|Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Steve Danger - Wolfsbane|
|Written by Steve Danger|
|Sunday, 08 July 2012 05:00|
Okay, a mixtape of 13 essential tracks. This is real hard as my taste changes from hour to hour depending on my mood and what the weather's doing. Also I'm not sure as any of the tunes I've got are that essential. I can always find another tune to play instead.
Anyway, enough of this bollox. Have this for a starter for 10...
Yeah I guess most of you are like, that's the sort of shit my folks or grandparents listened to. But that track right there was the catalyst for ALL the music we call rock. It was the point that music, not some sub genre, but all popular music took a mahoosive jump from skiffle, jitter, jive and went Rock 'n' Roll. All of our beloved rock, metal whatever name you want to put to it comes from that. It's impossible to imagine hearing that for the first time. The birth of Rock 'n' Roll. A truly remarkable track sung buy a crazy make up wearing possessed by demons 'NEGRO'. Strait into the hearts and minds of all those white American kids of decent God fearing parents. You think that the rock fraternity get problems from the God botherers. Also when you think Rock 'n' Roll is only 70 odd years old it's come quite a journey.
2.) 'God Save The Queen' - Sex Pistols (from the album 'Never Mind The Bollocks, Here's The Sex Pistols')
I know the Damned were supposed to be the first of the punk bands. This is the one that bought punk to the wider public and me, and shaped my musical dysentery. Yeah, I meant that maaaaaan....
3.) 'Ever Fallen In Love (With Someone You Shouldn't've)' - The Buzzcocks (from the album 'Love Bites')
These were the first proper band I ever saw. Some guy with a green Mohican told me to follow him from the back stalls of Brum Odeon. He launched himself off the back of the seats straight into the face of the security and just didn't stop. Fuckin' great...
4.) 'Overkill' - Motorhead (from the album of the same name)
This was the rock band it was okay to like with their punk attitude and Phil with his spikey hair. I used to think the bass drums were real fast....that's bass drums not kick, I'm not American.
5.) 'Great White Buffalo' - Ted Nugent (from the album 'Double Live Gonzo!')
Brum Odeon again, Iron Maiden's first tour, tickets went on sale that day. I went for The Motor City Madman. Swinging across the stage in a loin cloth, firing flaming arrows at exploding guitars. No competition.
6.) 'I Feel Love' - Donna Summer (from the album 'I Remember Yesterday')
This is disco at its finest, Giorgio Moroder production, that still gets played in clubs. This track really did change dance music. I heard this while I was a wee kid, they used to play it at the ice rink. The cool skaters would fly past and jump over you as you lay on the ice again.... the flash bastards.
7.) 'Exodus' - Bob Marley (from the album of the same name)
The Jamaican king showed us the way of Jah and was the coolest Dread to boot. Still an Icon and reggae Royalty. I've always had a massive love for the lazy Jamaican sound, recently tho I've been listening to a lot of Pacific Island Reggae that's more of a sunny vibe, with added herb!!!
8.) 'How Soon is Now?' - The Smiths (from the album 'Hatful Of Hollow')
I couldn't stand Morrissey's whiny moaning voice when this came out then I listened to the lyrics and got it. Great guitar riff, such a good hook.
9.) 'Jump The Next Train' - Young Parisians (Solarstone/Kyau & Albert remix)
There is no feeling like being off your tits walking into the main room of Amnesia Ibiza. This just dropped. My mate Pete said one minute I was walking across the floor next thing I was hugging the bass bin. And Iggy Pop was dancing like a loon on the podiums. I'd like to say that was a one off but it wasn't. Solarstone mix my favourite from Scott Bond Intro Mix Ibiza sunset - Kyau Vs Albert for a higher energy mix. I'm a sucker for lots of different mixes of tracks. I know people look at it as the artist/record company cashing in as the current trend is to release 1 track then as a B side include 2-3 different mixes. This track I remember watching the sun going down in Ibiza and Basement Jaxx were DJing at Café Mambo and they dropped the Scott Bond mix. It was one of those perfect moments.
10.) 'Raise Your Weapon' - Deadmau5 (from the album '4x4=12')
I've followed this guy since he first raised his mau5 head in Mixmag; his 3rd album started to solidify his 'Progressive House' credentials. Always leaning towards the more electro side. 'Raise Your Weapon' has some real sweet vocals then drops a monster almost Dub Step beat. Damn near locks your sub bass up it's so massive.
11.) '5:15' - The Who (from the 'Quadrophenia' soundtrack)
Short sharp shock, nice melodic start, then Bam. A song of going home after a mad one, the accompanying clip of Jimmy in eyeliner coming down surrounded by office workers going to work on the train. Absolute genius.
12.) 'Welcome To The Jungle' - Guns N' Roses (from the album 'Appetite For Destruction')
First heard of these oiks when 'Live Like A Suicide' came out. Saw them at the Marquee, their first ever UK show. They were sitting on the pavement outside being well LA rock stars. I know Axl's a dick but that scream at the beginning of this - Epic. Their live performance at the Grammys has got to be one of the most monumental openings by just musicians, no theatrics. Axl screamed so long and hard it fucked his voice for the rest of the song. But it certainly made people take notice.
13.) 'Feed Them To The Pigs' - Parkway Drive (from the album 'Horizons')
There's loads of bands playing this genre of rock/metal. Discovered these through an Australian tour manager I was working with a couple of years back. On the Wiggles of all tours. I just love the riff as this breaks down so fuckin' brutally heavy. Makes you want to smash shit up.
14.) 'Welcome To Jamrock' - Damian Marley (from the album of the same name)
This monster reggae beast I heard on a late night radio show, blown away by it before I knew who it was. Six months later I drove on his European tour.
I put 14 as I'm a drummer and can't count, also cos I'm an unashamed cunt...