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Thursday, August 24

My One-Year-Aniversary-Post! Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good Supergroups Project

I started this blog on this week last year. I was a naive kid who had way too much time on his hands and had no idea what he was doing (read for yourself if you must). Eventually, Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good grew into something that I felt proud of creating and I owe any success that I might or might not had to all you readers (unless you're a damn troller in which case, I owe you my bandwith problems). Last May to celebrate my 100th post I did a Covers Project that linked Buddy Holly to Sufjan Stevens. I had so much fun with it that I'm deciding to do it again, except a little different.

The goal of the mix this time was to go from the ultimate classic rock supergroup to (what is in my opinion) the ultimate indie rock supergroup while hitting a bunch of other really awesome supergroups along the way. To do this, I had to link all the artists by various duet performances, assemblages, and collaborations with each other (If you're wondering how they link up read the descriptions below the songs). All this, and still making a satisfying playlist. Sound confusing? Agreed, but I think you'll get the hang of it. Why are you still reading, start downloading some music!

From Wilburys to Pornographers: The Music For Kids Who Can't Read Good Supergroups Project.

MP3 Travelin Wilbury's - Handle With Care

Bob Dylan (credited as Lucky Wilbury) took part in this project that also included Tom Petty, Roy Orbison, and George Harrison. The band released two albums and "Handle With Care" was their most popular single.

MP3 Bob Dylan - Most Likely You Go Your Way (And I'll Go Mine)

Robbie Robertson peformed on Dylan's Blonde on Blonde back when The Band was called The Hawks. He played Guitar and sang back-up vocals. Robertson also played guitar on some tracks on Eric Clapton's Crossroads, which links him to the next supergroup.

MP3 Eric Clapton's Rainbow Concert Band - Presence of the Lord

Pete Townsend put together this band to welcome Eric Clapton back from a two year break from music. It included both Clapton and Townsend as well as Steve Winwood and Ronnie Wood from The Rolling Stones.

MP3 Mick Jagger / David Bowie - Dancin' In The Street

In 1985 as a part of the Live Aid concert, Mick Jagger teamed up with David Bowie to cover Martha & the Vandella's "Dancing In The Street".

MP3 The Arcade Fire feat. David Bowie - Wake Up

David Bowie has always been known to be hip to a younger crowd and it never showed any greater than when he sang lead on The Arcade Fire's Wake Up on September 8th of last year at Fashion Rocks.

MP3 U2 feat. Arcade Fire - Love Will Tear Us Apart

Also in 2005, The Arcade Fire opened for U2 on the Canadien part of their tour. One night, the band joined U2 for a cover of the Joy Division classic "Love Will Tear Us Apart."

MP3 U2 feat. Mary J. Blige - One

For Mary J. Blige's 2005 album, The Breakthrough she recorded a cover of U2's "One". The band performed the song with her at the Hurricaine Katrina benefit as well as the 2006 Grammys.

MP3 The Game feat. Mary J. Blige - Hate it Or Love it ( Official Remix )

One of the great things about Hip Hop is that the artists are constantly collaborating with each other (even though, most of the time it's probably just to sell more records). Mary J. Blige performed with The Game on a number of tracks on their album The Documentary.

MP3 Kayne West feat. The Game - Crack Music

Kayne West featured The Game on this song from his 2005 album, Late Registration.

MP3 Alicia Keys - If I Ain't Got You (Kayne West Remix)

Kanye West produced The Diary of Alicia Keys and remixed a couple of songs on the album. He won two Grammys in 2005 for his contribution on the album.

MP3 Alicia Keys, Alison Krauss, Billie Joe Armstrong, Bono, Brian Wilson, Norah Jones, Steven Tyler, Stevie Wonder, Tim McGraw & Velvet Revolver - Across the Universe

Talking about the 2005 Grammy's, this supergroup was formed to perform the classic Beatles tune and was used to raise money for the victims of the tsunami in Asia. Alicia Keys and Blillie Joe Armstrong performed.

MP3 Green Day - Hitchin' A Ride

This song was in a little different direction for Green Day because it featured a fiddle solo by Petra Hadyn. It's found on 2001's Nimrod.

MP3 The Decemberists / Death Cab for Cutie - Go Your Own Way

Petra Hadyn is a touring member and constant contributor to The Decemberists. This Fleetwood Mac cover was performed at the Summerstage Festival.

MP3 Hot Hot Heat - Get In or Get Out

Chris Walla (guitarist of Death Cab) mixed and engineered Hot Hot Heat's first two albums.

MP3 Wolf Parade - Shine A Light

Dante Decaro, a former member of Hot Hot Heat, is guitarist for the Wolf Parade.

MP3 Swan Lake - All Fires

Swan Lake is the most recent addition to this list, and it easily qualifies as a supergroup. It contains Spencer Krug (Wolf Parade), Casey Mercer (Frog Eyes), and Dan Bejar (Destroyer/New Pornographers)

MP3 New Pornographers - All For Swinging You Around

Finally, with help from Dan Bejar, we've made it to The New Pornographers. Hope you've enjoyed the ride.

Thanks for reading everyone, I'm looking forward to another year of doing whatever stuff I do. If you like the chain leave a comment!

Also, here's a flow chart of the Supergroups Chain (back by popular demand).

posted by Taylor, 8/24/2006 08:50:00 AM | link 11 comments


Hey, sorry to burst your bubble a little, but The Band didn't play on 'Blonde on Blonde'. Robertson WITH the rest of The Band didn't play on a Dylan studio release until 'Planet Waves', though they were his touring band for a while.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 8/24/2006 06:02:00 PM  
Thanks for commenting, the lack of comments today are weird, the last time I did this I had about 23 comments in one day. Maybe no one likes supergroups?

Some of the other members of The Band did play on Blonde on Blonde, but at that time The Band was known as The Hawks. So I still think I was mostly right (I did change the wording on the post).
commented by Blogger Taylor, 8/24/2006 06:30:00 PM  
btChris Walla didn't produce the Hot Hot Heat albums, John Goodmanson did. At least their first big release... I only know cause John constantly reminded me my band sucked compared to HHH (in indirect ways)
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 8/25/2006 02:53:00 AM  
well i like this post. good job, taylor, and congratulations on one year!
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 8/25/2006 08:16:00 AM  
Thanks for the info. Chris Walla was still heavily involved in HHH, but I apparently wasn't an official producer..
commented by Blogger Taylor, 8/25/2006 09:24:00 AM  

I agree that Blonde on Blonde should qualify, but if you want to get picky about it, you could choose the Basement Tapes, or Bootleg Series Vol 4: Royal Albert Hall.
Happy 1st anniversary! Props for the Swan Lake track too.
Across The Universe, not around the universe...don't tell pluto
commented by Blogger Arya, 8/25/2006 04:22:00 PM  
This was a great idea. Nicely done. Congrats on your 1 year anniversary!
commented by Anonymous Taylor, 8/26/2006 01:07:00 PM  
I love you for posting that wilburys song as an mp3! I have it on a cassette tape. Yes, I'm that old.

Congrats on your anniversary - you run a good show here.
commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 8/27/2006 03:10:00 AM  
go to my blog for another swan lake song
commented by Blogger James, 9/08/2006 08:57:00 AM  

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