by Christina Sanders I am new to the 405 team, but will now be heading up the art reviews side of things, as the new head of art. So I thought, what better way to introduce myself than to create a special art themed mix tape for you all to enjoy! 1. Art Brut – Modern Art (2004) Well, I don’t think this songs inclusion needs much explanation! Not only are Eddie Argos’s and his gang named after an art movement (art brut is another term for outsider art) but they are singing about art too! This song is a celebration of how great it can feel when looking at a painting you love. Indeed, modern art makes me want to rock out! 2. Modern Lovers – Pablo Picasso (1976) An ode to one of the 20th centuries greatest artists, his charm and womanising ways,  "Pablo Picasso was never called an asshole". This song was produced by John Cale, who is also featured later on in the mix! 3. These New Puritans – I Want To Be Tracey Emin (2006) I think that title says it all really. I spent a lot of time during my art a-levels and foundation really just wanting to be Tracey Emin (to be honest, I am not quite over it yet). When I first saw the title of this song, I got very excited. 4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Art Star (2001) Karen O screams about what it is like to be an  "art star", with her gallery in New York. It makes being an artist sound like just about the coolest thing ever, which of course it is! 5. Yoko Ono – Walking On Thin Ice
 (1981) Yoko Ono is perhaps most famous her relationship with John Lennon. It is a shame; there is certainly a lot more to her than just that!  She is an avant-garde artist and was very much associated with the fluxus movement in the 1960s. She has tried her hand at performance art, painting, filmmaking and indeed pop music! 6. Television Personalities – Salvador Dali’s Garden Party (1989) It sounds like the best party ever – I mean who wouldn’t have wanted to go to Salvador’s house for a few drinks! The guest list included in this song is changed a lot when they play it live, often to include current stars at that time, previous ‘guests’ have included David Hockney, Jackson Pollock, Andy Warhol, Francis Bacon and even shamed ex-U. S President Nixon! 7. Pulp – Common People (1995_ A classic tale of the posh art-school girl, slumming it in London. It is based on a real person that Jarvis Cocker met, whilst studying at Fine Art at St Martins, apparently she was on a general fine art course, not sculpture, but that didn’t sound as good in the song. 8. David Bowie – Andy Warhol (1971) With this song David Bowie was paying tribute to one of his greatest influences and friends, however, apparently Warhol didn’t like it when it was played to him as he thought Bowie was making fun of the way he looked with some of the lyrics! 9. Gang Of Four – I Love A Man In Uniform (Version from Return The Gift, 2005) Now, it is quite well known that all the best bands meet at art school. And this band are one of my absolute faves, I think this song is just brilliant. Gang of four formed in 1977 when they all met at on the fine art course at Leeds Uni. They were fuelled by a punk rock spirit and shared interest in radical political theory. 10. Lou Reed and John Cale – Trouble with Classicists (1989) This song is from a concept album, Songs For Drella, written to the two ex-Velvet Underground musicians. It was recorded in memory of their mentor Andy Warhol. Each song is about the artist. The title ‘Drella’ comes from Warhol’s nickname amongst his factory crowd, it was a cross between Dracula and Cinderella. This song details the things wrong, with more traditional styles of art 11. Laurie Anderson – Oh Superman (1981) Laurie Anderson is a performance artist and she socked everyone when this brilliantly weird song went into the charts at number 2 after being played on the radio by John Peel. Laurie Anderson was also recently the first (and so far only) artist in residence at NASA, Last year she married Lou Reed, the ultimate art rock couple! 12. Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag (2002) This band took their name from a nightclub in Zurich, it was a pivotal venue for the Dada and Futurist artists of the early 20th century, many of their happenings occurred in the Cabaret Voltaire and many-a artists plan was formulated there. Cabaret Voltaire, the band also started life as Dada-inspired performance artists in 1973, before turning their attention fully to pioneering electronic music. 13. Swell Maps – H.SArt (1979) “Do you believe in art?” asked these early post-punk innovators, I certainly do. And I hope after listening to all these arty songs, you all agree with me! So, there you go. I hope you all like the mix, and it leaves you all feeling a little bit arty! Lots of Love Christina  x Download the Mixtape by clicking here! Track list 1. Art Brut – Modern Art 2. Modern Lovers – Pablo Picasso 3. These New Puritans – I Want To Be Tracey Emin 4. Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Art Star 5. Yoko Ono – Walking On Thin Ice 6. Television Personalities – Salvador Dali’s Garden Party 7. Pulp – Common People 8. David Bowie – Andy Warhol 9. Gang Of Four – I Love A Man In Uniform 10. Lou Reed and John Cale – Trouble with Classicists 11. Laurie Anderson – Oh Superman 12. Cabaret Voltaire – Nag Nag Nag 13. Swell Maps – H.SArt