Midnite Mixtape Massacre - John Mitchell - It Bites Print E-mail
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Sunday, 25 November 2012 03:00



As well as being singer/guitarist and songwriter with rejuvenated progressive pop rock icons It Bites, John Mitchell is also a well renowned producer and engineer having worked with the likes of Enter Shikari, Funeral For a Friend and Kids In Glass Houses to name but a few. So when we asked him to put together a mixtape for us as a taster for what he and his band mates might be listening to ahead of their upcoming December UK tour we were kind of expecting something that would be eclectic and a little left of field. What we actually got was, well, read on and be as gobsmacked as we were.



1.) The Police – ‘King of Pain’ (from the album ‘Synchronicity’)


It's an oldie but a goldie. I'm not sure what the lyric is about but it sounds intriguing.



2.) Karmin – ‘Brokenhearted’ (from the ‘Hello’ EP)


I heard this song when I was on holiday in Florida. It’s just an ace pop song sung by an American girl who says “Cheerio” in an English accent at the end of every chorus. Which makes me smile!



3.) Mr. Mister – ‘Broken Wings’ (from the album ‘Welcome To The Real World’)


The soundtrack to my youth. And it still gets the hairs on the back of my neck up.



4.) McFly – ‘Touch The Rain’ (as yet unreleased)


I mixed this and it’s not released yet but again it's a brilliant pop song with stadium qualities sung by a bloke with an amazing voice.



5.) Mr Hudson – ‘Supernova’ (from the single of the same name)


I met Mr Hudson briefly at Redbull Studios recently. What a top bloke. And this is a top choon too.



6.) One Direction – ‘What Makes You Beautiful’ (from the album ‘Up All Night’)


Another holiday song. It's a cheesy happy song and it makes me smile. You can't ask for much more than that.


It Bites group


7.) Taylor Swift – ‘Love Story’ (from the album ‘Fearless’)


I just love this. She's gone a bit more pop than country pop now but this is just a great pop song and a great lyric.



8.) Lower Than Atlantis – ‘Scared Of The Dark’ (from the album ‘Changing Tune’)


Again, I produced this and played Rhodes on it. It’s a very simple song with an incredibly clever lyric. That's Mike Duce for ya!



9.) Johnny Depp & Alan Rickman – ‘Pretty Women’ (from ‘Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber Of Fleet Street: The Motion Picture Soundtrack)


A beautiful melody sung as a duet between Depp and Rickman celebrating the virtues of, well, Pretty Women. You can't argue with that can you?



10.) Chesney Hawkes – ‘The One And Only’ (from the album ‘Buddy’s Song’)


More yoof soundtrackage. Written by the INCREDIBLY underrated Nik Kershaw and sung by the equally underrated Ches. That boy has a serious set of pipes.



11.) A – ‘Nothing’ (from the album ‘Hi-Fi Serious’)


I played bass in A for a while and Jason is a mate. Plus he sounds like Sting when he sings. So that's good enough for me.



12.) Duran Duran – ‘All You Need Is Now’ (from the album of the same name)


What an atonal verse!!! What a brilliant chorus!!! What a splendid return to form!



13.) Coldplay – ‘Charlie Brown’ (from the album ‘Mylo Xyloto’)


This is probably one of the most perfect songs ever written. And the most beautiful piano outro ever conceived!



It Bites will be heading out on a UK tour in December, culminating in a co-headlining show in London with Frost!


The UK tour dates are as follows:


Saturday 8th December - Plymouth White Rabbit.
Sunday 9th December - Bristol The Exchange
Tuesday 11th December - Southampton Talking Heads
Wednesday 12th December - Wolverhampton Slade Rooms
Thursday 13th December - Manchester Club Academy
Friday 14th December - Glasgow ABC 2
Sunday 16th December - London Scala w/ Frost


For tickets visit http://www.itbites.com/content/tour


You can check out the video for the band’s brand new single 'Cartoon Graveyard' below: