Continuing towards the end of the Back to Mine series:
Back to Mine 21 – Adam Freeland
This was not my favorite Back to Mine CD. OK, there was PJ Harvey “The Slow (agonizing) Drug” and an interesting “Untitled” by Interpol, but the other stuff was either really hard to listen to (TV on the Radio “Staring At The Sun”, “Will You Smile For Me Again” by And you will know us by the trail of blood). “Turnstile Blues” by Autolux and “It’s Not Too Beautiful” by The Beta Band were passable but the other songs were way too techno for old me. Moving on…
Back to Mine 22 – Roots Manuva
This one predictably had quite a bit of rap on it and I am not all that big on rap to be honest. The LL Cool J “Going Back To Cali” gets pretty annoying and I couldn’t really get down to “The New Rap Language” by Spoonie G. There was a bizarre Grace Jones here called “Nightclubbing” and a nice Sizzla song “Rastafari Teach I Everything” and also a nostalgic “7o’s and 80’s” by Nightmares on Wax which lift it slightly over the previous volume but still, not a high point for me in the series. Next.
Back to Mine 23 – Liam (Howlett) Prodigy
Things picked up big time on volume 23. Liam blows us away his own “Wake the Fuck Up” and grinds through “Feel Good Hit Of the Summer” by Queens of the Stone Age and “Welcome to the Terror Dome” by Public Enemy. You catch your breath a bit on “I’m 5 Years Ahead” by The Third Bardo and then a little more head-banging on the steering wheel with “Smiling Dogs” by Vatican DC. I loved “Jolene” by Dolly Parton and switched over to The White Stripes (rest in peace) live version on Under A Northern Sky – can’t really say which one I like better – the first is honest and plaintive, the second desperate and pissed off. More memories come after Dolly with “Rise” by PIL and a nice remix of “Planet Earth” by Max Romeo. Some housey stuff follows with another Prodigy interlude (a remix of “Release Yo Delf” by Method Man) but then we get treated to The Specials classic “A Message To You Rudy” and (in a repeat in this series) “Peaches” by The Stranglers. The disc ends with two more classics: “In The City” by The Jam and the eternal “Living Thing” by Jeff Lynn and ELO. This is one of the best of the series in terms of energy and has a really high nostalgia rating as well.