Announcing The Next Two Green Monkey Mixes

I now give you the the rules for Volume 4 and 5 of the Green Monkey Music Project.

Volume 4 will be called, What’s In A Word?

What’s In A Word? is a mix that once again has a rather simple rule to follow. All songs submitted must have a title consisting of only one word. The word can’t be a proper noun (a person’s name, a place — if it has a capital letter, it’s a no-no).

When in doubt, use the Merriam-Webster Online dictionary. If it can’t be found there, it’s not allowed. Hey, I’d love to use Neil Young’s “Powderfinger” and Yo La Tengo’s “Sugarcube”, but they’re just not words you find in a dictionary (well, this particular one, at least).

I also want to give you the rules of Volume 5, because I don’t someone missing out on Volume 4 and automatically sign up for the next volume without knowing what they are getting into. Volume 5 will require participants to be at least a little versed in music of a more international flavor.

Volume 5 is called No Speak English. Songs for this mix must have some kind of vocals in them. Whatever singing or speaking there is in the song, it can’t be in English.

I’m not doing these mixes concurrently. You can sign up for Volume 5, and once I finalize the participants, you can submit your songs, but just be aware that I’m not going to get to it until Volume 4 is published.

Volume 4 will have five participants, but with me in the mix, that only leaves four open slots. Allen L. and Anandamide expressed interest in joining the next mix, so I’m holding two openings for them at the moment.

Volume 5 will have up to five participants as well — all four slots are open.

After these two volumes, I think I’ll take a break for a couple weeks on these mixes. But fear not, there will be a nice holiday-themed mix coming up in late September!


We have our participants for Volume 4, “What’s In A Word?”!

Allen L.!

Participants, please add a comment to this post indicating your song choices (w/artist). Please provide no less than five songs, and no more than eight.

We also have our participants for Volume 5!


Volume 5 participants, please feel free to leave your choices as a comment as well. No pressure, though — like I said, I’m not starting on putting together Volume 5 until Volume 4 is published and available for download.

Thanks everyone for your participation!

39 thoughts on “Announcing The Next Two Green Monkey Mixes

  1. I’d be interested in the No English one, but I realize I already had a shot and would defer to those who want to that haven’t participated yet.

  2. Oooh, can I play?

    Bridges – Tracy Chapman
    Ghost – Indigo Girls
    Paradise – Sade
    Dilate – Ani DiFranco
    Vacation – The Go-Go’s
    Stay – Alison Krauss & Union Station
    One – U2
    Criminal – Fiona Apple
    Kid – Pretenders
    Tenderly – as performed by Natalie Cole

  3. Here’s my tracks (hope I didn’t take track #3 from you, beth!).

    01 – Luna – Slide
    02 – Frank Black – Headache
    03 – B-52’s – Roam
    04 – Brazilian Girls – Pussy
    05 – Suicide – Girl
    06 – Radiohead – Optimistic
    07 – Handsome Family – Stalled
    08 – The Kinks – Brainwashed

  4. splotch–
    it is like the primaries, not-Jenna has already thrown her hat (or rather scotch bottle) into the ring for 2020

    can volume 7 come before volume 6 —

    vol 5 is too hard for this mono-lingual person.

  5. manx, you are now a participant in Volume 5!

    dc, you’re just going to have to wait for the sugary goodness of Volumes 6 and 7.

    And yes, they will be awesome.

  6. For participants of Volume 4, it’s not a rule or anything to form a narrative with your song choices (mix tapes are usually more about the flow of one song to another), but you may find yourself drawn to order them in a certain way (well, *I* felt a pull in that direction, anyway).

    When I was choosing my songs it was almost like I was constructing a sentence.

    My song choices sentence turned out rather creepy —

    “Slide Headache Roam Pussy Girl Optimistic Stalled Brainwashed”


  7. I am really sad I missed out on Vol 3. That is one of my specialties. back in the days of mix tapes it was always handy to have a short track to fill up space at the end of side one. I have been dealing with some time travel issues lately, so I am technically not even around to participate in Vol. 5.

  8. OK Here’s my volume 4 choices:
    Cars – Gary Numan
    Anxious – The Housemartins
    Friction – Television
    Waterfall – The Stone Roses
    Poet – Sly and the Family Stone
    Sloth – Fairport Convention
    Superstition – Stevie Wonder
    Rumors – Gregory Isaccs

  9. I want to be in on volume 18 – that’s my hockey number! Or, can I be on the same one with Evil Genius? Because I’m not going to be around for a while either – gotta wrap up the house soon and move and all that but would like to participate at some point.

  10. Loved the theme idea. After I chose, the order just fell into place”
    Stop! – Against Me!
    Boring – The Pierces
    Fuel – Ani Difranco
    War – Edwin Starr
    Happy – Jenny Lewis and the Watson Twins
    Envious – The Hellacopters
    Oceans – Paper Sun
    Hail – The Piper Downs

  11. anandamide, cool selections! I almost picked “Glory” by Television. “Superstition” was also under consideration. “Cars” is a favorite of mine, and you can’t go wrong with anything off the first Stone Roses album. Looking forward to hearing the rest of your choices, which I am unfamiliar with!

    Allen L., I have not heard *any* of those songs! Looking forward to getting acquainted with them.

    DGuzman, I’ve only heard two of your choices — please drop the two you can live without, to give a total of eight.

  12. F me. My version of “Hail” is crap. A corrupted mp3 and I have no way of getting a new one.

    I hereby change my last song entry to
    Sly by the Cat Empire.

    You will mp3s shortly.

  13. Allen L., I can most likely get all the songs. I only ask you for MP3’s of them if I’m unable to get them myself.

    Out of the last three mixes, I think I’ve only asked participants for a couple songs.

  14. You know, some of us live on the other side of the world, with poor internet reception, and limited access. Can I book spaces in advance for every 4th or 5th mix? I really would like to play, but it’s hard to do wen I am all they way over here.

  15. Here are my Vol. 5 picks:

    1. Ojos Así by Shakira
    2. La Tortura by Shakira Feat. Alejandro Sanz
    3. Habibe – Ya Nour El Ain by Amr Diab
    4. La Bomba by Ricky Martin
    5. Simarik by Tarkan
    6. Makeda by Les Nubians
    7. Unomathemba by Umoja

  16. Just returning from the world of the Three-day Weekend. I’ll have my list ready on Tuesday, Sir Splotch!

    So excited I was chosen yet again. Does that mean I get double-monkey spanks on my birthday?

  17. My choices for Volume 5:

    01 – Lassie Singers – Hamburg
    02 – Gilberto Gil – Sai Do Sereno
    03 – Pugh Rogefeldt – Små Lätta Moln
    04 – Michel Polnareff – Le Desert N’est Plus En Afrique
    05 – Faust – Psalter
    06 – Boubacar Traoré – Samba
    07 – Tom Zé – Ui! (Voce Inventa)
    08 – Ohio Express – Yummy Yummy Yummy (in Italian)

  18. Here are my eight:

    1. The B-52’s: Topaz
    2. David Bowie: Fashion
    3. The Clash: Clampdown
    4. Magnapop: Garden
    5. Oasis: Hello
    6. R.E.M.: Stumble
    7. Sonic Youth: Incinerate
    8. Squeeze: Tempted

    Sorry for the holiday delay, sir.

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