June 10, 2015 playlist

Twin Peaks “In the Morning (In the Evening)”
Elephant Stone “Three Poisons (Anton Newcombe & Fabien Leisure Remix)”
Casting Circles “Like A Paper Crane”
Big White “I Can’t Tell”
Paisano “Tell Me Something”
Short Dogs Grow “Desert rain”
The Heard “Stop it Baby”
Lydia Lunch & Rowland S. Howard “Endless fall”
Tales Of Terror “Ozzy”
Green River “this town”
The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion “train #2”
Air Miami “Seabird”
Happy Mondays “harmony”
Caribou “Second Chance”
David Bowie “Fame”
Ride “I Don’t Want to Be a Soldier (live at Reading Festival 1992)”
Roxy Music “Jealous guy”
Primal Scream “gimme Some Truth”
Keith Levene “Cold Turkey”
The Beatles “Please Please Me (Mono Version)”
Elvis Presley “Working Class Hero”
Elvis Presley “Its Now Or Never”
Arthur Crudup “That’s All Right”
Bill Haley & His Comets “Crazy Man Crazy”
John Lee Williamson “New Early in the Morning”
Clarence Smith “Pinetop’s Boogie Woogie”
Otis Redding “Cigarettes and Coffee”
Hiss Golden Messenger “I’m a Raven (Shake Children)”
Sufjan Stevens “eugene”

The song that captured my attention the most out of this set was probably Ozzy, by Tales of Terror. ToT was a punk rock band from Sacramento in the early 1980’s.

Ozzy was also covered by the band Green River, also included in this set, which featured Mark Arm of Mudhoney, and Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament of Pearl Jam. Legend has it that Kurt Cobain was also a big fan.

I really didn’t know anything about ToT until I put this set together, and now I’m fixated on them. They have that underground-California-in-the-80’s sound to them. It’s hard to describe. I’m picturing a bunch of kids who gravitated to skateboarding, LSD, eyeliner and punk rock, without totally giving themselves to any of those things. Like a mishmash of disparate elements that somehow fuse together to form a coherent whole.

That’s metaphor for California in general, in my mind.

You can read more about Tales of Terror here.

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