On Saturday night I fulfilled a lifelong dream: I heard a track I’d made coming out of the radio, thanks to Ruf Dug, who played my debut single, ‘I Miss Your Love’, as part of his Sweatbox mix on Róisín Murphy‘s show for BBC Radio 6 Music. (Roísín was standing in for the Blessed Madonnna.)
Growing up I didn’t have a telly, because my mum gave it away, complaining that we were ‘telly bugs’. Radio was everything – taping the charts and hosting pretend radio shows with my sister using a little Akai pencil mic we acquired. I even had a go at cutting up tape to edit it (fiddly).
My peak radio/taping year was 1988 – I still have cassettes with the likes of PSB, Yello, S-Express and my links delivered with problem adenoids and a strong Cumbrian accent.
Many of the sounds I’ve used on ‘I Miss Your Love’ hark back to this year of obsession and intense emotion.
Thank you, Ruf Dug. The record is out on vinyl & digital on 24th July from Bandcamp and all right-thinking record shops.