(01) – ONE (Aimee Mann)
(02) – TWO Of Us (The Beatles)
(03) – THREE Time Loser (Rod Stewart)
(04) – Twenty FOUR Hours From Tulsa (Gene Pitney)
(05) – FIVE O’Clock World (The Vogues) – Drew Carey Show opening!
(06) – Ninety Eight Point SIX (Keith)
(07) – SEVEN Bridges Road (Iain Matthews)
(08) – EIGHT Days A Week (The Beatles)
(09) – Ninety NINE and a Half Won’t Do (Wilson Pickett)
(10) – TEN Cent Pistol (The Black Keys)
Back when I had that kind of time, I participated in a monthly tape swap, and for a time I had to dub these puppies in real speed. When we finally got to the CD stage and I could burn a disc at 2x I thought I was in heaven. What used to be a serious committment – the group was usually 35-40 people, so imagine the time and money involved – now can be done dirt cheap and at lightning speed. (I still participate in one of these groups twelve years running, although we’re down to one or two trades a year.)
I used to make the cassette art by hand; sometimes a drawing and other times a cut-and-paste job, then type and shrink the set list to fit on the inside flap and print them off on colored paper…cut them along the outline…fold and insert into the J-Card slot on every one. Like I said, I had that kind of time. If I find the original art for this one I’ll upload it someday, but I remember it was a variation on a Powerpoint silhouette image of a man holding a mirror.
I love tribute records, so this mixtape (from March 1997) was a tribute to tributes. It’s a great set and these covers are well worth seeking out. Now I have to find the actual tape, because just reading these names has me jazzed.
And I still miss Material Issue.
you be me for awhile and….I’LL BE YOU
|Dance Dance Dance
||Manitoba’s Wild Kingdom (Handsome Dick and a couple of Dictators) pay homage to Brian Wilson
|Pictures Of Lily
||The ‘oo, done with great passion by that great sideman Ian McLagan and the Bump Band
|She’s Got Everything
||The Droogs, Aussies yet, service Mr.Davies’ classic well. Can’t believe there aren’t more great Kinks covers.
|Time Has Come Today
||Willy (Mink) DeVille from last years fab “Loup Garou” record. This Chambers Brothers song still rules!
|Pictures Of Matchstick Men
||Status Quo song covered by the pre-Cracker Lowery in the late, great Camper Van Beethoven. Respectful yet cool!
||Would have picked a better T-Rex cover if I could have but Sky Blue nailed the Bolanisms better than anyone else did.
||The fabulous DM3 (wow, I’ve already been to Australia twice in seven songs!) absolutely rip this one up! Go Don!
||Miracle Legion from another spotty tribute disc. For all you who remember the Byrds as electric Dylan, try this instead.
|I Can’t Let Go
||Still the best tribute disc ever made, eggBert’s “Sing Hollies In Reverse” featured wall to wall greatness like this Continental Drifters cut.
|My Minds Eye
||Ah, the Small Faces. Northern Uproar did yeoman service on last year’s tribute. A must-have for all true pop fans!
||The Woods, America’s Rockpile, nail this Todd tune. I will not rest until the name Jack Cornell is known far and wide.
||True Story: Frank thought they were cutting “Candyman” for a Sammy Davis tribute. Nah…he loves Otis Blackwell too!
|Sweets For My Sweet
||Doc Pomus gets the Brian Wilson post-sandbox/Landry treatment. And Mike Love is an asshole.
|Love Is All Around
||Christine Ohlman is recording again! If you remember Big Sound Records or Dusty Springfield, Trogg out with this!
|And Your Bird Can Sing
||Weller and company grew tired of “The Jam is just aping The Who” rumors. So they aped the Beatles instead.
|I’m Not In Love
||Chrissie and the Pretenders snapped out two covers for movies/TV – this 10cc track and “Angel In The Morning”
|Town Without Pity
||Gene Pitney covered by Steppenwolf’s John Kay on heroin. Naah..it’s the wonderful Thin White Rope from “Spoor”
||The Monkees tribute is way cool, including this John Stewart song ably harmonized by Man Size Job? Who? Me neither.
|Run To Me
||If there were any doubts that Material Issue could do it all, this will silence them. Haunting BeeGeeutiful song. RIP Jim.
|Hard Luck Woman
||The Kiss tribute is pretty funny, and I gotta admit that when I realized this was THE Garth Brooks I almost had a seizure.
|It’s The Little Things
||And you thought Sonny Bono couldn’t write hooks. He did work with Spector, y’know, so bow down for The Skeletons.
|Listen To Her Heart
||Tom Petty as seen through the eyes of Truck Stop Love, produced at Ardent by some guy named Jody Stephens.
|Don’t Want To Say Goodbye
||Last year the Raspberries tribute came out, chock full of great versions, few better than this homage by The Flashcubes.
|Have You Seen Your Mother Baby, …
||Wow that’s a long title! Believe it or not, this is The Records from a free EP that came with the first run of their LP.
|Build Me Up Buttercup
||David Johansen, post-Dolls and pre-Buster P. David always kicked ass live and paid props to great 60’s soul music.
|When Something Is Wrong With My Baby
||Wow – Sam and Dave voiced by the immortal Herman Brood, who truly is a rock and roll junkie. Live track.
|Back Of A Car
||When you hear this song now you wonder how Big Star wasn’t huge then. This is The Loud Family – same comment.
|Earn Enough For Us
||Freedy Johnston does XTC (who appeared on their own tribute record in disguise!). Love the pedal steel!
|No Matter What
||Closing the set with a song by “the next Beatles” (Badfinger) done by “the next Beatles” (The Knack). Oasis my ass.
As always, play loud, play often.