The Karen Mixes, Volume I: Beats

Dizzy Heights is still on hiatus – those shows just seem really unimportant right now – but I wanted to post something, so I’m going to share some mixes I made for my friend Karen, because they’re upbeat and fun, and I figured those were both things we need right now.

This was mixed in 2010, when Karen and I first reconnected after not seeing each other for about seven years. Her house was the most centrally located to all of our high school friends, so she hosted all of the parties, and I brought the tunes. This one is admittedly mainstream, and by design; I wanted the songs to trigger memories and start conversations.

The lineup: INXS, Peter Gabriel, Level 42, New Order, Information Society, Depeche Mode, Camouflage, Julian Cope, ABC, Pet Shop Boys, Dead or Alive, Slade (you read that right), Gino Vannelli (see: Slade), The Cars, Real Life, and Duran Duran.

Next Up: Volume II, The Beast. This will make sense when you see it.

Thank you, as always, for listening. Be kind, and be safe.

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