Sunday, February 10, 2008

80 Minutes for 10 February 2008

Valentine's Day is coming, so I went through the old hard drive to find songs to find songs with the word "baby" in them. I found 255 tracks. Then I shortened it so songs that started with "baby" and cut those down to one CD. It seems that "baby" is a poor litmus test of how romantic a song is, because it's also a term of condescension and loneliness (eg., "my baby left me").

But that's too much work to give up on, so here's my mix tape. Since the Grammys are also coming up I gave awards to each song. You can download the whole list as a .zip file or each individually. Hit me up if there's anything you're looking for!

The 5 Royales - Baby Don't Do It
*Best Use of Saxamaphones

unknown - Baby Girl Motion
*Best Sample of an Actual Baby
*"Found in my System Files" Award

Barbara Lewis - Baby I'm Yours
*Best Female Backup Singers

Bob Dylan - Baby, Let Me Follow You Down (Bootleg Vol 4)
*Angriest Fans Award

Danko Jones - Baby Hates Me
*Best Use of One Note in a Riff

The Echoes - Baby Blue
*Best Example of Stuttering While Spelling

Elvis Costello - Baby Plays Around
*Most Depressing

Four Tops - Baby, I Need Your Loving
*Best Use of Strings in a Pop Song

Fratellis - Baby Fratelli
*Best Song to Skip Along With

G Love & Special Sauce - Baby's Got Sauce

Jan & Dean - Baby Talk
*Best Legal Suggestion of Underaged Romanticism by an Adult

Jimmy Reed - Baby, What You Want Me to Do
*Most Generic Blues Progression

Led Zeppelin - Baby Come On Home
*Best Reason to Plop Down $100 for a Box Set to Get Only 4 Unreleased Tracks

Liz Phair - Baby Got Going
*Best Song Overheard on an Episode of Felicity

Ol' Dirty Bastard - Baby C'mon
*Best Lead Vocals by Someone Who Can't Sing

Pavement - Baby Yeah [Live]
*Simplest Lyrics Award

Pizzicato Five - Baby Love Child
*Best Song You Think You Hear After a Blow to the Head

Raja - Baby
*Best Use of the Word "Baby" in a Non-English Language

Rufus Wainwright - Baby
*Most Unoriginal Title (Tie with Raja)

Shirelles - Baby It's You
*Eeriest Piano Award

Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back

Sonny & Cher - Baby Don't Go
*"Happy Harmonica" Award

Squirrel Nut Zippers - Baby Wants A Diamond Ring
*Most Swingin'
*Lindy Hoppiest

Travis - Baby One More Time (live)
*Best Cover of a Britney Spears Song
*Only Possible Way to Enjoy a Britney Spears Song

Ween - Baby Bitch
*Bitterest Song Award
*Most Sarcastic
*"Normal for Ween" Award

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