The Sound of Kickstart

May 11, 2008

The Kickstart national tour has officially commenced. At the moment, it consists of only Alex, who’s doing the Saskatchewan events on his own. This morning, we received the following e-mail:

“Hi all,
It’s 9am Regina time. Spring hasn’t exactly sprung here. The trees are still dry and leafless. My grandparents have apparently put posters for our event “all over the city”. Someone we bumped into at the airport heard the bit on CBC Blue Skies.”

This is the beginning of something good.

Alex being Alex, this whole endeavor couldn’t have gone by without a soundtrack. Alex is a pathological producer of Mix CDs: Songs to do your Laundry To, Songs to Get Funky To, etc.

The following is the Track listing to the “Kickstart 2008 Tour Mix”. It’s like Big Shiny Tunes 8, but with less suck.

1. Thank You For Sending Me an Angel – Talking Heads

2. Holland, 1945 – Neutral Milk Hotel

3. Denis – Blondie

4. Nantes – Beirut

5. Harborcoat – REM

6. Shine a Light – Wolf Parade (CanCon)

7. Love Minus Zero-No Limit – Bob Dylan

8. Genesis Hall – Fairport Convention

9. Here He Comes – Brian Eno

10. Can You Get To That – Funkadelic

11. Your Beauty Must Be Rubbing Off – Hawksley Workman (CanCon)

12. Yeah! Oh, Yeah! – The Magnetic Fields

13. Heatwave – The Jam

14. Yes Sir, No Sir – The Kinks

15. Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones

16. Luscious Life – Patrick Watson (CanCon)

17. Disorder – Joy Division

18. Connection – Rolling Stones

19. Family Snapshot – Peter Gabriel

20. Videotape (Live at Place des Arts, Montreal) – Radiohead

21. Midnight Special – Leadbelly

Please feel free to leave comments, complements, or disparaging remarks.

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2 Responses to “The Sound of Kickstart”

  1. It’s not that the songs you choose are bad or good, I just think some of them are not suitable. All in all, good mix but needs a few improvements.

    1. Thank You For Sending Me an Angel – Talking Heads

    Alex’s go-to card on mix cds, and as with all Alex’s David Byrne choices, this is another great one.

    2. Holland , 1945 – Neutral Milk Hotel

    Good little gem.

    3. Denis – Blondie

    Another great opener. But, like U2, the album starts falling apart after the first three or four songs.

    4. Nantes – Beirut

    This is just a bad Anthony and Johnstons cover band, with worse vocals. Actually, I kind of like this song, but the first statement still sorta holds true. Replace with something more upbeat: ‘That’s not my name’ – Ting Tangs.

    5. Harborcoat – REM

    I personally would have chosen ‘I’ve been high’ as the great REM gem. I do agree that 80s REM is great, and I do like ‘Reckoning’. The song title is absolutely terrible, but no need to replace.

    6. Shine a Light – Wolf Parade (CanCon)

    I actually can’t comment on this song as I have yet to be able to sit through the whole thing. Don’t be fooled by the great title, there is nothing shinning about this song, nor does it offer light on anything. Replace immediately with ‘Shine a Light’ – Rolling Stones.

    7. Love Minus Zero-No Limit – Bob Dylan

    ‘Even a pond most hold a grudge’ – any song with a chess reference is alright to me. Keep.

    8. Genesis Hall – Fairport Convention

    Good song. But Kickstart wasn’t a tragedy, nor was it this serious. Replace with something a little more upbeat. Replace with ‘L.E.S. Artistes’ – Santogold.

    9. Here He Comes – Brian Eno

    Please don’t tell me he sings. Please don’t tell me he sings. Please don’t tell me he sings. NOOOOOOO he sings. What is Brian on about in this song. Who is coming? At least with Lou Reed singing there would have been some hidden meaning. Oh wait, actually, The Velvet Underground did sing this song except the he was a she.

    10. Can You Get To That – Funkadelic

    Cool tune!

    11. Your Beauty Must Be Rubbing Off – Hawksley Workman (CanCon)

    Delete. My favorite part of the song is the 232nd second, the second that it ends. Replace with “You, me, dancing” – Los Campesinos! or “Wasted Little DJs” – The View, or “Seven Seas” – Echo and the Bunnymen, or “California Stars” – Wilco or replace with “Let Pastie de la Bourgeoisus”… actually no replace with “Ok Alright” – Tyler Lyme (GOT IT!!!! YES!!!!!!)

    12. Yeah! Oh, Yeah! – The Magnetic Fields

    Yeah!!!!! Great choice! Love the distortion! I can personally think of a singer who could do the ‘yeah yeah yeahs’ sound a little better. But lets keep!

    13. Heatwave – The Jam

    I do agree with you that we should only have the best punk band of the 80s on the cd. We agree on this point. However, I don’t agree with your choice. I see what you are doing. You are trying to portray them not at their best. Replace with: ‘Thick as Thieves’ – The Jam

    14. Yes Sir, No Sir – The Kinks

    Yes Sir!!!!

    15. Sheena is a Punk Rocker – The Ramones

    I would have personally chosen ‘Rock and Roll High School ’ since we are going to High Schools but perhaps that would have been too obvious. Keep.

    16. Luscious Life – Patrick Watson (CanCon)

    I’m confused. Why didn’t you just put Jeff Buckley? Clearly, Patrick Watson isn’t just influenced by, or ripping Jeff Buckley off. Its quite creepy. It seems like he’s trying to be Jeff reincarnated. I will probably have nightmares about this. Replace with: ‘Parklife’ – Blur.

    17. Disorder – Joy Division

    Good song. But don’t you think it’s a little odd to have a song about Ian’s mental problems for our Kickstart Tour? Lets take the opposite. Replace with: ‘Regret’ – New Order.

    18. Connection – Rolling Stones

    Fine song. But now we already have a Rolling Stones song about Shinging a Light. Lets put the other Brits on. Replace with: ‘Rain’ – The Beatles.

    19. Family Snapshot – Peter Gabriel

    I like Peter Gabriel. By why this one? It just seems so depressing. Is this tour really going to be this serious and depressing?

    Replace: ‘The Four Horseman’ –Aphrodite’s Child (sounds so good that The Verve took this song and made a band with it)

    20. Videotape (Live at Place des Arts, Montreal ) – Radiohead

    This song single handedly increased the 2007 suicide rate of the world. The good news is Kickstart is the positive response to morbid art pieces like this. Kickstart has stories about how people can overcome tragedies earlier on in their life. Why Radiohead feels the need to add, complement and justify people’s misery, negativity and paranoia is beyond me. Thankfully, life goes on, and we don’t have clone children yet, the robots haven’t come to take us over and the ice age hasn’t hit the world.

    Replace: ‘Keep the dream alive’ – Oasis. (or ‘Live in a dream in my record machine’)

    21. Midnight Special – Leadbelly

    I get what you are going for – the whole ‘folk song ending’ (see Elephant – White Stripes, Zooropa – U2) but just think this is the song that should wrap up the whole tour. If I had to choose a Leadbelly song for the trip it would have been ‘Where did you sleep last night’ because as it looks like now we may be sleeping at airports.

    Replace: With the La’s ‘Looking Glass’. Perfect song and theme for Kickstart. Check it out if you don’t know it. ‘Looking Glass’ = Kickstart.

    Andrew

    P.S. If there was any part of this you were offended by I apologize. I’m only joking.

  2. Yes, Andrew has a good point. But I disagree with his opinion that everything must be positive and up-beat. We need diversity, in tone, in feeling and in outlook.

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