mixtape. These are bands or artists I just heard about in 2013 that I actually admit to liking (and in the case of Ben Marwood, obsessing over). You’ve caught me in a moment of acceptance, what other music should I get exposed to?
Ben Marwood says hello.