Music writers make mix tapes

Pick one for someone you love, or hate, or yourself.


Beats and bands for love, party of one.

Side A

Kosheen “Hide U”

Massive Attack “Tear Drop”

Smith & Mighty “Rescue Me Pt. II”

Tricky “Makes Me Wanna Die”

Portishead “It Could Be Sweet”

Faithless “Not Enuff Love”

St. Etienne “Only Love Can Break Your Heart”

Bj�”Hyperballad” (Brodksy Quartet version)

Everything But the Girl “Mirrorball”

Gus Gus “Why?”

Side B

Stone Roses “I Wanna Be Adored”

The Ramones “Can’t Seem to Make You Mine”

Elliott Smith “Waltz #2”

John Doe “Speed of Love”

Neil Young “Heart of Gold”

Carissa’s Wierd “To Be There Now”

The Smiths “How Soon Is Now”

The Descendents “I’m the One”

Velvet Underground “After Hours”

Mary J. Blige “Real Love”

Leah Greenblatt


Accompaniment for a sticky, romance-free one-hour stand

Side A

Sneaker Pimps “Roll On”

Stabbing Westward “Inside You”

Hissyfits “Gold”

The Breeders “Divine Hammer”

Milemarker “Sex Jam One: Sexual Ma-chinery”

The Faint “Glass Danse”

Minus the Bear “Pantsuit . . . Uggghhh”

Lovelight Shine “Foxxmeat”

Veruca Salt “Spiderman ’79”

Veruca Salt “One Last Time”

Side B

That Dog “He’s Kissing Christian”

Nine Inch Nails “Kinda I Want To”

A Perfect Circle “The Hollow”

Bangs “Into You”

Self “Pattycake”

Le Tigre “Well, Well, Well”

On “If I Get To Feel You”

Nine Inch Nails “Ruiner”

Lords of Acid “Pussy”

Mr. Bungle “The Girls of Porn”

Andrew Bonazelli


I wanna be your boyfriend.

Side A

The Crystals “Then He Kissed Me”

Shangri-Las “Give Him a Great Big Kiss”

Supremes “When the Lovelight Starts

Shining Through His Eyes”

The Ronettes “Be My Baby”

Beach Boys “Don’t Worry Baby”

Tommy Roe “Sweet Pea”

Lesley Gore “Sunshine, Lollipops, and Rainbows”

Frank & Nancy Sinatra “Something Stupid”

Peggy Lee “Fever”

Hank Williams “Hey, Good Lookin”

Side B

The Kinks “Waterloo Sunset”

Magnetic Fields “Strange Powers”

The Modern Lovers “Someone I Care About”

Heavenly “C Is the Heavenly Option”

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins “Frenzy”

The Cramps “You Got Good Taste”

Sonics “Have Love Will Travel”

Plastic Bertrand “Ca Plane Pour Moi”

Stereo Total “Push It”

Serge Gainsbourg & Jane Birkin “Je T’Aime . . . Moi Non Plus”

Paul Fontana


Music for manic mood swings.

Side A

The Revillos “Where’s the Boy for Me?”

The English Beat “Tears of a Clown”

The Smiths “Reel Around the Fountain”

Destroyer “Destroyer’s the Temple”

Wreckless Eric “Whole Wide World”

Elvis Costello “No Action”

Blondie “Denis”

Billy Bragg “New England”

The Clash “Train in Vain”

The Replacements “Swingin’ Party”

Side B

Love “Alone Again, Or”

Van Morrison “Brand New Day”

Sebadoh “Truly Great Thing”

Les Savy Fav “One to Three”

Halo Benders “Love Travels Faster”

Archers of Loaf “Wrong”

Sleater-Kinney “I Wanna Be Your

Joey Ramone”

Julie Ruin “The Punk Singer”

Iggy Pop and the Stooges “I Need


Richard Hell and the Voidoids “Love Comes in Spurts”

Laura Learmonth