Okay, not so much a podcast this week, more my effort to recreate a mix tape sent to me by my Mum's cousin when I was far too young to appreciate its brilliance. On the plus side though, despite my failure to really understand how lucky I was, they leaked more indelibly into my consciousness because I was so young that it all went beyond 'music I remember' and became something more fundamental than that.
I played this tape quite literally to death. I think it finally gave up the ghost some time when I was about thirteen or fourteen - about 1988 or 1989. I forgot about it for some time after that, and it was only some ten years later, about the time of Napster, that it occurred to me to finally try and reassemble all these brilliant songs together again.
Well, I tried but I failed. The biggest problem was remembering what was on the thing. I mean, a tape I last listened to ten years ago, whatare the chances? Still, aided by perseverance and some good fortune I prety much managed to as best I could. Some I remembered immediately, others took a while, and still others took the discovery of songs on the tape itself to trigger the memory. Easily the best playlist of any Toadcast to date, I'm only ashamed that it's me talking about this music instead of someone more knowledgeable.
01. The Piranhas - Tom Hark (02.06) 02. The Clash - Bankrobber (03.57) 03. John Cooper Clarke - Gimmix (Live) (10.42) 04. The Specials - Why? (18.00) 05. The Piranhas - Boyfriend (21.54) 06. Madness - Baggy Trousers (25.35) 07. The Piranhas - Getting Beaten Up (29.00) 08. The Specials - Ghost Town (32.16) 09. The Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia (37.57) 10. The Beat - Stand Down Margaret/Whine & Grine (46.37) 11. Adam & the Ants - Antmusic (52.39)