This week, WTMD intern John Nagle takes a break from mundane tasks to take over the airwaves. His set list, inspired by his friend Brendan's call for "Eternal Mix Tapes" — aka the most important songs of your life — was fueled by bouts of heavy contemplation and copious amounts of Mountain Dew.
The mix starts with the first song Nagle ever fell in love with, at the ripe age of 4 — George Harrison's "I've Got My Mind Set on You."
"I didn't know anything about music back then," he says. "But I loved the opening kick drum."
Other personal milestones include Smashing Pumpkins' "Today," a track from the first cassette John bought with his own money for the astronomical sum of $13.99 at Waxie Maxie's. "I was 10," Nagle says, "so it was a big deal."
The hair metal enthusiast also pays tribute to the glam-slam kings of noise — and their fallen frontman Bret Michaels — with Poison's "Talk Dirty to Me." And he invokes the spirit of most modern mix tapes with the almost mandatory inclusion of a Bob Dylan song.
His set also includes contributions from The Ramones, Cheap Trick, Bruce Springsteen and relative newcomers The Gaslight Anthem (left, photo by SideOneDummy Records).
"If there is any justice in this world," he says. "The Gaslight Anthem will have their own theme-park ride. They take the big-hearted earnestness of Springsteen and combine it with straight punk rock."
Until that occurs, feel free to take a spin with Nagle Thursday night at 8.
•••• George Harrison, "I Got My Mind Set on You"
•••• Smashing Pumpkins, "Today"
•••• Poison, "Talk Dirty to Me"
•••• The Replacements, "Unsatisfied"
•••• Butch Walker, "Mixtape"
•••• Bob Dylan, "Leopard Skin Pillbox Hat"
•••• David Bowie, "Lady Stardust"
•••• Elvis Presley, "Suspicious Minds"
•••• Bruce Springsteen, "No Surrender" (live, acoustic)
•••• The Gaslight Anthem, "High Lonesome"
•••• Ramones, "Cretin Hop"
•••• Cheap Trick, "Clock Strikes Ten" (at Budokan)