Monday, April 09, 2007

The Beginning of the End : A Manchester Morgue Compilation

Before I start, don't worry, this post does not mark the "beginning of the end" of the site. This post will also not have anything to do with the gigantic radioactive grasshopper film from the 50's. Instead this is just another compilation I put together. It occurred to me the other day that there has been a veritable assload of songs to use "The Beginning of the End" or "The End of The Beginning" as the title. Sure, it's a clever title. Once. Not 2 or 3 hundred times. I mean seriously people, have we run out of words? At least the Smashing Pumpkins tried to mix it up a bit with The End is the Beginning is the End. But that still had the same basic idea, they just made it more confusing. So this compilation is my way of saying "See - I told you there were a lot of songs with that title".

Despite the lack of titling creativity on the part of those who named the songs, it turns out a lot of the Beginning of the End/End of the Beginning songs are pretty good. I started making this compilation as a joke, but I actually quite like a majority of the songs, I've already listened to this thing twice now today. Hopefully you guys like some of these songs as well. And before anyone points it out, I realize bitching about how it's dumb to name a song "The Beginning of the End" when I myself am calling this compilation that very same thing makes me look like an asshole. But really, I'm no writer, I couldn't think of anything else to call it. So The Beginning of the End it is. If they can do it, why can't I?

The cover for this one is art I borrowed from Criterion's DVD of the Karloff film First Man Into Space. I'm not sure who did the artwork for that cover, but I really love all of the art from the Monsters and Madmen set, so I wanted to use it for the cover. Being the Photoshop wizard that I am, I had the painstaking task of typing 9 words and strategically placing them on the cover. Hard work, as you can imagine. As with the last compilation I made, or any I might make in the future, I'm posting it to be a bit of a smartass and make fun of the abundance of different songs with the same title, but I'm also hoping to expose some of you to bands you haven't heard before that you might end up really liking. So if you like anything you hear on this I recommend you seek out and purchase music from these bands or artists. For example, God is an Astronaut actually has a new album coming out very soon. Or, it might be out now even. Hint. So with that said, I hope you enjoy this celebration of one of the most overused song titles in the history of song titles.

Ikon - Beginning of the End
God is an Astronaut - The End of the Beginning
30 Seconds to Mars - The End of the Beginning
Cockney Rejects - Beginning of the End
HIM - The Beginning of the End
Into Eternity - Beginning of the End
Wizard - The Beginning of the End
Morose - Beginning of the End
Bastards - Beginning of the End
Tragedy - Beginning of the End
Eddie and the Hot Rods - Beginning of the End
Nine Inch Nails - The Beginning of the End
Robert Leiner - Beginning of the End
Spineshank - Beginning of the End
Maroon - The Beginning of the End
Crematory - The Beginning of the End
The Bananas - Beginning of the End
Sworn Enemy - The Beginning of the End
Extortion - Beginning of the End
Amebix - Beginning of the End
Ironsword - Beginning of the End


By the way, aside from the God is an Astronaut track, I highly recommend the Ikon, 30 Seconds to Mars, (Hey, their first album was good) Morose, and Wizard tracks. Also, I don't know if the Ironsword song is supposed to be funny, but I found it pretty hilarious. Hilarious enough even to cause me to make some weird snorting noise from laughing so hard. The vocals are magnificently cheesy in just the right way. Genius.


Anonymous said...

Great mix!

The art is by comic book artist & professional art director DARWYN COOKE - also known for directing the openning credits to the BATMAN BEYOND! TV series, as well as the utterly excellent DC COMICS: The New Frontier comic series.

phelpster said...

Thanks, I hope you enjoy it! Also, thanks for letting me know who did the art, I might have to check some of his stuff. I really like his style, not sure how "okay" it is to use art like I do for my compilation covers, but I'm not selling these things, or taking credit for the actual art or anything, so I should be okay.

Anonymous said...

Karloff wasn't in FIRST MAN INTO SPACE.....Marshall Thompson was (I think). You got your actors mixed up.

phelpster said...

Good call, for some reason I thought the Monsters and Madmen set was Karloff only.


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