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12 April 2014 @ 03:57 pm
Hello everyone and welcome to the A-Z Mix Tape!

Do you remember those days when CDs were a far off idea? When tapes and tape players were the cutting edge technology? When the art of creating the perfect mix-tape was a time honoured and exacting tradition and you could sit for hours just to make the perfect combination of your favourite songs?

Although this is mostly a thing of the past - where mix tapes were replaced with the mix cd and now the itunes playlists - we all know the joys of rediscovering those tapes from our past, and listening fondly to the tunes of back then. And we all still know how much joy can come from creating the ideal mixtape for ourselves or someone close to us.

Well now, we hope to recreate the glory of those days by making our very own, user decided mix tape (with a bit of an online twist) that everyone can download once it is completed.

Borrowed from a successful idea on Radio 1, we are going to let you decide the best mix on the planet from A-Z.

Every week, you will be able to nominate a band or artist beginning with the letter that we are on that week.

For example, our first week will be taken up by the letter 'A'. You can nominate any band or artist that you would like to go onto the mix, beginning with the letter A

e.g. Aerosmith, Arctic Monkeys, Athlete, Atomic Kitten, Ash, Andy Williams...

Our esteemed panel, which scans all major continents, will decide from the nominations which bands and artists shall go through to the vote. Finally, at the close of the week, a poll will go up where you can vote on which song you want to go onto the mix.

e.g. Say the Arctic Monkeys, Aretha Franklin, Avril Lavigne, Alice Cooper and the Aaliyah were chosen. You would then vote between, for example:
Aaliyah - More Than A Woman
Alice Cooper - Poison
The Arctic Monkeys - I Bet That You Look Good On The Dancefloor
Aretha Franklin - Respect
Avril Lavigne - Complicated

And whichever won would go on the tape!

(Of course, we will have a much better and more diverse mix (hopefully) by the time that the vote actually comes round - these are just what I pulled from the top of my head.)

Every week/fortnight we'll move onto a new letter, and a new vote. After the 13th letter - 'M' - you will be able to download 'Side A' of the tape. 'Side B', N-Z, will be available after the next 13 songs have been decided.

Now finally, to be able to take part in the ultimate LJ AtoZ mixtape and to decide exactly which songs you want, you need to join the community and hopefully you will enjoy this process as much as us.

Our first update, and the first nomination process, will begin in the next few days when we have a good enough number of members to get a good mix. So don't lose faith - we will get your brains working soon :D

If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to ask them here.
jessicazomgjess on April 19th, 2006 11:29 pm (UTC)
when so we get to post out a ideas?

before I forget mine is Adam Ant: Goody Two Shoes.
Áine: Ryan 3ainegriffin on April 19th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
Loving this idea!
Bryan Adams "Thought I'd Died And Gone To Heaven"

I'm sorry but you're all going to see my terrible music taste come out *blush*
jessicazomgjess on April 19th, 2006 11:58 pm (UTC)
Oh I was thinking. YOu should make a rule that we can't vote for our own nomination or everyone will jus tvote for themselves.
Mrs Spoon Guyleenielou on April 20th, 2006 08:57 am (UTC)
Good point, I'll put it in, thanks :D
Mrs Spoon Guyleenielou on April 20th, 2006 08:59 am (UTC)
We're going to wait a few days to build up a good enough number of members so as to get the best mix. So, on Saturday 22nd, a post will go up with screened comments for people to make their suggestions for 'A'. In that post I'll put how long people have until the vote.

Mattmattgoth on April 20th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
So only one band/artist per letter of the alphabet? Or can we do multiples for the sake of diversity. Some great artists dominate a letter of the alphabet more than another...

Mrs Spoon Guyleenielou on April 20th, 2006 09:02 am (UTC)
You can only suggest one per letter, yep. If it doesn't work out too well the first time round, we'll put it up to 3 suggestions maximum - but you'll still only get 1 vote when it comes to the voting round.

Although, you are right about some people dominating - I can see 'B' being full of The Beatles etc, so yeah, we'll see what happens with 'A' then make the decision from there.
Mattmattgoth on April 20th, 2006 11:00 am (UTC)
How about this, just to float an idea.


Every once in a while, we have a feature on one band/artist, a major one and we all pick the favourite song of theirs and vote on it for the mixtape. So in the case of the Beatles or the Smiths we wouldn't nominate their songs by way of their letter of the alphabet, but purely for spotlight feature.
Mrs Spoon Guyleenielou on April 20th, 2006 11:50 am (UTC)
Hmm...I like it - it'd break up any monotony and would mean that a host of different bands get chosen under each letter. We can even include the spotlight tracks on the actual tape. I'll send an email round seeing what people think and which bands, if they like the idea, they'd like to see 'spotlit'.
missgatomissgato on April 20th, 2006 01:29 pm (UTC)
My 2 cents. :)
The Psychadelic Furs: "Love My Way"
The White Stripes: "7 Nation Army"
Thatkidunworthy__2u on April 21st, 2006 10:01 pm (UTC)
Alternitive TV - Love lies limp.

:) this commuinty rocks by the way.
Mrs Spoon Guy: Mixleenielou on April 22nd, 2006 07:09 pm (UTC)
Thanks :D Hope you'll enjoy it!
em: ian ballweppers on April 23rd, 2006 05:01 am (UTC)
I am going to say it here, and you can delete it if you want. I just want to say, lou, you have done a top job setting this up it looks and sounds great and we are going to end up (hopefully!) with one hell of a mix tape :)

So cheers to you for all your hardwork setting this community up :D
Mattmattgoth on April 23rd, 2006 09:41 am (UTC)
I agree! Well done, Lou
Mrs Spoon Guy: Johnny & geetarleenielou on April 23rd, 2006 09:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks guys :D
dis p e r s i o nlondonforces on June 9th, 2006 09:59 pm (UTC)
This is a very exciting community concept! I'm so glad I stumbled upon it :)
Mrs Spoon Guy: Mixleenielou on July 4th, 2006 09:00 am (UTC)
Thanks very much! Hope you enjoy it here :D
Zoë: michelle // the spirit room.electrocutes on November 22nd, 2006 12:32 am (UTC)
Hey, I started a new community ytymixtape, and I was wondering if you would like to be affiliates? :]