Leading up to the launch of Your Heart Out I was growing increasingly frustrated at the media and what it was doing to music, the incessant labelling, the facile compartmentalising. It wasn't a case of things being overlooked so much as being put back together all wrong. The focus on 'post-punk' being a perfect example. Life and music was far more mixed-up than the official histories would have you believe. So, utilising a very limited know-how of technology I started messing about putting together mixes of sounds from, roughly, 1979-1982. One way and another this led to the 'print' version of Your Heart Out.
So, to illustrate this train of thought I'm going to have a go at posting one of those mixes for you here. Here goes ... the sound of my youth from my archives.
The photo illustrating this post comes from a collection by George Plemper, who in the late '70s and early '80s captured life in what was roughly my part of south London. Being a school kid at the time, seeing these photos nearly 30 years on was rather like seeing ghosts.