Lost mix tape including PSB washes up as art 25 years later!

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Lost mix tape including PSB washes up as art 25 years later!

#1 Post by Sandy Shaw » Fri 14 Feb 2020, 3:58 pm

https://www.theguardian.com/environment ... ine-debris

A music fan has been reunited with a cassette tape she lost while on holiday 25 years ago after it washed up on a beach hundreds of miles away.

Stella Wedell was 12 when she took the tape on a Spanish holiday to listen to songs by the likes of Pet Shop Boys, Shaggy and Bob Marley on her Walkman.

Wedell, from Berlin, lost the tape either on the Costa Brava or in Mallorca and was astounded when she spotted it a quarter of a century later in an exhibition by the British artist and photographer Mandy Barker, who specialises in creating pieces out of plastic marine debris.

Barker had picked up the tape from the Playa de Barlovento beach in Lanzarote, had it restored – and made playable – by an expert at Plymouth University and included it in her touring exhibition Sea of Artifacts.

“It was an astounding chance for Stella to walk into my exhibition and recognise her tape,” the artist said.

Prof Richard Thompson, the head of the international marine litter research unit at the university, said: “This is an amazing story and another example of the problem of plastic pollution.

“It is very difficult to say exactly how long the tape has been in the sea, but the fact it has survived intact shows the durability of plastic and the threat it can pose to the marine environment.”
Wedell said that when she saw the exhibit – the tape and a playlist – it rang a bell with her.

“When I was reading the tracklist, it seemed very familiar to me. I always made tapes from my CDs at this time to listen to them with my Walkman, especially for holidays.” She copied her tape from the CD but didn’t include all the tracks.

“I took a picture of it and compared it with the original CD, which I still have – and it was exactly the same tracklist, but starting with track three. I remember that I didn’t like the first two songs on the CD because I felt they were too old so I wouldn’t have included them when I recorded the tape aged 12.”
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Re: Lost mix tape including PSB washes up as art 25 years later!

#2 Post by Sage » Sat 15 Feb 2020, 11:09 am

Interesting story.
She'll get the tape back after the exhibition.

Not really PSB news but nice to see them mentioned.
The full tracklist of the mixtape is:

1. ‘Somebody Dance With Me’ (Radio Mix) – DJ Bobo
2. ‘Would I Lie To You?’ – Charles & Eddie
3. ‘The Jungle Book Groove’ – Disney Cast
4. ‘Rock With You’ – Inner Circle
5. ‘Do You See The Light’ – Snap
6. ‘One Love’ (Radio Version) – Dr Alban
7. ‘More And More’ – Captain Hollywood Project
8. ‘Oh Carolina’ (Radio Version) – Shaggy
9. ‘The Key, The Secret’ (Glamorously Developed Edit) – Urban Cookie Collective
10. ‘It Keeps Rainin’ (Tears From My Eyes)’ – Bitty McLean
11. ‘Summer Summer’ (Radio Edit) – Loft
12. ‘Never Let Her Slip Away’ – Undercover
13. ‘Power Of American Natives’ – Dance 2 Trance
14. ‘Iron Lion Zion’ (7” Mix) – Bob Marley & The Wailers
15. ‘Sweet Harmony’ – The Beloved
16. ‘Give It Up’ – Cut ‘n’ Move
17. ‘Go West’ – Pet Shop Boys
18. ‘Runaway Trai’n – Soul Asylum
19. ‘(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You’ – UB40
20. ‘Mr Vain’ – Culture Beat

Only 1 PSB song but this story reminds me of how Neil was saying in a recent interview tapes are the worst format for music (quality wise, I'm guessing) but they're still playable after a long time.

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#3 Post by daveid » Sat 15 Feb 2020, 1:50 pm

It's a nice story isn't it. And a timely advert for the durability of the cassette tape.


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#4 Post by leesmapman » Sat 15 Feb 2020, 4:33 pm

Looks like it's a copy of this CD:
https://www.discogs.com/Various-Best-Of ... ter/327399

The first two tracks she cut are by Freddie M. and Sir Paul.

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#5 Post by glennjridge » Sat 15 Feb 2020, 4:39 pm

I think that's the kind of thing that would bother Paul even with as much success as he's had. that this young girl at the time decided he was only 1 of 2 artists that didn't make the cut for the mixtape. if you noticed the discrepancy, other people will put it out there for Paul to enjoy this little tidbit.

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