Mix Tape: Volume 3: Side 2 – There is beauty in everything

Side 2 of the 3rd volume mix tape – There is beauty in everything

Roger Goula Something About Silence
Hammock Then the Quiet Explosion
Daughter Touch
Eluvium Regenerative Being
Darkside Metatron
The Future Sound Of London Cascade (Part 1)
Mark Pritchard, Thom Yorke Beautiful People
Glitterbug Dust
Solomon Grey Choir To The Wild – Extended
Beth Gibbons, Rustin Man Mysteries – 1
Fever Ray When I Grow Up
FKA twigs Pendulum
Massive Attack, Azekel Ritual Spirit

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Side 1 and other mix tapes available HERE

Mix Tape: Volume 3: Side 1 (There is beauty in everything)

Everybody’s view of what is and isn’t beautiful is different, my own is that there is beauty in everything, it may not always be pleasant, or uplifting, but it can still be beautiful in some way. Most of us just choose not to look for it, and sometimes, that is the right thing to do, but it does not stop it from existing.

Here, in this 3rd mixtape are songs that to me, in some way, are beautiful.

The Cinematic Orchestra – To Build a Home
Ludovico Einaudi – Night
Neil Cowley Trio – Lament
Mammal Hands – Mansions Of Millions Of Years
Mew – Comforting Sounds
Sigur Rós – Ára Bátur (at Abbey Road Studios)
Radiohead – No Surprises
Múm – Green Grass Of Tunnel
ANTHONY AND THE JOHNSONS – HOPE THERE’S SOMEONE
Mogwai – Hunted By A Freak
Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
Iron and Wine – Naked as We Came
Trespassers William – Vapour Trail
Cocteau Twins – Tishbite

Listen to There is beauty in everything by  Verian on Apple Music.
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Mix Tape: Volume 2: Sides 1 & 2

Well, here’s a whole mix tape fully formed, based around the end of the 70’s and the beginning of the 80’s.

Volume 2: Side 1

Poptones – Public Image Ltd.
Atmosphere – Joy Division
A Forest – The Cure
Israel – Siouxsie And The Banshees
No More Heroes – The Stranglers
Tin Soldiers – Stiff Little Fingers
Down In The Tube Station At Midnight – The Jam
Totally Wired – The Fall
New Rose – The Damned
2-4-6-8 Motorway – Tom Robinson Band
God Save The Queen – Sex Pistols
Stranglehold – UK Subs
Into The Valley – Skids
Radio, Radio – Elvis Costello & The Attractions


Volume 2: Side 2

Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick – Ian Dury, The Blockheads
Ghost Town – The Specials
One Step Beyond… – Madness
Mirror in the Bathroom – The Beat
Missing Words – The Selecter
Echo Beach – Martha & The Muffins
Roxanne – The Police
Papa’s Got A Brand New Pigbag (12″ verison) – Pigbag
Is She Really Going Out With Him? – Joe Jackson
Food For Thought – UB40
Geno – Dexys Midnight Runners
Milk And Alcohol – Dr. Feelgood
Denis – Blondie
Special Brew – Bad Manners
Police & Thieves – Junior Murvin
Motorhead – Motörhead

MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 2 – TRACK 15

Side 2, Track 15:

Total Run Time: 60:00 minutes

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The Stranglers: Strange Little Girl: 3 Minutes 34 Seconds: 1981

Well, I do love The Stranglers, and it was either this or ‘Golden Brown’ to finish off this mix tape, purely on the basis of length I had to go for ‘Strangle Little Girl’. I’m glad this one is done, it’s taken ages!

Audio:

Video:

1. The Smiths – This Charming Man

The first time I saw the Smiths was on regional TV, it was a feature on them but was somehow rather tongue in cheek, as in, ‘look at this bunch of weirdos’. With Morrisey and his NHS hearing aid and glasses, waving daffodils around, I can see why, but I liked them straight away. They were different, and I like different.

2. Primal Scream – Ivy Ivy Ivy

It’s only just the 80’s but so what. I saw Primal Scream at the Assembly in Leamington Spa a couple of years ago when they performed the whole of Screamadelica and it was amazing. So they are in, had to be really.

3.The Stone Roses – Sally Cinnamon

The band hated the video that accompanies this track, they thought it cheap and, I believe, trashed the record company offices having seen it. This was early on in the life of The Stone Roses, 1987, and it was they’re second single.

4. Orange Juice – Rip It Up

Perhaps quite inexplicably in the context of this mix tape, jump back five years and you have this track, which to my mind fits quite nicely, but perhaps not everybody would agree.

5. Talking Heads – Burning Down The House

and right away here’s another addition, again from 1983, which was in my head as I recently bought a couple of Talking Heads vinyl albums, the one that this track was taken from isn’t one of them, but it will be, one of these days.

6.Tom Tom Club – Wordy Rappinghood

Honestly, I’ve no idea, I just always liked this track even though there was something about it that suggested I shouldn’t, but I did anyway. I’m sure I saw an official video for this once, when it was released, but I can’t seem to find it (33 years later!).

7. Thompson Twins – Hold Me Now

So things are, perhaps, getting a bit random at this point, but when I listen to the tracks back all together they seem to work for me, although maybe because I was there when they were new. I have mentioned before that I saw the Thompson Twins live, as a support act, and they put on quite an upbeat and lively show, I enjoyed it, though back in 1983 I probably didn’t appreciate it. They put out a lot of good pop songs but weren’t a success with the critics, which is a shame as they clearly had the knack of writing a good hook. In 1991, long after they had faded from the scene, they released a single “Come Inside” under the name ‘Feedback Max’, it reached No. 7 in the US Dance Chart and No. 1 in the UK Dance Chart. However, once it was discovered that the Thompson Twins were behind the record, sales dropped and the album it was taken from never had a UK release. Just goes to show that it isn’t all about the music.

8. ABC – Poison Arrow

‘The Lexicon Of Love’ is an incredibly good album, good songwriting, great production, and this single from it is a highlight. I really wasn’t listening to this sort of thing back in 1982, but even then I just couldn’t help but like it.

9. OMD – Enola Gay

This track should most definitely be filed under the category “People Are Stupid” as, when released, it was banned by the BBC. It is, of course, a song about the Hiroshima bombing but listeners assumed it was some sort of gay anthem. The track was banned from being played on popular BBC1 program Swap Shop for fear that it would serve as a corrupting sexual influence on children.

Also, check out the dancing in the video, it’s godawfull bad!

10. Gary Numan – I Die You Die

Well I’ve been waiting for a place to fit Gary Numan in to this mix tape and I think this is probably the best place. I could have gone Side 1 after or before Kraftwerk, but it seemed too obvious. So here we are, from Numan’s second (or 4th depending on how you are counting) studio album and a number 6 single in the UK, back when you had to sell crap loads to get into the charts.

11. Visage – Fade To Grey

I hated the video for this, it was pompous and pretentious, but the song, well, it was either just good or I heard it so many times that it burrowed into my subconscious and decided to set up home there.

12. David Bowie/Giorgio Moroder – Cat People

There are a lot of Bowie singles that I could have chosen but this one has always resonated with me for some reason. It may well not be the best choice, actually, it probably isn’t, but I’ve chosen it now and that’s that.

13. Martha & The Muffins – Echo Beach

Loved this when it was released and still love it now. It is probably the only track of theirs that most people know, but the album it’s taken from is pretty good, and they’ve made a few albums since.

Wiki: Echo Beach, as mentioned in the song, does not refer to a real beach but is rather a symbolic notion of somewhere the narrator would rather be, somewhere ‘far away in time’. In reality, the song was created while Gane was working checking wallpaper for printing faults. He found the work rather dull and his mind drifted to times he would like to live over again. One such time was an evening spent at Sunnyside Beach on the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Toronto in summer. In 1977, Echo Beach was a reference made to a faded time and place gone in the lyrics of the song “Hiroshima Mon Amour” by the band Ultravox.

A Real Mix Tape, on real tape!!

I made a trip up into the attic this afternoon as I decided, for no good reason, that I wanted to make an old fashion mix tape, on an actual cassette. I know, that makes little sense really, but sometimes I get ideas in my head and just follow them through. It would appear that a bird made it’s nest in the attic, right on top of my old double cassette player, so I had to move that and pick bits of straw and twigs out of the deck, I also grabbed a few old cassettes that were in a nearby box (I have a load more somewhere up there but didn’t feel like looking for them). Here it is, although i was still cleaning it at this point before and after:

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It’s the top bit, the amp was already there. After some faffing about I got it all plugged in and working and immediately realised that my plan was destined to fail, the left hand tape was knackered and that’s the one that records, so I thought I’d see what was on some of the old tapes I brought down with me by using the right hand tape player. It is also semi knackered and only plays if I hold my finger on the play button. I did just this just to find out what was on one of the tapes.

It took a while but I found myself writing down the artist and track title as I slowly worked my way through it, and half way through side B this happened:

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It would appear that I had been recording over a ‘Best of UB40’ album, or something like that, and the second half was just UB40, in the phase where I liked nothing they did. Hence the rather large notation in the photograph above.

Ah well, no matter, my finger was getting tired from constantly holding down the play button anyway. I decided to finish the mix tape, not actually of course, but here, using only tracks that I definitely owned at the time and could have added to the tape, so here is what it turned out to be, followed by the whole thing on Spotify should anybody ever like to have a proper listen.

Side A
Knock Me Down – Red Hot Chili Peppers
Jupiter And Teardrop – Grant Lee Buffalo
Holy Love – Julian Cope
The One I Love – R.E.M.
High – The Cure
Sooner Or Later – World Party
A Girl Called Johnny – The Waterboys
Allison Road – Gin Blossoms
4th Of July – Aimee Mann
Central Reservation – Beth Orton

Side B
Beside You – Iggy Pop
Long Time Gone – Galliano
Turn On, Tune In, Cop Out – Freak Power
Zombie – The Cranberries
My Favourite Game – The Cardigans
Jeremy – Pearl Jam
Weak – Skunk Anansie
Epic – Faith No More
Ready To Go – Republica
Waking Up – Elastica

There are two songs missing, as they aren’t available on Spotify, ‘Inside’ by Stiltskin and ’20th Century’ by Brad.

MIX TAPE: VOLUME 1 – SIDE 2 – TRACK 14

Side 2, Track 14:

Total Run Time: 57:00 minutes

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Big Country: Fields Of Fire: 3 Minutes 31 Seconds: 1983

 

Having discovered today that I still have a vinyl copy of ‘The Crossing, this seems like a fine choice for this mix tape, which is almost finished. Just one 3 minute song and volume 1 is done.

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