She’s Out Of My League

7 Sep

She's Out Of My League-Optimized

So I made this mixtape over the summer (for a total babe) and as happens more often than not it ended up collecting dust rather than reaching appropriate ears. There are some really great songs on it though which otherwise I wouldn’t have an excuse to share. Hope you find something which makes life feel better, more so I hope you have someone in your life worth sharing them with.

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She’s Out Of My League (Mixtape for A Babe) – Complete – mp3

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The Rolling Stones – “She Was Hot” – mp3

This is the opening track from my favorite Stones album Undercover. Hell no it’s not their best by any means but for some reason if I’m throwing on one of their albums this is the one I go for. At the sake of losing friends I think I should take this opportunity to announce that I’m afraid I have officially switched from team Beatles to team Rolling Stones, not sure how it happened, not sure if you’ll ever forgive me, but it is true.

Regardless, this is the perfect song to start off a mixtape for some unicorn of a women living on the other side of the universe.

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The Gap Band – “You Dropped A Bomb On Me” – mp3

I don’t care what is going on in my life, if The Gap Band is playing I’m awkwardly moving (I call it grooving) and in love with the moment.  If you’re going through one of those great rare moments shared with someone amazing then The Gap Band are the equivalent of gently rubbing a feather across your elated heart.

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Billy Swan – “I Can Help” – mp3

One of the most underrated songwriters, Billy Swan has a long list of songs worth sharing. I really tried to talk myself out of choosing his first and biggest hit for this mix but damn “I Can Help” is GREAT. Why leave out greatness for the obscure? That’s just a bit too hipster for my tastes.

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Step Rockets – “Kisser” – mp3

I hope the dudes in Step Rockets don’t take this the wrong but this song reminds me (in a positive way) of Slick Mahony without the outrageousness.

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The New Riders Of The Purple Sage – “I Don’t Need No Doctor” – mp3

The New Riders Of The Purple Sage are one of my favorite bands to listen to on road trips. I recently found a ragged copy of this album, Powerglide, in some  bargain bin, it’s the best dollar I’ve spent in years. This is one of the less jam-ish songs they put out and works as an ideal representation of what the band was able to create; music that feels great in the company of friends. This is also a perfect upbeat song to express that feeling of separation between two people who would prefer not to be.

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The Gap Band – “Outstanding” – mp3

Look, I know that one of the ten commandments to making a proper mixtape is to never put two songs from the same band on the same compilation. Whatever, I originally had four songs from The Gap Band on this mix and couldn’t narrow it down anymore. Hell if I was pressed for time I’d probably just mail a copy of IV and call it a day.

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Charlie Rich – “If You Wouldn’t Be My Lady” – mp3

Ignore your first reaction to skip this song, the chorus to “If You Wouldn’t Be My Lady” is perfect and actually makes that quasi-country in which Charlie Rich bathed kind of make sense… kind of.

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Mickey Thomas – “As Long As You Love Me” – mp3

There is a significant amount of records in my collection which I’ve picked up solely for the preposterous nature of the album cover (ie, Mac Davis It’s Hard To Be Humble, Linda Rondstat Living In The USA, and this Mickey Thomas gem of the same name… I know I have better examples but I’m too lazy to turn on the lights and flip through my records so those are the first three that come to mind).  Mickey Thomas (Jefferson Starship, Starship, Elvin Bishop etc…) is one of those gray areas in the annals of American music, his career is littered equally with great and terrible music depending on which era you care to look at.  I really thought I wouldn’t enjoy this album when I put it on but there are in fact a few solid showings, none though as timeless as the title track.

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Pomegranates – “Create Your Own Reality” – mp3

If I were to make a list of my 100 favorite songs Create Your Own Reality” would probably be included on it. I have a huge respect for songs that follow a more natural pattern than the verse-chorus-verse-chorus-bridge-chorus format we digest far too often. When relating some deep seeded thought why force it into such a limited box? This song constantly shapes itself in an unexpected direction, pulling back when you expect it to explode, directed by the lyrics in a very crashing/receding pattern that allows us to experience the conveyed feeling in an uninhibited heartfelt way. This is also a song that takes on completely different meaning depending on your own place in life, I’ve felt as much joy as sadness from this song that I have lost track of what Pomegranates intentions were when they recorded it.

If you are ever driving alone in the middle of the night and this song comes on just wait until it drops off at the 1:48 mark. It chokes me up every single time,

“I will… I’ll go diving… into next year… for you.

and when I… when I come up…. from the depths…. below….

all our lives will be together then… for good… “

Those lines could mean anything, or nothing, to you but as of late it’s kind of summed up a period of long distance that was worth every second regardless of negatives. I don’t want to project too much, I fully realize this song isn’t exactly about that yet the weight it has carried for me is represented in such a way.

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Superhumanoids – “So Strange” – mp3

So Strange” is about as close as we’ll ever get to being in an 80’s montage. It is also a good song to have on whenever we need to be grounded while indulging in an attack on our environments for unrelated factors, for that point to remain veiled by dripping pop is rather rad.

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The Mentalettes – “Fine Fine Fine” – mp3

It’s important to keep from getting overly sentimental on a mixtape such as this. Which is as good of a reason as any to include this Wigan Casino cover from Berlin based The Mentalettes who are one of the best throw back bands to put out music over the last few years (I would say Natural Child or  Parquet Courts are the bestest though), if you are unfamiliar it is more than recommended that you check out more from them.

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Charles Bradley – “You Put The Flame On It” – mp3

Something about a man whose first steps into our lives began at the age of 63 is nothing short of a Christmas miracle. No matter how much our peers try to recreate genuine soul music it really takes someone whose lived it to get it right. With only two albums under his belt I put Charles Bradley in the same conversation as Marvin and James, not equal by any stretch but he lives on the same block if you’re picking up what I’m putting down.

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Fitz And The Tantrums – “Out Of My League” – mp3

If you find yourself looking at the person you are with and do not feel the same sentiment as in this song then get out now. I may have minimal intelligence and a relationship track record worthy of using the Titanic as a metaphor (boat or movie take your pick) but that is a philosophy I live by. Regardless of the ending there is not a single relationship I’ve allowed myself to be in which I look back on without complete appreciation. For what it’s worth every single experience has gotten better and better, even if it ends alone I won’t have a single regret…. I’m afraid that may be a rare statement for people to make which is very sad.

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Figaro – “Movin Slowly” – mp3

This is a great song which has gotten far less attention this year than it deserves so it works to be as  good of a conclusion as any. Though not having the perfect closer is the reason why this thing got shelved rather than shared with the fox I meant it for.

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