The 2022 Mixtapes

As I turn 50 this year, I have decided to create a monthly compilation called The 2022 Mixtapes. As always, I’ll try and keep each instalment to a specific theme and the timing restriction is 79:59. I notice that The Wedding Present are releasing a new 7″ single every month during this year. It worked well in 1992 so why not do it again. The cover photo was taken outside Mount Garrett Castle during the early morning stillness of St Stephen’s Day 2021. The camera was focused on the opposite side of the road, a lesser-traveled path.

January
01 Bruce Woolley & The Camera Club – Video Killed The Radio Star
02 The Tourists – So Good To Be Back Home Again
03 Bill Nelson’s Red Noise – Furniture Music
04 Graham Parker & The Rumour – Hey Lord, Don’t Ask Me Questions
05 Skids – Circus Games
06 Billy Bremner – Loud Music In Cars
07 Sparks – When I’m With You
08 New Musik – Living By Numbers
09 John Foxx – Underpass
10 Gary Numan – I Die: You Die
11 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Red Frame / White Light
12 The Passions – I’m In Love With A German Film Star
13 Hazel O’Connor – (Cover Plus) We’re All Grown Up
14 Susan Fassbender – Twilight Café
15 Jona Lewie – Louise (We Get It Right)
16 Bill Wyman – (Si, Si) Je Suis Un Rock Star (7″ Mix)
17 Ian Dury & The Blockheads – I Want To Be Straight
18 Chas & Dave – Rabbit
19 UB40 – Dream A Lie
20 Black Slate – Boom Boom (7″ Mix)
21 Bad Manners – Lorraine
22 Madness – Bed & Breakfast Man
23 Fun Boy Three – The Lunatics (Have Taken Over The Asylum)
24 The Specials – Enjoy Yourself (Reprise)

Appropriately enough, I begin with a mix that focuses on my primary school memories and roughly covers a three year period from 1979 onwards. You’ll recognise some tracks from K-Tel’s Star Traks (my very first compilation – albeit taped tape) while others bring back memory flashes of pin badges, badminton and Anything Goes, a new experience in Saturday morning television. It ends with a very appropriate message from The Specials.


February
01 ABC – Overture
02 Culture Club – Colour By Numbers
03 Mick Karn – Sensitive (7″ Edit)
04 China Crisis – African & White
05 Roxy Music – Lover
06 Fashion – Love Shadow
07 Soft Cell – Torch
08 John Foxx – Europe After The Rain
09 Thomas Dolby – Wind Power (Single Version)
10 A Flock Of Seagulls – Space Age Love Song
11 The Human League – Hard Times
12 Heaven 17 – Play To Win
13 Simple Minds – New Gold Dream 81-82-83-84 (7″ Mix)
14 Visage – The Damned Don’t Cry (Single Mix)
15 Spandau Ballet – The Freeze (7″ Mix)
16 Philip Lynott – Yellow Pearl (First 7″ Remix)
17 David Sylvian & Ryuichi Sakamoto – Bamboo Houses
18 Japan – Cantonese Boy
19 Depeche Mode – Leave In Silence (Single Version)
20 Duran Duran – The Chauffeur (Blue Silver)

Unleashed on 14 February – appropriate given its new romantic flavour. I try to travel down a less worn path with these selections. Memories of Top Of The Pops, Smash Hits and flicking through the racks at Sinnott’s Waterford.


March
01 Clifford T. Ward – Home Thoughts From Abroad
02 Al Stewart – Time Passages (Single Version)
03 Paul Brady – Crazy Dreams
04 The Pogues – The Old Main Drag
05 Cry Before Dawn – Girl In The Ghetto
06 Gerry Rafferty – Shipyard Town
07 Jimmy Nail – Big River
08 Martin Stephenson & The Daintees – Rain
09 Hothouse Flowers – Hard Rain
10 Deacon Blue – Raintown
11 River City People – (What’s Wrong With) Dreaming
12 Mary Coughlan – Invisible To You
13 The Silencers – I Want You
14 Big Country – Chance (Single Version)
15 Love & Money – Jocelyn Square
16 Glass Tiger – Someday
17 The Proclaimers – Letter From America (Band Version)
18 Mark Knopfler – Going Home: Theme Of The Local Hero

There’s a strong Celtic flavour to this instalment; wistful tales of industry, working away and the everlasting pull of one’s roots back to the original home place.


April
01 Ken Moule – Misty Morning
02 Peter Nero – Scarborough Fair / Canticle
03 The San Sebastian Strings – While Drifting
04 Michel Polnareff – Voyage
05 James Last Band – Help Me Girl
06 Al Stewart – Turn Into Earth
07 Strawbs – Witchwood
08 The Liverpool Scene – Night Song
09 Donovan – Divine Daze Of Deathless Delight
10 Pentangle – Dragonfly
11 Davy Graham – Neighbour, Neighbour
12 Fairport Convention – Time Will Show The Wiser
13 Archie Fisher – Mountain Rain
14 Jim Sullivan – Plain As Your Eyes Can See
15 Scott McKenzie – Look In Your Eyes
16 Keith – I Can’t Go Wrong
17 Julie Felix – Clickety Clack
18 Nancy Priddy – And Who Will You Be Then
19 Janis Ian – Mrs McKenzie
20 Paul Jones – Strangely Human Sound
21 Klaatu – Doctor Marvello
22 Jake Thackray – Bantam Cock
23 Sir John Betjeman – Indoor Games Near Newbury
24 Bobby Cole – A Perfect Day
25 Lynsey De Paul – Just Visiting
26 Ray Brooks – Hush Hush, I’m Dying

April is steeped in Vinyl Vulture lore. It starts with some lounge action before tripping through acidic folk and other delightful oddities. Raise a crystal telephone in your honour.


May
01 Yo La Tengo – Nutricia
02 Superconductor – Bushpilot
03 Superchunk – Precision Auto
04 Veruca Salt – Seether
05 Velocity Girl – Sorry Again
06 Polvo – Tilebreaker
07 Girls Against Boys – Kill The Sexplayer
08 Rocket From The Crypt – Light Me
09 The Breeders – Safari
10 Guided By Voices – Shocker In Gloomtown
11 Archers Of Loaf – Web In Front
12 Dinosaur Jr. – Feel The Pain
13 Sebadoh – Careful
14 Shudder To Think – So Into You
15 Liz Phair – Fuck And Run
16 Sonic Youth – Bull In The Heather
17 Pavement – Give It A Day
18 Eggs – The Government Administrator
19 Idaho – Skyscrape
20 Palace – Trudy Dies
21 Robert Pollard – Quicksilver
22 Sentridoh – Stronger
23 The Mountain Goats – Going To Georgia
24 Built To Spill – Car
25 The Flaming Lips – Evil Will Prevail

Memories of UCD FM, hanging out in Freebird, Lime Lizard’s tape Altered States Of America, 47 Marlborough Road and that summer of 1994. Dedicated to the spirit of Ye La Tango and sustained by the Dunkin’ Donuts’ meal deals consumed in The Trap. May was the month for cramming & having short breaks where you’d play records & drink Jolt Cola.


June
01 David Bowie – Speed Of Life
02 Ennio Morricone – L’Assoluto Naturale
03 Quincy Jones – Summer In The City
04 Beastie Boys – Car Thief
05 Ween – Voodoo Lady
06 Jean-Jacques Perrey – Flight Of The Bumblebee
07 Air – You Make It Easy
08 Kraftwerk – Numbers
09 Kraftwerk – Computer World 2
10 John Barry – Midnight Cowboy
11 Roland Shaw & His Orchestra – The Look Of Love (From Casino Royale)
12 Prince & The Revolution – The Beautiful Ones
13 The Beatles – The Word
14 Lou Reed – Lady Day
15 Herbie Hancock – Crossings
16 Air – Remember (David Whittaker Version)
17 Kraftwerk – Kometenmelodie 2
18 Michael Jackson – Ben
19 Stevie Wonder – Village Ghetto Land
20 Jeru The Damaja – Wrath Of The Math
21 The Beatles – Tomorrow Never Knows
22 Beach Boys – Meant For You
23 Brian Eno – On Some Faraway Beach
24 Quincy Jones – Love & Peace

This one is a slightly scaled-down version of a mixtape I made in 1998 – which, in turn, was heavily inspired by Air’s Essential Mixes broadcast on BBC Radio 1 in March of that year. It was a time for absorbing loads of different musical influences, of trying some new ventures (issue #1 of Analogue Bubblebath was published during May ’98) and landing DJ slots around the city. A soundtrack to life in 69 Northbrook Avenue & the city as a whole.

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