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OrangeMat 12-13-2008 12:22 PM

For my 40th birthday party my husband Stuart made me a "mix tape". It was supposed to be my top ten favorite songs of "all time", but of course I couldn't limit myself and gave him 11 songs. Even though I knew about the CD, every time the next song would come on during the party, I couldn't help exclaim "I love that song!". It was really the highlight of the evening and the start of my EGR playlist obsession, er, collection.

That first CD gave birth to a volume 2, because of course I had lots of "most favorite songs" that I had collected over the years, dating back to college and even high school. The idea was to not repeat any artists from one collection to the next. Of course to get by that rule, I did put together a "B-sides" playlist, of my second favorites.

The styles and genres are kinda all over the place, though mostly left of mainstream. The first EGR was put together in 2002, the last in 2005, so it's somewhat interesting to see how I was evolving musically. I had pretty much missed the '90s due to having my babies then, and music had somehow fallen off my priority list. So I played catchup pretty big time come the new millenium.

The last playlist, "Metal... mostly...", is also an anomaly, since it's more about the genre than the artists. Listening to these collections now makes me feel like I'm remiscing with myself, from a couple years back. Like they're my personal soundtracks. I invite all of you to contemplate making up playlists from your own history, if you're so inclined. Might be kinda neat, if nothing else but to have all your favorites for running or whatever. Thanks for reading.

EGR v.1
1. Enid - Barenaked Ladies: Stunt
2. When the World Ends - Dave Matthews Band: Everyday
3. Center Of Attention - Guster: Lost and Gone Forever
4. Drive - Incubus: Make Yourself
5. Just a Girl - No Doubt: Tragic Kingdom
6. It's the End of the World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) - R.E.M.: Document
7. Tempted - Squeeze: East Side Story
8. Spanish Dancer - Steve Winwood: Arc of a Diver
9. 5:15 - The Who: Quadrophenia
10. You Get What You Give - New Radicals: Maybe You’ve Been Brainwashed Too
11. Hands Clean - Alanis Morissette: Under Rug Swept

EGR v.2
1. Rapture - Blondie: Autoamerican
2. Watching the Detectives - Elvis Costello: My Aim Is True
3. Out Of My Head - Fastball: All the Pain Money Can Buy
4. Breakout - Foo Fighters: There Is Nothing Left to Lose
5. Don't Come Around Here No More - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Southern Accents
6. In Your Eyes (Live) - Jeffrey Gaines: Always Be
7. Let My Love Open the Door - Pete Townshend: Empty Glass
8. FM - Steely Dan: Gold
9. Deadbeat Club - The B-52's: Cosmic Thing
10. Otherside - Red Hot Chili Peppers: Californication
11. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic - The Police: Ghost in the Machine
12. Don't Tell Me - Madonna: Music
13. Brand New Day - Sting: Brand New Day
14. Iris - The Goo Goo Dolls: Dizzy Up the Girl
15. Mysterious Ways - U2: Achtung Baby
16. Love, Reign O'er Me - The Who: Quadrophenia

EGR v.3
1. Woke Up This Morning (Chosen One Mix) - A3: The Sopranos: Music from the HBO Original Series
2. Six Feet Under Title Theme – Thomas Newman: Six Feet Under
3. No Rain - Blind Melon: Blind Melon
4. She's Got Issues - The Offspring: Americana
5. Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) - David Bowie: Scary Monsters
6. Skateaway - Dire Straits: Making Movies
7. Sledgehammer - Peter Gabriel: So
8. Generals and Majors - XTC: Black Sea
9. Mother's Little Helper - The Rolling Stones: Flowers
10. Comfortably Numb - Pink Floyd: The Wall
11. Walkin' On the Sun - Smash Mouth: Fush Yu Mang
12. Once in a Lifetime - Talking Heads: Remain In Light
13. Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy
14. Semi-Charmed Life - Third Eye Blind: Third Eye Blind
15. Bang on the Drum All Day - Todd Rundgren: The Very Best Of
16. Doo Wop (That Thing) - Lauren Hill: The Miseducation of Lauren Hill
17. It Must Be Love - Madness: Complete Madness
18. Behind Blue Eyes - Pete Townshend: Scoop
19. My Oh My - David Gray: White Ladder

EGR v.4
1. It's No Game, Pt. 1 - David Bowie: Scary Monsters
2. Would? - Alice in Chains: Dirt
3. Porcelain - Moby: Play
4. Accidents Will Happen - Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Armed Forces
5. Planet Claire - The B-52's: The B-52's
6. They-Say Vision - Res: How I Do
7. Too Much Blood - The Rolling Stones: Undercover
8. Smooth - Santana: Supernatural
9. Sick of You - Lou Reed: New York
10. Unemployed Boyfriend - Everclear: Songs from an American Movie, Vol. 1 - Learning How to Smile
11. Sex and Candy - Marcy Playground: Marcy Playground
12. Everything Is Everything - Lauren Hill: The Miseducation of Lauren Hill
13. No Thugs in Our House - XTC: English Settlement
14. Rush - Big Audio Dynamite: The Globe
15. It's No Game, Pt. 2 - David Bowie: Scary Monsters

EGR v.5
1. Give Me More - Apartment 26: Music for the Massive
2. Is Chicago, Is Not Chicago - Soul Coughing: Ruby Vroom
3. Tubthumping - Chumbawamba: Tubthumper
4. The Fake Sound of Progress - Lostprophets: The Fake Sound of Progress
5. I Sell Society - Godhead: 2000 Years of Human Error
6. Innervision - System of a Down: Steal This Album!
7. Bound for the Floor - Local H: As Good As Dead
8. First It Giveth - Queens of the Stone Age: Songs for the Deaf
9. Opticon - Orgy: Vapor Transmission
10. Malice - Endo: Evolve
11. Rock Is Dead - Marilyn Manson: Mechanical Animals
12. Pulled Under At 2000 Metres a Second - Anathema: A Natural Disaster
13. Here to Stay (T Ray’s Mix) - Korn: Untouchables
14. Anesthesia - Type O Negative: Life Is Killing Me

EGR v.6
1. One Armed Scissor - At the Drive-In: Relationship of Command
2. Que' Onda Guero - Beck: Guero
3. Song 2 - Blur: Blur
4. Tyranny of the Hunt - Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains: The Big Eyeball in the Sky
5. Us or Them - The Cure: The Cure
6. Dream On - Depeche Mode: Exciter
7. Feel Good Inc. - Gorillaz: Demon Days
8. Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger: Where Have All the Merrymakers Gone?
9. Steal My Sunshine - LEN: You Can’t Stop the Bum Rush
10. L'Via L'Viaquez - The Mars Volta: Frances the Mute
11. Stockholm Syndrome - Muse: Absolution
12. I'm Not Okay (I Promise) - My Chemical Romance: Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge
13. Atonement - Opeth: Ghost Reveries
14. Halo - Porcupine Tree: Deadwing
15. Linoleum - Tweaker: The Attraction to All Things Uncertain
16. Free/Zulu - Vast: Music for People
17. Distractions - Zero 7: Simple Things

EGR B-sides
1. 21 Things I Want In a Lover - Alanis Morissette: Under Rug Swept
2. In the Car - Barenaked Ladies: Stunt
3. Ashes to Ashes - David Bowie: Scary Monsters
4. Green Shirt - Elvis Costello & the Attractions: Armed Forces
5. The Way - Fastball: All the Pain Money Can Buy
6. Learn to Fly - Foo Fighters: There is Nothing Left to Lose
7. Slide - Goo Goo Dolls: A Boy Named Goo
8. Make Yourself - Incubus: Make Yourself
9. What It Feels Like For a Girl - Madonna: Music
10. New - No Doubt: Return of Saturn
11. On Any Other Day - The Police: Reggatta de Blanc
12. Aeroplane - Red Hot Chili Peppers: One Hot Minute
13. Pulling Mussels (From the Shell) - Squeeze: Argybargy
14. Perfect Love...Gone Wrong - Sting: Brand New Day
15. Life During Wartime - Talking Heads: Fear of Music
16. A Quick One, While He's Away - The Who: A Quick One (Happy Jack)
17. Yer So Bad - Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Full Moon Fever
18. Eminence Front - The Who: It’s Hard

EGR Metal… Mostly….
1. Clocks - Coldplay: A Rush of Blood to the Head
2. The Package - A Perfect Circle: Thirteenth Step
3. Fell on Black Days - Soundgarden: Superunknown
4. Pennyroyal Tea - Nirvana: In Utero
5. Junkhead - Alice in Chains: Dirt
6. Wicked Garden - Stone Temple Pilots: Core
7. Careful With That Mic - Clutch: Pure Rock Fury
8. You Will Be a Hot Dancer - Incubus: Enjoy Incubus
9. Never Gonna Stop (The Red, Red Kroovy) - Rob Zombie: The Sinister Urge
10. Organizized - Powerman 5000: Mega!! Kung Fu Radio
11. Head Like a Hole - Nine Inch Nails: Pretty Hate Machine
12. The Best Things - Filter: Title of Record
13. Now - Taproot: Welcome
14. This Is Not - Static-X: Machine
15. Some Kind of Monster - Metallica: St. Anger
16. Voodoo - Godsmack: Godsmack


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