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Mixtape Archive - BubbleGlam

Mixtape Archive - BubbleGlam

Playing tracks by

TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS, THIRD RAIL, John's Children, Monkees, 1910 Fruitgum Company and more.

In 1996 (or thereabouts), I compiled this mixtape for J Beeman of Big Star fanzine, Back of a Car, following a conversation about Ram Jam, if I recall correctly (and I might not). The mix was shows the transition between two surprisingly durable 'throwaway' genres: Bubblegum (my own School of Rock, admittedly) and Glam Rock, with room for big hits, wide misses, excursions from the middle of the road into the ditch, after effects, and such. Slade is here, as are Blondie, Bowie is not, Jobriath should be, and no points for guessing how I was tempted to leave off now.
If you've never heard Crabby Appleton's indescribable Go Back, I'm very pleased for you. If you never considered Yoko Ono to be glam, hear me out, as you might if you thought Canada failed to glam it up. Sourced from vinyl, including Crazy Elephant's Gimme Gimme Good Lovin', perhaps the most loudly-mastered 7-inch I've ever heard, and CD, and aside from a digital dusting off, as I heard them in this past century.