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August 19, 2006

The Happy Birthday Song

Birthday Cake

Look! A racing car cake!
Oh, to be six again!

This is for our benevolent group leader and bastion fortress of music love, Mat Mannion, whose glorious birthday it is today (do you think I’m over-doing it a bit?). Because I’m halfway across the world, I humbly present these musical gifts of three over the internet:

Andrew Bird – The Happy Birthday Song MP3 Expired [buy]
David Bowie – Never Get Old MP3 Expired [buy]
The National – Lit Up (Parisian Party Version MP3 Expired [buy]

I tried to represent the slightly sad (Mr. Bird), the couldn’t care less (Mr. Bowie), and the let’s just use this as an excuse to party (Mr. National) attitudes birthdays always conjure up. Anybody else with a ‘la la la I’m not getting old la la la’ song they’d like to play? I’ll take requests you know…

July 04, 2006

Mixtape: Independence Day

Independence Day

So, it's Independence Day today. And on the same day where 77% of Britons said that America are doing it wrong, I guess it's a wonderful opportunity for me to release a mixtape on the whole situation for our transatlantic brothers and sisters.

My guessing is every other MP3 blog on the net will be doing something similar anyway.

So, enjoy!

David Bowie – I'm Afraid of Americans (from Earthling)

The first thing I did when I was looking for songs for this was to go into MediaMonkey and do a search for "Independence". Hmm... Nothing. I don't even have the Independence Day OST anymore :( I'm sure I had that theme… maybe I had a microphone next to the TV with a VHS playing, but I'm sure I had it, oh well.

Anyway, any opportunity to give a song from the living legend that is Bowie will be gratefully accepted, and I remember this song from when I drunkenly bought his Greatest Hits CD, and I thought it was rather apt. "Johnny wants a plane, Johnny wants to suck on a Coke, Johnny wants a woman, Johnny wants to think of a joke, Uh–uh–uh uh, uh, uh–uh uh–uh–uh, Johnny's in America" isn't exactly Bowie's best lyrics, but hey, it's all good.

MP3 Expired Buy 'Earthling'

Something Corporate – Miss America (from North)

I've always liked Something Corporate. It's a refreshing mix of punk–piano–pop that's always nice to listen to when you're relaxing or you want a singalong, and Miss America is actually one of my favourites. I think the thing I'm most attracted to about Something Corporate's music is their lyrics, so "I'll miss my Miss America" rolls off the tongue well enough to have me hooked (yes, I'm shallow, sorry.)

MP3 Expired Buy 'North'

The Beautiful South – The Sound of North America (from Blue Is The Colour)

Of all the bands that I like, I think The Beautiful South were the first one I actually got into. My dad had Carry On Up The Charts on tape in the car pretty much constantly when I was about 11 or 12, and I hadn't really decided whether I loved music yet. I knew I liked music, but I hadn't gotten into the love yet. I used to play keyboard (yes, laugh) and I knew every song out of CoutC on it, so there. And I can still remember the lyrics and sing most of them too. Bad.

Anyway, The Sound Of North America is actually from one of the first CDs I ever had, Blue Is The Colour (the one with Rotterdam and Don't Marry Her on) and the lyrics are pretty profound, even if the song is pretty middle of the road.

The sound of New York City isn't police sirens wailing, It's the sound of Wall Street tills whilst everyone else is failing

MP3 Expired Buy 'Blue Is The Colour'

Morrissey – America is not the World (from You Are The Quarry)

Hmm… Morrissey. I like The Smiths, but I don't like a lot of their songs. It seems that now that Morrissey is out there on his own, all that was good about The Smiths has gone away and he's kept all the crap, opinionated rubbish that he had before.

But anyway, this kind of fits in, and it's quite a good track really… Lots of people like Morrissey, just not me.

MP3 Expired Buy 'You Are The Quarry'

h6.Trey Parker – America, Fuck Yeah! (from Team America OST)

As soon as I thought to do this mixtape, it was always going to be leading up to this really. After we've had Morrissey and Bowie battering the beautiful land of the free, we'll end with an epic, touching sojourn into all that's good about America. Close your eyes, sit back, forget The Star Spangled Banner, and just think how much better the world would be if this were the national anthem of the land of the free…

I still have hope. And this blog epitomises at least three of the parts of the song…

McDonalds, fuck yeah! Wal-Mart, fuck yeah! The Gap, fuck yeah! Baseball, fuck yeah! NFL, fuck yeah! Rock and roll, fuck yeah! The Internet, fuck yeah! Slavery, fuck yeah!

MP3 Expired Buy 'Team America OST'

June 29, 2006

Meet the Contributors: Mat Mannion


Name: Mat Mannion
Number one in UK when I was born: George Michael – Careless Whisper
First album bought: East 17 – SAD: The Best Of. Bad. It's SAD for a reason…
First gig attended: Ozzfest 2002. Woop woop woop
Favourite album: Hmm… At the moment, Hot Chip – The Warning. For all time, Radiohead – Kid A
Favourite song: Radiohead – Paranoid Android
Favourite gig: Bloc Party at the NME awards last year as pretty ace
Favourite band: Radiohead
Favourite genre: Indietronica/Pop Rock
The band you like but are embarassed about/feel is a little out of place in your collection: Evanescence is probably the most out of place.
Number of CDs bought since 1st January 2006: Around 45. No wonder I'm skint…
What musical event would you most like to see happen: That time where the Arctic Monkeys told David Bowie to move out of the way, except David Bowie would turn into Jareth from Labyrinth and kick their asses with some crazy crystal thing
Musical hero: David Bowie. Legend.
Music's biggest enemy/ies in my opinion are: 13 year old girls. Stop it! Stop it!

And there we go. That wasn't so bad, was it?

Four tracks I love for your pleasure

Radiohead - 'Like Spinning Plates' [link expired] [Buy from Amazon]
Hot Chip - 'The Beach Party' [link expired] [Buy from Amazon]
Voxtrot - 'The Start Of Something' [link expired] [Buy from Amazon]
David Bowie - 'The Laughing Gnome' [link expried] [Buy from Amazon]

Tracks are for sampling purposes only and will be deleted two weeks after this entry.

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