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Who do you like the most?

This episode is a little less contrasty than usual because it celebrates the artists who have appeared most frequently on our previous podcasts in a convenient top sixteen countdown. Joy!

Special thanks must go to James from Appetite For Distraction for undertaking the toilsome task of compiling the list. Thanks James.

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(00:00) They Might be Giants – We’re The Replacements

Tim from The face of today

(03:04) The Replacements – I hate music

Bob from Gimme Tinnitus

(05:37) Smashing Pumpkins – Geek USA

James from Appetite For Distraction

(11:35) R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe

Natalie from Mini-Obs

(16:46) Ian Dury & the Blockheads – If I was with a woman

Dean from Pod of Funk

(20:56) Ben Folds Five – Alice Childress

Marcy from Lost in your inbox

(26:24) Belle & Sebastian – Marx & Engels

Colin from And Before the First Kiss

(30:59) The Smiths – Rubber Ring

Matt from Earfarm

(36:41) Radiohead – All I need

Linda from Speed of dark

(41:28) Elvis Costello – Chewing gum

Chris from Phosphorous.net

(47:47) Dexys Midnight Runners – Until I believe in my soul

Adam from Pretending life is like a song

(56:22) The Fall – Living too late

Pieter from Two Tramps in Mud Time

(01:02:04) Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – Jack the ripper

JC aka The Vinyl Villian

(01:09:10) Tom Waits – What’s he building in there?

Thom from Better in the Dark

(01:13:14) The Jam – And your bird can sing

Dirk from Sexy Loser

(01:16:02) Billy Bragg – A New England

FiL from Pogoagogo

I do hope you all enjoyed listening and taking part in this episode. It would be so much less without you all. Next time, again thanks to James from Appetite For Distraction we will be exploring songs about Sport. If you would like to take part but aren’t sure what to do then you will find some helpful instructions hiding over here.

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Looking forward to listening to this a bit later on.

And I think I can safely say that everyone will be so pleased that Comrade Colin is part of this week’s broadcast.

I have made an alternative version of my own too .. because it is the fashionable thing to do:

Tims Alternative All Stars Mix

รขโ‚ฌยฆ and to echo JC, I am also happy to hear Colin along with Matt, Dean and Pieter who have also been hearty contributors in many a past episode.

I am so looking forward to this one, and Tim, your alternative mix is fab.

And I have challenged myself to rethink Monster (people I work with drilled into me that it sucked). You know, it’s not as bad as all that. It’s not my favorite, for sure, but it’s not that bad. So don’t give me a hard time. ๐Ÿ˜‰
Up and Reveal still suck, though.

One more thing, and I’ll shut up. Tim and Bob, was that placement of The Replacements accidental or coincidental? Hmmm?

Yes indeed Tim !!! All you Cp peoples get yourselves on mix wit !!!

After you’ve listened to this weeks contrast podcast of course.

Yup .. up and reveal are rubbish. ๐Ÿ˜‰

James compiled the list and I just HAD to pick that TMBG song then didn’t I!?

This episode was just awesome.

Tim – Perfect choice. I had never thought that song was about The Replacements (with capital T and R), but now I’m sure of it!

Nat – I’m glad you retracted your statement about Monster. It’s not my favorite, but there’s some good stuff on there. Up has a couple good tracks, too…

Marcy – I had a feeling you might be doing the Ben Folds intro. I know Alice Childress from the BFF self-titled album and it’s one of my favorites. And you gave me a reason to look forward to the end of Sept.!!!!

Colin – You’re back! With a track that was a perfect song to play after Ben Folds. Loved it!

I know I’m going to be listening to this episode a lot!

And updating the spreadsheet is going to be REALLY easy this week!

James, I find that even the worst albums have one or two saving graces.

Hey Tim, I sense a podcast theme..a great cut from a horrid album!

Ross – The more peeps that join us for some Mixwit fun the better!

James – Oh yes. It could be about any band that replaces another until you hear the line about ‘Tommy’. Where is Tommy anyway?

Nat – I’ve put that one into the theme tombola with your name on it.


Hello to one and all. I’ve been listening to some of the old episodes in between the new ones so I’ve totally lost track of who’s present and absent from CP contributing, but top show all round – even the artistes I’m not really into myself, it’s interesting to hear what they mean to other people and hear something other than the usual songs being trotted out as an example of their work.

Here’s that Charlie Parker tune I mentioned in my intro:Ko Ko. The phrase in question comes at 0:19 and 2:49.

Tim, there’s an “If” missing from the Ian Dury song title above. And Deek, it’s on NB&P, not DIY.

Yours pedantically,


Thanks Chris … I’ve fixed theat now.


Oh .. and Nat … that Ben Folds song in your Mixwit mix is superb.

I loved the way folks all went off the beaten track with this. Great episode.

Ditto Adam’s last comment.

But Comrade Colin has disturbed me somewhat. Milk with Earl Grey Tea is a complete no-no….

In fact, milk with any type of tea is a non-starter in my book.

I also feel I have to nail Dirk’s insinuation on the head. I may share a birthday with Paul McCartney, but he turned 21 on the day I was born, and I never was ever quite old enough to see his band play live. No great loss if you ask me…(stands back and awits the brickbats)

Nat…in terms of REM albums that suck. Surely ‘Around The Sun’ are way worse than ‘Up’ or ‘Reveal;’??

Matt….thanks for adding to my knowledge of The Smiths with the info on the sample.

FiL….how the heck did you get Billy Bragg to come over to Vancouver and perform in your house? Way to go maaaaaan.

But my biggest thanks must go to Pietar. Never did I ever imagine that the next voice you would hear in any broadcast after that of John Peel was my own…I’ll treasure that moment forever.

Now I must get round to listening to those mixwit thingys.

i think the coolest thing about this podcast was that each introduction made me think about and hear the music in a whole new way. everyone seemed perfectly matched with the artist they were given. this was a splendid podcast!

Tim, I love the alternative live version, too. That’s my favorite BFF song.

Well, I’ve listened to Ross’ mixwit playlist. I’m not sure whether I’ll listen to Tim’s next (as planned) or Nat’s to find out what song she picked by BFF!!

JC, Around The Sun also sucks, to be sure.

Tim, on the flip-flop of the “great songs from bad albums,” could be “duds from an otherwise great album.” I’m thinking of “Mother” from The Police and how it just ruined Synchronicity for me.

Shall we just agree that REM were going off the boil when Bill Berry left … and they have never recovered?

Nat – Nice idea, but do you think anyone would want to listen to that podcast? ๐Ÿ˜‰

James – Surely you should be making your own mixwit mix next??

Yeah, i’ve definitely been thinking about it…unfortunately, I own NO songs by The Jam, The Fall, Ian Drury and The Blockheads, or Dexys Midnight Runners!

And the only Billy Bragg song I have is “A New England”…

It seems like this kind of cripples my mixwit.

Also, as Nat mentions in her intro, R.E.M.’s latest effort is definitely a return to form for the first time since BB left. I have a feeling we might see a couple of tracks from that album on the Festive 50 this year…

James, you don’t have to own the songs, they are on the mixwit site. You can plug in artists, search for tunes, and add them. I don’t own that version of the BFF song I picked, but now I WANT IT!

Tim, good point. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Maybe it’s better as a list!

Ah. Well then. I guess I should know a little more about something before i start using the word “crippled”… ๐Ÿ™‚

James, if you own no songs by The Jam, Ian Dury or Dexy’s Midnight Runners, you are crippled.
Anyone can throw this back at me with their own list, of course.

Now Adam….you have to say which of the list you own no songs by.

I’ll admit to The Replacements and BFF. Amd there’s just the one single from They Might Be Giants.

Marcy…..’everyone seemed perfectly matched with the artist they were given.’ Does that mean I get to have an affair with PJ Harvey somtime soon????

and I wish I wasnt so tired at work today that I could spell things correctly. (or maybe it was just the shakes at the thought of a night of passion with Polly Jane)

For the purposes of full disclosure (and in a move that will probably lose the support of JC), I only have one Nick Cave song, one Replacement song, 3 B&S songs, and, though I can technically claim to “have” a couple Tom Waits albums, they are on a dvd that a friend recently sent me with a bunch of albums on there and i haven’t fully gone through them at all…

I guess I have some homework to do.

Another way to look at it, i guess, is to point out that this very thing is the beauty of the Contrast Podcast. Exposing us to music we might not otherwise encounter.

No loss of support here, since we’re all buds and, hopefully, we are expanding our musical horizons listening to the CP. I never cared to listen much to Nick Cave until I heard so much on the CP!

Absolutely well put, Nat! You know, I spend more time interacting with the CP nation in a given week than with most of my friends that I’ve actually met in real life!

i just couldn’t resist, sorry. I have no, er, well, Smashing Pumpkins, sorry James, or Replacements. Or Radiohead, come to think of it, but that’s just me being difficult.

Haha, and so between us, we only lack a vast catalog of The Replacements. Teamwork! Woo!!

Pah! Now I’m feeling all gooseberry because I went with a rousing-but-well-known Billy Bragg track. A conscious choice it was (both to convert the heathen among you and to remind everyone else why we love the man) but I did debate submitting a more obscure gem. Just so you know…

As is frequently the case, I’m behind on the listening thing. But I’m drooling with anticipation.

Dearest Adam, when it comes to Radiohead I’m as difficult as you. I loved ‘Creep,’ but everything else I’ve ever heard by them has fallen into my mental bucket labeled ‘Stuff That Makes Me Feel All Nauseous Like When I Listen To Yes.’ But I think that probably says more about my shortcomings than about anything else. Maybe I have a bizarre allergy or something – does anyone have a pill for that?

Dearest Nats, much or REM leaves me wavering somewhere between “Tepid” and “Pleasantly Warm,” but Radio Free Europe pumps my mercury up to “Scorchin’ Fun in the Sun.” I’m looking forward to calling out in transit (or whateva) along to that one!!

“in a move that will probably lose the support of JC”

Not at all James.

One person’s t-bone steak is another’s poison…

For instance, I love Marcy’s taste in music – and I was the lucky one who received her CD in the recent swop. But I cannot fathom her love for BFF (or indeed anyone’s love of said act).

But that view I’m sure doesn’t nake make me a bad person in her eyes….nor does it mean I think Marcy has poor taste.

Nat calls it prefectly with her expansion of muiscal horizons comment…


If you consider music that I’ve actually bought (i.e. physical formats such as CD or vinyl) the only ones I’m missing are The Replacements (must be a USA thing?) and for my shame, despite having downloaded lots of bits, never bought a Fall record. I get the feeling I’m going to be fixing that soon! I only own one Smashing Pumpkins album (Siamese Dream) that I bought for ‘Hummer’ which has one of THE reference bass sounds for mixing.

I’m with you JC on the milk in Earl Grey. You DO need milk in normal builder’s tea though … and even a couple of sugars from time to time. Perhaps he had the milk in there to take the edge off the chocolate brownie?

As for Radiohead .. FiL .. you should give ‘The Bends’ another listen. It has a couple of songs on there that you would probably like because they aren’t too Yesish .. and they have really nice guitar sounds. Knowing how lacking in time you are though .. life MIGHT be too short. ๐Ÿ™‚

Oh .. and REM .. the Chronic Town EP thing is worth a listen as it’s easily as good, if not better than, Radio Free Europe.

oh jc, you are having a time of it, aren’t you? ๐Ÿ˜‰

where did the pj harvey date request come from? i thought you were paired with nick cave? perhaps i missed something . . .

in defense of colin, i always put milk in my tea, including my earl grey. of course, i don’t really count coz i’m american, but i do support the use of both milk and sugar in tea.

re: the bff. jc, you surprise me–can’t you admire the piano-playing at least? the witty lyrics? is it his voice you don’t like? you must give more details! oh, and i’m glad it means you don’t think i have bad taste in music, although in retrospect you must have cringed when that ben folds cover of the cure’s “in between days” popped up on that cd!

fil–my youngest was in the room when your intro came on and she stopped dead in her tracks when she realized it was you. she may very well be billy bragg’s newest and youngest fan because of your intro. ๐Ÿ™‚

linda–it cracked me up when you said you were the only car in your county with a radiohead sticker on it!

james–i was thrilled to get bff to introduce. i figured it would be you, me or nat, and so when i saw you got smashing pumpkins, i crossed my fingers and got lucky. ๐Ÿ™‚

and i thought dean and matt’s intros were very touching. ๐Ÿ™‚

People put milk in perfectly good tea? Next thing you know, they’ll be throwing lemons in it or telling me that Lipton’s is a fine cup.

And my confessional includes owning no Smashing Pumpkins, Ian Dury, The Smiths, The Fall, or Tom Waits on cd.I do have a smattering of mp3 files of each, though. I have trouble listening to Waits, and always have, but I adore his songs. I didn’t like The Smiths back in the 80’s, but they gradually grew on me in the mid-90’s, when I got tired of the onslaught of Nirvana sound-alikes.

oh…it did if for me!!!!!!

by golly gee-whizz, I love this interblog thingy.

I am liking all of the mixwits I’ve heard! It’s All Star Love!!

Marcy…since you asked.

(1) I took it to mean that I was personally perfectly matched with Nick Cave…and given he had a fling with PJ (a tryst that surely made our FiL and Tim rather green)…well I thought you were saying that she would inevitably fall for me. If only she would return my calls, e-mails and letters with the photos of me in the speedos.

(2)BFF. You’re not the first to ask – I have a good friend who is a big fan of BFF and has tried to get me to explain my dislike. We concluded it was irrational in many ways and just down to my stubborness. Oh and I secretly like that cover….

I’ll leave now, I’ve already said more than enough this week.

I’m with you Fil, I don’t get Radiohead either. And I’m not a Tom Waits fan. What a heathen you all must think me. Always love checking out the podcast though.

I have made myself go out with nothing but a tape walkman and a radiohead cassette but I just get resentful. I will try again.

Sadly the one essential item with earl grey tea is a cigarette, born out of long association in the St Michael at Plea second hand book shop / cafe (browse, buy book, buy eg tea, sit read and smoke for hours). It’s one of the few things that still makes me feel the craving.

Earl grey – yuk (with or without milk). It’s the bergamot wot gets me.

As for ciggies, well, if you’re going to smoke, why not smoke summat really worth smoking, maaaaaan??? ๐Ÿ˜‰

Like a turkey or ham, FiL?
Mmm smoked turkey.

I always found poultry too damp for the Rizlas…

I liked this episode so much that I’ve already listened twice! I’m really relieved to see that I’m not the only one missing a few things… don’t own any Fall, Nick Cave or Ian Dury and I feel like this is really wrong given everything else I like but I have never been able to get into B&S! But I loved, loved, loved the song that Colin played so I have to give it another go.

BFF: I have the first two records and love them but he kind of loses me when he gets ballady and I haven’t followed him lately. Which is my bad.

Radiohead: I had trouble getting into the records after OK Computer but I saw them play anyway a few (or more, yikes) years ago and I loved it- the songs from Kid A and Amnesiac made a lot more sense to me live.

Early Grey: Yuck.

Cigarettes: I miss you.

And I agree with what others have said about the CP and how great it is to be exposed to new music or old music I missed. Thanks, everyone!!

“Here we have two ledgers and a smoked cheese pig… so which one are we gonna burn?”

Bravo to all of the contributors. That was one fantastic podcast. It was a bit like someone reaching into my music collection and hitting shuffle (with the exception of Tom Waits….but, man, I just love the track here).

Very excited about Billy Bragg being number one especially since I have tickets to see him for the first time this Oct. despite being a fan for about 20 years.

And, Nat, I know what you meant by “when REM was good”. They played in the early eighties at my college’s dining hall!! They were brilliant. I never got over being a bit resentful that they became so famous in a mainstream way.

Wow, this has to be one of the most commented-on CP’s ever.

Tricia, I know what you mean. When you’re an early on fan, you feel a little torn when you have to share your little find with many others. And when your band morphs into something you can barely recognize, well, that’s just one of the greatest musical disappointments.
Good thing there’s always a new band, just around the corner. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh, and Dirk, I was definitely alive when the four lads recorded And Your Bird Can Sing. In fact, I was alive when Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Great Balls of Fire. I was too young for Woodstock, though, so I have no hippy love beads. ๐Ÿ˜‰

OK, couldn’t resist – here my mix:


Now off to see what others put on their alterno-mixes.

CP Nation, I love y’all loads!!

Tim – Rodeohead is amazing. Well played. So to speak. Oh man. FiL has one too? I started working on mine last night, but i think i’ll probably actually post it tonight.

Awriiight Ross!! A most excellent mixwit overlap!!

You and me, we’re musical soul bruddaz!!!


No mixwit here… I did a mini mix with the theme Boxes & Cubes… here. I had very few songs with “cubes” in them. Do the Contrast Podcasters want to take a crack at this theme??

I’ll take a crack at any theme. Bring it on. Though I must warn you. I hear “Cube” and I think “to the third power”.

Well, I hear “cube” and think “Borg.”

Resistance is futile… ๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh FiL, you’re too much…to the 3rd degree!

I hear ‘cube’ and think ‘Oxo..’

“We are Oxo. You will be dissolved in boiling water. Resistance is futile – and rather salty…”

failing to find all the songs I want at mixwit I made this alternative version…

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