February 2, 2008

That’s Dangerous! :: The Mix

A thoughtful friend sent a book to our house around Christmastime called That’s Dangerous!. Originally published in France, it is a slightly alarming collection of cute drawings showing a scrawny little boy doing all sorts of dangerous things (kicking a bully, climbing into a washing machine) and after each picture, kids can easily learn that the facing page warns, “That’s dangerous!” My four year old was delighted and a little awed by all the varieties of heretofore unthought-of trouble that one could possibly get into if they were so inclined.

My mother taught me to always say thank you, but instead of a dull note this time around, I realized how rich my iTunes library was with fodder for a cautionary mix for adults, detailing all the perilous things we can get ourselves into. There’s some genuinely dangerous stuff here, sure, and then many things which are really just . . . not a good idea. Paradoxically, many of those things those are also kind of fun. Such is life.

I entertained myself thoroughly with the making this one, and sent it off by mail as my thanks to the gift-giver. The mix should all fit onto one CD and in addition to being funny, it also sounds hazardously good. What else would you expect? Cue the warning sirens:

Which Of The Two Of Us Is Gonna Burn This House Down? – The Star Spangles
Shadow Stabbing – Cake
U Make Me Want To Drink Bleach (Stylophone mix) – Easyworld
Running With Scissors – Ben Lee
Kicking Television (live in Chicago) – Wilco
You Left The Water Running – Otis Redding
Positive Bleeding – Urge Overkill
Street Fighting Man (Rolling Stones cover) – Oasis
Fairly Blacking Out – The Takeovers
Can You Please Crawl Out Your Window (outtake) – Bob Dylan
Riot In Thunder Alley – Eddie Beram
Touch Me I’m Sick – Mudhoney
Busting Up A Starbucks – Mike Doughty
Sink To The Bottom – Fountains of Wayne
(She Was) Only Sixteen – Sam Cooke
I’m On Fire – Bruce Springsteen
Fighting In A Sack – The Shins
A Quick One, While He’s Away – The Who
Wondering Where The Lions Are (Bruce Cockburn cover) – Donavon Frankenreiter
Tied Up And Swallowed – Black Crowes
Dancing In The Dark (Springsteen cover) – Pete Yorn
The Light At The End Of The Tunnel (Was A Train Coming The Other Way) – Richard Hawley


Bonus related tracks: My friend Tom is thinking is a similar direction when he posted these “warning label” songs about artists and their mercurial relationship with their record labels. A clever twist.


  • Great mix as always Heather. Donavon Frankenreiter played that tune when I saw him opening for Ben Harper last fall; just awesome.

    - Neil

    Anonymous — February 2, 2008 @ 5:05 pm

  • you better be preparing something special for yield’s 10th birthday, or i for one will be very disappointed

    Anonymous — February 2, 2008 @ 8:58 pm

  • This is such a good idea! That song about Macdonalds and Pizza Hut oughta be on there,too…..

    Russell — February 3, 2008 @ 4:27 pm

  • you’re showing a seriously scary dark side on this one.

    I love it. great stuff.

    p.s. thanks for the link

    -tom — February 3, 2008 @ 8:09 pm

  • No Misfits “Skulls” ??

    SINEDDIE — February 3, 2008 @ 8:53 pm

  • That’s such a great idea for a mix. Brava!

    zara hemla — February 3, 2008 @ 9:04 pm

  • oh, so clever!

    leave it to you, to master mind a mix like this.

    might i offer up: “Like Eating Glass” – by Bloc Party

    Luke — February 4, 2008 @ 11:15 am

  • Check Wilson Pickett’s version of “You Left the Water Running.” Quite tasty.

    OneWag — February 4, 2008 @ 5:51 pm

  • thx for this “mix tape” – love your site

    tumbling upwards — February 5, 2008 @ 11:23 am

  • I would add “Bomb Yourself” by TV On The Radio

    My son is 4.5, so I totally understand!

    Dynamic Meter — February 5, 2008 @ 11:54 am

  • Tied Up And Swallowed by The Crowes? Noice. ;)


    Anonymous — February 5, 2008 @ 10:16 pm

  • Loving the mix and your site Heather. Thx for all the work you put into it.

    Dan — February 6, 2008 @ 9:32 pm

  • can you put this back up? i want to dl this mix! pretty please?? xo

    gina — June 1, 2010 @ 10:39 pm

  • Will you PLEASE post this back up? That would make my day.

    Dave — June 3, 2010 @ 6:43 am

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Bio Pic Name: Heather Browne
Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
Giving context to the torrent since 2005.

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