This week's Memory Tape comes from Hayley Avron, and it's the tape that keeps on giving...
"My memory tape is one that was given to me, rather than one that I made - though I recently passed a copy of it on to a friend, thanks to the wonders of modern technology...
"This tape was sent to me by Graham Kemp - the guitarist in Urusei Yatsura... I can't remember exactly what year it was but judging by the fact that Kung Fu is on it, it was at least 1996 / 1997 (I'd have been about 16).
"I grew up in Tunbridge Wells and my band mates & I made a trip to Maidstone to watch Urusei Yatsura. A short while afterwards, I sent Graham a mix tape. A little while later, he returned the favour, with a tape entitled "summer tape for Hayley, courtesy of Graham Yatsura"
"I lost touch with Graham and I lost touch with the tape, too, until my brother brought a box of old tapes up to me & now I am never without it in my car. Looking back on that time, it was probably a pretty important moment, because it taught me that people in bands are - sometimes - just affable humans, who write people letters and send them mix tapes in the post...
"Recently, I made a copy of it on CD for my friend's birthday. The CD wasn't long enough, so she's missing out on a couple of tracks..."
Here's the tracklisting:
Halo Benders - Don't Touch My Bikini
Monkees - A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You
Bis - This is Fake DIY
Guided By Voices - Matter Eater Lad
Pixies - Manta Ray
Eska - III Spike
They Might Be Giants - Kiss Me, Son of God
Yo La Tengo - Tom Courtenay
The Pastels - Yoga
Pavement - My First Mine
Shangri Las - Give Him A Great Big Kiss
Camper Van Beethoven - One of These Days
The Delgados - M Emulator
Unrest - Yes She Is My Skinhead Girl
Blonde Redhead - 10 ft. High
Quickspace Supersport - Friend
Sonic Youth - Saucer Like
Folk Implosion - Natural One
Dub Narcotic - Shake A Pudding
Beck - Where It's At
Pianosaurus - Thriftshoppin'
The Wannadies - You & Me Song
Pavement - So Easily Fooled
Jonathan Richman - Roadrunner
Stereolab - Metronomic Underground
Ash - Kung Fu
Lazer Boy - Aye Aye Captain
Tortoise - Cornpone Brunch
You can email your Memory Tape to Lauren too if you like...