Monitor Mixtape: The Underdogs

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From a post on Carrie Brownstein's Monitor Mix blog, available here.

These songs were originally compiled on a rainy day a few weeks ago, with no promise of sun, so they might sound better to your ears under gray skies. The mix could easily be called "The Underdogs."

Many of these artists never gained recognition while they were around (or alive) or still don't get the widespread attention they deserve (Pylon, Van Zandt, Frank, Sill). Some of these tunes are culled from the bands' less popular albums — namely, the songs by Television, Wire, and The Undertones. I love "Days" as much as anything on Marquee Moon and, in my opinion, Wire's 154 is a better and more challenging overall album than its two groundbreaking predecessors. (Though the three albums together form one of the best trifectas in late-'70s music.) Lastly, Small Faces are simply incredible and always make me happy, and I'm still surprised that more people don't seek them out.

Monitor Mixtape: The Underdogs

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Townes Van Zandt

  • Artist: Townes Van Zandt
  • Album: Townes Van Zandt [Bonus Tracks]
  • Song: Waitin' Around to Die
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  • "Waitin' Around to Die"
  • Album: Townes Van Zandt [Bonus Tracks]
  • Artist: Townes Van Zandt
  • Label: Import
  • Released: 2003
 
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Cody Chesnutt

  • Artist: Cody Chesnutt
  • Album: Headphone Masterpiece
  • Song: Upstarts in a Blowout
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  • "Upstarts in a Blowout"
  • Album: Headphone Masterpiece
  • Artist: Cody ChesnuTT
  • Label: One Little Indian
  • Released: 2002
 
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Judee Sill

  • Artist: Judee Sill
  • Album: Judee Sill
  • Song: Jesus Was a Cross Maker
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  • "Jesus Was a Cross Maker"
  • Album: Judee Sill
  • Artist: Judee Sill
  • Label: Water
  • Released: 1971
 
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Small Faces

  • Artist: Small Faces
  • Album: Small Faces [Immediate/Snapper-Bonus Tracks]
  • Song: Up the Wooden Hills to Bedfordshire
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  • Album: Small Faces [Immediate/Snapper-Bonus Tracks]
  • Artist: Small Faces
  • Label: Snapper UK
  • Released: 2003
 
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The Undertones

I Don't Know

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  • Artist: The Undertones
  • Album: Positive Touch
  • Song: I Don't Know
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  • "I Don't Know"
  • Album: Positive Touch
  • Artist: The Undertones
  • Label: Castle
  • Released: 1981
 
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Freddie McGregor

Bobby Babylon

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  • Album: Anthology
  • Song: Bobby Babylon
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  • Album: Anthology
  • Artist: Freddie McGregor
  • Label: VP
  • Released: 1999
 
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The Libertines

The Good Old Days

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  • Artist: The Libertines
  • Album: Up the Bracket [US Bonus Tracks]
  • Song: The Good Old Days
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  • Album: Up the Bracket [US Bonus Tracks]
  • Artist: The Libertines
  • Label: Rough Trade/Sanctuary
 
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Pylon

Read a Book

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  • Album: Gyrate
  • Song: Read a Book
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  • Album: Gyrate
  • Artist: Pylon
  • Label: DB
  • Released: 1980
 
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Wire

15th

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  • Album: 154
  • Song: 15th
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  • Album: 154
  • Artist: Wire
  • Label: 4 Men With Beards
  • Released: 1979
 
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Television

Days

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  • Album: Adventure [Bonus Tracks]
  • Song: Days
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  • Album: Adventure [Bonus Tracks]
  • Artist: Television
  • Label: Elektra/Rhino
  • Released: 2003
 
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Jackson C. Frank

Blues Run the Game

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  • Artist: Jackson C. Frank
  • Album: Blues Run the Game [Columbia]
  • Song: Blues Run the Game
 

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