|Midnite Mixtape Massacre - Adam Savage - Mongrel|
|Written by Adam Savage|
|Sunday, 15 July 2012 04:30|
Adam Savage of Mongrel has been an Über Röck supporter since the beginning and, as well as learning that he's in an ass-kicker of a band, the worker droids at ÜRHQ have also learned that he knows, and loves, the work of some of the finest bands known to humanity. Adam truly is a US ÜR brutha and his inclusion in our fabled Midnite Mixtape Massacre section was nailed on. Read on for his ultimate thirteen song mixtape.....
1.) 'Dead Waves on the Air' - Trashlight Vision (from the album 'Alibis and Ammunition')
We played a ton of shows with Trashlight Vision and had a lot of great times both on and off stage with those guys and made some cool friends that I'm still in touch with. One of THE best live bands at their prime, I still listen to the 'Alibis and Ammunition' album at least weekly and every time this song comes on it just gets me pumped up so it seemed like a great way to start this off.
2.) 'Heart Attack American' - The Bronx (from the first self-titled album)
Another song and band I just never get tired of. I'm pretty sure I've wrecked the speakers in a couple of my cars now with this song from turning up the first riffs of this song a bit too loud so when it kicks in destruction is imminent. One of the most intense and fun live bands still around!
3.) 'Burn' - Nine Inch Nails (from the 'Natural Born Killers' OST)
The first time I saw Natural Born Killers and this song came on it just gave me chills and was perfect for that scene. Who among us who is paying attention doesn't get the notion that maybe it would be best to burn the whole world down at times? I considered 'Head Like a Hole' for this selection since that's the song that first turned me on to NIN but this perhaps underrated track is absolutely one of my favorites from them.
4.) 'Blueprint' - Fugazi (from the album 'Repeater')
I'll admit that I got turned on to Fugazi listening to old Pearl Jam bootlegs and their cover of 'Suggestion' on the first tours. From seeking out the original of that song, I discovered the rest of the early Fugazi catalog and Minor Threat both of whom were just amazing bands. Something about this song has always spoken to me and never loses it's magic over time. While later Fugazi got a bit too mellow and abstract for my person taste, the 'Repeater' and '13 Songs' albums are absolutely essential listening. "What would Ian MacKaye do" also is always a good moral compass when it comes to maintaining your integrity on difficult decisions in the music industry.
5.) 'Alive' - Pearl Jam (from the album 'Ten')
From the moment I first heard this song I was hooked and have been a big time fan ever since. A twisted affirmation of life perhaps but one that always picks up my spirits when it comes on the radio or feel an entire crowd singing it at their shows. I also had to pick a Pearl Jam song because they introduced me to other great bands such as Fugazi, Minor Threat, Dead Boys, Wesley Willis (RIP), Sonic Youth, a better appreciation of classic artists like Neil Young and The Who, and Mother Love Bone through their covers, their Monkey Wrench Radio broadcasts, etc.
6.) 'Am I Evil?' - Metallica (from the album 'Garage, Inc.')
I discovered Metallica around the time of the '...And Justice For All' album and was instantly a fan. In going back and learning the catalog at that time, while I loved 'Master of Puppets', the rawness of 'Kill 'Em All' and 'Garage Days' (the original one) really grabbed me. Yes, I know 'Am I Evil?' is a cover, but it's definitely a song that grabbed me right off.
7.) 'Surfacing' - Slipknot (from the self-titled debut album)
I first heard this song and 'Spit It Out' on a cassette single sent out by Roadrunner back before the release of their self-titled album, pre-their first Ozzfest tour and I was just blown away. Another band who just rocked my world when I first heard them. Their self-titled debut cd STILL frequently lives in my cd changer regularly to this day. As the live show banter says, "this is your new national anthem" - can't argue this one.
8.) 'Sonic Reducer' - Dead Boys (from the album 'Young, Loud and Snotty')
I'm a big proponent of salvation through music and music being a "therapy" of sorts.... this song besides being a rippin' song which made me fall in love with Cheetah Chrome's guitar playing style speaks to that as well... from the opening feedback onward, just an absolute classic!
9.) 'Welcome To The Jungle' - Guns N' Roses (from the album 'Appetite For Destruction')
The videos for 'Welcome to the Jungle' and 'Sweet Child o' Mine' and watching Slash play in them is what made me first want to play guitar. This album definitely changed my life in that regard and had to be represented on this list. Certainly one of those songs I just don't get tired of hearing.
10.) 'The End' - The Doors (from the self-titled album)
The Doors is another favorite band of mine, and I was particularly a fan of Jim Morrison once I discovered them (yes, through the Oliver Stone movie, but at least it exposed me to their music). The book "No One Here Gets Out Alive" was probably my equivalent of the Bible for a good number of years. Typically I cannot stand songs over 4-6 minutes max, but this song is absolutely an exception in my book.
11.) 'Irresponsible Hate Anthem' - Marilyn Manson (from the album 'Antichrist Superstar')
I was already a Manson fan from the 'Portrait of an American Family' tour shows I got to see but when the 'Antichrist Superstar' album came out, it was completely and thoroughly the album I would have wanted to make at that time. It was perfect in every way for me at that period and time and still a favorite to this day.
12.) 'Fuck tha Police' - N.W.A. (from the album 'Straight Outta Compton')
One of my friends growing up had an older brother who he'd snag music from and he made me a tape (yes, cassette) with a bunch of stuff I'd never heard before... Dead Kennedy's, Violent Femmes, and yes, N.W.A. There was something so different than anything I'd ever heard before...from there I got into some other old school gangsta rap (Ice Cube, Ice T) and Public Enemy (who I love, can't deny the power of Chuck D's voice), but the pure rebellion of this song was classic.
13.) 'Coma America' - Amen (from the self-titled album)
One of the most underrated bands here in the US but always incredible every time I was fortunate enough to see them. My first time seeing them was in 1999 when they toured with Slipknot and I was in the crowd talking with an unmasked Corey Taylor (who at that point was incognito without the mask still) who was all sorts of excited as Amen started their set and he proceeded to scream along full force to their whole set right there in the crowd as a true fan. His excitement wasn't misdirected at all and my love of AMEN began that night. My band has covered this song (and even got the blessings of Casey himself to do so - which was quite an honor to me), for years and it's typically the closing song at our shows. It's also resulted in the most broken gear and on stage injuries for us over the years. Something about this song just brings out this extra level of energy and rage for us live so this list couldn't go without it on here.
Bonus Tracks/Honorable Mentions: Misfits - 'Bullet', Black Flag - 'Depression', Iggy Pop/Stooges - 'Seek & Destroy' and 'I Wanna Be Your Dog', The Who - 'Baba O' Riley', Warrior Soul - 'Love Destruction', Rage Against The Machine - 'Killing in the Name'.....