Setting aside a few loosely defined origin stories, records indicate that the Idle Time heroes first teamed up in 2001 to save their friends and the community at large from shitty music. Empowered by the wild, wide open wonderland of the Internet, they moved a metric ton in CD-R burns within those first few years, like little prismatic shields against the commercial tyranny of mass-marketed radio pop.
Lots of things have changed over the last fifteen years, including how people listen to and discover new music. One thing that hasn’t changed, however, is how passionate we all are about the music that affects us, and the songs we hold dear.
As our roster has changed and grown since ’01, so has our stable of musical interests. To acknowledge that, and to celebrate our little anniversary, nine Idlers started working on a ranked list of our 150 favorite songs from our first fifteen years, 2001-2015. It was a glorious, argumentative pain-in-the-ass, but we did it. And it culminated in a celebratory bonfire this past April. Follow the link below to count down with us, from #150 to our favorite song from the Idle Time era.
Few people have the endurance required for near eleven hours of tunes, so this massive mixtape has been broken down into seven separate countdown jams for your listening pleasure. Enjoy, and happy idling.