“100th Playlist Jamboree! (100 Cuts from the Primitive Sound System)” by Richard F. Yates

100th playlist (tweaked)

Yadda, yadda, yadda… I’m back with ANOTHER music post, ALREADY! (Sorry, for those of you hoping that this was going to be a scratchy stick-figure with a pretentious title, instead… Check back in about twenty minutes for one of THOSE.) So what’s the big deal here?

The big deal is, after posting playlists to this site called 8tracks for about seven years, I’ve just posted my 100th playlist. “So what?” I hear you saying. So—I’m a symbology and numbers guy (as long as I don’t have to add up long columns of them—I’ve got a mild dyslexia thing, especially with columns…) and 100 is a big number, a CHANGE from double digits to triple, and a decent excuse to make a hoopla. (I love a good hoopla—especially when it’s complete nonsense.)

In addition to the STUFF mentioned above, I also just love music and “talking” about music, and this is a BIG list, so there’s lots to talk about!

I started this playlist off with Blondie, which seems appropriate to me. Blondie is one of the first bands that I remember really loving (“Rapture” and “Heart of Glass” and “Tide is High” were HUGE hits when I was a kid.) AND, Debbie Harry was probably my first crush. I saw her on The Muppets. (It was a formative moment in my childhood!) Anyway, beyond the radio hits, Blondie has some BRILLIANT tunes that most people probably haven’t ever heard: “Attack of the Giant Ants,” “Youth Nabbed as Sniper,” “Shark in Jet’s Clothing,” “Kung Fu Girls,” and about a hundred more. HOWEVER, there is one cut that not only I, but my entire family, really loved (I put it on dozens of mix-tapes and CDs for driving around in the car,) and that’s “Dreaming” from the album Eat to the Beat (1979). It’s just about the perfect pop song, and (I hope) it sets a positive, UP! vibe for the playlist. And I followed the Blondie song with another up, fun track, the Asylum Street Spankers’ very silly, acoustic, blue-grass, folk-rock cover of the Beastie Boy’s classic, “Paul Revere” from the Spankers album Mercurial (2004). If that doesn’t set a specific mood for this playlist, I don’t know what will…

After those two openers, I drift into some punk / indie / alternative / new wave / mod / goth / grunge type tunes for a while. I’m partial to 1970’s and 80’s music, but I slip in several tunes from the 90’s and 00’s as well… Eventually, around track 31, the playlist shifts direction and dives headlong into industrial / rivethead / EBM / dark dance territory. This mood / style / atmosphere goes on for a dozen or so tracks before drifting back into new wave / electro / synth-pop / alternative / shoe-gaze / disco / post-punk territory again. I would argue that the second half of this playlist is more keyboard / synth laden than the beginning, which is more in the guitar / alterna-rocky zone…but not exclusively so…

I’m thinking that a playlist like this, which is sprawling and goes on for more than seven hours, will probably have a limited audience, but that’s okay. The eleven people in the world who enjoy the same variety of (mostly “vintage”) weirdo tunes that I do will have some music to floop around to for a while…whether they want to use it for background atmosphere (passive absorption) or to dance to (active participation) (and I really do think a large percentage of these songs are danceable*) or just as a sort of academic list for study and contemplation.

(*Obviously, songs that are too abstract or slow or moody, like “Anthrax” by Gang of Four or “Youpi” by Cornu or “Midnight” by Yaz, might be tough to dance to, but you can still sway to them, goth style, if you feel the pulse… [If you have trouble imagining “goth swaying,” let me know, and I’ll send you a few videos.])

As the second half of the list rolls along, playing “classic” college radio tracks by folks like Joy Division and The Church and The Jesus & Mary Chain, along with a slew of less common “deep” tracks by bands you’ve undoubtedly heard of, even if you don’t know that particular song (I went with an instrumental cut, “Wail,” by Split Enz, because it’s weird and cool as hell!), the tone again shifts as we get close to track 90, at which point I include some hardcore techno and house tunes. This is the “we need a second wind because we’ve been at this rave party since 10:00 P.M. last night, and now that the sun’s starting to come up, I’m feeling the exhaustion kick in” part of the show. Here we get some POWERHOUSE JAMS by folks like Chemical Brothers and Leftfield, plus weird remixes of people like Simply Red (reworked by Rollo and Sister Bliss into a real stomper) and k.d. lang (as interpreted through the lens of Junior Vasquez—who makes a moody, bluesy torch song into a mind-blowing techno-house ANTHEM!)

And then the rails break, the train goes over the cliff, and the listener gets chucked into oblivion, with the bizarre, apocalyptic, final four: Robert Smith (from The Cure) sings a weird, electro mood piece with Junkie XL, which goes into a ShiSho / Dead Milkmen combo pack, and then the coop-da-grassy: Tim Curry’s haunting “I’m Going Home” from the Rocky Horror Picture Show soundtrack. END OF LINE…

So, again, I don’t expect most folks to be able to push through all of these songs. Who has seven hours to spend listening to music these days? In fact, I’ll be surprised if many people bother to even READ the entire list! (It’s a long list, so don’t feel bad if you lose interest before the end.) Still, in a cosmic sense, I feel like I’ve done my part. I’m keeping these cuts from disappearing into the BLACK HOLE OF TIME, even if only for a few people. Kissing the Pink, Big Daddy Meat Straw, Lionrock, Space, Microchip League, and Rubella Ballet have received another BUMP UP on the societal consciousness bulletin boards! (You’re welcome.) If there’s a track or a band on here that you’ve never heard of, head over to YouToob and check them out—whether you listen to my playlist or not. Maybe you’ll find something that you really enjoy.

I’ve already had my fun putting the playlist together (and, YES, I’m listening to the list on random on my iPod as I type this. It’s good shit…) My next list will be my 101st, which means I’ll probably do ANOTHER giant list, 101 songs, and start with Bowie’s “1984.” (If you’ve read the book, you’ll know why. If you haven’t but wonder if it would be worth the effort to read such an old book, YES! IT’S WORTH IT!!! Here’s a link to my REVIEW if you want to know WHY I think it’s worth the effort.) Anyway—music. Here’s the playlist!

(Follow THIS LINK to get to the 8tracks page where the playlist lives if you don’t see the player below. You don’t have to download anything to listen, just click the “play” button…then see how many songs you can stomach before losing interest and going to do something else…)

AND, because this list is so long, I’m “hiding” it a bit… Click the “read more” button below to see the tunes… (Sorry. I’m really making you folks ACTIVELY participate this time!)

“100th Playlist Jamboree! (100 Cuts from the Primitive Sound System)” by Richard F. Yates
(Approx. 7 hours and 5 minutes!!!)

1. Blondie – “Dreaming”
2. Asylum Street Spankers – “Paul Revere”
3. Youth Gone Mad – “Mixed Signals”
4. Rubella Ballet – “Mummy”
5. 45 Grave – “Riboflavin”
6. Liam Lynch – “Cuz You Do”
7. The Jam – “Town Called Malice”
8. Cake – “Frank Sinatra”
9. Folk Implosion – “Natural One”
10. The Soft Boys – “Lions and Tigers”
11. The Raincoats – “Off Duty Trip”
12. Trio – “Tutti Frutti”
13. Butthole Surfers – “Dracula from Houston”
14. Gang of Four – “Anthrax”
15. Lemonheads – “Mrs. Robinson”
16. Bob Mould – “Egoverride”
17. Camper Van Beethoven – “(I was Born in a) Laundromat”
18. Dramarama – “Anything, Anything”
19. The Controllers – “Electric Church”
20. Big Daddy Meat Straw – “Fifteen”
21. Richard O’Brien, Patricia Quinn, Nell Campbell (Shock Treatment cast) – “Shock Treatment”
22. Lene Lovich – “Telepathy”
23. Siouxsie and The Banshees – “Christine”
24. David Bowie – “Blue Jean”
25. Jane’s Addiction – “Jane Says”
26. The Vibrators – “Automatic Lover”
27. The Go-Betweens – “Was There Anything I Could Do?”
28. Aztec Camera – “Oblivious”
29. Europeans – “Animal Song (Cross Country Version)”
30. The Big Pink – “Tonight”
31. Armageddon Dildos – “The White Room (Dark Floor Version)”
32. My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult – “Shock of Point 6”
33. Coil – “The Wheel”
34. Front 242 – “Quite Unusual (12” Version)”
35. Absurd Minds – “Deception”
36. Skold – “Tonight (Rotersand Rework)”
37. The Electric Hellfire Club – “Lucifer Sam”
38. Bigod 20 – “Like a Prayer”
39. Project Pitchfork – “Steelrose (Apoptygma Berzerk Remix)”
40. Nitzer Ebb – “Control I’m Here”
41. Recoil feat. Douglas McCarthy – “Faith Healer (Conspiracy Theory)”
42. Microchip League – “New York (Dance Floor Cut)”
43. Pop Will Eat Itself – “Can U Dig It?”
44. Audio Bullys – “We Don’t Care”
45. Enon – “The Power of Yawning”
46. Cornu – “Youpi (Space Spaghetti Mix)”
47. Squeeze – “The Knack”
48. Book of Love – “Tubular Bells / Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls”
49. Cyndi Lauper – “When You were Mine”
50. The Fun Boy Three – “Our Lips are Sealed”
51. The Coral – “Dreaming of You”
52. The Jesus & Mary Chain – “Down on Me”
53. Camouflage – “The Great Commandment”
54. Big Face – “I Wanna be a Style Crusader”
55. Nancy Boy – “Johnny Chrome & Silver”
56. Fuzzbox – “Love is the Slug (Bargainous Longerer Mix)”
57. Haircut 100 – “Favourite Shirts (Boy Meets Girl)”
58. Jonathan Fire Eater – “When the Curtain Calls for You”
59. The Church – “Constant in Opal”
60. Heaven 17 – “Let Me Go”
61. Depeche Mode – “But Not Tonight (Extended Remix)”
62. Joy Division – “Isolation”
63. Kissing the Pink – “Radio On”
64. Jesus Jones – “The Devil You Know”
65. Space – “Me and You vs the World”
66. Prince – “Kirk J’s B Sides Remix”
67. The The – “Infected”
68. Divine – “Native Love”
69. Yaz – “Midnight”
70. New Order – “Cries and Whispers (12” Version)”
71. The Rapture – “Olio”
72. The Morgans – “Half Girl, Half Jesus”
73. Renegade Soundwave – “Biting My Nails”
74. Iggy Pop – “Real Wild Child (Wild One)”
75. Shakespear’s Sister – “Heroine”
76. Erasure – “Chains of Love (Truly in Love with the Marx Bros. Mix)”
77. The Human League – “The Things That Dreams are Made Of (Kissy Sell Out Mix)”
78. Information Society – “(We Don’t Need This) Fascist Groove Thang”
79. Sigue Sigue Sputnik – “Twenty First Century Boy”
80. The Stranglers – “All Roads Lead to Rome”
81. Travis – “Why Does It Always Rain on Me?”
82. Rooney – “Blueside”
83. Hammerbox – “Size of the World”
84. Tsunami Bomb – “Lemonade”
85. Split Enz – “Wail”
86. UFOFU – “Legendary Microwave”
87. Spacehog – “In the Meantime”
88. Yello – “Bostich”
89. Playgroup – “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover”
90. Delerium – “Euphoria (Firefly) (Rabbit in the Moon’s Divine Gothic Disco Mix)”
91. Lionrock – “Packet of Peace (Chemical Brothers Remix)”
92. Simply Red – “Fairground (Rollo and Sister Bliss Remix)”
93. k.d. lang – “Theme from The Valley of the Dolls (Junior’s Arena Anthem)”
94. The Chemical Brothers feat. Bernard Sumner – “Out of Control (Sasha Remix)”
95. Omni Trio – “Mainline”
96. Leftfield – “Inspection (Check One)”
97. Junkie XL feat. Robert Smith – “Perfect Blue Sky”
98. ShiSho feat. The Dead Milkmen – “The Dead Milkmen Song”
99. The Dead Milkmen – “Jason’s Head”
100. Tim Curry (Rocky Horror Picture Show cast) – “I’m Going Home”

Well, if you made it all the way through the list, I’m happy (and very, VERY surprised.) I know that not every song on this list is going to appeal to everyone. Music just doesn’t hit everyone the same way—but like I mentioned above, I’ve already had my fun just compiling the list. From here, the ball is in your court! Do with it what you will!!!


100th playlist

—Richard F. Yates
(Primitive Thoughtician and Supreme Bunny Lord of The P.E.W.)



About richardfyates

Compulsive creator of the bizarre and absurd. (Artist, writer, poet, provocateur...)
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