Mix Six: “Body Parts and Food”


I think it’s obvious that the title of this Mix Six is pretty gross.  I mean, if I were in the restaurant business, having a title like “Body Parts and Food” would certainly be the death knell for my venture.  But, since this is music we’re talking about, I think you can figure out where this is going by simply using your noodle (Ha! I food reference — and a stupid second grade one at that) and thinking about bands who have branded themselves with a moniker that certainly gets attention. So, here we go with a little musical tour of the morgue and the produce aisle — um, I mean, bands with evocative novel names.

“Gepetto (Remix),” Belly (Download)

I do believe this version of “Gepetto” was featured on the Mixtape either here at Popdose or at Jeff Giles’ Jefitoblog.  This remix is a lot less raw in terms of the guitar — which means the vocals have a softer sound.  Tanya Donelly has always had a soft voice, but when she was with Belly, she could really belt it when need be.  Nowadays, it saddens my musical heart to hear her trapped in mommy mode with song after song about motherhood and kids.  But back in the good old days when all she needed was a belly full of wine just to get to sleep, her songs of angst, marginalized protagonists, and never really finding love were superb.  Now that she’s found love, kids, and domestic bliss, her songs have lost the edge that made her music so appealing to me back in the day.

Fallen Angel,” Elbow (Download)

Loved by many superstars in the music world, Elbow, to me, is an acquired taste. I must admit that I came late the Elbow party, and because I was late, I missed all the hype surrounding the band. But after taking a crash course in Elbow’s early albums, I think the songs from Cast of Thousands are the ones I like the most — with “Fallen Angel” getting the most spins.

Split Needles,” the Shins (Download)

When “Phantom Limb” came out a couple of years ago and was all over the radio, I had trouble warming up to the song. Not knowing much about the Shins, I took a chance and downloaded the album and found that songs like “Split Needles” were growing more and more popular on my personal playlist. And being a guy who likes to bang on things with sticks, I’m often drawn to interesting things a drummer is doing on a song. Joe Plummer (Yeah, that’s the drummer’s name and, yes, I bet he got his tits pulled quite a lot during the 2008 presidential campaign) has a kind of odd time feel going on here, and while it’s not the most novel groove, it adds that certain something that takes the song from good to great.

“The Distance,” CAKE (Download)

I know, this song was overplayed, but it hasn’t worn thin with me.  And while I think CAKE’s music is best enjoyed in small doses, I do believe I could have this on my iPod for a good six weeks and not grow tired of it — well, provided I have a few hundred songs cushioning it.

“Jellybelly,” Smashing Pumpkins (Download)

Smashing Pumpkins get a lot of sneers from some music aficionados, but by the mid ’90s, the Pumpkins could really do no wrong with me.  Case in point: “Jellybelly.” The sheer power of this song is undeniable, but if you listen what Jimmy Chamberlin is able to do on the drums while James Iha grinds out a pure wall of sound at the outset, it’s post-punk pleasure at its finest that transitions into a great groove. Alas, for the Pumpkins, the wheels came off after Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, but boy for a couple of albums, Smashing Pumpkins were simply the shit.

“Freak on a Leash,” Korn (Download)

I have a real aversion to so-called nu metal, but when “Freak on a Leach” came out, I thought Korn really nailed a nice balance between thrash and pop. Add to that Jonathan Davis’ C.H.U.D. vocals during the breakdown section (and the kick ass ride out), and you have a nu metal classic.

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  • http://www.hemisphire.com hemisphire

    Seconded on Tanya – every time she comes out with new music I'll check it out, hoping she'll bring back the rock, but it just doesn't happen.

    I think the Cake song I know the best know is “Short Skirt/Long Jacket” since it's the theme song on Chuck.

  • http://arensb.livejournal.com/ arensb

    No Butthole Surfers or AxCx among the body parts, I see. Probably a wise decision.

  • brettalan

    Ah…*artists* named after body parts *or* food.

    For a moment, I was hoping that you'd come across the very obscure but wonderful “I Ate My Arm” by Pop Parker. http://likenobodydo.jugem.jp/?eid=46 Oh, well.

  • http://www.popdose.com Ted

    It's so disappointing that Tanya doesn't channel her early to mid-90s stuff nowadays, but I guess she finds her muse in other things…

  • http://www.popdose.com Ted

    Yeah, I'm not sure how I'd work in a Butthole Surfers song in this mix.

  • http://www.popdose.com Ted

    I have no idea who Pop Parker is, but will check him/her/them out.

  • o n e – s e

    Hey guys! 
I'm Juan, from Colombia.
    First of all, I want to say I am a huge fan of Cake, they rock!

    I think everything they do is just great. Also they keep influencing many different bands all over the world. Here in Colombia we have SUPERLITIO, a very original sound to the world. I really recommend you this band!

    These guys make some kind of Rock fusioned with salsa, electro, dancehall and other latin rhythms. I've seen them performing live mane times here in Colombia and I can tell their show is amazing.

    I just heard they are preparing a U.S. Tour on march 2010. They will be playing in NYC on March 13th, Washington DC on March 12th, Miami on March 20th, and two showcases in SXSW Festival in Austin, Texas, on March 18th and 19th.
    Unfortunately I won't be able to be there (airplane tickets from Colombia are expensive). Anyway, if any of you are in those cities, you should definitely go and see them live.

    Here's the URL for their microsite in which they are launching their latest single… http://www.superlitio.com

    You can also find them on Facebook (facebook.com/superlitio) and on Youtube (youtube.com/superlitiovideos)