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Get In Loser, We're Going Crying
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At the beginning of the pandemic (full transparency, probably 2 years ago even to be honest lol) I kept promising to make this mix featuring all the music that we call New Wave. FINALLY, some stars aligned and I got off my *ss. We're doing a 24 Hour Sale... so don't DELAY. Limited Edition Run of 48 copies of this mix on CASSETTE USB. Hand numbered . Shipping out Tomorrow and then they ARE GONE. Get yours. don't be like me and procrastinate. PLEASE NOTE : Usually you get an automatic digital Download of the mixtape. This file pack is just a PLACE HOLDER . The Final Mix is still being tweaked and will be emailed to ya as soon as it's ready to go! In this pack, you are getting a snippet of an earlier version of the mix that I did that I had to scrap because I realized I had played the last song already on the mixtape - oscillate wildly. Also included, a copy of the Take on Me / BitterSweeet Symphony remix transition video for you fellow Video DJ's / Music fans to tie you over.
- New Song - Howard Jones
- Will You Stay Tonight - Comsat Angels
- Love Is All That Matters - Human League
- I'm Not the Man I Used To Be - Fine Young Cannibals
- Feels Like Heaven - Fiction Factory
- Oblivious - Aztec Camera
- Ship Of Fools - World Party
- Secret - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
- Respect - Erasure
- Shake the Disease - Depeche Mode
- Thieves Like Us - New Order
- I Wanna Be Adored - Stone Roses
- Save A Prayer - Duran Duran
- A Night Like This (live) - The Cure
- Only You - Yaz / Human - Human League
- Catch - The Cure
- Say Hello, Wave Goodbye - Soft Cell
- Vitamin Z - Burning Flame
- Voices Carry - 'Til Tuesday
- Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want - The Smiths
- I Miss You When Your Gone - The Cranberries
- Never Tear Us Apart - INXS
- Ever Fallen In Love - Buzzcocks
- Ça plane pour moi (Original 1977 Version) - Plastic Bertrand
- Dreaming - Blondie
- Age of Consent - New Order
- Take on Me - A-ha
- Bittersweet Symphony - The Verve
When I was growing up, I had the distinct privilege of being in the broadcasting vicinity of this radio station called WLIR... the "new music" station whose slogan was "Dare to Be different".
These would end up being words I would live by throughout my life.
For those that don't know, WLIR was this groundbreaking station, playing the music nobody else would at the time, music that for the most part would fall under this umbrella that we in general refer to as "NEW WAVE". It included the genres of synth-pop, 80's, punk, post-punk, new romantic, punk-reggae, Goth, Brit-pop, shrimp scampi, shrimp sandwich... wait that's Forest Gump, my bad.
I also had an older sister who was cool enough to be tuning into that station, and buying all the records from the bands WLIR was playing. So while most kids my age were psychotic fans of New Kids on the Block and Debbie Gibson, I was getting introduced to the likes of Big Audio Dynamite, China Crisis, The Housemartins, New Order and OMD at a very young impressionable age. Thanks Joy (that's my sis).
Now, I've taken a personality test or two in my day, and to no surprise I am one of those weird introverted extroverts (makes sense - gemini over here). And as I grew up, I turned into the prototypical awkward teenager nerd loner "weirdo".
Straight A student, played the violin, was bad at sports, wore glasses since the 2nd grade... aka - not one of the cool kids. For reference, I only got invited to one bat mitzvah through all of junior high. Most of the other kids went to like 10 of em. Shout out to the homegirl Leah for letting me come thru ;)
Anyway, "New wave" music gave that introverted ghost in me solace.
Much of the music had this inherent melancholy that expressed my teenage angst when I couldn't do it myself. The weight of my unrequited crushes were alleviated when I listened to The Smiths or a Depeche Mode song. Made me feel like I wasn't by myself in this cold world.
At the same time, the fact that none of my classmates knew any of the music made me feel like it was made specifically for me. I could scoff at not being included by the popular, because they weren't up on Cabaret Voltaire or Visage. The more obscure the song or the group, the more I wanted to hear it (new wave snob cough cough!!)
And... a crapload of it was ultimately just dance music made in the aftermath of disco (which never died in the UK the way it did here in the states) .
So here it is, a mixtape full of the music that is called New Wave. Volume One. There will be more to come because i couldn't fit everything I wanted to in the requisite 60 minutes.
The question I've always wondered to myself when it came to this genre near and dear to me is -
Did I listen to new wave so much because I was always sad... OR... Was I sad, because I listened to so much new wave?
I guess, it will always be both the cause and the cure for us superfine.
So, Get In Loser... We're going Crying.
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