Saturday, July 05, 2008

Looking for a ride to your secret location...


This site is jolly. Muxtape makes me feel youthful again, returning me to the days when, time on my hands, I would construct compilation tapes for the entertainment of myself and of others. I was a notoriously poor taper and many of my chosen tracks had either the beginning or end missing; controlling ‘pause’, ‘record’ and ‘play’ proved consistently troublesome for my wandering mind and trembling digits. Quaintly, S and I used to make a C90 tape to play on the way to festivals each year. I’d pitch up at his house with a bag full of records – or vice versa - and the rule was that we’d select alternate tracks until the blighter was full. These tapes were called ‘Oh You Have To Say That’s Remarkable!’ and they were true labours of love. Occasionally there was a touch of disquiet about a particular choice (I haven’t really forgiven S, over twenty years on, for insisting on One of These Days by Pink Floyd) but generally the selections were justly appreciated by all and sundry. Of the top of my head I can remember plenty of ‘Remarkable’ tracks: The Cross by Prince, Army Dreamers by Kate Bush, Tony’s Theme by The Pixies, World Shut Your Mouth by Julian Cope, Teenage Riot ( or was it (I Got a) Catholic Block?) by Sonic Youth, The Whole of the Moon by The Waterboys and, blimey, Beat Dis by Bomb the Bass.

Anyhow, you can make 12 track digital ‘tapes’ on muxtape and my effort is here. Click on a track to play it and the rest will follow automatically. It was a lot of fun but tricky keeping the number down to the required dozen. I originally selected both Battered Old Bird by Elvis Costello and Reggae Sounds by Linton Kwesi Johnson but ending up deleting them although I can’t really explain why.

4 comments:

Timski said...

Just returned from a visit to Ma & Pa E's place, wherein lie some of my old "cassette tapes" as I believe they are called - including the snappily titled "A series of delightful melodies in compilation format" compiled by your good self.
Divided into a "leather jacket" and a "tracksuit bottoms" side - also a fair description of my satorial style around the early 90s......

Cole said...

How very quaint, dear boy. And proof that I don't make all this up. I remember that tape now although have no idea what songs rest 'pon it. I'd bet the 'leather jacket' side has more edgy stuff on it while the 'tracksuit bottoms' side contains more wistful pleasures. The pop historian in me would like to know some of the tracks selected.

Timmy Tuba said...

You have indeed read your younger self well. "leather" side included Husker Du, Dead Kens, MBV, noisy VU, Fall, Pixies et al (who's Al?), whilst the pipe'n'slippers brigade were represented by REM, th'Camera (Aztec branch), Japan, Costello,and mellow VU.
Only got one cassette player in the house, although am driving in hire van to Larmer Tree tomorrow, with, you guessed it, a cassette player, so am rifling thru my drawers as we speak (hyak hyak).

Cole said...

There just had to be a Fall track... How cool to select both a noisy AND and a mellow Velvets song.... Enjoy the Tree...