Sunshine

The Weekly Mixtape: Some Rays of Sunshine in All This Darkness

 

I don’t know if you’ve glanced at the news lately, but I have. Frankly, this has been a pretty lousy summer from a current affairs standpoint. For the most part it’s been too damn hot, we’ve lost too many wonderful people, and the U.S. presidential election bullcrap hasn’t even kicked into high gear yet.

Sigh. So while I’m not advocating we all stick our heads in the sand, I think we could all use a little pick-me-up. Here’s a bunch of tunes curated by yours truly that have little in common, except that they make me smile. I hope they will make you smile too.


  1. Right Said Fred – “Love for All Seasons” (from Up)
  2. Cindy Scott — “I Love You Baby” (from The Original Northern Soul Selection)
  3. Frank Sinatra — “The Curse of an Aching Heart” (from Swing Along with Me)
  4. Koop — “Summer Sun (feat. Yukimi Nagano)” (from Waltz for Koop)
  5. Frank Zappa — “Broken Hearts Are for Assholes” (from Sheik Yerbouti)
  6. Queen — “Bring Back That Leroy Brown” (from Sheer Heart Attack)
  7. Thelonious Monk — “In Walked Bud” (from Underground)
  8. Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings — “Got a Thing on My Mind” (from Dap-Dippin’ with…)
  9. The Kinks — “Apeman” (from Lola Versus Powerman and the Moneygoround, Part One)
  10. Mr. Bungle — “Golem II: The Bionic Vapour Boy” (from California)
  11. Louis Armstrong — “You Rascal You” (from Priceless Jazz Collection)
  12. The New Mastersounds — “Free Man” (from Breaks from the Border)
  13. Van Halen — “Could This Be Magic?” (from Women and Children First)
  14. “Weird Al” Yankovic — “Another One Rides the Bus” (from “Weird Al” Yankovic)
  15. Queen Latifah — “When You’re Good to Mama” (from Chicago)
  16. William Shatner w/Henry Rollins — “I Can’t Get Behind That” (from Has Been)
  17. Elvis Presley — “Hard Headed Woman” (from ELV1S: 30 #1 Hits)



  • Rock_dawg

    I feel better just reading through the list of songs.
    I love Waltz for Koop!

  • http://twitter.com/everybodysdummy Everybody’s Dummy

    I CAN’T GET BEHIND THAT!

  • toby1319

    “Could this turn tragic?”
    You got the smile with Van Halen’s “Could This Be Magic.” That whole album was the soundtrack to St. Louis Summer 1980.
    Nice mix tape, all around. Thanks.