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Memory Tapes: An Introduction To Music

Ashley Team Laverne

Assistant Producer

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Memory Tapes has a new home here on the Lauren Laverne show, and that new home is Wednesday, as opposed to Friday, mornings. And in honour of this change, we're bringing you a very special and beautiful tape. This is from Tremayne Crossley from Washington in Tyne & Wear whose friend Jo is about to hear for the first time following surgery. So he was asked to make a mix for Jo, which will be the first time she's ever heard music. She's going through the process now, but here's Tremayne to tell the story:

“Here’s a little bit of info about my friend Jo. First, I first met Jo when she was dating a good friend of mine, I didn't know she was profoundly deaf at the time because she was dancing! She uses the vibrations through the floor to get the tempo and then copies other people. She's a totally mint dancer.

Jo has never been able to hear voices or music, she just gets what can only be described as white noise through her hearing aids. She lip reads really well and talks with a Geordie accent, she has to ask people to repeat what I say though as I have a Southern accent and she has trouble understanding it!

It was heart-breaking when her eyesight started to worsen, and although she is okay around the house or pub she has to use Matt the guide dog to get around now. NONE of this has ever stopped her being brilliant fun and a beautiful person, she has mentored so many deaf blind people and is an inspiration to everyone who knows her.

Jo has recently had a bilateral cochlear implant in an attempt to restore her hearing, this is being gradually switched on over 5 sessions (the first one was on Monday just gone). The volume has to be increased slowly to allow the brain to adjust to the new information coming from the ears – Jo told me about a guy who went grey over a one month period due to the shock of hearing how noisy the world actually is.

It was with this in mind that Jo asked me to put a playlist of songs together, songs that I thought she needed to hear or that would form an 'Introduction To Music' playlist. I said it would be an absolute privilege but when I sat down to start I realised how monumentally difficult it would be, and what a responsibility!


I decided I needed to set some parameters for myself, so I rejected everything from before her birth (which got rid of anything classical or deciding what Beatles tunes to use!) and restricted myself to one tune from each year of her life. This was still hard as I could have filled a disc for each year! I tried not to choose anything too niche-y and stick to well-known songs that I loved or thought were important, hence, you've got Soft Cell and not Flux of Pink Indians!


So please find the list below. I'm going to post a link to Spotify at some point, as lots of our friends want to add tracks as well.


Cheers guys, truly loving your work! :)




PS Here's a link to a story on Jo as well. 


An Introduction To Music

Ken Boothe – Everything I Own

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band – She's the One - Live at Hammersmith Odeon

Paul McCartney – Silly Love Songs

Joni Mitchell – Black Crow

Steely Dan – Peg

Electric Light Orchestra – Mr. Blue Sky

Gary Numan – Are 'friends' Electric?

The Specials – Do Nothing

Soft Cell – Tainted Love

The Jam – Town Called Malice

Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)

Prince – When Doves Cry

Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill (A Deal With God)

The Smiths – Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others

Fleetwood Mac – Big Love - Live (Lindsey Buckingham solo acoustic version)

Tracy Chapman – Fast Car

The The August & September

Deee-Lite – Groove Is In The Heart

Ozric Tentacles – Sploosh!

INXS – Baby Don't Cry

Nirvana – All Apologies

Richard Thompson – King Of Bohemia

Pulp – Common People - Full Length Version / Album Version

Everything But The Girl – Missing

Foo Fighters – Everlong

Massive Attack – Teardrop

Jimmy Eat World – For Me This Is Heaven

The Avalanches – Frontier Psychiatrist

Daft Punk – Digital Love

The Streets – Turn The Page

Yeah Yeah Yeahs – Maps

Beastie Boys – An Open Letter To NYC

Nine Inch Nails – The Hand That Feeds

Arctic Monkeys – I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor

Radiohead - Jigsaw Falling Into Place

Elbow - One Day Like This

Maximo Park – Tanned

Gruff Rhys – Shark Ridden Waters

The Joy Formidable – Whirring

Bat For Lashes – Laura

Haim – Don't Save Me

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