Morning Mixtape: ‘The Last Good Record’ by Brian Joens

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Brian Joens is an Iowa musician. He hosts a show on the community radio station KFMG in Des Moines. I like this song because it has a cheerful tone, but it’s also a harsh rebuke of bands who stays around too long. Lyric: “I was raised on classic rock, it was cool back in the day. … Guys, you’re playin’ casinos and county fairs, you know it’s time to face the truth … if you come to my town, I don’t want to rain on your parade, I’d rather stay home and listen to the last good record you ever made.”

Morning Mixtape: ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ by Steppenwolf

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I had a crush on a girl in college. I was rebuffed. I used to play this song in anger. “You don’t know what we could find … why don’t you come with me little girl …” I suppose the song is about drugs. It seems like a lot of songs are. But I played it because a girl I had a crush on wasn’t interested in me. So there you go.

Morning Mixtape: ‘Stuck in the Middle with You’ by Steelers Wheel

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Stuck in the Middle With You was released on Stealers Wheel’s 1972 self-titled debut album Stealers Wheel. The single sold over one million copies, eventually peaking in 1973 at #6 in the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart and #8 in the UK Singles Chart.