I was going to blog about the wrap-up of my vacation (back to it tomorrow) but then yesterday I won 80$ in the lottery so I finally bought the cassette player I’ve had my eye on for a while:
I should point out that this collection has been gathering dust in the cupboard for nearly a decade as I haven’t anything with which to play the tapes.
And oh man, talk about a blast from the past.
No, seriously, this may be the worst song from the 90s.
Because this is how they rolled in Toronto, faxt.
I spent hours recording mix tapes off the radio and, later when they invented CDs, “fixing” the play order of CDs onto tape. Which is still legal, btw.
Things about making mix tapes in the 90s:
- No song had a beginning, because you always missed the first ten seconds in that mad scramble to the tape deck once the song started playing on the radio
- The Top 10 on local radio stations for the early 90s are hilarious, in retrospect. For example, as I type this, I’m listening to #9, Hanky Panky by Madonna from the Dick Tracey movie. It’s about spanking.
- No spaces between songs, because once one song finished recording you just hit PAUSE until another song came on.
- There were some songs you’d love so much, you’d put up with scratchy reception and an annoying DJ riffing over the end.
PS: None of the radio stations on my mix tapes exist any longer. Except for 92.9 KISM out of Bellingham, the only rock station we got in White Rock on the hill.
But you know, after all this, I an not sad we are where we are today with music. No need to rewind, you can skip to new songs if you have aural ADD like me, can get songs on demand with the Youtubes or the iTunes. Plus now we have dubstep.