MEMORY TAPES: 1ST JUNE
This might be one of the indiest stories we've ever had on Memory Tapes; the story belongs to Kate Diamond, who writes....
"Back when I was doing my Alevels there was a (now sadly defunct) music magazine called Select. We used to read it on the bus on the way to college. It had a penpal section in the back. My mate replied to one of the ads and started exchanging mix tapes with some Welsh indie lad, so I decided to do the same.
"'Male, 18, Becoming more like Alfie...' the ad started. I replied, we exchanged a few letters, and he sent me my first mix tape. Side A was 'All About Alfie' (songs that represented him) and Side B was 'Songs for a Lady' (or, in my case, a chubby 17 year old with a bad fringe). Track list below.
"This was September 1998. I lived in Leicester, he was in Exeter, 200 miles away. We met for the first time a month later. (via National Express, continuing the Divine Comedy theme!)
"After numerous trips up & down the M5 visiting each other, I finished my Alevels the following summer and moved to Exeter to spend some proper time with him. 6 months later we moved back to Leicester together. We'll have been married for 7 years this July. Our daughter Cecilia is one and a half. I'm a stay at home mum, so we listen to 6Music all day, when we're not at the park."
Here's the ad!:
Here's the tracks:
Side A : All About Alfie
Divine Comedy - Becoming More Like Alfie
David Bowie - The Laughing Gnome
The Rolling Stones - Paint It Black
Pet Shop Boys - It's A Sin
Boomtown Rats - Rat Trap
Monty Python - Camelot
Blue Oyster Cult - Don't Fear The Reaper
Roxy Music - Do The Strand
Suede - Film Star
Pulp - Mis-Shapes
Elastica - Waking Up
Side B : Songs For A Lady
Pulp - She's A Lady
The Yardbirds - For Your Love
Divine Comedy - I'm All You Need
Shed 7 - You're The Greatest Thing
Blur - You're So Great
The Beatles - Something
Manic Street Preachers - Further Away
David Bowie - Rebel Rebel
Bernard Butler - Not Alone
Sparklehorse - Wish You Were Here
Do you have a mix and a story? Email Lauren and tell her.