In some incredible coincedence Mark seems to have done a piece on the art of the compilation tape (or in my case complitation CD, what can I say I’m only a youngster) which is just what I was about to do!
To quote John Cusack’s character, Rob, in the ace film High Fidelity:
"The making of a great compilation tape, like breaking up, is hard to do and takes ages longer than it might seem. You gotta kick off with a killer, to grab attention. Then you got to take it up a notch, but you don’t wanna blow your wad, so then you got to cool it off a notch. There are a lot of rules."
However if like me you have hundreds of CD’s, tapes and MP3’s stored on your computer creating a kick-ass compliation of your favourite songs and/or those that describes your thoughts and feelings towards the person making it and putting it onto an 80 minute CD-R, (or 90 minute Sony FX tape if you’re feeling old school) can be a slightly daunting task.
Even more so if you’re trying to be extra clever and try to make a "themed" mix tape/CD. I started a "Pulp Fiction" inspired, concept compilation CD a few weeks ago but (rather unsurprisingly) quickly gave up on the idea.
However there is help at hand for all you budding Rob Gordons! Tiny Mix Tapes is an excellent website where you just email in a request for a compilation and a team of music junkies will instantly make a tracklisting for you, with track name, artist and album. Requests on the site range from the rather sensible (‘Marry me mixtape’), to slightly more ‘interesting’ ones ("Why can’t I have a sexy illiness? Why must it be pink eye?")
However if you want to make on yourself and you need a bit of help on the rules of making one, and trust me there are a LOT of rules, then pay a visit to Kempa where submissions for advice on making tapes and CD’s are gladly welcomed. Some people’s entrants on the rules are rather silly but on a whole, it’ll give you a good idea of the Do’s and Dont’s of how to make a CD.
And lastly, as I’m in the sharing mood, here’s the last CD I made for my friend Laura. I was quite proud of it! Although at the risk of being snobbish, the one she did for me paled in comparison!
The Black Amnesias – Hope of the States
Followed the Waves – Auf Der Maur
Island of the Honest Man – Hot Hot Heat
The Man Comes Around – Johnny Cash
Jesus Walks – Kanye West
Hammer to the Hornet’s Nest – Twofold
Get Back (Rock remix) – Ludacris/Sum41
Emo – Blink-182
Bleed – Catatonia
Golden Touch – Razorlight
We are nowhere and it’s now – Bright Eyes
Helicopters – Barenaked Ladies
99 Problems – Jay-Z
The Dog Hour – The Fallout Trust
Teenage Lobotomy – The Ramones
It’s Not a Fashion Statement, It’s a Fucking Deathwish – My Chemical Romance
Inside Game – Royal Trux
M. Shepard – Thursday
The same boy you’ve always known – The White Stripes
Wish you were here – Wyclef Jean
Sick Happy – Hell is for Heroes
Piece of Crap – The Futureheads
That’s it for now people.