Biograhical Mix, 1995: The Morning Dung Crew

He called himself Sacdelicious (a play on a Simpson's joke -- and I still call him that, although it's Sac D. for short). I called myself Kent Shakespeare. And, for a brief time in early 1995, we ruled the airwaves of Ashland University's radio station.

Okay, that's hyperbole, but we did have a couple of decent shows. We each had our own, we did plenty of fill-in gigs for others, and every Monday morning from 6-9, we were the Morning Dung Crew. Why? It had something to do with the dung beetle, I believe, and the fact that Ashland was a really, really conservative school with pretty stricts limits on what you could and could not say on the air.

While the radio station had set programming, we received a lot of promos from various labels, and I ended up listening to a lot of bands I don't think I ever would have discovered otherwise. I had also fully submerged myself in all things DC at this point, so my mixes were becoming progressively less and less recognizable to the average person.

This mix begins with the last song Sac and I would play after every show.

"Feel the Pain" by Dinosaur, Jr.
"Bitter" by Certain Distant Suns
"Glass Sparkles In Their Hair" by Pond
"Can We Be Mature?" by the Dismemberment Plan
"Brooks" by Shiner
"No Voices in the Wire" by Rollkicker Laydown
"Mean Hot and Blessed" by Circus Lupus
"Delusional" by Quicksand
"Savory" by Jawbox
"Long Division" by Fugazi
"25" by Veruca Salt
"No Sleep" by Huggy Bear
"Flatbroke" by Thumbnail
"Aspirin Kid" by the Nation of Ulysses
"Crazy Town" by Velocity Girl
"Underdogs of Nipomo" by Archers of Loaf
"Good Intentions" by Love Not Lisa
"Demolished" by Unwound
"Bed For the Scraping" by Fugazi
"Wrong" by Archers of Loaf
"Friday" by Sunny Day Real Estate
"Absenter" by Jawbox

What I (and most likely no one else) find interesting about this particular mix is how vividly it covers certain parts of that year. Everything through "25" by Veruca Salt came during the second half of my freshman year at Ashland. The four songs after that were very specific to that summer, when I was driving a delivery van for a grocery store. Everything from "Underdogs of Nipomo" on was from the first part of my sophomore year, after I'd transferred to Ohio University.

It's kind of cool for me to be able to see that transition...but probably not so much for anyone else.

And while I'd begun to listen to less and less mainstream music, there was a big musical influence coming up on the horizon, one I'd experienced briefly before, but would hit me in an entirely different way this time: being in a band.