This walk down mix tape memory lane comes via "cheerful indie rocker" Sam, who presented the glimpse into his sensitive guy soul to Susan in winter 2001.
"This is a mix sent by a guy we'll call Sam, who was my cheerful indie rocker friend sophomore year of college when I was an impressionable 19-year-old virgin. In winter 2001, after a lengthy flirtation, we drank half a bottle of vodka and fooled around, despite the fact that he had a girlfriend elsewhere, and I tortured myself over it for months. He occasionally would get himself drunk again and grope me and forget it the next morning. At some point he made me this mix, which was labeled "just for u" (though he later submitted it to a mixtape club)."
Leadbelly—Duncan and Brady
The White Stripes—Hello Operator
The Ramones— Blitzkrieg Bop
Le Tigre— Mediocrity Rules
Atom and His Package— What We Do On Xmas
Britney Spears— Email My Heart
They Might Be Giants— Older
Less Than Jake—We're Not Gonna Take It
Benny Goodman and His Orchestra, f. Helen Ward
Tom Waits— Waltzing Matilda
Skavoovie and the Epitones—Batman theme
Atom and His Package— (Lord It's Hard To Be Happy When You're Not) Using The Metric System
Joan Jett—I Love Rock n Roll
Tom Waits— I Hope I Don't Fall In Love With You
The White Stripes— Jolene
[a 25-second song by his high school band which shall remain nameless]
The Ramones—I Don't Wanna Grow Up
The Strokes—Last Nite
Anal Cunt— I Like Drugs And Child Abuse
They Might Be Giants—Robot Parade
The Pixies—Where Is My Mind?
The White Stripes—We're Going To Be Friends