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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