Let’s Get Dirty
The musical dial has been spinning wildly as of late. I make no apologies! Heck, I’m rather proud of the fact that you never know where I’m going to land.
Speaking of land, today’s mixtape started with a little musical sapling from my recent road trip to Tallahassee. On my return, I heard a new-to-me tune on Sirius that I instantly fell in love with. A few minutes later, I heard a Dave Matthews song.
I doubt anyone else would have heard those two songs and found inspiration. Before the DMB song was over, I knew that the pairing was perfect for my next mixtape.
As I sat down, the idea fleshed itself out to me. Gritty. Raw. Soulful. Masculine. Guitars-aplenty.
As always, I’ve carefully selected the order for today’s picks. These songs share a theme — the dirt, the ground — but the vibe evolves. I let y’all ease into my mood.
BMT debuts, iconic bands, several different decades. And mostly? Some kick-ass rock ’n roll with a good dash of blues thrown in.
One-half of U2 provides a gentle start, but this mixtape is going to amp up soon enough.
We’ll never know whether this performance is as impromptu as it appears, but there’s no doubt that the Edge and Bono are masters at their craft.
An effortless, nuanced, and dreamy acoustic cut of “The Ground Beneath Her Feet.”
INXS might be the gold standard of melding sensitive artistry with rock ’n roll studs. Michael Hutchence smolders.
“Kiss the Dirt (Fallin’ Down the Mountain)” is an overlooked gem from their early catalog.
Bob Geldof literally struts across the stage. That encapsulates this mixtape.
“Drag Me Down” has lots of alt 80s trappings. Bright guitars, deceptively dark lyrics (ie, referencing the coal miners’ strike), scruffy but handsome dudes.
The Boomtown Rats are a little reminiscent of U2, but definitely doing their own thing. I love the over-the-top energy!
If I hear Gallagher, my mind is landing on Noel or Liam. #sorrynotsorry
Nonetheless, I recognize that this is a long overdue BMT debut from Rory Gallagher. I stumbled upon “Back on My Stompin’ Ground” while researching songs. Could I have found a more perfect addition? Indeed not!
Raucous, confident, brash, sexy, rollicking, jubilant. And timeless. Released in 1974, it could just as easily belong from 1991 or today.
And those lyrics? Solid songwriting.
Like me, chances are you missed the Record Company’s “Off the Ground.” For the love of cream corn, listen to this NOW!
No, seriously. Listen. to. this. NOW.
I was in love within 5 seconds. I already know this is going to be one of those songs I crave.
90s rock a la Morphine meets the blues. In other words: awesomeness!
Depeche Mode — 2001, Paris. Kool & the Gang — 1983, New Orleans. Dave Matthews Band — 2007, Lisbon.
Live music is a gift but some shows transcend. Something magical happened in 2007 in Portugal. The audience was so present and enthusiastic.
I had never heard “Gravedigger” before. It’s arresting. Especially on this performance.
Lyrically, it’s a fascinating example of imagery and storytelling. But then there is an escalation of emotion. A wave of sorrow, loss, and desperation. There’s something else underneath, too.
It’s hard to name.
Respect. Honor. Acceptance. In death, those things can exist, too.
A powerhouse of a song and performance. Wrenching, exhausting. This sucker grabs you and you can’t turn away from it. Dave Matthews Band never phones it in, but this is exceptional.
Until her 40’s, Bonnie’s worst nightmare included writing and sharing personal stories publicly. At her friends’ suggestion, she bemusedly started Bonnie’s Mixed Tape on Medium in 2017. She remains shocked that anyone reads her stories and that P.S. I Love You, Assemblage, the Writing Cooperative, and the Ascent have published her work.
Bonnie loves all types of music, but really, really, really loves the 80s.
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