Yet Another One: The Awesome Mix Vol. 4
Are you tired of this yet? Never let it be said that I won’t completely beat a dead horse until it is ground into a fine powder and scattered to the wind. This is the fourth in the Awesome Mix series – you can catch up on Vol. 2 and Vol. 3 here to get the back story and ground rules. Since this is Vol. 4 that means we have reached the Rocky IV stage of the Awesome Mix sequels, so imagine a couple of montages where I’m putting together this mix in a barren Siberian landscape, all while staring at and brooding over a well worn photo of Dolph Lundgren. That’s probably a more entertaining image than me sitting at my desk with LoFro beadhead, drinking coffee and watching some footie.
I’m not going to lie to you though, much like Rocky avenging the death of Apollo Creed, climbing Siberian mountains with nothing more than a pair of workboots and some rabbit fur gloves, and ending the Cold War in the same 90 minute movie – Rocky IV is the pinnacle of Rocky movies, there is no debate about this – I think Vol. 4 is the best so far in the series, mainly because the songs flow and mix together so well. Plus, LOOKING GLASS. Enough said. (Remember, this mix is best enjoyed with around 5 to 6 seconds of cross fade, and an awful lot of embarrassing, off key singing in your car right in front of your kids’ friends. Also, please note that no horses nor Russian boxers were harmed in any way during the making of this mix or writing of this piece.)
Get Ready – The Temptations
A powerhouse tune to open things up. I’m kind of stunned that it took this long for the Temps to make an Awesome Mix appearance to be honest.
Cinnamon Girl – Neil Young
Just an unforgettable riff, and it bridges the gap so well from the Temps to…
Hold Tight – Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick, and Tich
This is a great tune, but one that had faded from my consciousness until Tarantino used it so awesomely in Death Proof.
Our Lips Are Sealed – The Go-Gos
If you are a male between the ages of 38-48, you probably had a massive crush on Belinda Carlisle at some point during the 80s *raises hand, nods*
Sister Golden Hair – America
You can’t fight singing this when it comes on. You can try, but you will lose.
Hold On! I’m Coming – Sam and Dave
Just love this transition. Savor it.
Brandy – Looking Glass
“The sailors say Brandy/You’re a fine girl/What a goooood wiiiiiiiifffffeeee you would be.” Perhaps the finest karaoke/sing in the car song ever.
Manic Monday – The Bangles
Taking the foot off the gas just slightly as Side A winds down.
Planet Claire – The B-52s
Closing out the side with the Bs at their goofy, weirdo best.
*Flip the tape*
Hot Blooded – Foreigner
Lou Gramm’s killer vocals and the mother of all power chords.
Hard to Handle – Otis Reading
Whenever I play this song I always enjoy seeing the inevitable “Hey?!!!” moment when people realize that the Black Crows didn’t write this one.
Athena – The Who
A sneaky great early 80s gem from The Who.
Two Tickets to Paradise – Eddie Money
I’m doling out pretty much nothing but killer riffs today.
Rich Girl – Hall and Oates
The Hall and Oates resurgence is kind of inexplicable when you stop and think about it, but there’s no denying this is a great, great song.
Son of a Preacher Man – Dusty Springfield
There is nothing inexplicable, however, about Dusty. One of the absolute true greats.
Beginning to See the Light – The Velvet Underground
I’m also a bit stunned that the VU haven’t shown up before, but I guess I did have Lou make an appearance on Vol. 3.
Goodbye Girl – Squeeze
Another transition that I’m really proud of, so let me bask in this one for a sec…Okay, I’m good. Go about your business.
Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello and the Attractions
Closing the tape out with one of my favorite songs of all time.
As always, the mix is here for your listening/subscribing pleasure.
Now, I just need to decide if I’m going to tempt fate and risk putting out a Vol. 5. We all know what happened with Rocky flew to close to the sun with Tommy Morrison.