brave baby mixtape

We first heard Brave Baby about about a little over a year ago here at M|H and it was love at first listen. “Lakeside Trust” is one of the best songs to have come out in the last few years, catchy as all get out. When we saw that Brave Baby was coming to Madison as part of the Communion Madison club night series we asked them to make us a mixtape. A mobile mail mishap kept us from getting their mix up before the show, but we’re pleased to present it for your enjoyment now. Eclectic and full of songs you might have forgotten you loved, let Brave Baby take you on a ride.

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01| Fleetwood Mac –  What Makes You Think You’re The One – Tusk (1979)
02| Queen – Don’t Stop Me Now – Jazz (1978)
03| Roy Orbison – You Got It – Mystery Girl (1969)
04| The Band – The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down –  The Band (1969)
05| Willy Mason – Talk Me Down – Carry On (2013)
06| Father John Misty – Nancy From Now On – Fear Fun (2012)
07| Bob Marley – Could You Be Loved – Uprising (1980)
08| Tame Impala – Elephant – Lonerism (2012)
09| The Righteous Brothers – Unchained Melody – Just Once In My Life (1965)
10| Wilco – Impossible Germany – Sky Blue Sky (2012)
11| The Killers – Read My Mind – Sam’s Town (2006)
12| Michael Jackson – Man In The Mirror – Bad (1987)
13| Talking Heads – This Must Be The Place – Speaking in Tongues (1983)

songbook: smooth criminal

In M|H’s weekend feature, songbook, I’ll be looking at some of my favorite songs. Some I haven’t listened to in years, some I keep in regular rotation, but all having in some way informed my life, my taste, and and how I view music.

Michael Jackson – Smooth Criminal

In the case of “Smooth Criminal”, the video is just as important to me as the song. I can’t divorce them in my mind. Released as a single when I was four, it is among the more mind-blowing experiences of my formative years. Having a much older brother, pop music was just as prevalent as Sesame Street – when I was three I could name Michael Jackson and Cyndi Lauper as my favorite artists. Having an older brother also meant a dazzling look into the world of music videos, and “Smooth Criminal” was my absolute favorite one.

While the song was extremely catchy with it’s gunfire stops and the hypnotic repetition of “Annie are you okay? Annie are you okay? Are you okay, Annie?”, it’s really the video that cemented it for me. I couldn’t get over Michael’s dancing, or the exotic-to-my-four-year-old-eyes style, or the fact that it played out as a narrative. I have clear memories of dancing around the living room when this video came on, singing along to the chorus and being 98% convinced that I was achieving the gravity-defying forward lean that Michael and his cohorts did near the end of the video.

I’m completely convinced that this video laid the groundwork for my life-long love of dance, musicals, and pin-up era style. Even watching it now, twenty-two years later, it holds up. I’ll be singing the chorus to myself all day and dancing when no one is watching. I’ll undoubtedly try to moonwalk and fail miserably (but still feel cool). I’ve been hit by a smooth criminal.