Can you believe it took John Hughes dying to get me to make another ATD mixtape?
Well you shouldn’t. I was working on one when I heard the sad news. It was around midnight. My head was filled with all that brilliant John Hughes music, and I was inspired to make a bootleg. Then I did another. By 6 in the morning I realised I was making a mixtape. And here it is.
All of the music in this tape started life riding the back of something from a John Hughes movie. Apart from one beautiful, glaring mistake. A fabulous no-prize goes to the genius who can work out which one that is.
So, yeah. I hope you enjoy this. It’s the first genuine OG ATD tape I’ve done in years. I missed this process – its lunatic, maddening, and exciting. Late nights melt into early mornings hunched over the keyboard, banging out rhythms over crudely chopped samples. My neck aches, and my eyeballs bulge, and I am glad I don’t smoke these days.
That’s right. So I’d like to thank Zef for taking my sleeve and making it look dirty, my girl for giving me the room to do it, and of course, John Hughes, for the inspiration.
Akira The Don – The Oh yeah Skank ft Littles and Yello
Akira The Don – John Shoot It Up ft Sigue Sigue Sputnik and Method Man
Wang Chung – Fire In The Twilight
Karla Devito – We Are Not Alone
The Psychedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
Dresden Dolls – Pretty In Pink
Akira The Don – 100 Million City ft Rick Ross, Birdman, Young Jeezy, Lil Wayne & The Flowerpot Men
The Vapors – Turning Japanese
Akira The Don – Impressions ft Judd Nelson & Simple Minds
Simple Minds – Don’t You Forget About Me
Danny Hutton Hitters – Wouldn’t It Be Good
Akira The Don – Ask Amanda Palmer
The Dream Academy – The Edge Of Forever
Stray Cats – Sixteen candles
Wayne Newton – Danke Shoen
Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark- If You Leave
The Beatles – Twist And Shout (Akira The Don Shitmix)
Oingo Boingo – Weird Science
Van Halen – Oh Pretty Woman
Akira The Don – Churchyard Killing ft Method Man & Billy Idol
Billy Idol – Rebel Yell
The Dream Academy – Please Please Please Let Me Get What I Want