Here’s Where The Story Ends – The Sundays (1990, Rough Trade Records)
Back in 1991, I owned ‘Reading, Writing and Arithmetic’ the enigmatic debut album by the Sunday. I had it on tape. Well it was a copy and it was left in my bedroom by one of my brothers mates. I assume it was one his mates, it certainly wouldn’t have been my brothers because in 1991 he was going through his Goth phase, and he was interested in then was trying to look like the singer from the Fields of Nephilim and listened to really awful Alien Sex Fiend albums. So what I should be saying is that back in 1991, I stole a battered badly taped version of the debut album by The Sundays from a mate of my brothers.
Hearing ‘Here’s Where The Story Ends’ again, got me thinking about that cassette and that got me thinking about other cassettes that I ‘might’ have inadvertently stumbled across in the midst of time and two occasions sprang to mind. I do want to point out that I’m not and never have been a serial stealer of cassettes, but……
In 1990, whilst out mucking around with my mate Chris we came across a car that had clearly been stolen and dumped along a track in the woods that behind his house. Being the two sensible 15 year old lads, we obviously ran to the nearest phone box and told the police that it was there, after we’d rifled through the car and nicked anything worth nicking from the stolen Renault 19. For me this was a copy of ‘Ex:El’ by 808 State on tape.
I’m sorry if that was your car. I guess all I can do is play you a tune.
In Yer Face – 808 State (1991, ZTT Records)
In 1994, after a House Party in Maidstone, I borrowed a 12” of ‘Heaven Sent An Angel’ from a mate called Justin. I got it home and found a cassette of the ‘The Great Rock n Roll Swindle’ by the Sex Pistols tucked inside the cover. I didn’t put it there, but I also didn’t give it back when I handed back the Revolver 12”.
I’m sorry Justin, I guess all I can do is play you a tune.
My Way – Sid Vicious (1979, Virgin Records)
Perhaps it’s karma but I once left my cassette copy of 101 Damnations on a train at Strood in Kent as I dashed to grab a connection. I never saw that cassette again.
24 Minutes to Tulse Hill – Carter USM (1990, Big Cat Records)