They say that your record collection is a diary of your life. In my case, it’s totally true. I’ve limited my ‘Generations of Felt’ playlist to only 20 tracks. In all honesty, I could have gone on for days with significant life-changing tunes but these are probably my favourite and most representative for each of the eras.
My playlist is generation specific. It starts in the early ‘70s with some choice tunes from my Dad’s primo soul record collection. When I left home, he kindly gave me his record collection as he knew how much they meant to me and had now moved onto 8-track tapes.
Mid ‘70s glam rock was the next big music changeover for me. I was a massive Bowie and Roxy Music fan. The next turning point after that was the late ‘70s new wave. I was a huge fan of everything that came out on Stiff Records and when I left school, I got my first job in the record industry working for them. They were like Motown for Punk and all the artists used to hang out at the office, so I was privileged to meet a lot of my heroes like Ian Dury and Elvis Costello.
Moving swiftly into the early 80’s. I was very involved with the ‘New Romantic’ scene. Going to Blitz and Club For Heroes and then going out on Duran Duran’s first big UK tour when they released ‘Planet Earth’. Favourite bands at the time for me where Kraftwork and Human League but there was also a shedload of great one-hit wonders.
I’ve also included ‘West End Girls’ in this playlist as I produced the B-side [‘A Man Could Get Arrested’], so it has a lot of great memories for me.
The next big life changer for me happened in ‘88 with ‘The Summer Of Love’. I’ve included some of favourite tunes from my heady days of going to Shoom and Boys Own. This was a great time in my life again being on another musical revolution and also making and remixing some prominent house tunes.
Looking back at my selection, I feel really privileged to have experienced four monumental era changes in music and to have played my part in it. I hope you enjoy this eclectic mix of tracks that are truly “The Soundtrack To My Life"
Steve Spiro is Creative Director at Felt Music