Sharoma MiniDisc Mixes


I was born during a (an?) historical period people refer to as the "1980s", so naturally the Mixtape holds a special importance when it comes to taking in the music of the times. MiniDisc has been my format of choice since 2001, and remains the ideal format when it comes to realtime digital editing and recording, updating and cataloguing. They're also virtually indestructible, impervious to dust or overplaying and, despite what anyone may tell you, still sound as crystal clear as the original compact disc. So, onward, and witness my obsessive compulsiveness taken to extremes. (All tracks are from lossless digital sources (CD, FLAC, etc) unless otherwise stated.)


If I may also take the irony to remind you, on behalf of the British Phonographic Industry, that:


You have been warned. I take no responsibility if recreating the following mixes will destroy or somehow kill your music, or any musicians in the local vicinity, but so far I've not encountered any ill effects. Except for one time, but that may have been the acid.

The 2006 Mixes

It wasn't until I came to Canada that I decided to fill the rainy days with establishing a formal system for mix discs, instead of making them, changing them and eventually overwriting the contents completely. By 2006 I had acquired enough music on CD alone to attempt to try and fill five full MiniDiscs of music of similar genre without repeating a single artist.

"Why?" you may ask. Well, I still used my portables in these days and spent a lot of time walking. To save pressing the "skip" buttons hundreds of times, wearing out buttons and batteries, I simply took my favourite songs and concentrated them in small packages. With bright and beaming 'color collection' blanks at the ready, I plugged in the optical connectors, programmed the compact disc player accordingly and fired up the Onkyo. Here is my attempt:

Disc 1

A post-punk theme runs through disc one. Naturally, my favourite songs and artists from the previous half decade are contained here. The Clash, of course. The Chameleons, naturally. Factory bands are represented by ACR, JD and SXXV (and, technically, one more. Can you guess?). 4AD artists are also present and, curiously to anyone who has seen me in person, Skinny Puppy.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. A Certain Ratio Flight
2. The Chameleons A Person Isn't Safe Anywhere These Days
3. The Clash One More Time
4. Cocteau Twins Feathers-Oar-Blades
5. The Cure Out Of This World
6. Echo & The Bunnymen Stars Are Stars
7. Pere Ubu The Modern Dance
8. Wire Go Ahead
9. Bauhaus Double Dare
10. Joy Division Disorder
11. Skinny Puppy Far Too Frail
12. PiL Memories
13. Gang Of Four Natural's Not In It
14. My Bloody Valentine Soft As Snow (But Warm Inside)
15. OMD Bunker Soldiers Peel session
16. This Mortal Coil Not Me
17. Cabaret Voltaire Yashar
18. Magazine Rhythm Of Cruelty Single version
19. Section 25 New Horizon
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'black' (80min) / Onkyo MD-105FX

Disc 2

The mood alters somewhat as more wistful and electronic pieces are introduced. The first two tracks are, in my opinion, stylistically aligned. I also find similarities between New Order's Procession and Belle & Sebastian's Electronic Renaissance - a good title for this disc.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Japan Quiet Life Album version
2. Duran Duran Anyone Out There
3. New Order Procession
4. The Wake Melancholy Man
5. The Undertones Beautiful Friend
6. The Smiths There Is A Light That Never Goes Out 'Very Best Of' version
7. James Tonight
8. The Jam The Dreams Of Children
9. Belle & Sebastian Electronic Renaissance
10. 808 State Moses
11. Soft Cell Memorabilia 12 inch extended
12. Simple Minds I Travel 12 inch extended
13. The Other Two Movin' On
14. The Sugarcubes Birthday
15. Siouxsie & The Banshees Cities In Dust
16. The Human League You Remind Me Of Gold
17. Gary Numan Love Needs No Disguise
18. Young Marble Giants Eating Noddemix
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'purple' (80min) / Onkyo MD-105FX

Disc 3

I got sidetracked by the power of 1980s synthpop on this disc. Behold the 12 inch extended mix!

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Dead Or Alive Brand New Lover
2. Visage Fade To Grey 12 inch extended
3. Ultravox Herr X German language
4. Propaganda Dr. Mabuse 12 inch extended
5. Heaven 17 Let Me Go
6. Blancmange Living On The Ceiling 12 inch extended
7. Alphaville Dance With Me 12 inch extended
8. Sparks When I'm With You
9. Kraftwerk Techno Pop Outtake
10. Kate Bush Running Up That Hill
11. The Church Under The Milky Way
12. Altered Images I Could Be Happy
13. The Psychedelic Furs Love My Way
14. Aztec Camera Oblivious
15. The Housemartins Five Get Over Excited
16. Haircut One Hundred Favourite Shirts 12 inch extended
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'blue' (80min) / Onkyo MD-105FX

Disc 4

A mixed bag as artists are assembled from across several genres and decades to create this solid fourth disc. Oh, and Yes! The Beatles' track was re-added post 909 day. If you know what that means then a big bowl of Kudos to you. If you don't, then go away. You are clearly sane and well adjusted.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros Sandpaper Blues
2. Thompson Twins Bouncing 'Master Hits' version
3. Pulp Babies
4. Kaiser Chiefs Modern Way
5. The Manic Street Preachers There By The Grace Of God
6. The Stone Roses I Wanna Be Adored
7. The Names Life By The Sea
8. The Durutti Column Sketch For Summer
9. Starbase 109 Metrolink
10. Crispy Ambulance The Force And The Wisdom
11. Brian Eno-David Byrne Regiment
12. Baby Dayliner Raid!
13. Madness Mistakes
14. Yazoo Bad Connection
15. Talk Talk Does Caroline Know?
16. Babble The Stone
17. Paul McCartney We Got Married
18. The Damned Under The Floor Again
19. Prefab Sprout When Love Breaks Down
20. The Beatles Tomorrow Never Knows Remaster
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'red' (80min) / Onkyo MD-105FX

Disc 5

Definitely a punk theme to the final disc of the 2006 Experiment. The Depeche Mode track clearly does not sit well, even though it is their very first release. I traded in the CD it was sourced from (in protest to the LOUDNESS wars), so it remains as my only digital representation. Fans will also note its historical significance.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Buzzcocks Moving Away From The Pulsebeat
2. The Stranglers (Get A) Grip (On Yourself)
3. Jilted John Jilted John
4. The Stooges Down On The Street
5. Blondie X-Offender
6. XTC Making Plans For Nigel
7. Happy Mondays Tart Tart
8. Mission Of Burma Fight Academy Songs
9. The Strokes Barely Legal EP version
10. U2 New Year's Day
11. The Fall Flat Of Angles
12. Inspiral Carpets Keep The Circle Around Peel session
13. Dead Kennedys Holiday In Cambodia
14. The Adverts Gary Gilmore's Eyes
15. Spizz Energi Where's Captain Kirk?
16. Adam & The Ants The Magnificent Five
17. The Only Ones Lovers Of Today
18. Depeche Mode Photographic 'Some Bizarre' version
19. Fad Gadget Back To Nature
20. Can On The Beautiful Side Of A Romance
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'orange' (80min) / Onkyo MD-105FX

The 2007 Mixes

Disc 1

This disc was a reflection of the songs I was enjoying at the time. The honour of being the first repeated artist falls to Talk Talk, and by my reckoning, they thoroughly deserve it.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. When In Rome The Promise
2. Sad Lovers & Giants Clint
3. Talk Talk Happiness Is Easy
4. Thomas Dolby Europa And The Pirate Twins
5. 808 State Magical Dream
6. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Talk About The Weather
7. Crispy Ambulance Not What I Expected
8. Section 25 Can't Let Go
9. Talking Heads I Want To Live
10. The Police Canary In A Coalmine
11. David Bowie Golden Years
12. My Bloody Valentine Swallow
13. De La Soul Tread Water
14. Falco Der Kommissar German language
15. Wire Ambitious Alternate mix
16. Wire Madman's Honey Alternate mix
17. The Sound Skeletons
18. De La Soul Jenifa (Taught Me) 12 inch version
19. De La Soul Me Myself And I Oblapos Mode
20. Gang Of Four I Love A Man In A Uniform
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony 'bianca' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 2

A sombre mix, perhaps made for falling asleep to.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. The Sound Hothouse
2. The Chameleons Sally Outtake
3. The Cure Faith
4. Joy Division Passover
5. The Durutti Column Sleep Will Come
6. My Bloody Valentine Lose My Breath
7. The Smiths Well I Wonder
8. Depeche Mode Blue Dress
9. New Order Thieves Like Us
10. OMD Annex
11. The Cars Since You're Gone
12. Simple Minds Someone, Somewhere In Summertime
13. Happy Mondays Olive Oil
14. Harold Budd / Simon Raymonde / Robin Guthrie / Elizabeth Fraser Sea, Swallow Me
15. Dead Can Dance The Carnival Is Over
16. Wings Bluebird
17. Belle & Sebastian Waiting For The Moon To Rise
18. The Chameleons Is It Any Wonder
19. The Sound Heartland
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Premium 'gold' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 3

Instead of following genres, or even rules dictating the repetition of the same artist, I just threw them down by instinct hoping to gain some form of flow. There is a slight anti-war/politics (they are the same thing after all, right?) theme to this disc, but I'm sure that's made obvious by the songs listed.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. U2 Seconds
2. The Wake On Our Honeymoon
3. The Alarm Rain In The Summertime
4. Sad Lovers & Giants Imagination Re-recording
5. Japan The Unconventional
6. Fad Gadget Collapsing New People
7. Erasure Heart Of Stone
8. A Flock Of Seagulls Space Age Love Song
9. The Pop Group We Are Time
10. XTC Dear God
11. The Cars Heartbeat City
12. U2 Pride (In The Name Of Love)
13. The Alarm The Stand
14. The Cars Touch And Go
15. My Bloody Valentine Strawberry Wine
16. Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome
17. Blancmange Lose Your Love
18. Blancmange All Things Are Nice
19. Paul Hardcastle 19
20. The Strokes I Can't Win
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'red' (80min) / Onkyo MD-105FX

The 2008 Mixes

2008 saw an acceleration in the minting of new discs since I now had a MiniDisc console in my car!

Disc 1

There is a minor reference to a certain BBC Play For Today within this bizarre collection of songs. If you can spot it, add another serving of Kudos to your bowl. 'The Tube' tracks were sourced, ironically, from YouTube.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. The Chameleons Bobby Moore's Wine Outtake
2. The Doors Touch Me
3. Japan Wish You Were Black
4. 13th Floor Elevators You're Gonna Miss Me Mono
5. Talking Heads Cities 5.1 stereo downmix
6. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Hollow Eyes
7. Demis Roussos Forever And Ever
8. Donna Summer Love To Love You Baby
9. Strawberry Alarm Clock Incense And Peppermints
10. OMD Souvenir Extended
11. Cocteau Twins Spooning Good Singing Gum
12. The Cure Birdmad Girl
13. Faust Giggy Smile Alternate version
14. Big Audio Dynamite Sony
15. 808 State Europa
16. Primal Scream Higher Than The Sun
17. Dead Can Dance East Of Eden
18. The The This Is The Day
19. Lightning Seeds Pure
20. The Smiths Barbarism Begins At Home Live on the Tube (1984) [mono]
21. The Fall Smile Live on the Tube (1983) [mono]
22. The Fall 2x4 Live on the Tube (1983) [mono]
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Premium 'gold' (80min) / Onkyo MD-105FX, Sony MDS-JE520, Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 2

1980s electronic synthpop starts off the proceedings, but this disc evolves into something with a tad more depth. (Nothing But) Flowers is a wonderful song, and was used to excellent effect in Clerks 2.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. King Love & Pride
2. The Beat Save It For Later
3. U2 The Refugee
4. Alphaville Big In Japan
5. Information Society Pure Energy
6. Camouflage The Great Commandment
7. Erasure Victim Of Love
8. Anything Box Jubilation
9. New Order The Perfect Kiss CD edit
10. ABC The Look Of Love
11. Animotion Obsession
12. Dead Or Alive My Heart Goes Bang
13. Roxy Music Don't Stop The Dance
14. Blow Monkeys Digging Your Scene
15. The Housemartins Happy Hour
16. Tears For Fears Head Over Heels Plus Broken (Live)
17. Missing Persons Words
18. 'Til Tuesday Are You Serious?
19. Talking Heads (Nothing But) Flowers
20. Pink Floyd Any Colour You Like
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'purple' (80min) / Sony MDS-JE520

Disc 3

This is a somewhat confused mix. It begun as an attempt to record down my favourite songs of the moment but lost direction midway. I admit it: The T-Rex tracks were tacked on the end to fill up remaining space, but that does not detract from my respect for him as an artist.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. The Sound The Unwritten Law
2. The Chameleons Up The Down Escalator
3. Sad Lovers & Giants Echoplay
4. The Church Reptile
5. The Stone Roses Bye Bye Badman
6. A Flock Of Seagulls What Am I Supposed To Do
7. Stereolab Cybele's Reverie
8. U2 A Day Without Me
9. Pink Floyd A Pillow Of Winds
10. The Teardrop Explodes Treason
11. The Clash Shepherds Delight
12. The Beat Sole Salvation
13. Flight Of The Conchords Inner City Pressure
14. The Jam 'A' Bomb In Wardour Street
15. The Jam Down In The Tube Station At Midnight
16. David Bowie The Man Who Sold The World
17. Echo & The Bunnymen Crystal Days
18. The B-52's Roam
19. The Cure Do The Hansa
20. T-Rex Metal Guru
21. T-Rex Light Of Love
22. The Cars It's All I Can Do
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'orange' (80min) / Sony MDS-JE520

The 2009 Mixes

A prolific year, and lots of artists covered. 2009 was fraught with turmoil and anxiety, but luckily my only record of it is six magneto-optic discs of music.

Disc 1

A reflective mix, and one of my favourites. It saw much service over the spring and summer of 2009, as I drove around under the sun of the Saanich Peninsula. The drummer on track one shares a surname with me and worked for Oasis. None of us is perfect.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Icicle Works Birds Fly (Whisper To A Scream)
2. Modern English I Melt With You Version?
3. The Sound Resistance
4. Jean Michel Jarre Oxygene IV
5. The Psychedelic Furs All That Money Wants
6. Thompson Twins Coastline
7. Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros Global A Go-Go
8. Brian Eno King's Lead Hat
9. Talking Heads The Great Curve 5.1 stereo downmix
10. Blancmange Game Above My Head
11. The Teardrop Explodes Bent Out Of Shape
12. The Fall Rebellious Jukebox
13. PiL Public Image
14. 808 State Plan 9
15. Depeche Mode Walking In My Shoes
16. Wire Map Ref. 41°N 93°W
17. Section 25 Crazy Wisdom
18. Cocteau Twins Millimillenary
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony 'pearl blue' (74min) / Sony MDS-JE520

Disc 2

Back to a theme: good ol' punk thrash and their influences. This disc is a particular favourite of mine, flowing as it does quite well and ending superbly. It was recorded in one session on April 20th and likewise served me and my car well.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Jimi Hendrix All Along The Watchtower
2. Kaiser Chiefs Ruby
3. The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster Mister Mental mp3 source
4. Section 25 Poppy Fields
5. Led Zeppelin Immigrant Song
6. Gang Of Four What We All Want
7. Wire Mannequin
8. U2 Wire
9. The Doors Hello, I Love You Correctly mastered
10. The Teardrop Explodes Brave Boys Keep Their Promises
11. Talking Heads Cities Alternate version
12. Modest Mouse Steam Engenius
13. Brian Eno-David Byrne Mea Culpa
14. Brian Eno Backwater
15. The Jam All Around The World
16. The Fall Totally Wired
17. Stiff Little Fingers Suspect Device
18. The Stooges No Fun
19. PiL Poptones
Disc & deck info » Recorded on TDK XS-iV (74min) / Sony MDS-JE520

Disc 3

A sequel, or rather a continuation, to the previous disc. Roughly halfway through, however, it diverts into more familiar territory of the random and the absurd.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. The Stooges I Wanna Be Your Dog
2. Chelsea Right To Work
3. Sex Pistols Problems
4. Buzzcocks Harmony In My Head
5. My Bloody Valentine You Made Me Realise
6. The Pop Group We Are All Prostitutes
7. Stockholm Monsters How Corrupt Is Rough Trade?
8. Stockholm Monsters Kan Kill!
9. A Flock Of Seagulls Transfer Affection
10. A Flock Of Seagulls Modern Love Is Automatic
11. Minny Pops A Feeling
12. Minny Pops Tracking
13. Section 25 Remembrance
14. Stereolab Ping Pong
15. Stereolab Outer Accelerator
16. Pixies Monkey Gone To Heaven
17. Baby Dayliner Madeline
18. Baby Dayliner Beat Downs
19. The Cars Running To You
20. Thompson Twins In The Beginning
21. Modern English Someone's Calling 7 inch mix
22. Young Marble Giants Sporting Life
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Maxell 'blue' (80min) / Sony MDS-JE520

Disc 4

The archetypal 'post-punk' disc, with songs arranged in pairs. I originally used the (harsh sounding) remasters for the first two tracks but replaced them with versions from the original CD issue. At the time of its creation this disc contained every song I wanted to hear. Recorded on June 24th in a haze of marijuana.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Dead Can Dance The Fatal Impact
2. Dead Can Dance The Trial
3. The Psychedelic Furs Sister Europe
4. The Psychedelic Furs Imitation Of Christ
5. The Sound Contact The Fact
6. The Sound Silent Air
7. Echo & The Bunnymen The Back Of Love
8. Echo & The Bunnymen Clay
9. David Bowie A New Career In A New Town
10. David Bowie Art Decade
11. My Bloody Valentine Cigarette In My Bed
12. My Bloody Valentine Drive It All Over Me
13. Sad Lovers & Giants A Map Of My World
14. Sad Lovers & Giants Life Under Glass
15. The Names Spectators Of Life
16. The Names Nightshift
17. Section 25 Garageland
18. Section 25 L'arte Du Math
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Maxell 'green' (74min) / Sony MDS-JE520

Disc 5

An attempt to introduce Krautrock bands, as well as reference many other forms of media from Family Guy to Kubrick. Also, the first appearance of the mighty Scott Walker and of course, Gary Wilson. The first disc recorded entirely with my new Sony MDS-JB930 on a vintage 60 minute disc (Yes! the upside down ones). From now on all discs are timestamped by date and time. Perhaps many years in the future man will wonder what his ancestors did on certain seconds of certain days. In a far flung wavelength of space and time they will hear and they will rejoice.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Walter Carlos Theme from A Clockwork Orange
2. Faust Jennifer Alternate version
3. Can Oh Yeah
4. NEU! Super
5. Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft Als wär's das letzte Mal
6. NEU! Isi
7. Herman Wouk? Through Poland to a Jewish Village YouTube sourced
8. Scott Walker Sons Of
9. Wings Deliver Your Children
10. The Youngbloods Get Together
11. Talking Heads Listening Wind 5.1 stereo downmix
12. Simple Minds Big Sleep
13. Gary Wilson When You Walk Into My Dreams
14. Gary Wilson And Then I Kissed Your Lips
15. My Bloody Valentine Moon Song
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony MDW-60 'grey' (60min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 6

Ending the year on a high note indeed, this mix is a "lovely looking pair", sticking to that theme beautifully with a wide range of artists and genres. The beginning of my 'Fall' phase: the opening guitar notes of Industrial Estate chime like the sound of the back-to-work siren. Lykke Li has one of those voices, and The Sundays were actually damn good.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Lykke Li Let It Fall
2. Lykke Li My Love
3. Wire Circumspect
4. Wire Four Long Years
5. Scott Walker On Your Own Again
6. Scott Walker The World's Strongest Man
7. The Sundays Here's Where The Story Ends
8. The Sundays You're Not The Only One I Know
9. Gary Wilson You Keep On Looking
10. Gary Wilson Groovy Girls Make Love At The Beach
11. The Fall Industrial Estate
12. The Fall Futures And Pasts
13. New Order Run
14. New Order Mr. Disco
15. Daniel Lanois I Love You
16. Daniel Lanois Space Kay
17. Talk Talk Life's What You Make It
18. Talk Talk Living In Another World
19. My Bloody Valentine Sometimes
20. My Bloody Valentine What You Want Extended outro
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony ES 'white' (74min) / Sony MDS-JB930

The 2010 Mixes

2010 is a focus more on favourite artists and an exploration of bands new to me.

Disc 1

Although it appears to be a lazily thrown together collection from just four artists, this disc actually contains the cream of three superb albums: In Rainbows, This Nation's Saving Grace and Voices & Images. The 'Banshees tracks would have been included a long time ago had not their studio equivalents been deemed sonically subpar by my own particular ear. Hence why they are drawn from the Peel session CD.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Siouxsie & The Banshees Halloween Peel session
2. Siouxsie & The Banshees Hong Kong Garden Peel session
3. Siouxsie & The Banshees Into The Light Peel session
4. Siouxsie & The Banshees Starcrossed Demo
5. Radiohead Bodysnatchers Slow fade in
6. Radiohead Bangers And Mash
7. Radiohead Weird Fishes/Arpeggi
8. Radiohead Reckoner
9. Radiohead House Of Cards
10. The Fall Barmy
11. The Fall What You Need
12. The Fall Couldn't Get Ahead
13. The Fall My New House
14. Camouflage Helpless Helpless
15. Camouflage Winner Takes Nothing
16. Camouflage Strangers Thoughts
17. Camouflage From Ay To Bee
18. Camouflage Where Has The Childhood Gone
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'orange' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 2

Actually titled The Legend Of John Peel Continues. The honour of being the first repeated song in a different version falls to The Adverts, with Gary Gilmore's Eyes. Annex by OMD is also reprised from earlier on. My obsession with The Fall, much like John Peel's, continues unabated.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. The Fall Jawbone And The Air Rifle Peel session
2. The Fall Put Away Peel session
3. The Fall R.O.D. Peel session
4. Gang Of Four I Found That Essence Rare Peel session
5. Gang Of Four Natural's Not In It Peel session
6. The Adverts Gary Gilmore's Eyes Peel session
7. Siouxsie & The Banshees Candyman Peel session
8. Siouxsie & The Banshees Cannons Peel session
9. Siouxsie & The Banshees Lands End Peel session
10. The Chameleons Perfume Garden Peel session
11. The Smiths This Charming Man Peel session
12. Happy Mondays Olive Oil Peel session
13. New Order Turn The Heater On Peel session
14. Cocteau Twins Wax And Wane Peel session
15. Depeche Mode Boys Say Go! Peel session
16. Cabaret Voltaire Big Funk Peel session
17. The Wake The Drill Peel session
18. The Wake Here Comes Everybody Peel session
19. OMD Annex Peel session
20. OMD ABC Auto Industry
[Extended outro]
Peel session
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'red' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 3

This mix is a definite attempt to slow down and lighten up. Another "going to sleep" collection of sorts, mostly courtesy of Frantz-Weymouth, Bailey-Currie. Some wonderfully wistful Scott Walker from his finest album (Scott 3) and Robin Sharrock's favourite Clash song of all time: Charlie Don't Surf. The Talking Heads outtakes are not at all inferior sounding and represent the hidden links between Remain In Light & My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts and Speaking In Tongues & Tom Tom Club.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Scott Walker Rosemary
2. Scott Walker Butterfly
3. The Clash Charlie Don't Surf
4. Tom Tom Club Who Feelin' It
5. Tom Tom Club Superdreaming
6. Tom Tom Club Lesbians By The Lake
7. OMD Sacred Heart
8. Thompson Twins The Invisible Man
9. The Cure High
10. Talking Heads Dancing For Money Unfinished outtake
11. Talking Heads Unison Unfinished outtake
12. Talking Heads Double Groove Unfinished outtake
13. Babble Just Like You
14. Babble Love Has No Name
15. Babble Into Ether
16. Babble Dreamfield
17. Scott Walker Hero Of The War
18. Scott Walker The Old Man's Back Again
19. The Stranglers Golden Brown
20. Duran Duran Tiger Tiger
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'orange' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 4

The first disc to master vinyl sources using a new Cambridge Audio 640P preamp. The Gary Wilson tracks have very slight surface noise; I think the Forgotten Lovers CD was sourced from vinyl. The versions I have are, alas, 192kbps mp3s of that CD, but still sound excellent. A somewhat eclectic disc I am rather proud of! Completed on June 22nd.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. The Fall Shoulder Pads 1
2. Cabaret Voltaire Ghostalk Vinyl source
3. New Order Everything's Gone Green Vinyl source
4. Wire Ambulance Chasers Original version
5. The Doors Alabama Song (Whisky Bar) Correctly mastered
6. The Fall Bournemouth Runner
7. Gary Wilson Rhythm In Your Eyes mp3 source
8. Gary Wilson Soul Travel mp3 source
9. Gary Wilson Chrome Lover mp3 source
10. Gary Wilson Sick Trip mp3 source
11. Gary Wilson I Wanna Take You On A Sea Cruise mp3 source
12. Tom Tom Club Measure Up
13. Tom Tom Club Never Took A Penny
14. The The GIANT Vinyl source
15. Strawberry Alarm Clock Sit With The Guru
16. Strawberry Alarm Clock Barefoot In Baltimore
17. The Fall Shoulder Pads 2
Disc & deck info » Recorded on TDK 'orange' (74min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 5

Some excellent songs on here, including one of Radiohead's finest from their Hail To The Thief album. Television, The Doors, Talking Heads and The Stooges represent the fine music to come out of the US during the '60s and '70s. Space's album Spiders is, in my opinion, a classic: "Now every time we see a crown, it only makes us want to fucking frown." It was also among the first ten CDs I ever bought. 'Culloden excerpt' is a short political statement against the British Army, charging once again my discs with subversive elements. The New Order track is a stunning ten minute rendition of the Sparks song and features some excellent keyboard work. All in all, a fine disc of mostly energetic songs. Completed 17th July.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Television Marquee Moon
2. The Doors Light My Fire Correctly mastered
3. Radiohead Where I End And You Begin
4. The Fall Fiery Jack
5. Magazine Cut-Out Shapes
6. Happy Mondays Judge Fudge Vinyl source
7. Space Lovechild Of The Queen
8. Gary Numan Metal
9. Talking Heads The Good Thing
10. Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft Der Mussolini German language
11. Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Silence (plus 'Culloden' excerpt)
12. The Stooges 1969
13. Section 25 Hold Me
14. Sad Lovers & Giants 3 Lines Live
15. New Order When I'm With You (Live) mp3 source
Disc & deck info » Recorded on TDK 'blue-green-turquoise' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 6

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard Dead Can Dance on Peep Show, and even more so when I heard Young Marble Giants (and Lykke Li) on Bored to Death. This disc once again features pairs of songs (with the exception of the five 'Budd tracks - I highly recommend The Pearl album!), although this time rather than grouping together I went for symmetry. So, we have some classic Cure, atmospheric Japan, the lovely Lykke Li and ambient brilliance from Harold Budd and Co. Recorded between September and October.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Stereolab Pack Yr Romantic Mind
2. Lykke Li Little Bit
3. Young Marble Giants The Clock
4. The Cure All Cats Are Grey
5. Japan The Experience Of Swimming
6. Harold Budd / Brian Eno (with Daniel Lanois) Against The Sky
7. Cocteau Twins Otterley
8. Harold Budd / Brian Eno (with Daniel Lanois) Lost In The Humming Air
9. Harold Budd / Simon Raymonde / Robin Guthrie / Elizabeth Fraser Bloody And Blunt
10. Dead Can Dance Windfall
11. Dead Can Dance Rakim
12. Harold Budd / Simon Raymonde / Robin Guthrie / Elizabeth Fraser She Will Destroy You
13. Harold Budd / Brian Eno (with Daniel Lanois) Their Memories
14. Cocteau Twins Pandora
15. Harold Budd / Brian Eno (with Daniel Lanois) Still Return
16. Japan The Width Of A Room
17. The Cure The Funeral Party
18. Young Marble Giants Clicktalk
19. Lykke Li Hanging High
20. Stereolab Doubt
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'blue' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

The 2011 Mixes

Apparently I am still making MiniDisc mixes in 2011.

Disc 1

The first disc of 2011 was begun sometime in December of the previous year, but as is often the case, it can take me a while to slowly fill a disc with favourite songs from the time. This was one of those "slowly added to..." discs, brimming with old classics from my listening history (such as The Human League), fond memories of Manchester circa-2003 (Starbase 109) and references to the early Roman Empire (reflective of my current reading).

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. [dialogue] "From the Emperor Tiberius to the Senate of Rome, Greetings..." Mono
2. The Fall Petty Thief Lout
3. Modern English Machines
4. Book Of Love I Touch Roses YouTube source
5. The Chameleons On The Beach Radio session
6. Section 25 Prepare To Live
7. The Human League Blind Youth
8. Gaius Julius Caesar Augustus Germanicus When The Long Watches Of The Night Mono
9. Dead Can Dance Fortune
10. The Fall Disney's Dream Debased
11. Section 25 Sakura Matrix Mix
12. Starbase 109 Cash Machine
13. Modern English The Prize
14. Gang Of Four It's Her Factory
15. The Chameleons Nathan's Phase Radio session
16. Wilfred Josephs Theme from I·Claudius Mono
17. Gang Of Four We Live As We Dream, Alone
18. Starbase 109 Cigarette
19. The Human League The Path Of Least Resistance
20. Japan Television
21. Book Of Love I Touch Roses Full Bloom Version
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'black' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 2

Titled Village Fire and other stories. This disc was made mostly on February 10th, and contains the entire 'Village Fire' EP by James: Mastered not from the insanely loud CDs, but the original vinyl EP, which I was extremely fortunate to purchase for the sum of £4 at Discovery Records, Bradford, sometime in 2002. Two songs from the Short Circuit EP are present; the Warsaw one is introduced with a shout of "You all forgot Rudolf Hess!" from Bernard Sumner. He was of course still pottering around in Spandau Prison at this point (1977), whilst Albert Speer was enjoying a life of luxury, despite his mass employment of slave labour during the war. But I digress. "Intro to the Man-Machine" is an excerpt from Metropolis and is suitably dramatic, reminding us all of human toil. A lovely song from The Human League, and two masterpieces each from The Wake and Gary Numan.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Gottfried Huppertz [Prologue] Metropolis soundtrack
2. Big Audio Dynamite Ticket
3. James What's The World Village Fire EP
4. James Folklore Village Fire EP
5. James Fire So Close Village Fire EP
6. James If Things Were Perfect Village Fire EP
7. James Hymn From A Village Village Fire EP
8. The Fall Hit The North
9. Gottfried Huppertz Intro to the Man-Machine Metropolis soundtrack
10. The Fall Stepping Out Live (Short Circuit EP)
11. Warsaw (Joy Division) At A Later Date Live (Short Circuit EP)
12. Gary Numan Films
13. Gary Numan Conversation
14. Tom Tom Club Sunshine & Ecstacy
15. Tom Tom Club Dark Sneak Love Action
16. The Human League Life On Your Own
17. The Wake An Immaculate Conception
18. The Wake Something Outside
19. Wire The Finest Drops
20. Wire The Queen Of Ur & The King Of Um
21. Starbase 109 Nursing Home
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'black' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 3

The third disc of 2011 took many weeks to complete. New songs were added on various days, some were deleted, many were auditioned. What is left is a decent enough disc. Radiohead's fantastic new album - The King Of Limbs - is represented by two of my favourite selections from it. Philip Jap, who produced an album in 1983 and then promptly disappeared, is featured. After the interlude and speaker phase test, songs are arranged in pairs. This is not laziness, but preference, especially when tracks segue into one another. All Night Party is the rather eerie single version, not the Peel session one which has an altogether more aggressive feel due to the presence of drums. The OMD track was the (superior) b-side to Locomotion.

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Babble Spirit
2. Can Sing Swan Song
3. Radiohead Morning Mr. Magpie
4. The Clash The Cool Out
5. The Fall I Feel Voxish
6. A Certain Ratio All Night Party Single version
7. The Cure Splintered In Her Head
8. My Bloody Valentine 'Interlude MBV' Instrumental
9. TDK Speaker phase test Spoken word
10. OMD Her Body In My Soul
11. Philip Jap Save Us mp3 source
12. Cabaret Voltaire Talking Time
13. Cabaret Voltaire Animation
14. Wire The Point Of Collapse
15. Wire Ahead
16. Christian Death Figurative Theatre
17. Christian Death Romeo's Distress
18. The Cure The Upstairs Room
19. Radiohead Lotus Flower
20. Talking Heads Seen And Not Seen 5.1 stereo downmix
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'blue' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Disc 4

This disc took many months to complete, mostly due to apathy, distraction and general busyness. I think I began it sometime in April, gradually adding and editing until on July 25th it was labelled and catalogued here. Thanks to Stoo for National Shite Day; it perfectly sums up the United Kingdom. Smashing Pumpkins? Meh, I was going to delete it (it's pretty "mainstream", whatever that means) but I've left it on. I can always skip it, and besides, eventually all the songs from Clerks II may find their way to this page. Mythos' Strange Guys sounds quite similar to the Manics' Design For Life, or is it just me? Either way, they're a Krautrock band but they sound different to NEU!, CAN and Faust. The first of the Twin Shadow songs reminded me of This Mortal Coil's Not Me, which appeared earlier. Slow is even better, containing a She's Lost Control style drum pattern, amongst other delightful and post-punk-sounding trickery. The Cure song which follows the Cocteux actually tricks the mind, since it opens in similar style to Sugar Hiccup. Confused yet? The Dubstar effort is from this era. It's interesting, at least. Until next time...

2012 update: I am not keen on this disc. It has been marked for re-working.

2013 update: This disc was re-worked slightly (three songs were replaced).

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. [sound effect] Intro pulse YT / Mono
2. Dubblestandart, Lee 'Scratch' Perry & Ari Up I Foo China (feat. Gudrun)
3. Half Man Half Biscuit National Shite Day YouTube source
4. The Fall Hotcake
5. The Smashing Pumpkins 1979
6. The United States of America Coming Down
7. Talking Heads Pull Up The Roots 5.1 stereo downmix
8. Lily Allen Smile
9. Daft Punk Robot Rock
10. Mythos Strange Guys
11. Twin Shadow For Now
12. Mike Hugg Wistful interlude YT / Mono
13. Twin Shadow Slow
14. The Smiths The Hand That Rocks The Cradle YT/Rem. src (Troy Tate version)
15. Cocteau Twins Five Ten Fiftyfold
16. The Cure Pictures Of You
17. Thunderheist Sweet 16 YouTube source
18. Dubstar Unchained Monologue YouTube Source
19. Kaiser Chiefs Good Days Bad Days YT src / radio mix?
20. Lee Perry & Prince Jammy Something On My Mind
21. [sound effect] End marker YT / Mono
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'purple' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

The 2012 Mixes

One disc was minted between April and August. Excepting those months the equipment was all put away.

Disc (The Only) One

# Artist Song Extra / Notes
1. Cabaret Voltaire Animation YTS / TV / Mono
2. Röyksopp This Must Be It YTS / radio edit?
3. Front 242 Principles YTS
4. The Chills Pink Frost
5. Porcelain Raft Drifting In And Out
6. Grimes Genesis
7. Grimes Oblivion
8. Travis Sing YTS
9. Best Coast Our Deal Radio Session
10. Lee 'Scratch' Perry & The Mad Professor Jungle Safari / Heads Of Government
11. The Fall Fit And Working Again
12. Long Fin Killie Godiva Well-aimed Cantona!
13. Coldplay Don't Panic YTS / radio edit?
14. Nancy Sinatra You Only Live Twice YTS
15. The Fall English Scheme
16. Flight Of The Conchords If You're Into It YTS
17. Cabaret Voltaire Yasher YTS / Extended Remix
18. The Pop Will Eat Itself Axe Of Men TYS (poor quality)
19. Dubblestandart meets David Lynch & Lee 'Scratch' Perry Chrome Optimism
Disc & deck info » Recorded on Sony Color Collection 'black' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

The 2013 Mixes

On May 30th the Sony JB930 was dusted off once more. When powered up, it still displayed accurate date and time data. Details to follow...

The Classical Mixes

For some reason I began seriously listening to classical music in 2009. Henceforth, I sought to make mix discs in the same manner as those above. Recommendations from classical aficionados are certainly welcome. At present my collection is mostly made up of NAXOS selections.

Disc 1

I will admit that this disc is in part inspired by pieces heard on Curb Your Enthusiasm, but so what?

# Composer Title Performer
1. Johann Strauss II Die Fledermaus (The Bat) - Overture Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Martin Sieghart
2. Tchaikovsky Sleeping Beauty - Waltz Czecho-Slovak State Philharmonic Orchestra / Andrew Mogrelia
3. Prokofiev Romeo and Juliet, Ballet, Op. 64 - Montagues and Capulets National Symphony Orchestra of Ukraine / Andrew Mogrelia
4. Wagner Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) - Ride of the Valkyries Czecho-Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra / Uwe Mund
5. Beethoven Piano Sonata No. 14 in C sharp minor, Op. 27, No. 2, "Moonlight" - Adagio sostenuto Jenő Jandó piano
6. Mozart Piano Concerto No. 21 in C major, K.467 - Andante Jenő Jandó piano, Concentus Hungaricus / András Ligeti
7. Johann Strauss II Roses aus dem Süden: Waltz, Op. 388 (Roses from the South) CSR Symphony Orchestra / Ondrej Lenárd
8. Tchaikovsky Swan Lake - Scène (Swan Theme) CSR Symphony Orchestra (Bratislava) / Ondrej Lenárd
9. Prokofiev Cinderella, Ballet Suite No. 1, Op. 107 - Cinderella's Waltz Ukranian State Symphony Orchestra / Theodore Kuchar
10. Wagner Die Meistersinger von Nürnberg (The Mastersingers of Nuremberg) Polish National Radio Symphony Orchestra (Katowice) / Johannes Wildner
11. Beethoven Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op. 68, "Pastoral" - Allegro ma non troppo Nicolaus Esterházy Sinfonia (Budapest) / Béla Drahos
12. Mozart Symphony No. 40 in G minor, K.550 - Molto allegro Capella Istropolitana / Barry Wordsworth
Disc & deck info » Recorded on JVC Crystal 'gold' (80min) / Sony MDS-JB930

Odometer readings

Certain Sony decks have built-in odometers, accessible in service mode. (Note: the 'Recording time' is how long the laser was set to the high power state, and is approximately 1/4 of actual recording time.)

Sony MDS-JE520

Deck purchased December, 2007.

Date Recording time Playing time
30/Dec/2007 3 hours 30 hours
20/May/2009 13 hours 381 hours
31/Jul/2010 14 hours 690 hours
16/May/2011 14 hours 757 hours

Sony MDS-JB930

Deck purchased August, 2009.

Date Recording time Playing time
21/Aug/2009 6 hours 55 hours
31/Jul/2010 17 hours 410 hours
16/May/2011 21 hours 827 hours
5/Jul/2012 22 hours 905 hours
15/Jul/2013 26 hours 1036 hours