|Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Jamie Delerict - JD & the FDCs|
|Written by Jamie Delerict|
|Sunday, 15 April 2012 04:00|
When he's not working on the new JD & the FDCs album, making badass music videos and releasing split 7" singles with Acey Slade & the Dark Party, Jamie Delerict fingers C90s and sends the resulting mixtapes to ÜRHQ covered in love hearts and vintage WWF stickers. Yes, Über Röck's Midnite Mixtape Massacre gets felt up by Jamie and his magic touch as he details his ultimate thirteen song tale of the tape.....
If someone put a gun to my head and demanded to know my favourite song of all time, then I'm pretty sure that this would be my choice. D Generation are constantly (and correctly) classified as "a band ahead of their time," so with their recent reformation, here's to hoping that the timing is better for them this time around. 'No Way Out' is structured almost like a hip-hop track and I love the relentless barrage of the words spitting out of lead singer Jesse Malin's mouth. Interesting to note that there isn't technically a chorus either.
2.) 'Unbelievable' - EMF (from the album 'Schubert Dip')
1991 was the year that everything changed for me and it had nothing at all to do with Nirvana. It all started with going to my first ever gig. I saw EMF live at Leeds University in May of that year and, inspired, the following week I bought a bass guitar (mainly to play the bassline to this song). Shortly afterwards I left the school that I HATED, discovered punk rock, made new friends, joined a hardcore band and by the end of the year, I'd played my first ever show. Twenty years later and I'm still doing it. My love of music can be traced back to Adam & the Ants in 1981, but I'd never actually wanted to perform music before, until I locked eyes mid-performance with EMF guitarist Ian Dench that night in Leeds. I've probably listened to 'Unbelievable' more times than any other song in existence and it never fails to make me smile.
3.) 'Breathe In' - The Loved Ones (from the album 'Keep Your Heart')
Along with 'Cuban Ballerina' by Dead To Me, The Loved Ones' 'Keep Your Heart' album shares the dubious honour of being not only the soundtrack to my spectacular downward spiral into alcoholic oblivion in 2006, but also the music accompanying the journey of my subsequent sobriety. (Still intact after five years, I thank you.) The entire album runs the gamut of emotions for me like no other, with this song in particular putting me right back into the zone of one of the most hopeless times of my life. Yet amazingly, much like the majority of the other songs on this LP, it somehow manages to take you to the brink of despair, then yank you back and fill you with strength and positivity. Incredible.
4.) 'Straight Outta Compton' - NWA (from the album 'Straight Outta Compton')
When I was about 13 years old (thanks to Derek B) I discovered underground UK hip-hop. From there, I got into Public Enemy, Run DMC and NWA. I absolutely love the structure of this song: Ice Cube takes the first verse, Eazy-E the second and then MC Ren takes the third and final verse. Much like the D Generation song I chose earlier, there isn't really any choruses to speak of, it's mainly Dr.Dre and DJ Yella busting out some beats and making noise. Yet somehow, it's the perfect hip-hop song. Some of the lines are unintentionally hilarious and we all know that gangster-rap was/is mainly just posturing and schtick, but this is still a timeless, bad-ass track and I never tire of hearing it. It's best listened to loud, in a van at approximately 3am.
5.) 'Terrible Love' - Richard Bacchus & the Luckiest Girls (from the album 'Jet Black and Beautiful')
Even before getting to know Richard (from D Generation) and joining his band I fell head over heels in love with this track. I can't think of any other song that emotes as much moody, brooding, "yearning" type feelings as this one does. Maybe the sentiments captured my own mood perfectly at just the right time, but I think that I must have listened to it at least thirty times a day throughout the whole of 2006 and it STILL gives me goose-bumps to this day. At the end of a show one night, a girl gave me a £10 note and demanded that we return to the stage immediately and play this song for a second time. We did. I guess we must have been hungry that night.
6.) 'Play The Blues' - Danko Jones (from the album 'Born A Lion')
"If you wanna know how to play the Blues, get yourself a woman!" Here's a fun fact for you. My ex-wife blamed Danko Jones for me divorcing her. No, not another woman, DANKO JONES! When I first heard this song in 2002, I lost my mind. I hadn't really heard anything like it before. It was almost as if Phil Lynott was back from the dead and had started making dangerous punk rock n' roll music. I've turned dozens upon dozens of friends on to this band and maintain a 100% conversion strike rate. I either play them this track, 'First Date' or 'Forget My Name' and they always have the same reaction: Who the fuck is this and where can I buy ALL their albums immediately? Ten years on and there's still nobody quite like Danko. One day, the rest of the world will catch up hopefully. There's something very rhythmic and sexual in their music that I haven't found in many other bands. A friend of mine calls their songs "Slam-Jams". You get the picture....
7.) 'Last Word Spoken' - One Man Army (from the album 'Last Word Spoken')
This is a tough one.... My Dad died in the summer of 2001. I was in Durham dealing with all of the horrible things left in the wake of his death, but had to return to Nottingham for a few days before heading back up North for his funeral. Upon leaving my Mum's house, I put one of my many homemade compilations into the tape player of my van. This song came on straight away. And it hit me hard. If I hear 'Big River' by Jimmy Nail or any Queen or Dire Straits song I always think of him, but this track encapsulates all of my feelings in one song. Good AND bad.
8.) 'Monkey's Paw' - Misfits (from the album 'The Devil's Rain')
On a WAY more positive note, this is my daughter Melody Lee's favourite song. She's four years old and it's all she ever wants to hear whenever we get into the car. I know that there'll be many more favourite songs to come, but this will always be her first. And you never forget that first one. (Mine was 'Stand and Deliver' by Adam & the Ants.) Yeah, I could have chosen 'Green Hell', 'Hybrid Moments', 'We Are 138' or one of many other Misfits classics, but this track has taken on a very special meaning to me now. Melody has spoken to Jerry Only on Facetime on a few different occasions now, so she considers him to be her "Uncle that sometimes dresses up as a Vampire." She has also correctly pointed out that monkeys don't actually have paws....
9.) 'Welcome To The Terrordome' - Public Enemy (from the album 'Fear Of A Black Planet')
As I mentioned earlier, rap music actually came into my life a few years before punk rock did and I consider PE to be the greatest hip-hop group of all time. 'It Takes A Nation Of Millions....' is actually my favourite album of theirs, but I remember buying this 7", cranking it and then, the noise.... holy shit, the NOISE! How PE created their sound is mind-blowing to me, especially given the somewhat primitive recording tools at hand compared to what is available these days. I'd love to have been a fly on the wall during their creative process. As a young lad, I learned a lot about politics and American/black history from Chuck D and he continues to inspire myself and millions of others to this day. A band that, on paper, should never have worked, yet became legends.
10.) 'Kill Caustic' - AFI (from the album 'Decemberunderground')
There's something about AFI that brings out the beast in me. And tracks like this one stir up the same kind of primal emotions in me that Minor Threat, Suicidal Tendencies or 'Earth AD' era Misfits do. I just want to go apeshit and break stuff! If I was walking down the street listening to this song on my iPod (shoulders back, chest out and feeling invincible) and happened to be accosted by a wannabe mugger, I'm pretty sure that I'd end up going all Steven Segal on his ass and beat the living piss out of him. And I'm not a violent man. (I last punched someone in the face in 1988.) AFI are a band that continue to evolve with every album and leave all of their wannabe followers and clones in the dust.
11.) 'Manimal' - The Germs (from the album '(GI)')
I'm not sure what it is exactly that has always fascinated me so much about The Germs. All I know is that when I placed this LP onto my record player for the first time in 1992, I knew that it was a band that was going to stick with me forever. I've yet to hear a single other group who have come close to sounding like them. The production (by Joan Jett as it happens), music and lyrics on '(GI)' are incredible. It's the total package. A work of fucking art. Because I don't believe in a god as such, I choose to take much of my inspiration from great writers and musicians and for me, there were none better than Darby Crash. It's hard to single out a particular Germs track, but I chose 'Manimal' because it contains one of my favourite Darby lyrics: "I came into this world like a puzzled panther waiting to be caged...."
12.) 'Shake Your Blood' - Probot (from the album 'Probot')
I love Motorhead. I like the Foo Fighters. But in my opinion, this song is the best thing that either Lemmy or Dave Grohl have ever put their names to. The rest of the Probot album is not to my tastes at all, but Grohl working with some of his extreme metal heroes was clearly a labour of love for him. 'Shake Your Blood' was undoubtedly the cornerstone of this project and what a flipping tune it is. Rock n' roll perfection. Why the two of them haven't conspired to make a full album of this sort of stuff is beyond me. The chemistry is clearly there and knowing those two, they'd probably have the whole thing written and recorded in a couple of weeks.
13.) 'Fruitless Fortunes' - Swingin' Utters (from the album 'Five Lessons Learned')
We'll end this mixtape with my favourite band of all time. It was love at first sight/listen for me after the first 30 seconds of their debut album, 'The Streets Of San Francisco', in 1995. They've been a constant inspiration to me ever since and these days, I'm proud to call them friends. Each member is multi-talented and it's criminal that the Utters have never really been given their due outside of the punk rock scene. Hardcore, rock, folk, country, blues, these guys can do it all and usually do it better than the bands and artists who have influenced their music in the first place. This record would very probably top my list of greatest albums of all time and this song in particular is lyrical and musical perfection when it comes to closing the curtain and taking a bow. "The fascists and their many guises, anarchists and their fantasizing, it seems sometimes that they're sailing the same boat...."