Lone Star Park Mixtape Publicity Ploy Works (On Me)

(Full disclosure right off the bat: I’ve met Lone Star Park Vice President G.W. Hail a few times and he’s a nice guy. Nice enough that if he asks me to do him a favor, I’m inclined to oblige. I’m especially inclined when the favor involves promoting me as an almost pseudo-celebrity. And yes, I realize I’m falling in to his publicity trap by mentioning this stunt on FrontBurner … just as he planned it. Well played, G.W.)

What am I talking about? A week or so ago, G.W. asked me to create a Lone Star Park music mix to be broadcast during live racing days — songs to be played during downtime. G.W. said he was going to ask other media types to contribute (people like Norm, Newy, and Clarice). Apparently I was the first to turn mine in and so mine will be the first to enter the rotation — starting tomorrow, G.W. tells me. I obsessed over the mix like I am wont to do. I had to account for varying age groups, differences in preferences, sensitivity to mood (upbeat, but not too cheery for the frowny-faced bettors), yet still staying true to songs I truly like/love. For those who are curious, the final line-up is after the jump.

“Ring of Fire,” Johnny Cash
“And She Was,” Talking Heads
“Float On,” Modest Mouse
“Passin Me By,” Pharcyde
“King of All of the World,” Old 97′s
“Tuesday Morning,” The Pogues
“Birthday,” Sugarcubes
“If I Could Talk I’d Tell You,” The Lemonheads
“Feel Good Inc.,” Gorillaz
“Hello It’s Me,” Todd Rundgren
“Starfish and Coffee,” Prince
“Happy Together,” The Turtles
“Waterfall,” Stone Roses
“Brimful of Asha,” Cornershop
“Ego Tripping At the Gates of Hell,” Flaming Lips

Update (kinda): I’m glad to see the playlist sparked some virtual conversation. I was going to go into a bit more detail about my thought process in the original post, but I felt like I was droning on too much already. But I should have mentioned a couple of things. One, I did consider an all-horsey-related mix: “I Chose Horses,” by Mogwai; “Wild Horses,” by Sundays not Rolling Stones; anything by Sparklehorse and, yes, Band of Horses. But I didn’t. Two, I wanted to include songs people had heard before. Not songs everyone knew, not even necessarily most people knew, but songs that someone out there would recognize. And, Three, yes, I wanted the songs to be upbeat. Seemed better suited for a public venue. Such a self-imposed stipulation was a stark contrast to every mixtape I’ve ever made (cf. my high school “Depression Mix”). But don’t let that stop the flow of your excellent song suggestions. Good stuff.

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19 comments on “Lone Star Park Mixtape Publicity Ploy Works (On Me)

  1. I will be there on Saturday. I’ll let you know if I hear any complaints/praise from the horse crowd.

    My initial complaint: leaving out “Mister Would You Please Help My Pony” by Ween.

  2. Love the Band of Horses idea

    How ’bout Grand Archives (Miniature Birds), the Decemberists (The Sporting Life) or the New Pornographers (All the Old Showstoppers) for a change of pace?

  3. Pharcyde’s passin me by…kudos, mr. mcgill for the old skool shout out, as that song’s 15+ years old now

  4. No “Dig a Pony,” Adam, really? Or any Stone Poneys? Or “A Horse With No Name”? George Harrison’s “Dark Horse,” maybe? Chubby Checker’s “Pony Time”? Really, I got a million of ‘em. Ryan Adams’ “Let it Ride”? I clearly have nothing better to do. No, wait. I do.

  5. I wanna do this. I will get back to youo with my picks but just wanted to say, good show.

  6. Sounds more like the playlist for Lone Star Perk.

    How about “Broken Bones” by Sons & Daughters, followed by Neutral Milk Hotel’s cover of “Glue”?

  7. captain obvious….

    Chips Ahoy by The Hold Steady

    its goes a little something like this…

    “she put 900 dollars
    on the fifth horse
    in the sixth race
    i think his name was chips ahoy.

    came in six lengths ahead
    we spent the whole next week getting high”

    old geezers at the track would love that one. upbeat, and someone has heard it…

  8. also, that pharcyde song may be one of the best hip hop songs ever.

    I was on her jock, yes indeedy I wrote graffiti on the bus

  9. Big and Rich “Save a Horse, Ride a Cowboy” – gotta appeal to the rednecks out there too but still a fun song

    U2 “Running to Stand Still” – too ironic but good

    Rubyhorse “Horseless” or “Happy in the Sunshine” – an underappreciated CD from a very underrated group

  10. Maybe it is not entirely relevant, but I’ve been spending most of the last two years deconstructing “Woke Up New” by the Mountain Goats as it relates to the D Staff. Most of that time was spent struggling to overcome the unchallenging postulation of Darnielle = McGill. However a breakthrough came recently when I was going over the 50 second mark for the thousandth time and realized that a recline which is marked with such corseted ernestness must mirror none other than Wick. I can only hope that before we exit the Aughts I will unravel the beguiling redundancy of placing Tim on electric bass while also adding Eric on the acoustic bass. Who is really the modern and who is really the classicist? Can they coexist?

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bSdRizGYb0

  11. I’ve not been to Lone Star Park so I don’t know if this happens there or not, but why do all sports venues that I’ve been to have to fill every minute with music. At a Cowboys or Rangers game you can’t even talk to your buddies during timeouts or between innings without yelling over Gun ‘n Roses. Even at the TCU baseball game this week there was music between every out. Why not just the sound of the ball hitting leather as they take it around the horn? I’m old.

  12. Ray Paulick wrote the following editorial in the April 26, 1997 issue of the Blood-Horse magazine:

    “Making racing fun entertainment for people discovering the sport for the first time will be an important part of the mission for the people behind Lone Star Park.”

    He also said Rock and Roll won’t save racing but Lone Star Park’s “burden” is to match the entertainment values that the Rangers, Stars, Cowboys and Mavericks provide.

    Yes, entertainment at Wrigley Field used to consist of the sound of ball hitting leather and the organist rendition of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”

    Times have changed and so has horse racing entertainment as well as sports entertainment.

    Look for Adam’s playlist to make its debut tonight!