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Memory Tapes: Matthew's Late 80s Mix

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Memory Tapes is an opportunity for one of you lovely lot to divulge in some memories and provide the soundtrack. It can be happy, it can be sad, it can be wistful, it can be a lesson for us all. Today's Memory Tape is from Jenny in Dalston, London and this mix is for, and inspired by, her brother Matthew:

"At last I've salvaged my tape collection from my loft and can confirm the track listing to my most precious mix tape, which I'd love to share on Memory Tapes.

My brother Matthew made this tape in the late 80s sometime; he died in December 1988, making this mix all the more precious. At the time I was only 11 and most of this music sounded like noise to me, but as my tastes matured and I left Kylie behind, I grew to treasure this tape not just because it was his but because I even liked how it sounded.

Matthew flounts my mix tape rule of never putting more than one song by the same band on a mix - or if you do, never to put them next to each other. But I forgive! The bands are such a good show of the greatness of 80s alternative music, before indie became mainstream. Even though many of the bands had breakthrough hits at the time and/or went on to lasting success."

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Matthew's late 80s mix

Side A

That Petrol Emotion - V2

That Petrol Emotion - Swamp

That Petrol Emotion - Big Decision

Lemon Drops - Inside Out

Woodentops - Well Well Well

The Wedding Present - Give My Love to Kevin

The Cure - Boys Don't Cry

The Primatives - Crash

The Primatives - Stop Killing Me

The Primatives - Out of Reach

Psychedelic Furs - Pretty in Pink

Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart


Side B

The Wedding Present - Anyone Can Make a Mistake

Half Man Half Biscuit - Dickie Davies Eyes

Sugar Cubes - Birthday **ICELANDIC VERSION** (really the only time I've heard the Icelandic version is on this tape. Which is a shame as it is so extra-beautiful. And from it I learned the Icelandic for 'beard' is 'skegga' (sound, not spelling).)

One Thousand Violins - Don't Sandblast My House

Half Man Half Biscuit - Trumpton Riots

The Go-Betweens - Karen

The Wedding Present - You Should Always Keep In Touch With Your Friends

Pop Will Eat Itself - Oh Grebo, I Think I Love You

Echo and the Bunnymen - Dancing Horses

The Clash - I Fought the Law

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