All that talk of meat earlier reminds of me of one of Llŷr’s other passions: laughing at, and often (in a piss-taking way) joining in with the meats doing The Meat Dance.
Okay, this is going to be really tricky to explain.
So: Meats, to us, were blokes who danced in clubs with their tops off, to expose what they perceived as being their ripped bodies, something Llŷr and I both knew we could never aspire to, even if we wanted to. “Them’s the Meats” was our clarion call.
And, regardless of whether they had fellow Meats with them or not, they always did the same Meat Dance: *Handclap…and to the left* dance, which Llŷr used to mimic so well.
Here’s how The Meats viewed themselves:
Our mates Jo & Ian visited us in Cardiff one weekend, back in 2006, to go to the horribly named Get Loaded in the Park and oh my there was some prime meat – Valleys boys with their tops off – on display that day.
Jo took loads of meat-worthy pictures on the day, but annoyingly she had her laptop nicked along with all her photos – except this one, which does rather neatly illustrate the disparity between the perceived and the reality, the difference between a ripped torso and a thumb in shades:
But I digress.
When I finally got into clubbing, Llŷr, wary of me being a big old fat fish out of water, made me a load of mix-tapes (which dates this somewhat) to help me crib up.
I still have a couple of them, and last year, since I had no means to listen to the sodding things, I bought a second hand stereo which had a tape deck on it, specifically so I could hear them again.
So here’s (almost) all of the tunes on one of them, which he entitled Losing It, a title inspired by my reaction on one night out when a tune by Faithless was dropped (I’d love to say it was Insomnia, but truth be told I think it was probably We Come 1).
Anyway, my explosion that night definitely influenced the tunes on this mix-tape, which is probably a bit more trance-trousers than he would care to be associated with.
But he even made a proper sleeve for the cassette, God bless him, so here it is:
And here’s the tunes.
The Chemical Brothers – It Began in Afrika
Muse – Sunburn (Timo Maas Sunstroke Mix)
Kosheen – Hide U (Rollo + Sister Bliss Mix)
Mutiny – The Virus [King Unique’s Snake Charmer Mix]
Coast 2 Coast – Home (DJ Tiesto Remix)
Dusted – Always Remember To Love And Respect Your Mother (Euphoric mix)
Jan Johnston – Flesh (DJ Tiësto Mix)
Push – Strange World (2000 Remake)
Alas, I cannot find the last track, something called Outro by G.H. Feel free to send me links to it if you can.
Otherwise: More soon.