For this memorable mixtape post, I am going to look at my own modern equivalent of the classic “mixtape” and something that I listen to every day.
Music can really evoke memories of a certain time or place, or in my case person. I love how songs can take you back to a particular time and make you smile like a total goon at happy memories. Obviously mix tapes, and mix CDs even are kind of a thing of the past but in the same spirit as my mixtapes of the 1990s, I now have a special playlist on my iphone. This list of songs is special as every song on the playlist reminds me of someone special in my life. Below I will share with you all some songs from that list and some photos of the people they remind me of.
1. I Wanna Be Sedated by The Ramones
I have grown up listening to older punk music with my Dad and this is one of his favourites. I absolutely adore the Ramones and whenever I hear this song I think of my Dad. One time in a restaurant his phone rang and he had just got a new one so he was struggling to answer it using the touch screen (he is a bit of a technophobe!) and this was his ring tone. My Mum was mortified! This makes me laugh whenever I hear the song.
2. Photosynthesis by Frank Turner
When I first met Louise at work in 2011, I had no idea who Frank Turner was but she was a big fan already. As we often drive over to Manchester (usually for events at the Lomo store) she started to play his album “Love, Ire and Song” in my car. I listen to FrankTurner a lot now anyway as he is really my kind of musician but whenever I hear the song “Photosynthesis,” I am reminded of a night, driving back from Manchester with a drunk Louise in the passenger seat. She was supposed to be calling my boyfriend to tell him we could pick him up but instead she left him a 2 minute-long voice mail of her singing (screaming) this song!
3. You Keep It All In by The Beautiful South
I quite like The Beautiful South and I always have. I am not sure that my younger cousin Charlotte still likes them but she certainly did when she was a toddler and she used to sing this in the house with her Dad/my uncle all the time so it always reminds me of living back home with my big extended family.
4. Amerika by Rammstein
Obviously having been in a relationship with Dave for the best part of ten years now, there are a lot of songs that remind me of him and I have them all on my iPhone. However, this song by Rammstein (which I am not even sure I like very much in my old age!) is the reason we first met so I guess in a way it is the most important song of my whole life — whether I want it to be or not. In my first month at university I attended Rock Society events with my flatmate and she was a Rammstein fan. At one of these events at a nightclub in Leeds, she asked me to request this song from the DJ. He didn’t have it. In fact, he hardly had any songs. But upon hearing my plight Dave (who I had had never met before in my life, wasn’t in Rock Soc and hadn’t even realised was behind me) decided to sing it to me so I wasn’t disappointed. The rest, as they say, is history.
5. Uptown Top Ranking – Althea and Donna
A few years ago Kev was one of my closest friends and favourite work colleagues. He also had an uncanny ability to guess songs from any vague description I offered him. I once couldn’t think of a certain song and it was driving me mad. The info I offered was a bit reggae-ish, female singers and it mentions hips — he guessed the above song and it sort of became our anthem!
6. Perfect Exceeder by Mason vs Princess Superstar
This isn’t my kind of music at all really, but I do like this track. It reminds me of my days at university when my housemate Pippa (who I still live with now, 6 years later) used to sing this in a funny voice and do a little dance to it. This is the song that brings back the most vivid memory for me.
7. Rock The Kasbah by The Clash
This is an absolutely classic song that I have always loved A LOT. When I go clubbing with my friend Ben (which is less often than I would like as I live in Leeds and he lives in London), we usually go to the same place and this is always on their playlist. When it gets to the line “This is not kosher”, Ben leans in and yells it out loud so it always make me think of him. When I go to a club without him, I text him when this song is on.
8. The Middle by Jimmy Eat World
There are a few songs that remind me of Dan, mainly because he is in a band so they are mostly songs by him. This one however reminds me of driving through the Bulgarian countryside with Dan at the side of map reading and this playing on the CD player in our hire car on some mix CDs that I made.
9. Golden Skans by The Klaxons
This song always reminds me of a night out with my friend Helen where we had gone to a Klaxons gig. The gig had been great, and afterwards Helen went to get her jacket from the cloakroom. The next thing I new she was being carried out by a bouncer, along with another girl. It transpired that a boy had made a particularly racist comment (which I wont repeat here) and Helen had taken offence as a) she hates racism and b) her boyfriend at the time was mixed race. When she told this boy that his comments were totally inappropriate, his girlfriend had started to pull her hair and scrap with her. Helen is a tough cookie and ended up hurting this girl’s face — I am generally opposed to violence, but as this wasn’t Helen’s fault, and was kind of necessary I didn’t mind so much.
10. Don’t Mug Yourself by The Streets
This was my favourite song in my first year at uni and the boy — Chris — who lived in the flat directly below me in halls really liked it too. We became good friends over the year and in the morning when we got up, I would wake Chris by using a high heeled shoe to bang out the distinctive drum beat of this song and I would know he was awake when he played the bass line back to me on his bass guitar. Sometimes it was the other way around, but I usually woke up way before him!
I have also chosen to share with you a video of the song that reminds me of the happiest years of my life — enjoy!