Friday, December 31, 2010

New Years Eve 1984 in Chicago

I grew up in the Chicago area. My early music education came from the Chicago airwaves. It started with stations like WLS, the Loop and WMET. While I gravitated to the more rock oriented stations like The Loop of WMET I still would tune into WLS from time to time. If there was a popular tune say for instance Jukebox Hero by Foreigner or "Centerfold" by The J. Geils Band and you wanted to hear that song, you knew you could tune in to WLS and hear it within an hour or two. It is the blessing and curse of a top 40 style radio station.

Another thing I loved about WLS was that on New Years Eve as soon as it struck midnight they would play this music collage that was basically a history of pop and rock music. It consisted of all the number one songs since 1960. Each year the collage was the same, but at the end they would add a few more hits from that previous year. Well New Years Eve 1984 I recorded the entire thing and have kept it all these years. This was also one of the first things I digitized back in the day, because I knew I wanted to preserve it so I could share it with people. I'm glad I did, because this blog is a great way to share it.

In addition to the music I hope you like the vintage WLS Calendar image I found online. I found a great site that has that entire calendar online. Check it out here. It is another great time capsule.


As a kid I loved the New Year's collage so much that I made some of my own. I would spend hours and days and weeks adding to it a few seconds at a time. There are all recorded on cheap cassette tapes. In the early 80's much of tapes were the cheapest ones you could buy, because I didn't have a lot of money. They were purchased at K-Mart more than likely. The quality may be hard to bare sometimes because of the tape hiss of static on the radio, but in a way that also captures the essence of the conditions within which they were created. These are from around that same time period '83-'84 (maybe even '82, but I'm not positive) and provide a great window into the Chicago airwaves in the mid 80's. I would scan all sorts of stations and so there is quite a variety. You'll also hear some repeats or themes, which perhaps give some insight into what I was liking at the time.

The interesting thing about these is I think they are a sort of precursor to the sample filled world of music we live in then. I find these interesting also because I think it is also a good glimpse at the mind of someone growing up in the MTV generation. The attention span was getting shorter and shorter, so short that just snippets of songs would satisfy. It should be noted that I didn't just make these and forget about them. I would listen to them over and over. There are songs on here that when I hear them even today I hear the next sample on the collage in my head before I hear the actual next lyric of the song.

There are also bits of songs that I didn't even know what the name or artist of the song was. However I knew the little snippet really well because I listened to it over and over. Some songs I would discover the title and the artist years later. One example was "Pussy Strut" by the Waitresses. There is a snippet from that song in one of the collages, but I never knew what the song was. In recent years when I picked up that first Waitresses album on vinyl I was thrilled when I was listening to that song and that snippet came on. It was like finding an old lost friend. There are other examples as well, but that one comes to mind.

So here they are. I've numbered them, but I'm not positive that they are chronological.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Camouflage - Love Is A Shield - 1989

More syth pop from the 80's courtesy of my friend's record recently donated record collection. I'm realizing as I post these records from my friend that I don't have any interesting stories to share about when I first heard the song or what I was doing when this song was playing because they are not really from my past. I never heard Camouflage before I got this record and "The Great Commandment". So my history consists of a few listens over the past few months.

What I can share is this. Here is some info on the band from Wikipedia. Also I can tell you that the band reminds me of Depeche Mode. Track 2 "The Story Of The Falling Fighters" really reminds me of some of the darker Depeche Mode output from around this same time. It also has an exotic feel to it. I don't know if it is African or Eastern in influence. I'm not educated enough in world music to pinpoint what exactly is going on there, but when you hear it you'll know what I'm talking about.

"Love Is A Shield" is pretty good too. It's not quite so dark and is more like a mid-tempo dance track. It is also very "Mode"-like, but kind of reminds me of some earlier Depeche Mode.


01 Love Is A Shield (Extended Version).m4a
02 The Story Of The Falling Fighters (Extended Version).m4a

03 Love Is A Shield.m4a

Saturday, December 25, 2010

A Christmas Adventure in DIsneyland - Reposting again

This is a re-post from a few years ago. The link to the record is not only dead, but the actual file I had on mediafire had been deleted. For whatever reason I felt like I should put it up briefly once again. Maybe because it is a story for Christmas day and I thought perhaps a few lucky souls might stumble across this today and might want to share this with their family. Better get it while it lasts, because I'll deactivate this pretty quickly. Disney is pretty quick with the take down notices. So here is the old post.

So yesterday I gave you an album full of Christmas hymns for a traditional Christmas eve. Today, for the grand finale of the season I'm going the opposite direction. Christmas at Disneyland. By the way, I've been living in Southern California for over a decade and I still haven't gone to Disneyland in December. This record is the closest I've gotten. That is sad.

Anyways, this record is a mix of story telling and songs. I love this record. The story is interestingly weird and contrived. There are a few absolutely great tunes as well, "Jingle Bones" being my favorite. So once all your presents are open and the afternoon boredom sinks in, escape to Disneyland with this record.

On a side note I just wanted to say, that this past month has been very fun sharing all of these records. I've gotten some of my best feedback and comments. It has been great hearing from people that I've helped make their Christmas or that I've brought back some great memories. It has already got me excited for next year. I have a lot more records to share and I've already started digitzing for next years extravaganza.

As for the regular blog, I hope to get back to posting pretty soon. I'll probably take a few days off, but I will be back soon. I've definitely got a great record to share for New Years. Anyways until then...


01 All Aboard For Disneyland.m4a
02 Disneyland At Last.m4a
03 The Storybook Tree.m4a
04 Fantasyland.m4a
05 Once Upon A Dream.m4a
06 Jingle Bones.m4a
07 Escaping The Witch.m4a
08 Frontierland.m4a
09 Adventureland.m4a
10 The Jungle Tree.m4a
11 Tomorrowland.m4a
12 The Futuristic Christmas Tree.m4a
13 Home At Last On Christmas Morning.m4a

A Christmas Adventure In

Holly Golightly - Christmas Tree On Fire 7" - 2006

Merry Christmas everyone. I know I said I didn't have any Christmas vinyl to post this year, but I actually do. It's not vintage and may not conjure up nostalgic memories of Christmases of yore, but it is still a fun little Christmas record about the Christmas Tree burning down the house. Serves as a good warning about the hazards of real Christmas trees in your house. Longtime readers of the blog know that I love Holly Golightly. She's gotten quite a few mentions over the years and I even posted some photos this last year from when I went to see her. This is a record she released a few years ago for Christmas. I'm pretty sure you can still find it online or at specialty record store so I won't leave the link active for long. You really should go find the record, buy it and support the lady. With that said, my Christmas present today is to share it for a few days.


01 Christmas Tree On Fire.m4a
02 Hear My Call, Here.m4a

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Midnight Star - No Parking On The Dance Floor - 1983

A few weeks ago I got another shelf for some records, which meant I could unpack some boxes of records that had been stashed away for sometime. I mentioned this story a few weeks past on a previous post. As I mentioned in that post I've been playing "The Many Faces Of Roger" a lot and have been listening to some of my other 80's electro funk records. That is what brings me to this record. This was one of the records I digitized during the first year that I started digitizing my records. It has always been an absolute favorite of mine. As a kid I loved the single "No Parking On The Dance Floor". I only knew the song from the radio. I didn't own the record or anything. It wasn't until the late 90's I think until I picked up this record. I fell in love with the whole record and have been rocking it for my kids since they were wee babies.

In addition to "No Parking On The Dance Floor" the song "Freak-A-Zoid" is an absolute jam. I think when I first heard it the cartoon Freak-A-Zoid was still fresh in my mind. It was either still on the air or just recently off the air. Cartoon aside, the song is classic. I mean it opens with an electronic robot type voice saying "Freak-A-Zoid robots please report to the dance floor". How awesome is that? You are basically helpless, but to obey and get yourself to the dance floor and start doing the robot. Over 8 minutes of robotic dance glory.

Here is what I assume to be the video/single version of the song. It's about 4 minutes.

The first side opener "Electricity" is a really good electro funk song as well. Has the oh-so-80's electronic voice box thing going on. It is "Electro funk" afterall. Just makes you want to start poppin' and lockin'.

"Feels So Good" is more of a straight ahead R&B/pop song, but I really like it. Kind of reminds me of the smooth production of Marvin Gaye in the 80's. Think "Sexual Healing".

Side 1
01 Electricity
02 Night Rider
03 Feels So Good
04 Wet My Whistle
Side 2
05 No Parking (On The Dance Floor)
06 Freak-A-Zoid
07 Slow Jam
08 Playmates


No Parking On The Dance Floor Side
No Parking On The Dance Floor Side

Here is a bonus video in remembrance of the classic that was Freakazoid. I gots to get me some Freakazoid DVDs. I loved that show.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Hank Snow - When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again - 1973

So while I don't have any new Christmas records to post this year, this is somewhat in the spirit of the season. Hank Snow. Get it snow? I know. Bad pun.

Jokes aside, this is a pretty good record. The last I checked I didn't see this available on except for used vinyl so I take that to mean that it is out of print and perhaps never has been released on CD. That makes it a great candidate for the blog.

This is a double record, so you get a lot of country for your dollar on this release. Actually you're getting it free, but you know what I mean. Actually, I don't know if "country" is the best description of Hank Snow's music. I think it is closer to "cowboy" music if that is a genre. These songs sound like ones a cowboy would sing on the range. A few of my favorites on this record are "Your Little Band Of Gold", "The Answer To The Blue Velvet Band", "I Wonder Where You Are Tonight", "How She Could Yodel", "On The Mississippi Shore"

"Little Buddy" is quite a song as well. It is a song about a man's dog that was killed by a drunk. It could possibly be one of the saddest songs you ever hear.

And my absolute favorite song is "There's A Picture On Pinto's Bridle" which tells the story of a man who is out riding on the trail when he comes across an injured boy and his pinto. The pinto has a broken leg and so the man draws his gun to put the horse down, but the man stops and the boy tells him the story of how when his mother died she wanted him to take care of the pinto. The boy finishes and utters his final words to the man to take the picture of his mother from the pinto's bridle and lay it near his heart when he dies. It's a tearjerker for sure. Below are the lyrics in their entirety.

I'm riding one bright evening 'neath the starlit western sky
The silver moon down on the sage did shine
As I spurred my pony onward, my guitar I softly played
To the tune of some coyote's lonely cry
Just then my pony halted, his ears up straight did go
He trembled as I stepped down by his side
With a glance I saw a shadow, on the prairie there did lie
A little curly-headed blue eyed boy.

O dee ay, dee ay lee, O ay lee O, dee lay ee.

Not very far beyond him his little Pinto fell
His leg was broke as there in pain he lay
And his frightened eyes were blinking as I drew my Forty Four,
Do not kill me his kind eyes just seemed to say.

"Don't shoot him, sir, I beg you, he is my only pal
We've rode the range together day by day
My poor father is a drunkard and he turned me from the door;
Dear mothers up in heaven far away.

O dee ay, dee ay lee, O ay lee O, dee lay ee.

She left me one bright morning, with the angels she does dwell,
We'll meet upon that other range some day
As she kissed my little forehead then a picture she did draw,
From a golden locket as I heard her say.

"My time has come to leave you, the best of pals must part,
Please promise mother always to be true
Thro' the long and lonely hours when your little heart's forlorn
Remember there's an angel watching you.

O dee ay, dee ay lee, O ay lee O, dee lay ee.

Just then the little fellow bowed down his weary head
And this is all his trembling lips did say
Please take care of little Pinto, try and help him to get well
I'm now heading for a round-up far away.

You'll find on Pinto's bridle, a treasure that is dear
Please put it by my heart when I have gone
'Tis a picture of my mother dear, the best pal that I knew,
I'm leaving now to meet her far beyond.

O dee ay, dee ay lee, O ay lee O, dee lay ee...

So there you have it. Give the record a listen. Hopefully you'll find a couple treasures on the record like I did.


Record 1
01 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again
02 Your Little Band Of Gold
03 Linda Lou
04 You've Broken My Heart
05 Wasted Love
06 The Answer To The Blue Velvet Band
07 Little Buddy
08 I'm Sending You Red Roses
09 I Wonder Where You Are Tonight

Record 2
10 Seal Our Parting With A Kiss
11 Anniversary Of My Broken Heart
12 My Fillipino Rose
13 How She Could Yodel
14 Your Last Kiss Has Broken My Heart
15 Under Hawaiian Skies
16 On The Mississippi Shore
17 There's A Picture On Pinto's Bridle
18 Journey My Baby Back Home

When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again Record
When My Blue Moon Turns Gold Again Record

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Palo Verde High School - Show Stoppers - 1972

What? No Christmas album? Before I get into this record I want to apologize in advance, that I did not get around to digitizing any new Christmas albums for this year's holiday season. I have indeed purchased new Christmas vinyl, but I just haven't been able to digitize them yet. So there will probably be some re-posting and such, but nothing new.

Now to the record.

Before Glee was releasing albums entitled "Show Stoppers" Palo Verde High School in Tucson, Arizona was doing it. In fact this record was recorded way back in 1972 when I was but a babe.

The interesting thing about this record is that it has a very personal meaning to me. In fact probably my earliest memory was going to this performance. I attended this night when I was not even 2 years old and I can still remember where we sat in the auditorium. I was talking with my mother about this over Thanksgiving and she told me she was worried about taking me to this, because she was afraid I'd cry or get restless, but she said once the show started I was totally enthralled and never made a peep.

So why was I at this performance? Well, my older brother Tim was playing Sancho. Other than remembering where we sat, I remember the feeling I had when he sang. I was so impressed and proud. Today when I listen to this record I get chills because his voice is so good. It is funny when you listen to his voice against the other high school students. His voice is just so much more mature and trained.

You'll also notice in the liner notes that the choir president was Tim Milsaps. That is actually Tim Filichia, my brother. To this day he is still involved with show choir. He is the producer and director of a group name Light Entertainment Company. You can check out their web page here.

So record #1 has selections from "Fiddler On The Roof" and record #2 has selections from "Man Of La Mancha". Being biased I recommend checking out record #2 first and just right to "Man Of La Mancha" and "I Really Like Him".


Monday, November 29, 2010

Weezer - Pork And Beans 7" - 2008

I'll give you warning now. These links won't stay live for long. Weezer is pretty mainstream and a big moneymaker for their label, so I'm just going to assume that if the links stay up, I'll have problems.

I have to say, I have been a Weezer fan since the beginning. A few weeks after "The Sweater Song" broke I saw Weezer open for Lush. There were about 40 people in the club, but they rocked the house. I went to see Lush, but came away from that concert loving Weezer. I only knew that first single, but during their songs were so catchy and fun I was instantly hooked from that performance.

The band has had its high points and not so high points. I won't say low points because I don't think there really is a bad Weezer record. This last year they have been on fire releasing 3 records in the span of about a year, Ratitude, Hurley and most recently Death To False Metal. Rivers is truly gifted with writing catchy hooks. They never cease to be fun.

This song Pork and Beans is a classic. It was from the moment it hit the airwaves. I've been at several events where this song has been on and people just start singing along. I picked up both versions of the 7" when it came out because of the 2 B-sides. I love the Psychedelic Furs and so I had to hear "Love My Way" and I was almost as excited to hear their version of R.E.M.'s "Oddfellows Local 151. Document is one of my favorite R.E.M. records. I think it may have been the first R.E.M. CD I owned. So for a short time only check these ditties out.


01 Pork And Beans.m4a
02 Love My Way.m4a
02 Oddfellows Local 151.m4a

As an added bonus, here is some video of my son a couple years ago performing "Pork And Beans" at a high school battle of the bands performance. I was pretty proud of him. He and his friend Brett really got the crowd going.

Friday, November 26, 2010

SAP Music Christmas Mix 2010

Every year, no matter how early I think I am starting on the Christmas mix, in the end it feels rushed. Life just seems to get busier in the fall and finding the time to work on the mix is hard. When I do get a Saturday afternoon, it is never enough.

Every year I also feel like the Christmas mix isn't as good as the Halloween Mix, because I get to do so much fun stuff on the Halloween mix. This year I was sampling songs and making loops. I was pulling audio from movies and spoken word records. I spent so much time on that thing making something original. Doing that for the Christmas mix is probably possible, but I think it requires more digging and research, both of which require time and as mentioned before I'm always short on time by the time the Christmas mix rolls around. I'm not selling this mix too well am I? Sorry. Actually the mix is fun and I think there are some good selections that may surprise and delight you.


SAP Music Christmas Mix 2010 -

Click on the images to read the track listings. Sorry for being such a pain. The less songs I list, the less chance I have of anyone complaining and that way the link can remain active.

You can download a nice high res version of this CD insert here.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Salt-N-Pepa - Expression 12" - 1989

This past weekend I was further unpacking some boxes of records. I moved this past summer and there were some records that were still in boxes because I didn't have a shelf for them. So I got the additional shelf and began unpacking what I thought was going to be classical, Christmas and Hawaiian records. To my surprise there was a handful of other types of records. 12" dance singles, jazz and blues records, R&B and funk. Some were ones I remembered buying and some I think were given to me. There was about 20-30 records in there that look like they may be great future records for the blog. I still have a lot of work to do to get them on here, so don't get too excited yet. I still have to actually listen to a bunch of them.

One record is Fred Flintstone and Barney rubble and the songs of Mary Poppins. There is a story to go along with it, but the highlight is Fred singing versions of Mary Poppins song with a crumby out of tune guitar. Can't wait to share that.

The other discover was a record by Roger Troutman AKA Roger. It is his first solo record called "The Many Facets Of Roger" and it is amazing. 1981 electro funk. That jam rocked the house hard last night and on into today. So I don't have that record to post yet, but I thought something in the hip hop/funk flavor would be nice.

This was a hit for Salt-N-Pepa back in the day. Another good reason to tie in Salt-N-Pepa to this blog is that they were briefly a mascot to Team SAP. When they had their first hit with "Push It" that song was all over the radio. I remember heading up to Milwaukee to a skate park with a bunch of Team SAP members. We thought the group was called Salt And Pepper, which has the initials S A P. So on that trip that song was like our theme song because of the mistaken interpretation of the name. Anyways, Salt-N-Pepa will always have their place in Team SAP history, which makes them a great addition to this blog. Of course to everyone who has no idea what I'm talking about with regard to Team SAP, this means nothing. So just enjoy the music.

This will probably be the last post before I kick out the Christmas mix later this week after Thanksgiving.

01 Expression (Half Step).mp3
02 Expression (No Shorts).mp3
03 Expression (acappella).mp3
04 Expression (Instrumental.mp3
05 Expression (Bonus Beats).mp3
06 Clubhouse (Vocal).mp3
07 Clubhouse (Instrumental).mp3

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Depeche Mode - Strangelove - 1988

I have an interesting history with Depeche Mode. The first time I heard them was at a party circa 84 or 85. I remember some girl having a tape and telling the host of the party that he needed to play the tape. The band was great. I didn't catch the name, but I remembered the track. It was People Are People. I remember loving it, but I was too shy to ask this older pretty girl who the band was. She was in high school and I wasn't. Anyway, my close friends and I were into heavy metal so I really didn't have anyone to talk to about the song, but I remembered it.

A couple years after that when I was in High School Depeche Mode got huge in the US. Somehow by that point I had connected the dots that People Are People was done by them, but my impression of the band was that they were just some good looking girlie band. So I wasn't into them at all. I just wrote them off as pop fluff.

Skip ahead to the later half of the decade I had a girlfriend (future wife) who loved Depeche Mode. So of course I got to hear more of them. What I discovered was that they were nothing like I thought they were. They had a dark side, I mean a really dark and twisted side. The album Black celebration was a revelation.

This single (again from my friend) is a good example of that dark twisted side of Depeche Mode. The record has couple good mixes and some b-side mixes of "Nothing". I have double checked, but I'm sure all these mixes have been made available on CD. A few years ago the band released a series of CD's releasing just about every mix or remix of anything they ever released. So if you want cleaner versions of these you can find them on CD.


01 Strangelove (Highjack Remix).m4a
02 Strangelove (Remix Edit).m4a
03 Nothing (Zip-Hop Mix).m4a
04 Nothing (Dub).m4a

Friday, November 12, 2010

B-Movie - Remembrance Day 12" - 1987

Here is number two from that stack of records my friend recently gave me. I just finished digitizing them this last weekend and doing all the labels and artwork and such so you should be seeing a more steady stream of them. They are mostly all from 1987-1989 and are of the synth pop variety.

Before getting this record I wasn't really familiar with B-Movie. However the songs "Remembrance Day" and "Nowhere Girl" have become instant faves on the ipod. It is one of those cases where I don't know if it is a case of the song being so good that I'm humming and singing along or that I actually have heard these tracks somewhere in the past and so I do have some connection to them. It is almost like I knew these songs from somewhere else, but I don't know where. Well whatever the story, I've been digging on them a lot the past week or so.


01 Remembrance Day.m4a
02 Marilyn Dreams.m4a
03 Nowhere Girl.m4a

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Kix - Kix - 1981

Just wanted to get something up post Halloween. Yes, I know I was extremely lazy all October, just posting reposts. I can report that I did spend time in October working on the Christmas mix for the year.

This record was a bit of a surprise to me. I picked this up mostly because of the cheeseball photos, and I thought the music would be kind of cheesy. However I was pleasantly pleased to find that the album actually rocked quite well. It wasn't so much the hairband rock of the late 80's which I wasn't really into, but had a little more new wave influence than I was expecting. Listen to Heartache and you'll hear what I mean. Has a little bit of a powerpop vibe going on. Some songs rock a little harder, and there is the requisite heavy metal falsetto. For instance, take a song like "Kix Are For Kids". This is more in line with say Krokus. "The Kid" is a pretty catchy rocker and "Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" is also infectious and closes the album well.

And lastly I'd like to say that even though I've given the music a B+ as far as quality I still stand by my opinion that the album photos are cheeseball.


01 Atomic Bombs.m4a
02 Love At First Sight.m4a
03 Heartache.m4a
04 Poison.m4a
05 The Itch.m4a
06 Kix Are For Kids.m4a
07 Contrary Mary.m4a
08 The Kid.m4a
09 Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.m4a

Kix Side
Kix Side

Monday, October 25, 2010

SAP Music Halloween Mix 2009 - Repost

It is finally that time of year again. For me Halloween is by far the best season for making mixes. There is so much material out there and I have the most fun mashing up and layering things. Also in addition to traditional Halloween songs, pop and rock music is full of songs with dark themes that lend themselves to Halloween. Candy and sugar is another popular theme in pop music which again plays so well into the whole Halloween thing. So this year, you get songs about candy, you get Elvis Costello singing about killing people.

Again to keep myself off the search engine radar, I'm going to avoid typing out the songs and artists on the track list. I have however provided a hi-res image of the liner notes I made for the CD's I made for friends. You should be able to read that to learn who is singing what. Also as always I have put in all the track tags so when you pull these files into itunes you get all the info you need.

Also I highly recommend listening to the whole thing, because I've mixed all the tracks to flow into each other. Also included here is an image that can be used to print out a CD sticker. That would be the image with the circular theme.

As far as the tracks go, I've put a lot more spoken word and dialogue samples on this mix this year. Don't let that scare you off. I made sure to make all those bits as interesting as possible by layering in music and sound FX. I've also done a lot of editing of songs so you get just the best bits. Much of the time, songs don't overstay their welcome. My philosophy was to get in, get the gist of the song and then move on. So the mix is constantly surprising the listener. I think also there may be some tracks that will put a smile on your face because you may have never thought of them a Halloween songs, but I think you'll find in the context of the mix they work quite well. The easiest example of what I'm talking about is the opening track by The Doors. You may be asking "The Doors, how is that a Halloween song?" well once you give it a listen and hear what I've done I think you'll get it.

So have fun with the music. I hope it can provide a nice soundtrack for the month of October. I also hope to get some comments back from people, so feel free to ask questions and or discuss the songs.


Here is the whole thing in one zip file.

SAP Music Halloween Mix

01 Peace Frog.m4a
02 Swamp Blood.m4a
03 Skeleton Topless.m4a
04 Full Moon.m4a
05 The Final Sound.m4a
06 Terror From The Circus Of Death.m4a
07 Halloween.m4a
08 More Evil.m4a
09 Psycho.m4a
10 Nightmare In My Closet.m4a
11 The Dead Do Rise Vs. People's Playground.m4a
12 Poltergeist In The Pantry.m4a
13 Ghostride.m4a
14 Ghost Ship.m4a
15 The Ghastly Stomp.m4a
16 Haunted.m4a
17 We Are The Witches.m4a
18 You Must Be A Witch.m4a
19 I Put A Spell On You.m4a
20 Spooky.m4a
21 Candy Man.m4a
22 Some Candy Talking.m4a
23 Graveyard Girl (Yuksek Mix).m4a
24 Zombie.m4a
25 The Haunted And The Haunters Vs. Man With A Harmonica.m4a
26 The Boogie Man.m4a
27 Trick Or Treat.m4a
28 Under The Moon Of Love.m4a
29 Night Of The Witches And Dr. Frankenstein On Campus Commercial.m4a
30 Vampire Daddy.m4a
31 Graveyard Rock.m4a
32 Rock Candy.m4a
33 A Spooky Sounding Halloween Story Vs. The Emperor.m4a
34 The Headless Horseman.m4a
35 Astro Zombies Commercial.m4a
36 Goo Goo Muck.m4a
37 Walk Like A Zombie.m4a
38 Season Of The Witch.m4a
39 Halloween Is All Around.m4a

Here's an image to print out for a CD case.

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

SAP Music Halloween Mix 2008 Repost

Here is a repost of the Halloween mix from 2008. This was the first mix I ever did in garageband. I am still extremely proud of this mix. It holds up very well.


01 This is Halloween - Marilyn Manson
02 Everyday Is Halloween - Dangerous Muse
03 I Have No Home - Martin Landau
04 Candy Man - Sloppy Seconds
05 No Costume, No Candy - The Swingin' Neckbones
06 Hallowe'en, Hallowe'en - Oscar Brand
07 The Haunted House Vs The Haunted Mansion - John Carpenter & The Haunted Mansion
08 The Haunted Mansion Organ & Madame Leota - Disneyland
09 Doin' It In A Haunted House - Yvonne Gage
10 Casper The Friendly Ghost (Theme)
11 Little Ghost - The White Stripes
12 Morricone Vs The Martians (Investigation of a Citizen above Suspicion Main Title & Martian Graveyard) - Ennio Morricone
13 The Witch (Full Version) - The Cult
14 Evil Walks - AC/DC
15 Vampire - Antsy Pants
16 Sleepy Vampire - Eddie Spaghetti
17 Ghoul Days, Ghoul Days - The Wonderland Singers
18 To Cause A Witch To Die - Vincent Price
19 The Shreik Of Agony (Shreik Of Agony-Cha Cha Cha) - Bob McFadden and Dor
20 Seducing Shining Vampyros Lesbos Zombies - Louise Huebner, Manfred Hubler and Siegfried Schwab
21 Zombie Jamboree - King Flash and The Calypso Carnival
22 We're All Zombies Too - Josh Diamond
23 Count Chocula Goes Hollywood - Count Chocula, Frankenberry and Booberry
24 Dracula's Lament - Jason Segel
25 Lugosi, Orgies & Christians - Louis Huebner
26 It's Halloween - The Shaggs
27 Graveyard - Dead Moon
28 Buried Alive - Black Lips
29 At The House Of Frankenstein House - Big Bee Kornegay
30 Creation of The Female Monster (The Bride Of Frankenstein) - Franz Waxman
31 Over At The Frankenstein Place - Barry Bostwick and Susan Sarandon
32 Have A Happy Halloween - The Wonderland Singers

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Halloween Mix 2007 - Repost

To keep the Halloween theme going I thought I'd share my Halloween mix from last year with the world. This one is actually more of a play list and doesn't have any fancy mixing. Even without that, think it is a pretty good selection of Halloween songs and songs that kind of relate to the holiday. Some may be a stretch, but it makes for a fun listen.

Maybe some day I'll do a remix of this CD. Looking over the list I can see things that might have been better mashup up or edited. There are some instrumentals on here that could be really cool under some spoken word things. That's a project for another time. This year is just too busy.

As a little update on the behind the scenes hear, I thought I'd let you know that I just started pulling together songs for this year's Christmas/Holiday mix. Just listening through songs was getting me very excited. I can't wait to get them into garageband and start having some real fun. I'm hoping to have something done and ready to post by Thanksgiving or perhaps that weekend of Thanksgiving at the end of November. That way you'll have the mix for the month of December.

Anyways, that is it for now.


Here is the whole play list in one zip.
Spencer's Halloween Mix

Here are the individual tracks.
01 Ed Wood Main Titles (Edit) - Jeffrey Jones & Howard Shore
02 Trick Or Treat - Oscar Brand And His Young Friends
03 My Dear Watson - Thee Headcoatees
04 Horrorshow - The Libertines
05 To Make A Witch Pockmarked - Vincent Price
06 Suspiria (Narration) - Goblin
07 Angel Witch - Angel Witch
08 Pass The Witch's Broomstick - Wade Denning & Kay Lande
09 Figments Park (Edit) - De Wolfe Music
10 Kill The Brain And You Kill The Ghoul - Anna & The Psychomen
11 I Walked With A Zombie - Roky Erickson & The Aliens
12 Halloween Hootenanny - Zacherle
13 Surfin' Dead - The Cramps
14 Teenage Zombie Blues - Blowtops
15 Braineaters - The Misfits
16 Among The Dead - Tim Armstrong
17 She's My Witch - The Monsters
18 Lil' Red Riding Hood - Sam The Sham and The Pharaohs
19 The Self Fascination Ritual For Increased Power - Louise Huebner
20 Evil - 45 Grave
21 Perhaps Vampires Is a Bit Strong But... - Arctic Monkeys
22 Braineater - Braineaters
23 At The Munsters - Golden Records Kids Choir
24 Casper, Casper (Whatcha Doin' On The Moon) - The Comix
25 Do The Rigormortis - Don Hinson & The Rigamorticians
26 Pacific Ghost Highway... (Intro) - The Ghastly Ones
27 Dinner With Drac - The Ghastly Ones
28 Goblin Dance - Gershon Kingsley & Peter Waldron
29 Hillside Strangler - The Hollywood Squares
30 Blood Lust - Tom Baker
31 Jack The Ripper - The Horrors
32 The Tell-Tale Heart - The Creed Taylor Orchestra/ Kenyon Hopkins
33 Popeye (The Gravedigger) - John Zacherle
34 I Dig You Baby - Bob McFadden And Dor
35 Halloween - Wade Denning & Kay Lande

Friday, October 1, 2010

SAP Music Halloween Mix 2010

It's that time of year once again. This year I got a good head start on this mix. Started way back at the beginning of August and I wrapped it up the first week of September. So I've been sitting on this for a while.

I've you were reading the blog back then you got a few tastes of some of the tracks that I did for this year's mix. Tracks 15 and 16 were a big step forward for me this year on the mixing front. Because they are sort of the most original tracks and exclusive to this CD, they are my favorites. There are some other interesting things I'm pretty proud of. The Depeche Mode track is super creepy because I laid in some bits of voices from "The Shining". There are some fun spoken word samples sprinkled throughout. There are a few references to "The Son Of Svengoolie" who is a Chicagoland icon. Those are all thanks to youtube. The use of youtube this year to find clips and such was also new this year. In fact the Bette Midler track was taken from a youtube clip someone uploaded of a Son Of Svengoolie show where he played a clip from the original Svengoolie show back in the early 70's when Bette Midler made an in studio appearance. FYI I noticed after the fact that I spelled Svengoolie wrong on my track listing. Ugh! Maybe I'll get ambitious and fix that soon.


01 P-S-Y-C-H-O (Psycho) End Title - Ben Vaughn
02 I Can't Decide - Scissor Sisters
03 Spirit - Doug E. Fresh
04 Kriminal Living Eye Theme - Maleditus Sound
05 Witches Brew - The Cast of Zoom
06 Vampira - Bobby Bare
07 Mother - The Police
08 Lullaby From Rosemary's Baby (Sleep Safe And Warm) - Claudine Longet
09 Wonka's Welcome Song - Danny Elfman
10 Curse Of The Zombies - Wade Denning & Frank Daniels
11 To Become A Werewolf - Vincent Price
12 Werewolf - Southern Culture On The Skids
13 Major Surgery - Akira Yamaoka
14 Monster On The Campus Trailer
15 The Merry Night Of Halloween (D.C. Don Juan vs. William Conrad Mix) - William Conrad
16 The Count Dracula Tussle (Boris Karliff vs Big Tuck) - Boris Karloff
17 My Daddy Is A Vampire – Meteors
18 Turn Around - They Might Be Giants
19 Svengoolie - Bette Midler
20 A Zombie's Commercial - The Zombies
21 Zombie Girl - The Spazzys
22 Brainwashed This Way _ Zombie _ That Shirt - Meat Beat Manifesto
23 I'm Your Boogie Man - White Zombie
24 Boogie Man - AC/DC
25 The Boogie Man Song - Mos Def
26 Dorothy-My Monster - Companions
27 I Want a Monster to Be My Friend - Marilyn Sokol
28 Mommy's Little Monster - Social Distortion
29 Ghost - Depeche Mode
30 The Ghost Who Walks - Karen Elson
31 Hurry Up It's Ghost Coming! – Nintendo
32 Friendly Ghost – Eels
33 Ghost Band – Rancid
34 The Munster Creep - The Munsters
35 Science Fiction Double Feature (Reprise) - Richard O'Brien
36 The Creature From The Black Lagoon - Hans J. Salter
37 The Creature From The Black Lagoon - The Monsters
38 Grave Robbers (From Outer Space) - Thee Merry Widows
39 Martian Hop - The Ran-Dells
40 Here Come The Martian Martians - Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers
41 Teenagers From Mars - The Network
42 Exit Crypt Music - The Haunted Mansion

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Bob City - Swamp Buggy Racin' 7" - 1998

This is one of the 7" records I picked up last year at Amoeba in a 50 cent bin. I think I bought about 20 records that I knew nothing about. I've been taking my sweet time getting them ready for the blog. This big hold up is scanning the artwork. Anyway, I got nudged yesterday to get to posting something again, because it had been so long. Time flies. Work has been very busy. So I pulled this out today.

Still don't know much about Bob City, but I do think "Swamp Buggy Racin'" is a good rocker of a song. Give it a listen and I think you'll be singing along with the easy to remember chorus "swamp buggy racin'". "Dead Man" is not too bad either.

Hopefully this will tide


As a bonus I looked up some Swamp Buggy racing footage on youtube.

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Echo & The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sugar 12" - 1987

Just this last week a friend gave me a small sack of records. They are all from the 80's and most of them are 12" singles. I have promptly started digitizing them to share. This is the first record from the collection which I'll post over the coming months. Many of these records are from pretty established bands like Echo or New Order or Morrissey or Depeche Mode, so I don't think I'm going to be sharing anything new that a die hard fan hasn't already collected from some other source. However, I do think on of the cool aspects will be the artwork, which may not be so readily available.

"Lips Like Sugar" is one of my favorite songs by Echo & The Bunnymen. On a side note I just have to say I find bands with "and" or "&" in their name to be annoying in this day of itunes. I hate having to keep track of whether I use the "&" sign of the word "and". It seems like I'm always fixing file names in bands like "Echo & The Bunnymen" and "The Jesus & Mary Chain".

This record is great because of the mixes. The 12" mix and the single mix are nice additions to the library. It is also nice to have a dub version of a song. Maybe I'll find a good use for that in some mash-up someday. "Rollercoaster" is a pretty good track as well. It really rocks and reminds me of some of the earlier Bunnymen work, kind of rough around the edges.


01 Lips Like Sugar (12" Mix).m4a
02 Rollercoaster.m4a
03 Lips Like Sugar (Dub).m4a
04 Lips Like Sugar (Single Mix).m4a

Echo & The Bunnymen - Lips Like Sure 12".zip