This week Amy is sharing a few memories with us inspired by a mix tape (yes an actual tape this time, woo!) she was given aged sixteen. Thanks, Amy!
When Laura first asked me to share one of my mix tape memories with her, I initially earmarked a beautiful CD that my boyfriend Charlie made for me when we first started dating. However. When I dug through my music collection to find it, I came across an ACTUAL tape that a guy I used to work with made for me, and I felt compelled to write about it - mostly because I haven’t listened to it in years!
Back when I was sixteen *cough almost a decade ago cough* I worked in a lousy shop with a group of people who were a) all older than me b) more worldly than me, and therefore c) much cooler than me, in my opinion. My favourite shifts were spent in the poorly ventilated stockroom where I would flirt terribly with Pete the punk and talk about music and films for hours with a skater named Chris. One day out of the blue, Chris announced that he was leaving us to work in a porn shop down south. On his last shift, he gave me this mix tape, which features a pretty creepy photograph of two faces and a label that reads, “All the main hits”. It never came with a track list, so this weekend I sat down with a glass of cider and hit play…
1. Echo & The Bunnymen – The Killing Moon
2. Pyschedelic Furs – Pretty In Pink
3. Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
4. Blondie - Atomic
5. Ramones – Surfin’ Bird (cover)
6. The Cure – Friday I’m In Love
For some reason, the rest of Side A consists of nothing but Young Knives songs? I must have recorded over it at some point…oops.
1. The Smiths – How Soon Is Now
2. Massive Attack – Angel
3. Siouxsie and the Banshees – Spellbound. About half way through the song, the tape made a strange whirring noise and the song became muffled. After a little fast-forwarding I discovered that the rest of the tape was blank.