I said if she came next week I’d have a tape for her, and she looked really pleased. I spent hours putting that cassette together. To me, making a tape is like writing a letter there’s a lot of erasing and rethinking and starting again, and I wanted it to be a good one, because . . . to be honest, because I hadn’t met anyone as promising as Laura since I’d started the DJ-ing, and meeting promising women was partly what the DJ-ing was supposed to be about. A good August Girl With Three Sides The Quiet Side The Fun And Crazy Side And The Side You Never Want To Hot Shirt tape, like breaking up, is hard to do. You’ve got to kick off with a corker, to hold the attention (I started with ‘Got to Get You off My Mind,’ but then realized that she might not get any further than track one
August Girl With Three Sides The Quiet Side The Fun And Crazy Side And The Side You Never Want To Hot Shirt, Sweatshirt, Tank top
I delivered what she wanted straight away, so I buried it in the middle of side two), and then you’ve got to August Girl With Three Sides The Quiet Side The Fun And Crazy Side And The Side You Never Want To Hot Shirt it a notch, or cool it a notch, and you can’t have white music and black music together unless the white music sounds like black music, and you can’t have two tracks by the same artist side by side unless you’ve done the whole thing in pairs, and oh, there are loads of rules. Anyway, I worked and worked at this one, and I’ve still got a couple of early demons knocking around the flat, prototype tapes I changed my mind about when I was checking them through.