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A couple months ago, Jeff mentioned to me that he was thinking of putting together the Ultimate Drinking Mixtape in time for St. Patrick’s Day. I got so excited that I persuaded him to immediately open the floor to suggestions from the Popdose writers. And the song requests flowed in.

As the resident souse of the Popdose staff, I felt it was my responsibility to filter through the ideas that emerged and weave them together into something slightly more coherent than the drunken rantings I’d occasionally find typed out on my computer during the extensive beta-testing process. Later, during gamma-testing, the songs started to find their ways into groups. Finally, when I reached the delta-testing phase, things had been organized into chapters that celebrate the many different aspects of that delightful elixir that can lift or lower our spirits, make us in turn beautiful or ugly, and loosen or tangle our tongues with equal abandon.

Here’s the full tape – 116 minutes of pure malt goodness, with some wonderful words of wisdom sprinkled in.  Just add liquor.

The Ultimate Drinking Mixtape

A playlist follows the jump, but I feel I must warn you – it goes down a lot smoother if you drink straight from the bottle.

Chapter 1: We’ll open with a bit of sage wisdom…

Bluto’s Advice

Red Ingle – “Cigareets, Whuskey, and Wild, Wild Women”

Chapter 2…and then move on to why your life is so miserable.

Peter’s Complaint

Social Distortion – “Ball and Chain”

The Hold Steady – “Lord, I’m Discouraged”

Flogging Molly – “Worst Day Since Yesterday”

Chapter 3: Perhaps a visit to your local pub will cheer you up.

Norm’s Lament

The Replacements – “Here Comes a Regular”

Dropkick Murphys – “Barroom Heroes”

The Pogues – “Sally MacLennane”

Chapter 4: Drink some whiskey first…

Homer’s Dilemma

Willie Nelson – “Whiskey River”

Thin Lizzy – “Whiskey in the Jar”

Chapter 5…and then some bourbon…

Lionel’s Struggle

Tom Waits – “Jockey Full of Bourbon”

George Thorogood – “One Bourbon, One Scotch, and One Beer”

Chapter 6…and finally settle in with some beer.

Homer’s Revelation

The Doors – “Roadhouse Blues”

Reel Big Fish – “Beer”

The Clancy Brothers – “Beer, Beer, Beer”

Chapter 7: Suddenly, you feel good enough to set up the house…

Bluto’s Offer

The Pogues – “A Man You Don’t Meet Every Day”

AC/DC – “Have a Drink on Me”

Chapter 8…and then just as suddenly feel unappreciated, and instigate some fisticuffs…

Leela’s Intercession

Nazareth – “Hair of the Dog”

The Rolling Stones – “Street Fighting Man”

Chapter 9: Perhaps exercise a bit of bad judgment…

Frank’s Call

The Kinks – “Lola”

Journey – “Don’t Stop Believin’”

Chapter 10 …but then realize your true purpose in life…

Mark’s Query

Twisted Sister – “I Wanna Rock”

Led Zeppelin – “Kashmir”

Carl’s Declaration

Guns N Roses – “Paradise City”

Chapter 11…and sing it out for the world to hear.

Lt’s Frank Slade’s Recommendation

Tom Petty – “Free Falling”

The Kingsmen – “Louie Louie”

Night Ranger – “Sister Christian”

Chapter 12: And finally, bring your evening to a close with a prostate prostrate appeal to divinity.

Bob Dylan – “Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door”

Il Duce’s Prayer

Johnny Cash – “Kneeling Drunkard’s Plea”

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