Conversion of a Jew - Jan. 31, 2006

Okay, so this mix includes at least two party fowls – see if you can spot them – but, as Lars von Trier says, rules are made to be broken. There’s a bigger picture at work here. And that picture is Jesus. The best song on this mix is by Dusty Springfield.

1. Pulp: "I'm a Man" (This Is Hardcore)
Here I start my journey at my Jewiest. Though Jews are often associated by mass culture with femininity or weakness, I am inverting that stereotype. Jews are some of the most hetero-masculine, homophobic, "square" people I know. Just look at Jerry Seinfeld or Larry David or Woody Allen.

2. Modern Lovers: "I'm Straight" (The Modern Lovers)
See above.

3. Fear: "I Love Livin' In the City" (Record)
Of course, no stereotype inversion necessary here.

4. Barry White: "I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little Bit More, Baby" (Barry White's Greatest Hits)
Here I am, confident in my hedonist lifestyle - playing Barry to make all the bitches scream.

5. The Posies: "I May Hate You Sometimes" (Failure)
A hint of insecurity.

6. The Soft Boys: "I Wanna Destroy You" (I Wanna Destroy You single)
Damn it, girl. Why you gotta fuck with my shit? Why you gotta expose my aura of mystery for the stay-at-home listmaking that it is?

7. The Hoodoo Gurus: "I Want You Back" (Stoneage Romeos)
It was all a joke, don't you get my humor? COME BACK!

8. Dusty Springfield: "Just a Little Lovin'" (Dusty in Memphis)
Please baby please baby-baby-baby please.

9. R.E.M.: "Just a Touch" (Life's Rich Pageant)
Last chance...

10. Ramones: "I Don't Care" (Rocket to Russia)
Bitches Ain't Shit. Got 99 Problems, know what I'm sayin?

11. Peaches: "I Don't Give a Fuck" (Fatherfucker)
Twelve Philip Roth novels later, I am reaching my innermost cave...

12. Ex-Models: "Fuck to the Music" (Zoo Psychology)

13. The Blood Brothers: "Fucking's Greatest Hits" (Burn Piano Island, Burn)

14. Lil' Kim: "**** You" (Hard Core)

15. M83: "*" (Before the Dawn Heals Us)

16. Angelo Badalamenti: "Audrey's Dance" (Twin Peaks)
What has happened to me? I feel different inside...

17. Roscoe P. Coldchain ft. Pusha T: "Hot" (The Neptunes Present - Clones)
Hot enough to DANCE.

18. Clipse ft. Ab-Liva & Roscoe P: "Hot Damn" (The Neptunes Present - Clones)

19. That Petrol Emotion: "It's a Good Thing" (Manic Pop Thrill)

20. Manic Street Preachers: "Yes" (The Holy Bible)
Go into the light...

21. Fugazi: "Oh" (The Argument)
I have it...

22. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "No No No" (Fever to Tell)
But wait, will I be able to be buried with my family?

23. Dawn Penn: "No No No" (No No No)
What about the children?

24. Slayer: "Jesus Saves" (Reign in Blood)
The children will see the light.

25. The Vaselines: "Jesus Wants Me For A Sunbeam" (The Way of The Vaselines)
We will celebrate Christmas.

26. Al Green: "Jesus is Waiting" (Call Me)
And it will be good.