I found out pretty early on in our relationship that Aaron was a big music fan. We went to Ann Arbor for our third date, a triple-date with Mary/Drew and Heather/Garza. Aaron definitely tended to gravitate toward the record stores while we were there, and was bummed that he didn’t have more money to spend on records (especially since I was jobless and had made him pay for my lunch at Amer’s). So, naturally, I was curious about the music he was listening to, as I had never heard of ANY of it.
Before Spring Break, he made me a mixtape. The spine of the insert read: “For Diana’s Listening Pleasure: selections from Aaron’s CD collection.” On the tape were the following songs:
- Wally Pleasant – Stupid Day Job
- Sugar – Your Favorite Thing
- Frank Black – Fazer Eyes
- Catherine Wheel – I Want To Touch You
- Pure – Lemonade
- Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Someday I Suppose
- Ash – Jack Names The Planets
- Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Blue X Man
- Pixies – All Over The World
- Man or Astro-Man? – Sferic Waves
- Sebadoh – Magnet’s Coil
- Dirty Three – Better Go Home Now
- Folk Implosion – Lo-Fi Suicide
- Pavement – Give It A Day
- Clutch – Big News I
- Henry Rollins – Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
- Rollins Band – Right Here Too Much
- The Amps – Tipp City
- Afghan Whigs – Debonair
- Sentridoh – Perfect Excuse
- 24 Gone – Girl Of Colours
- Sugar – Explode And Make Up
I listened to this tape nonstop during my week of Spring Break in Parma, so much so that my step-Gary would often get up without saying a word and just hit the stop button on my boom box, then quietly sit back down again.
Over the years, I continued to listen to this tape. This tape was so much a staple of my listening repertoire that I frantically performed cassette tape surgery with scotch tape when it got caught in my aging boom box. After that, I hesitated to play it very often, just in case the Afghan Whigs would get caught in the heads of my tape player again. I eventually stored the tape away with my other tapes, listening instead to the follow-up tapes of Rollins spoken word and Sugar and 24 Gone and Afghan Whigs and Catherine Wheel.
A few weeks ago, I unearthed the tape from a box in the bottom of a closet, and spent a couple of days hunting down digital versions of the mixtape songs. And now, I’m sharing all 100MB of 90’s goodness with you:
[music_sampler.zip – 103MB]
I didn’t include the Rollins spoken word, but everything else is there, in the exact version I have on tape. (Note: Three files are in iTunes .m4a format; the rest are mp3s.)
I now have this set up as a playlist on my iPod. Funny how things change. Funny how all things old are new again.