Charlot Webster Makes Things.

A blast from someone else’s past

Posted in music by charlotwebster on July 19, 2010

When times are hard and it’s celebration-time.. I replace presents with mixtapes. For Christmas in ’08 I mad my mother a mixtape entitled ‘Whistle While You Work’ because she loves listening to tapes in the kitchen but only had the Les Miserables cassette on loop for a while.. and really there’s only so long you can Dream A Dream. It was hard making a tape for ma because she doesn’t listen to much music anymore.. I had to scrape the barrel and put T Rex and David Bowie on twice because I knew they’d go down a treat. She loved the tape and still plays it now, so this year with just a few pennies in my hand, for her birthday I dug out another 90 minute TDK. Having used up all the songs I thought I had that she would like on disc, I thought I’d make a mixtape with a twist. I dug out a coupla boxes of her old 7″s I had rescued from the dusty attic years ago, which she can’t have listened to for 20+ years, and decided that ‘Whistle While You Work vol.2’ I would use her long lost record collection.

This was really really fun to do.. Loads of the bands I hadn’t heard of, and a lot of them I wouldn’t be sad if I never heard again, but it was definitely loads of fun making a mixtape out of someone else’s record collection. If you ever get the opportunity to do this – DO.

‘Whistle While You Work vol. 1′

1. Laser Love – T Rex
2. Lipstick On Your Collar – Connie Francis
3. Slow Club SUmmer Shakedown – Slow Club
4. Kate – Ben Folds Five
5. We Can Be Strong – Willy Mason
6. I Never – Rilo Kiley
7. What In The World – David Bowie
8. Village Ghetto Land – Stevie Wonder
9. These Boots Are Made For Walking – Nancy Sinatra
10. Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
11. Escargot – Peggy Sue
12. Maybe – The Chantels
13. Itty Bitty Pretty One – Screaming Jay Hawkins
14. Bad Guys – Bugsy Malone Original Movie Soundtrack
15. Got A Lot O’ Lovin’ To Do – Elvis Presley
16. Oh! Pretty Woman – Derek Meins


1. Remember (walking in the sand) – The Shangri Las
2. You’ll Never Walk Alone – Carousel Original Movie Soundtrack
3. Respect – Aretha Franklin (live in ’68)
4. Dirty Diana – Michael Jackson
5. Love Her Madly – The Doors
6. Heroes – David Bowie
7. Helicopter – Bloc Party
8. No Substitute Love – Estelle
9. Goin’ Out Of My Head- Little Anthony and The Imperials
10. I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair – South Pacific Original Movie Soundtrack
11. I Do Wrong – Liz Green
12. I Am Your Pedigree – Inspector Tapehead
13. Children Of The Revolution – T Rex
14. Poor Little Rich Boy – Regina Spektor
15. Sea Of Love – Cat Power

‘Whistle While You Work vol. 2′


1. Round and Round – David Bowie
2. The Pushbike Song – The Mixtures
3. You’re A Natural High – Hot Chocolate
4. Poor Cow – Donovan
5. If You Go Away – Terry Jacks
6. Pinball – Brian Protheroe
7. Sugar, Sugar – The Archies
8. Oink Rap – Uncle Pigg
9. Never Turn Your Back On Mother Earth – Sparks
10. Tous Les Gar├žons et les filles – Fran├žoise Hardy
11. Then – The Pal Brothers
12. City Boys – B. J. Thomas
13. English Country Garden – Jimmie Rodgers
14. Mean Girl – Status Quo
15. Baby, I Love You O.K! – Kenny
16. I’ll Meet You Halfway – The Partridge Family


1. Say You Love Me – Jenny Clarke
2. Listen People – Herman’s Hermits
3. Mind Games – John Lennon
4. Looking High, High, High – Bryan Johnson
5. Rock Your Baby – George McCrae
6. I’d Like To Teach The World To SIng (in perfect harmony) – The New Seekers
7. Say You Don’t Mind – Colin Blunstone
8. Remember Yesterday – John Miles
9. Once Bitten, Twice Shy – Ian Hunter
10. Gitchy Gloomy – Neil Diamond
11. God Only Knows – Monaco
12. Could It Be Forever – David Cassidy
13. Singing Time – Tommy Steele
14. Dance With The Devil – Cozy Powell
15. No Girl Reaction – Mungo Jerry

She did admit to me the other day “Charlot, I think I like heavy metal’ so I think the next tape I make her will be a bit different. Can’t wait!