Better Quit Takin’ them Downers

I Ride on Guilded Spinners: The Screwed Oddities Mixtape vol 1 2009

Comedown discotheques, styrafoam cups, and analog tape magic: these are a few of my favorite things. From quaaludes to cough syrup, the drowsy effect of what we now call screwed has created movements in music by something as simple as pitch change and maybe a bit of delay. The art of slowing down music has never been limited to just the Screwstonians of our time, but is usually the creation of individuals who like to take downers. Italians playing disco records at the wrong speed to the 4am crowd, rock bands taking hints from Music Concret, dudes selling mixtapes out of garages, and Cumbia with the batteries low, here is a little chunk of oddities in the world Robert Davis claimed would one day be Screwed Up. It dates back to 1970 and ends in the present, interwoven with bits and pieces of slow music among Houston classics, and I don’t recommend listening to it while driving.


S.L.A.B. – Intro (Screwed and Chopped)
Big Moe – Sippin Codeine (Screwed and Chopped)
Tommy James and the Shondells – Crimson and Clovers (Screwed and Chopped)
Rita Marley – One Draw (Screwed)
Mack 10 – Fo Life (Screwed and Chopped)
Daniele Baldelli – Funky Tambourine (Cosmic Disco)
Sonido Martinez – Do You Think I’m Sexy Cumbia Cover (Cumbia Rebajada)
Prince – Purple Rain (Screwed and Chopped)
Teddy Pendergrass – TKO (Screwed and Chopped)
Phil Collins – In the Air Tonight (Screwed and Chopped)
Big Moe – Codeine Fiend Flow (Screwed)
Cheech and Chong – Basketball Jones (Screwed and Chopped)
Neu! – Super 16
Unknown Artist – Monterrey Marquillos Colombia (Cumbia Rebajada)
UGK – One Day (Screwed and Chopped)


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