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Friday, August 06, 2010

Monsters from the Id, Part I

One of my good friends has a nephew who's interested in music turning 16 in a little bit and she has come up with a brilliant birthday present: she has commissioned an esteemed high court of her friends (including myself) to come up with a mixtape for her nephew composed of songs for someone turning 16, or songs that someone turning 16 should know about.

I've been going through some stuff the last few days, and let me tell you, it's been a long time since I thought about being 16--it's something I avoid at all costs, actually--but it turns out that it's a whole new way of looking at your music collection. (A whole new AWESOME way of looking at your music collection.)

In a few weeks, I'll post what I came up with for my mixtape, but in the meantime, I'd be curious to hear what you think are essential songs for surviving their 16th year. This is your chance to play the role of the corrupting big brother or sister, if you haven't had the pleasure already. Go for it in the comments field...


Unknown said...

Well, every 16-year-old ought to hear Like A Rolling Stone ... and the 33 1/3 Highway 61 Revisited book gives plenty of reasons why

scott (the other one) said...

"Sixteen Blue," by the Replacements.

Anonymous said...

Descendents "Parents"

bobblog said...

right If I wanted a 16 year old to like indie music i would include the following songs on a mixtape

In no particular order

The Breeders - Cannonball
Pixies - Alec Eiffel
Sonic Youth - Teenage Daydream
blur - Anything off Parklife
Pulp - Anything off different class
Belle and Sebastian - funny little frog
The Arcade Fire - Rebellion
The Strokes - Anything off is this it
Fleet Foxes - White winter Hymnal
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
Joy Division - transmission
The Horrors - The Sea by the Sea (as a final track)

Carlos Animals said...

Black Flag- Rise Above
The Proclaimers- Over and Done With
ODB- Shimmy Shimmy Ya
The Shangri-Las- Leader of the Pack
Joe Jackson- Is She Really Going Out With Him?

and literally any song by The Clash

Anonymous said...

Out Of Step- Minor Threat
My War- Black Flag
Expectations- Youth Of Today
Young Till I Die- 7 Seconds
What We Do Is Secret- Germs
WHatever- Husker Du
Lust For Life- Iggy Pop
When Your Young- The Jam
Want- Jawbreaker
Everyone Knows This Is Nowhere- Neil Young
Just To Get Away- Poison Idea
Fuck School- The Replacements
Drink Deep- Rites Of Spring
Can't Seem To Make You Mine- The Seeds.
If The Kids Are United- Sham 69
Teenage Kicks- Undertones

These songs seemed like they struck a chord with me as a teenager...

Anonymous said...

This Year by The Mountain Goats

John Mark said...

sonofthesun: I think we're on the same page. I have that Jam song on the longlist, and can't believe I slept on Jawbreaker, Minor Threat (!!!) and 7 Seconds (!!!!!). I'm currently having a serious dilemma over which song from Big Lizard in my Backyard will make the cut.

Anonymous said...

For The Dead Milkmen, I'd have to go for "Take Me Apart" off of Eat Your Piasley. Such a great song...

John Mark said...

I went with "Nutrition." Not all of the songs on my mixtape are particularly deep, to say the least...

Anonymous said...

"little 16" by Depeche Mode.

Also, you may want to make a search for songs with "sweet 16" in the lyrics. You'll find several.