Music: My past as an indie kid, relived on Lauren Laverne’s BBC6Music Morning show

by Sasha Wilkins on April 13, 2012 · 9 comments

Mix tape photo

LLG has given me some incredible moments, but I think it’s going to be hard to top being asked to appear on Lauren Laverne’s BBC6 music show this morning to talk about the indie music I listened to in my early teens. I mean that’s every music geek’s dream, right? (And a HUGE thank you to all of Lauren’s amazing listeners who Tweeted in to say how much they were loving the playlist.)

Lauren had been talking about Easter chocolate on Radio2 when she was standing in for Dermot, & I tweeted her a photo of my Lindt bunny sitting on my car’s dash. But Lauren was more excited by the battered old C90 sticking out my car’s cassette deck in the bottom of the photo. When I then Tweeted her the tape, with its scratchy titles, she asked me to send her the playlist for her regular Friday morning Memory Tapes slot…so I sat in the car on Monday, playing it through, writing down the titles, singing along like a loon.

So fast forward (ahem) to this morning, and the sheer utter joy of not only getting to talk about The Brilliant Corners, The Pastels & The Band of Holy Joy on the radio, but then hearing some of my favourite tracks on air: Lauren picked five tracks to play: The Undertones: Teenage Kicks, Jesus & Mary Chain: April Skies,  The House of Love: Christine. The Smiths: Pretty Girls Make Graves, and then the absolute cherry on the icing: The Weather Prophets: Almost Prayed. One of my favourite songs EVER.

Here’s some other things I’ve written on LLG about 80s/early 90s indie:

The Reading Festival in 1990
The Pixies
Vintage band T Shirts
1980s gig tickets

Here’s the full playlist: (And here’s the story behind the tape on Lauren’s blog on BBC6Music)

SIDE ONE
Weather Prophets. Almost Prayed
The Buzzcocks. Ever Fallen in Love with Someone
The Jasmine Minks. Cut Me Deep
The Smiths. Miserable Lie. (Album: The Smiths)
The Undertones. Wrong Way
Primal Scream. All Fall Down
The Pooh Sticks. Sex Head
The Smiths. This Night Has Opened My Eyes.  (Album: Hatful of Hollow)
The House Of Love. Christine
The Chesterfields. Two Girls And A Treehouse
The Smiths. Pretty Girls Make Graves (Album: The Smiths)
The Brilliant Corners. Jim’s Room
The Smiths. I don’t Owe You Anything. (Album: The Smiths)
The Undertones. My Perfect Cousin

The Wedding Present – This Boy Can Wait
The Undertones. Male Model
Furniture: Brilliant Minds
The Buzzcocks. Oh Shit!
The Jazz Butcher: Lot 49
Rodney Allen. Will It Rain Tomorrow
The Undertones. Teenage Kicks
Pooh Sticks. On Tape
The Buzzcocks Orgasm Addict
Jesus & Mary Chain. April Skies
The Undertones. Here Comes the Summer
(After writing it all done, I realised that several of these songs must have come off Creation’s Doing It For The Kids compilation – still one of my favourites, including Primal Scream’s very first single from when Bobby Gillespie was still in The Jesus and Mary Chain.)
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