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07.10.08 The High School Mix Tape

The High School Mix Tape

No, it wouldn't all fit on a TDK, but you get the idea.
1Lets Active
In Little Ways

Still one of the best kickoff songs.
2Cactus World News
The Bridge

Shoulda been bigger.
3Hoodoo Gurus

It was a toss up between this and "Death Defying" with the "oooo weee" part.
4The Cult
She Sells Sanctuary

Before being used in commercials, this was the coolest damn thing.
Favorite Thing

If you don't like the 'Mats, you've got a problem.
6The Jesus & Mary Chain
Just Like Honey

The antithesis of what the Def Leppard crowd was listening to...thank God.
7The Smiths
How Soon is Now?

As with a lot of people in the 80's, the Smiths got me through adolescence.

If there was no Wire, there wouldn't be a lot of post-punk. M. Stipe would agree.
9The Cure
In-Between Days

Along with the Smiths, the Cure were the soundtrack to high school in many, many ways. I dare you
to enjoy this.
Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone You Shouldn't Have Fallen in Love With?)

Punk still rules.
11Sex Pistols
Pretty Vacant

I had to mail order this cassette as the record store wouldn't stock it. Too controversial.
Blitzkrieg Bop

If you don't like the Ramones, I really have no hope for your soul.
13Depeche Mode
Black Celebration

Hey emo kids? Been done before.
14Husker Du
Don't Want to Know if You are Lonely

1. Get in car. 2. Put on the Du. Loudly. 3. Freak out the Whitesnake fangirls. 4. Success.
15Joy Divison

When you're 16 and it's 3am and you're listening to this on headphones, you know exactly how it feels.
16The Bolshoi

Criminally underappreciated.
17Echo & the Bunnymen
Do It Clean

Looking back, they were completely influential. And you can always tell Mac's voice in seconds.
18Love & Rockets
It Could Be Sunshine

Because "Haunted When the Minutes Drag" was always too long to fit on the cassette.
19Robyn Hitchcock & the Egyptians

After listening to songs about bass, nuns, loaves of bread, etc, this shimmered out of the speakers;
surprising and wonderful.
20Fine Young Cannibals
Funny How Love Is

The first, self-titled disc is really the only one you need.
21The Church

I had hair like one of the guys on the cover of Heyday. I also had the paisley shirt.
22Modern English
Someone's Calling

Much more to After the Snow than "Melt with You."
So. Central Rain

Arguably the best song off of the best R.E.M. album.
New Year's Day

This never fails to remind me how at one point U2 were one of the best bands in the world.
25New Order
Age of Consent

Danceable post-punk. How can you lose?
26Gang of Four
I Found that Essence Rare

Still as biting and relevant today.
27Chameleons UK
Soul in Isolation

Please, someone, remaster and put together the box set for the Chameleons UK!
28Cocteau Twins
Pearly-Dewdrop's Drops

You don't need to understand the words to get the Twins.
29Siouxsie & the Banshees
Cities in Dust

Punk icon. Post-punk icon. Still great.
30English Beat
Save it for Later

Not as ska/twin-tone as other songs, but worked wonderfully on mixtapes.
Don't Change

Still the best mix closer ever.
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