Give It to Me! Occupy the Manger!

The Junk Thief team is very proud to participate in the latest round of the San Francisco Mixtape Society whose them is “Give It to Me!” to be held this Sunday, December 4, 4-6 in the Mission District’s Make Out Room.

Here is the back story on our mix:

And lo it came during the height of the most sacred season of consumerism that there was no room in Justin Herman Plaza.  “Occupy the Manger!” came the clarion cry of the discounted souls as they were ordered to march westward towards the Mission.

Thus our playlist tries to serve as a Beggar’s Opera for the New Millennium.  Just as Brecht and Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper called out the inequities of Weimar Berlin, we need a new song list to champion our rag tag band of petty thieves and and truth tellers. 

From the nonsensical opening ramblings of The Pipkins and Adriano Celentano, the essence of our theme becomes more evident and filled with contradictions.  Give it to me!  Have we reached a state of such deflated decadence we can no longer distinguish between lust and need?  Who is to argue that Screamin’ Jay’s plea for boots and saddles is petty when held up to Dylan’s need for “you”.  

Greed is evident in the refusal to share the jellyroll, but the Smiths perhaps get to the core of our society when we only want that which we cannot have.  Or perhaps the ever indulgent Jane and Serge are closer to the essence when all they want is to be crazy.

Fittingly, we do, in fact, conclude with Brecht’s Macheath with his desperate plea for mercy at the gallows.  When Macheath says, “Give it to me” he means saving his life itself.  And, in this season when tiny tots dreams are filled not with dancing peppermint canes but pepper spray, the final lyric of Brecht and Weill’s Die Dreigroschenoper is the perfect conclusion for a Beggar’s Opera for 2011:  “Don’t punish wrong doing too much!”

The front cover features the Four Saints of Pink and the Sacred Justin Bieber tastefully wrapped for holiday shoppers in swaddling cloth.

The inside of the front cover focuses on the  Infant Justin Bieber as he is admired by his publicists and agents while he sees fame and pleads, “Give It to Me!”

Here in the cradle of our package, they’re puttin’ up reindeers, they’re cuttin’ down trees, and the man in the beard says, “The rent is too damn high!”

And here our journey ends but not without ambiguity.  They have occupied the manger complete with little Justin, but the potential of force lurks on the right.  All we can do is plead, “Don’t punish wrong-doing too much!”

And here is our playlist:

Gimme Dat Ding -The Pipkins

Prisencolinensinainciusol – Adriano Celentano

Looking For You – Nino Ferrer and Radiah

You Can’t Get What You Want (Till You Know What You Want) – Joe Jackson

Lord, I Want to Die Easy – Josh White

I Don’t Want to Get Over You – Magnetic Fields

Give Me My Boots and Saddle– Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

I Want You – Bob Dylan

Do You Want to Marry Me?  – Sketch Show

Never, Never Gonna Give You Up – Barry White

She’s Got Me Where She Wants Me -Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes

All I Want – Echo and the Bunnymen

Really Wanted You – Emitt Rhodes

I Can’t Give You Anything – The Stylistics

I Want to Feel Crazy – Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin

Is This What You Wanted – Leonard Cohen

Give Me Your Love (New York Mix) – Be Noir

Give It Back to the Indians – Lee Wiley

I Want the One I Can’t Have – The Smiths

Don’t Give It Up – Linda Clifford

Gimme A Little Action – Sylvia Robinson

I Ain’t Gonna Give Nobody None of My Jellyroll – Bobby Darin & Johnny Mercer

Give a Little – Gail Heideman

Ballad in Which Macheath Begs All Men for Forgiveness – Raul Julia


One response to “Give It to Me! Occupy the Manger!

  1. Love this

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