Monday, June 30, 2008

miscellaneous dance tunes (feb 1986)

During high school I acquired one of those completely cool and necessary pieces of equipment for any music lover.

A turntable with a double cassette player.

This allowed me to make mix tapes from both albums and cassettes. Which led to the creation of my very first mix tape called miscellaneous dance tunes (feb 1986):

Side A

What's your problem? - blancmange
She went pop - Iam Siam
This is England - The Clash
Turning Japanese - Vapors
State of the Nation - Industry
What I like about you - Romantics
Everything Counts - Depeche Mode
Take on Me - A-Ha
Big in Japan - Alphaville
Don't Go - Yaz
Girl with a Curious Hand - Digny Fignus

Side B

I Want You - Caberet Voltaire
See You - Depeche Mode
Relax! - Frankie Goes to Hollywood (or as I wrote on the card, FGTH)
In a Big Country - Big Country
Situation - Yaz
Fallen Angel - Alphaville
Blue Movie - Digney Fignus
Beatnik - Buggles
Strip - Adam Ant
Just Can't Get Enough - Depeche Mode

This tape has now become a staple in the minivan since The Housemartins CD became permanently lodged into the stereo. This only proves to the kids that I have adored Yaz for well over 20 years and next month's trip to see them in NYC is well-earned.

But little lady's favorite tune from this? Local Boston performer Digney Fignus's Girl with a Curious Hand.

Still have any of those "ancient" cassette tapes? What would we hear if you played it for us? Or are you so young that you have no idea what I am talking about?

Sing along....


Flower Child said...

that's awesome! I remember when I got a stereo like that - oooh mix tapes.

Lilacspecs said...

Ehm, I accidentally linked to my post from Friday....if you can go in and edit it to just my main page, there's a post up for music monday.

*looks sheepish*

Lilacspecs said...

Nevermind, I fixed it.

Heather said...

I loved my mix tapes. Hmmm. Maybe I should dig them out. There's probably some great tunage there.

Jenn in Holland said...

Funny you should ask. I am sure my early mix tapes were filled with Seals and Crofts, Carol King, Joan Baez and the like because I am a throw back like that.
But today's post for me is all about an old Seals and Crofts tune which I adored as a young person and has now been newly updated and covered by none other than my current fave: Jason Mraz. Have I mentioned before that I love Mr. Mraz??

Jenn in Holland said...

Oh, but your mix tape? Sounds just like one my sister would have mixed. Because she was hip like that. I was the hippie.


Jami said...

I have zero mix tapes left. But the very last one I had was one my brother put together for me to help me get past some very dark and bad ju-ju in my life. And it helped.

Jen of A2eatwrite said...

What fun, SMID! I'll have to dig one up - I still have them. I much prefer the ease of making mix CDs via i-tunes, though.

Mariposa said...

I'm young....LOL...and I love your list!

Emailing IT Guy now to download some of the songs...

Happy Monday!

citizen jane said...

No mix tapes left, unfortunately. But that turntable with the double cassette player was quite the thing back in the day.

I do carry on the mix tape tradition, though with my iTunes playlists. Although there was nothing quite like having that tape in your hands...

cathouse teri said...

I don't even remember any music from the eighties. All of my children were born during that decade.

Fun stuff, though! That cassette/turntable thing! I LOVED it when those things were invented!

painted maypole said...

one of my favorite tapes is a mix I made for a college cast party, and I titled it "Moonchildren Mamba Madness" (Moonchildren was the play title) Songs include: ONe way or another, REspect, Son of a Preacher Man, 2 Princes, Time Warp, If Love were a Red Dress, Unbelievable....