The S-25 Mix: Time Travel Playlist, Vol. I – Phoenix, The Clash, Radio Dept., Prince, Boat, Javelin, The Kinks, Shearwater, BSS

We have an obsession with creating playlist mixes that feature great songs about a specific subject, theme or other categorization. Over many years, we’ve amassed hundreds of these playlists, and update them regularly. Sunday is the day we take off from putting out new music in order to bring you all another one of our special.

But the original, and still existing, name for this series – The Sunday 25 Mix (aka, S-25), is admittedly not one of our best names we’ve come up with, so we are taking suggestions. The name for this weekly mix series needs to somehow convey the Sunday aspect as well as the fact that it’s a special series with a particular focus and not restricted to one genre or one era of music.

This week we chose 25 tracks from our huge “Time Travel” playlist, including tracks from Phoenix, Neutral Milk Hotel, The Submarines, The Radio Dept., The Clash, The Smashing Pumpkins, and many others. This mix is the first volume of what will be a re-occuring playlist mix series over the next year or so. Currently, we have more than 300 ‘time travel’ songs, so it’ll take time to whittle them down into 25 tracks per volume.

We are sure that there are plenty of great ‘time travel’ themed songs that are not included in this volume. In that case, it means they’ll be published in subsequent volumes in this series, or that we don’t have such and such a song (but probably did at one time). Somehow believing that Apple hard drives were indestructible, we failed to back up hundreds of playlists that had been in on-going development over the years.

One day last fall, we turned on the Mac to just a blue screen. Slowly but surely we were convinced that the hard drive was indeed fried. That broken hard drive is sitting in a box as we try to figure out if it’s worth hundreds and hundreds of dollars to try and do data recovery just to see what playlists can be salvaged.

So, in many ways, we had to start from scratch. It was a traumatic loss but we only have ourselves to blame for not backing them all up to an independent external hard drive. A loss like that you never really get over, especially when you know that you had so many amazing playlists that constituted probably hundreds of hours of organizing, updating, and reviewing songs and their appropriate playlist home. Lesson learned the VERY hard way.

That said, we hope you dig this first volume of the Time Travel Playlists series. Don’t forget to make your own lists in the Comments section because it’s very possible they’ll be included in subsequent future volumes of the Time Travel Playlists series.

“1901” Phoenix from Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix (2009)

“1999”Shout Out Louds from Work (2010)

“1999”Prince from 1999 (1982)

clash 1977

“1977”The Clash from Super Black Market Crash (1977)

“We’ve Been Friends Since 1989”Boat from Setting The Paces (2009)

“Oh What A Night (December 1963)”Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons (1976)

“1979” The Smashing Pumpkins from Mellon Collie (1989)

“1969”Iggy Pop and The Stooges from The Stooges (1969)

“Class of 2000”Amida from Arts & Crafts EP (2004)

Neutral Milk Hotel

“Holland, 1945”Neutral Milk Hotel from In the Aeroplane over the Sea (1998)

“1940”The Submarines from Honeysuckle Weeks (2010)

“1940” (The Submarines) – The Morning Benders from split tour only single (2009)


“1995”The Radio Dept. from Lesser Matters (2009)

“2012”60 Watt Kid from We Come From The Bright Side (2009)

“1917”Fiery Furnaces from Blueberry Boat (2004)

The original "20th Century Man" appeared on The Kinks' acclaimed 1972 album, 'Muswell Hillbillies'

“20th Century Man” (Live) – The Kinks from One For The Road (1980)

“7th September 2003”The Elected from Me First (2003)

“1993”The Great Nostalgic from Hope We Live Like We Promised (2011)


“Moscow 1980”Javelin from No Mas (2010)

“August 12, 1992”John Blaze from Introductions EP (2010)

“1985”Paul McCartney and Wings from Band on The Run (1975)

“Boy 1904” Jónsi & Alex from Riceboy Sleeps (2010)


“1985”Bowling for Soup from A Hangover You Don’t Deserve (2004)

“Late Nineties Bedroom Rock For The Missionaries”Broken Social Scene from You Forgot It In People (2002)

“The World In 1984” Shearwater from Winged Life (2004)

“1983”Pelle Carlberg from The Lilac Time (2008)

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  1. How about ‘In the Year 2525’, originally by Zager & Evans, but covered more recently by Ian Brown.

  2. Nice mix. Here are a couple more for the list– 2024 by Cage the Elephant; 2012 by Gossip; 4 Horsemen of 2012 by Klaxons; Paris 2004 by Peter, Bjorn and John; Detroit ’67 by Sam Roberts; 2080 by Yeasayer; 1991 by Crystal Castles; East 1999 by DJ Copy (remix of Bone Thugs N’ Harmony)’ 1997 by Hard Mix; 1975 by Spoon; 1999 by Suburban Kids With Biblical Names; 1517 by The Whites Boy Alive.

    I look forward to the next installment.

    1. Thanks Terry – you hit a number of ones already in the wings for the next installment, and contributed some new ones as well – so tank you. 🙂

  3. Get the original version of 1985 by SR-71 over Bowling For Soup, its sooo much better and so lesser known which is a giant shame.

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