On Christmas day 1988 I was given my first ever personal cassette stereo. I was seven years old at the time, and It was a Saisho (a brand invented by Britain’s largest electrical retailer) City Beat, with a three-band graphic equalizer. As soon as I been gifted this piece unprecedented of high tech, my Dad set about making cassettes from me. The very first he made me was of Brothers In Arms, the Dire Straits album. He copied it for me while we were eating our Christmas Dinner.
The next tape he made me was the one in the photo above. On one side it contained Misplaced Childhood by Marillion, on the other a compilation of tracks by Pink Floyd, The Who and Caravan. I know, odd choices for a seven year old, but I was very much my father’s child in that respect. It only occurs to me as I write this, that my Dad would have been the exact same age I am now when he made this tape for me.
Playing it in this particular car stereo has a special significance.