The records on this mix start with a rare Paul McCartney interview album, complete with random background noises. He talks about musical influences, rambling into the Pepper years, and then gets confused by a memory of recording out of tune on Rubber Soul… Errr… Wait, Revolver. Cut.
Next up is my favorite Madness song, “Michael Caine”. You can’t go wrong with Michael Caine’s voice over a Madness song. Speaking of artists that begin with “M”, check out the Madonna “Give it 2 Me” remix on picture disk. How about more “M”s? Like Mandrill’s “Universal Rhythms” – not a song I’d put in a typical mix, but randomly, it’s a good separator between Madonna and Al Jarreau’s “We Got By”. Well, that’s marks the end of the alliterative tribute to the letter “M” on this masterful mix. Only a game such as Vinyl Shuffle could produce such an poetic beginning… I could say this mix falls apart from here… I mean… “Exile”? After listening to this the next day, my thought is that it certainly does not.
Sad but totally-true day-after story: I left the last album of this mix, “Get Happy” by Elvis Costello, on the turntable last night. And I left the dust cover off. When I opened the blinds the next morning, the blinds fell and knocked down a wooden model ship (of the “Cutty Sark”) from the window sill. The Cutty Sark fell onto the record and cut a deep groove into the vinyl across four songs. RUINED! I raised my fists into the air, immediately thought of John Cusack, and blamed him! Here’s why:
John Cusack starred in “High Fidelity” in 2000. A movie about an emo record collector and serial monogamist.
The last song I played on this mix? “High Fidelity”, by Elvis Costello.
A different Elvis Costello song appeared on the soundtrack of “High Fidelity”… That song? “Shipbuilding”
What fell down and ruined my record? The Cutty Sark. A ship.
Well, maybe Elvis Costello is to blame just as much, but I’m pretty sure John Cusack had a hand it this.