t.g.i. mixtape 96
  • FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 18, 2011

  • Posted by: David Moffly

This week, we reversed the numbers and made a tape with nostalgic tunes from the summer of 1969, a time way before mixtapes even existed.

Summer in the late 60s in Southwest Harbor, Maine — the intense verdant green of the short summer in coastal Maine. Being banished with my brother to the third floor of a creaky old Victorian summer home with a secret room at the top of the turret. Vietnam was on the news at night, there were hippies up the hill who were sunbathing nude. Thunderstorms were truly scary and a couple of little boys owned the third floor and its secret turret room. For entertainment we would tune our AM radio into whatever we could get. Most frequently it was a rock station out of Boston that seemed impossibly far away, and tinny mono versions of these tunes wafted loudly through the dusty air of our summer paradise.

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1. "All Along The Watchtower" - Jimi Hendrix

He burned his guitar? Vaguely threatening music. We were too young to appreciate his brilliance.

2. "Papa Was A Rolling Stone" - The Temptations

Serial cheater, drugs, a footloose life. Dad??

3. "Too Busy Thinking About My Baby" - Marvin Gaye

Who doesn't love another musical genius of the day?? Tap your feet and think about a late Valentine.

4. "Joy To The World" - Three Dog Night

I still sing this today to embarrass the children.

5. "Born To Be Wild" - Steppenwolf

Black lights, turtlenecks — get the motorcycle out and feel the freedom of the open road.

6. "Brandy" - Looking Glass

We all secretly long to be the Old Spice man.

7. "Do The Locomotion" - Grand Funk Railroad

A golden album cover that opened up to a nude photo of the band sitting on hay bales. My mother was scandalized?

8. "Spill The Wine" - Eric Burdon & War

We had to wait another ten years or so to take the acid that went with this song.

9. "Bad Moon Rising" - Creedence Clearwater Revival

Werewolves?? [Ed Note: We're not talking about Jacob here, folks.]

10. "House Of The Rising Sun" - The Animals

The quintessential tune of the time.

UPDATE: According to our readers, we missed a very important one.

11. "Sitting On The Dock Of The Bay" - Otis Redding






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