"The man that hath no music in himself,
Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds,
Is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils;
The motions of his spirit are dull as night
And his affections dark as Erebus:
Let no such man be trusted."
- Lorenzo, Merchant Of Venice Act 5 Scene 1. By Willy Shakes.
(one of my favorite quotes)
Now, I'm sure Ol' Willy mightn't have been referring to The MC5 when he wrote those lines, but he was never graced by the concords of sweet powerchords and Marshall stacks. I have been.
I'm going to digress a little before I even begin here. Please bear with me.
In the last few years this whole digital music thing has begun to wear hard on my soul. I'm not pining for those nostalgic pops & grooves of vinyl. (Though they do have a depth to them that can never be matched. Much like film vs. digital) Nor is it the opening beeps of a cassette I miss.
It's albums that I miss.
Be they on cassette, vinyl or even CD, an album - the collection and arrangement of songs - used to be as much a part of the art as the actual songs. They moved, they flowed, they had cadence and reason. Slap on the cover art and the album was the piece of art.
This whole MP3 thing destroys that. Having a million songs on shuffle mixed with the millisecond attention span of the children of the MTV generation has turned the once glorious feast that was a solid album to a microwaved noodle bowl downed with a Red Bull.
As a passenger in cars over the past few years I've sat in (sometimes-not-so) quiet rage while the driver skips from 'oh my god I love this song!' to 'oh this song totally rocks!' without ever listening to either one in entirety! Entire car rides go by and I hear two thirds of a dozen songs and maybe one all the way through.
CDs made it bad with the ease of skipping and the lack of 'sides', but the shuffle of MP3s is ruining music for me.
So, for the KREDDIBLE TROUT (part of the) WORLD TOUR 2010 I decided to slap a bunch of full albums on CD. No mixes. No 'mellow countryside mix'. No 'hard rockin city' mix. ALBUMS. Most of them were doubled up (you can almost fit 3 Ramones albums on a CD, Misfits too.) on one CD, and there was one or two with some mixed filler at the end (though I shudder to call Roger Miller, Devo or The Zombies 'filler') but mostly, 100% albums. A bunch of them were the actual CDs too, but I didn't bring many as car rides tend to scratch the hell out of them.
So, as another little glimpse into Trout... here's my soundtrack. They're in no order except that the first 10 or so were in heavy rotation.(If any of you are going on a roadtrip, I'd advise all of them.)
- The Rushmore Soundtrack.
- Alice Cooper - Easy Action.
- The Ramones - Rocket To Russia.
- The MC5 - High Times.
- Gord Downie - Coke Machine Glow.
- Bob Dylan - Blood on the Tracks.
- Jane's Addiction - Jane's Addiction.
- Van Halen - Fair Warning
- The King Kahn & BBQ Show - Invisible Girl
- The Black Keys - Thickfreakness.
- Judas Priest - Hell Bent For Leather.
- Mark Sultan - The Sultanic Verses.
- Bob Dylan - Desire.
- The Stooges - The Stooges.
- Godspeed You! Black Emperor - Slow Riot for New Zerø Kanada
- The Ramones - Animal Boy.
- The Beatles - The White Album.
- The Ramones - Mondo Bizarro.
- The Misfits - Legacy of Brutality.
- PJ Harvey - Dry.
- Nomeansno - Sex Mad/You Kill Me.
- Richie Havens - Collection
- The Cramps - Psychedelic Jungle.
- Talking Heads - Little Creatures.
- Judas Priest - Sad Wings Of Destiny.
- Pink Floyd - Animals.
- TV On The Radio - Desperate Youth, Blood Thirsty Babes.
- The MC5 - Back In The U.S.A.
- The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion - Now I Got Worry.
- The Almighty Defenders - The Almighty Defenders.
- Boss Hog - Boss Hog.
- Frank Zappa - Chunga's Revenge.
- The Beastie Boys - The In Sound From Way Out.
- Primus - The Brown Album.
- The C.P.C. Gangbangs - Mutilation Nation. (second half of trip - thanks Tommy.)
- The Dicks - These People.
- The Ramones - The Ramones.
- Ween - Chocolate & Cheese.
- Van Halen - Women And Children First.
- The Rolling Stones - Let It Bleed.
- The Tragically Hip - Phantom Power.
- fIREHOSE - Flyin The Flannel.
- Radiohead - OK Computer.
- Tom Waits - Big Time.
- The Dicks - Kill From The Heart.
- Pete Seeger & Brother Kirk Visit Sesame Street.
- Nomeansno - Mr. Right & Mr. Wrong.
- The Sonics - Boom.
- Sufjan Stevens - Come On Feel The Illinoise.
- Patti Smith - Horses.
- Black Sabbath - Master of Reality.
- Frank Zappa - One Size Fits All.
- Do Make Say Think - & Yet & Yet.
- The White Stripes - The White Stripes.
- Ween - The White Pepper.
- Metallica - Master of Puppets.
- Tom Waits - Swordfishtrombones
... there were probably a few that I missed but I think I got them all.