Read more about the background of this series of posts.

I’m not sure how it’ll be when our son goes off to college (soon…), but my freshman roommate was a complete stranger that I met when we were unpacking our stuff into the same double room. The great news is that Vince and I got along really well. Our entire UGA group (our floor of the dorm, essentially) got along really well, in fact, and even ended up adopting a handful of folks from elsewhere in the dorm.

Photo of the album cover: a man and a woman smiling and grilling

Toward the end of our freshman spring, we decided we were going to have a fairly impromptu barbecue. I don’t remember whether there were any reasons more specific than just blowing off steam and celebrating the nice weather. But this tape was the mix that Vince and some of our other friends put together for the occasion, and later copied out for pretty much everyone. I put together the insert in Photoshop and QuarkXPress, applying lots of filters to the image to disguise how low res it was (we didn’t have Google image search, and no one was posting print resolution images to the web in spring 1995).

Spotify playlist


  1. Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic – The Police (Apple Music)
  2. Your Racist Friend – They Might Be Giants (Apple Music)
  3. All I Wanna Do – Sheryl Crow (Apple Music)
  4. Fight For Your Right – Beastie Boys (Apple Music)
  5. Crash – The Primitives (Apple Music)
  6. My Country – Midnight Oil (Apple Music)
  7. Girl, You’ll Be a Woman Soon – Urge Overkill (Apple Music)
  8. Into Your Arms – The Lemonheads (Apple Music)
  9. Come Undone – Duran Duran (Apple Music)
  10. We’re Not Gonna Take It – Twisted Sister (Apple Music)
  11. Right Now – Van Halen (Apple Music)
  12. You Give Love A Bad Name – Bon Jovi (Apple Music)
  13. The Beating of a High School Spanish Teacher – Adam Sandler (Apple Music)


  1. On And On – Saigon Kick (Apple Music)
  2. Divine Thing – The Soup Dragons (Apple Music)
  3. Shine – Collective Soul (Apple Music)
  4. Self Esteem – The Offspring (Apple Music)
  5. Dyslexic Heart – Paul Westerberg (Apple Music)
  6. Summer Of ‘69 – Bryan Adams (Apple Music)
  7. Mr. Jones – Counting Crows (Apple Music)
  8. Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden (Apple Music)
  9. Unbelievable – EMF (Apple Music)
  10. Everything About You – Ugly Kid Joe (Apple Music)
  11. Basket Case – Green Day (Apple Music)
  12. Stay – Lisa Loeb & Nine Stories (Apple Music)