One of Frank’s Mix Tapes

This one goes back to the Somerville days. Back then I had a stretch when I was sleeping in my car. Actually I was sleeping in the parking lot of this restaurant that I worked at. No one knew about it except for maybe my brother because one night there was a knock at the door. I looked up, I didn’t see anyone but, under a windshield wiper, there it was…

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
A yellow envelope
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With a yellow sticky note
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Says hope you dig the tunes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Love, Frank
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What I wouldn’t give now
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
For one of Frank’s mix tapes
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
The kind that make me feel great
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Even when I’m down
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What’s it gonna start with
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
What’s it gonna end with
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
And will there be enough space to fit it all in?
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Cause you know they’ll be many obscure and amazing bands, some of which I will name later
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Let’s go back again, not too long ago either, when I was still working that temp job, stupid job. All I did was roll these metal screens all day and put them into plastic tubes. Man, it made my brain numb and I don’t know how I got through it. One thing that kept me going though was the possibility that when I got home I’d find something in the mailbox:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Like a yellow envelope
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
With a yellow sticky note
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Says hope you dig the tunes
 
Love, Frank
 

What I wouldn’t give now

For one of Frank’s mix tapes

The kind that make me feel great

Even when I’m down

The kind I hit the road with

Or listen to in darkness

You know there’ll be Springsteen, REM, and U2 (the Big Three)

And many amazing, obscure bands some of which I will name right now:

 

The Bats

The Chills

The Church

The Clean

Power of Dreams

Butterfly Child

The Pale

The Pulsars

Catherine Wheel

Immaculate Fools

The Family Cat

Ivy

Adorable

Embrace

Orb

The Feelies

Idaho

The Go Betweens

Air

Gene

Eels

James

The Frank and Walters

The Comsat Angels

Bettie Seveert

The Armoury Show

The Lucy Show

Guided By Voices

House of Love

The Close Lobsters

Adrian Borland

Grant Mclellan

Steve Kilbey

Peter Murphy

Lloyd Cole

Big Country

Echo and the Bunny Men

The Mighty Lemon Drops

The Stone Roses

The Pale Saints

And last but not least

The Chameleons UK

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The kind I hit the road with

Or listen to in darkness

The kind that keeps me going

Even when I’m down

What’s it gonna start with

What’s it gonna end with

And will there be enough space

To pack it all in

On one of Frank’s mix tapes


Thanks, Frank, for twenty years of great mix tapes.


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