zen and the art of mix tapes #006
Zen and The Art of Mix Tapes #006 Please Kill Me
I woke up this morning thinking of the best mix tape. Namely because I was in the mood to listen to some of this stuff, and also cuz it symbolizes an era when punk took its form. The rest is history. Punk branched into hardcore, so on and so forth, and it may have been the best thing America ever produced. Punk and its influence has spread all over the map, even going so far as to influence the inspiration they began with. It is felt in all corners of the rock world, and definitely a huge reason why I ended up the way I did and ended up here, with Zen and the Art.
It was with a strange feeling of synchronicity that I received word that Hilly Kristal, the owner of the legendary CBGB, died today. It then became imperative that I come home and complete this mix, not only in an honor of the era and its reach, but in honor of man who intended to host a venue that featured Country, Blue Grass and Blues and instead fell victim to the burgeoning punk scene of 1970's NYC. Hilly Kristal made possible much of what we love today. Not to say it wouldnt exist, but it would be a different beast entirely. I think we can agree on that.
So this mix is to Hilly Kristal for giving a bunch of unruly kids a chance, to the bands for changing the face of rock and shaping the punk landscape in its infancy and onwards, and to the fans, for giving it our ears and our heart and allowing it to exist to its current day.
PS. I broke the rule again too. I couldnt decide on which Stooges song to put. They are both so different, and both so crucial. So you get both. The Ramones song was chosen as a semi tribute to Gabba Gabba Hey, for obvious reasons. Enjoy! The music will never die.
1. Dead Boys - Sonic Reducer
2. The Stooges - No Fun
3. The Velvet Underground - White Light/White Heat
4. MC5 - Tonight
5. Television - See No Evil
6. Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Love Comes In Spurts
7. Talking Heads - With Our Love
8. Lou Reed - Vicious
9. Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers - Chinese Rocks
10. The Stooges - Down On The Street
11. New York Dolls - Jet Boy
12. The Ramones - Pinhead
13. Bad Brains - Pay To Cum