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Memory Tapes: Tim Diggles 60th Mixtape

Friday 14 March 2014, 10:53

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Lovely listener Tim Diggles has provided us with this week's Memory Tapes. Read all about his 60th mix here:

“On March 10th I will be 60, so I have made a compilation of tracks, called 60, which have written themselves into my soul, many from my formative years, not always my favourites, but they mean a lot to me. I am sending this CD to my far flung long time close friends to play a few tracks on my birthday as we won’t all get together, hopefully dance around the kitchen, make them laugh and maybe also shed an odd tear. I could have made a 15 CD set and longer tracks are not included. The list below will be the basis of my blog on my birthday each with a bit about why I chose each track.

For the past 14 years I have made a CD for these friends around Christmas time, very inspiringly called What Tim’s Been Listening To… It’s a mix of new and old music, I ‘collect’ around 200 tracks and edit down to 20-21. It goes down pretty well, the odd ‘complaint’ such as when I put a 13 minute long almost silent piano piece by Arvo Paart; the year I got into Trance; ‘too many women’ for one friend one year! I’ve put a track listing and cover (which I enjoy designing) for my 2013 selection. 

I love finding new music and your show and 6 Music have had quite an influence on my choices over the past few years!

Hope you enjoy it”


1.      Wild Mountain Thyme – Judy Collins – I don’t know when I first heard this, it is from 1961 but it feels like it has been with me forever, a haunting stunning performance.

2.      Ladies and Gentleman We Are Floating In Space – Spiritualized – I didn’t know Spiritualized until the early 2000’s, then when I had come out of hospital after a major operation the words and its weaving in of Can’t Help Falling In Love (one of my mother’s favourites) felt apt. Then a couple of years later I regularly listened to it on the seemingly endless journeys I made 100 miles across the country when my mother was ill over 6 months before died in hospital.

3.      Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford – I would dance wild and ‘wonderfully’ to this at Samantha’s Club in Leek when I was about 18/19 with Jackie. It is just one of what could have been many rock ‘n roll and doo-wop songs.

 4.      Paranoid – Black Sabbath – When I heard this first it just knocked me out, 17 at art school, this was new music, heavy rock, great for long hair shaking.

5.      Dance Me To The End Of Time – Leonard Cohen – I was late to Cohen, 29-30. This reminds me of some lovely times with lovely friends in South Wales, then to see him perform it live in Cardiff last September was magical.

6.      Always on my Mind – The Pet Shop Boys – This came out just after I was married living and working near Boston, Lincolnshire, a very happy time and even though we are separated now it’s best to remember when things were good.

7.      Sweet Baby James – James Taylor – The smell of oil paint, especially a deep crimson in my bedroom covered in posters and pictures, drawing and painting late into the night, hair growing long, clothes getting scruffier. 1971 playing this along with Carol King, Dory Previn, Bob Dylan on the Dansette…

8.     Night Boat to Cairo – Madness -  Leaping round Glenn and Anne’s flat in Cardiff in the early 1980’s after drinking in endless pubs!

9.      California Girls – The Beach Boys – Oh The Beach Boys, they have been with me for so long. I saw film of them performing when I was about 9 on I think on Six Five Special, love their music and still regularly listen to Surf’s Up, but this sort of sums them up.

10.   L’amour en fuite – Alain Souchon – Films are so important to me and none more so than Truffaut’s. This song comes at the end of the fifth and final film in the Antoine Doinel series.

11.   Belongings – Clock Opera – I love this song and it became even more important when sadly my lovely friend Jackie (a different one) in Brighton played it at her son’s funeral.

12.   FBI – The Shadows – This represents all those songs I loved of Cliff, The Shadows and so many more in that odd pop time before The Beatles came along.

13.   Pump it Up – Elvis Costello & The Attractions – Rosemary took me to Liverpool to see EC in 1986 (she was a devoted fan), he played an hour solo, The Attractions wandered on to stage, he picked up his electric guitar and went straight into this and the place went berserk!

14.   The Dark is Rising – Mercury Rev – I was stuck in a huge queue on the M6 late at night coming back from a meeting in Glasgow, John Peel was on and Mercury Rev, who I’d never heard of, were playing live, it was like I’d found what I had been searching for!

15.   The Ballad of Frankie Lee & Judas Priest – Bob Dylan – I have just about all of Dylan’s albums, my favourite is probably Blonde on Blonde, but I could never afford it when I was 16-17, I found John Wesley Harding was in a second hand store and was the first Dylan album I bought and still regularly listen to.

16.   Virginia Plain – Roxy Music – Age 18 at art school and these came along! Loved the album, then they came to play at The Victoria Hall and instead of the usual long haired scruffy bands who hardly bothered with the audience, here was style and stance and amazing music, a breath of fresh air!

17.   I’ll Be Back – The Beatles – Growing up in the 1960’s which Beatles track does one choose? This comes from the album of A Hard Day’s Night, a film I loved, saw it in Colwyn Bay, but I wasn’t a huge fan then, not like The Beach Boys. Oddly I heard this in San Francisco in 1979 at a meal/party a girl gave for me, I had to go to California to learn to love The Beatles.

18.   This Old Heart of Mine – The Isley Brothers – My favourite Motown track, there could have been a few CD’s full of Motown and Northern Soul, central to the clubs of my teenage years in Stoke-on-Trent, could always dance to this whether there was a girl to dance with me or not.

19.   The Sound of Silence – Simon & Garfunkel – I was given an EP of S&G when I was about 13, this was on and I always loved it, though it could as easily been Scarborough Fair

20.   Waterloo Sunset – The Kinks – Always loved this track and I’ve always enjoyed being in London, this sort of sums up that romantic view of London an outsider can have who doesn’t have to live there.

21.   Peaches en Regalia – Frank Zappa – I was 16 and this was on the record player of the Art School common room, I’d never heard of Zappa, remember all we had was Radio 1 and Zappa was not often played! This was ‘grown up’ music and I loved it almost wearing out the LP.

22.   The Court of The Crimson King (shortened) – King Crimson – I was 16, 1970, and never heard anything like this, just started at Leek School of Art, the cover was amazing and the jazz-rock which later was called Prog perfect for my searching mind!

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