Mix Tapes

Nate and I have an on-going, years long project cleaning out the cellar.  It’s so on-going, in fact, that it never gets any more cleaned out, because by the time we get around to getting rid of a batch of stuff, more stuff has accumulated to take its place.  Yet we persevere.

A couple of weeks ago, we finally unpacked the very last box from our move, (ahem) 10 years ago.  It was full of old picture frames and a Tape/CD player combo stereo unit.  And… a little box full of my old mix tapes.

When I was in high school, before I could afford a CD player, I taped songs off the radio.  I would have my little radio/tape deck on record-pause, and I would hear a favorite song come on the radio, and I’d leap across the bed and un-pause the record as soon as the DJ stopped talking.  The worst was when he talked over the first bit of the song and I had to wait for them to play it again!  I listened to KYUU, KMEL, K101, and there was also an oldies station that for the life of me I can’t remember.  Anyway, I would flip back and forth across the dial, waiting for my favorite songs to play.

Unbelievably, we still have a working tape player in the house.  It hasn’t been used in who knows how many years, but I loaded up “Radio Songs #1” and was instantly transported back to what must have been the first few months of 1987.  Age – 13.

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Please notice, first of all, that heaven is spelled “Heavan,” and that at least a quarter of the song titles are completely wrong.  “Madeline Rain” is actually Bruce Hornsby’s “Mandolin Rain.”  Some of these songs are great, enduring songs.  Some of them I didn’t remember until I heard them again.  It was like going back in time.  Here is a complete track listing, just in case you want to visit 1987 for yourself:

Side A:

Respect Yourself – Bruce Willis

Better Than Heaven – Stacey Q

That’s Just the Way It Is – Bruce Hornsby

Walk Like an Egyptian – The Bangles

Johnny – El Debarge

Will You Still Love Me – Chicago

Rumors – Timex Social Club

Land of Confusion – Phil Collins

Suburbia – Pet Shop Boys

Shout – Tears For Fears

Lean on Me – Club Nouveau

Control – Janet Jackson

Sheila – Ready for the World

Side B:

True Colors – Cindy Lauper

Mandolin Rain – Bruce Hornsby

Peter Gunn – The Art of Noise

Coming Around Again – Carly Simon

Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now – Starship

The Lion Sleeps Tonight – The Tokens

Wot’s It To Ya? – Robbie Nevil

La Isla Bonita – Madonna

(I Just) Died In Your Arms – Cutting Crew

The Finer Things – Steve Winwood

Let’s Hear It For the Boy – Deniece Williams

Sign o’ the Times – Prince

Human – Human League

You’re welcome, world.

 

 

 

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