Monday, September 24, 2012


You Would Have Paid $7 For This At a Yard Sale, Right?

...if it came in a little carrying case that could also be easily wall-mounted? AND one of the cassettes is just hits taped off the radio in 1998? So it includes that version of "My Heart Will Go On" which features actual dialogue from the film?

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(Translation: Why yes, I would.)


@lyzl@twitter I listened to that album like crazy.


@aliceandstuff That album is still, improbably, kicking around my car. Half the tracks are scratched all to hell but I always end up resorting to it played at top volume during boring road trips. It's really not good.


@TheBelleWitch My "not good" I think you meant to say AWESOME instead. Also the next album, white lilies island, is pretty awesome too.


@aliceandstuff Haha, POSSIBLY. The real tragedy here is that I can only get halfway through "One More Addiction" before the CD starts skipping.



Just seeing her name made me immediately begin singing "Torn," thinking "I smell like nachos and want to go home." Full Sensory 1998 Flashback. Now I want a cigarette.

(Right now I may still want to go home, but I do not work in a chain restaurant where the music rotates through the same two hours of "soft hits from today" all shift, and I really hope I don't actually smell like nachos.)

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@aliceandstuff Yessss I still listen to allll of LotM. Also Torn is "our song" with me and one of my friends. We did not become friends until 2006 but still.


@City_Dater yes! totes still have the cd.




@Verity thanks lady! amazing.


I- yes. YES. Oh my God, my mid-teen years just jumped up and grabbed me by the throat. Savage Garden! ALL of the Backstreet Boys. The "Girl Power" mix with the peace signs on it.


@area@twitter I know! I must know what's on "Girl Power [smiley face] [peace sign] Peace."

oh! valencia

@TheLetterL I'm pretty sure "Bitch" by Meredith whats-her-name is on that one.


@oh! valencia On an related grunge-esque lady singer note, Fiona Apple was recently arrested for possession of pot, and may go to jail for it.


sarah girl

@oh! valencia I'd bet money that Paula Cole's "Where Have All the Cowboys Gone" is on it, too.

oh! valencia

@swirrlygrrl I heard that! 10 years for possession seems crazy.

The Lady of Shalott

@Sarah H. I would bet cash money that Imani Coppola's "Legend of a Cowgirl" is on there too.


@The Lady of Shalott I have her CD for that very track!


@oh! valencia "Meredith Brooks," I immediately supplied. You are so right. That must be on there.

I'd also put money on "You Gotta Be" by Des'ree.

ETA: What about "C'est La Vie" by B*Witched?


B*Witched was massive for me! Also All of Savage Garden. Even now.


I've been giving this a lot of thought, you guys. I'm also suggesting "32 Flavors" (late 90's Alana Davis cover). Also some CrazySexyCool-era TLC.

Maaaaaaaybe "Silent All These Years."


@TheLetterL my guess is Natalie Merchant "Jealousy". Ahhh, take me back to the 90's.

The Lady of Shalott

HAHAHA SHIT YEAH!!!! It's so perfect, it's like a time capsule of 1998.

I would probably have paid up to $10 for that. I wish I had a tape deck in my house to listen to it.


@The Lady of Shalott I literally have tears in my eyes from how perfectly this represents that time. Oh, middle school.


@anachronistique right? like, this could be the soundtrack to every middle school dance I ever went to.


@The Lady of Shalott
It's so '98! I feel like I should be staring at a Leonardo DiCaprio poster and maybe wearing a bunch of those rubber bracelets.

Judith Slutler

@teaandcakeordeath I wore so many rubber bracelets, damn.

oh! valencia

@The Lady of Shalott This is exactly what I was going to say. Hell, yes, I would buy this. It's perfect.


@teaandcakeordeath But they were banned in school! Just like bare midriffs!


Your school was mean! At my school we even set up rubber band bracelet trading! @Emmanuelle Cunt Ill trade you 2 of your black ones for 1 of my fluorescent pink ones?


@The Lady of Shalott MY REACTION EXACTLY, it's the late 90s in a photograph.

Also, Robyn Is Here was my first cd that I ever bought. For a while I was ashamed of that, but now I'm back to awesome.


That "dialogue from the film" version of My Heart Will Go On is totally on the official soundtrack, just for the record. >.>

also I would have definitely bought that except that I already own everything in it muahahahaaaaaaaa...



@Scandyhoovian I'll never let go, Jack.

Olive Banana

@Scandyhoovian Somehow my twelve-year-old self never thought to buy the soundtrack (though I pre-ordered the VHS set from Hollywood Video), so I too recorded the dialogue version. Every. Single. Time it came on the radio before school. I was obsessed: my heart raced and I would dash to my tape deck within 2.5 seconds of the opening tweedles. I remember worrying that if I missed one new dialgoue snippet, the entire cultural moment I felt swept up in would pass me by...Middle school was so intense.


At first I read it as $87 and I was all, "Mmmm, well, seems a little on the high end, but I do love Savage Garden and other people's radio mixes, so maybe if I had a real job I'd consider it." So yeah, you're good.


@Kristen Also I had _no sense_ of the longevity of Robyn's career.


@Kristen I had to google to believe it was the same Robyn. Mind blown!


@swirrlygrrl This weekend I suddenly, desperately wanted to hear "Show Me Love," one of the singles off that album, and I went through my old cds only to discover that I must have given it away during a media purge. Probably 10 years ago. Thank God for iTunes.


@swirrlygrrl Also, I love that the wiki entry for one of the singles off the album above (called "Show me love") notes it is often confused with the 1993 hit "Show me love" by Robin S - which I immediately started to sing to myself. It was also the closing song in the movie Fucking Amal, which I remember really liking back in the day.

oh! valencia

@alannaofdoom Show Me Love is a great karaoke song.

Lily Rowan

@swirrlygrrl Robin S is "I'm tired of getting caught up/in those one-night affairs," right?


@Lily Rowan Yup! And as soon as my boss wanders away, I'm going to figure out if I know the Robyn "Show me love" - it's not comimg to mind, and my mind is a steel trap for dancy numbers from the 90s.

Lexa Lane

@swirrlygrrl I now feel seriously old, because I had that feeling in the other direction. When I first heard "Dancing On My Own," I also had to search her to see if it was the same Robyn I remembered from "Show Me Love."

Daisy Razor

I would've tried to bargain it down to $5 but caved when you pointed out the All Saints tape.

runner in the garden

@Daisy Razor I'm guessing this All Saints tape is not the anthology of depressing David Bowie instrumentals?


@runner in the garden Not an anthology, per se, but it does explain that flexing vocabulary can run through one['s head], the alphabet running right from A to zed.


@TheLetterL My primary school's Leavers' Assembly involved the leaving Year Sixes (10-11 year-olds) singing an appropriately sentimental pop song of the time. One year group a bit older than me sang "Never Ever", and I still envy them. (I, in 2001, got S Club 7. Much less cool.)


@Verity Nice! We did something similar, and my class's equivalent was "Because You Loved Me." Yup.


I think this exact collection was on the wall next to the music system of my old dance studio.

Side note: A few nights before I moved out, my old roommates and I blasted the entirety of Tubthumper and surprise! It is actually pretty awesome.


@thatgirl My favorite karaoke place has TWO Chumbawunmba songs on their list - the first is obviously Tubthumping, am I am always hugely happy that the second one - which no one ever knows about - is called Amnesia. Also, they're good lefty music.


It's making me lament my decision to trash an entire box of tapes two moves ago. I had nothing to play them on at that point, but they might have given me ideas for "new" stuff to buy when poking around on iTunes.

fondue with cheddar

@Hellcat I still have an entire WB Mason box filled to the brim with cassette tapes. Mine are a few years older than this, though. It's filled with quite a variety, from Poison to Bobby Brown to The Cure.


@fondue with cheddar (formerly jen325) Poison is my weakness! I had lots of Ramones and tons of grunge-era stuff, all covered with paint and plaster from the art-school days of lugging a boom-box to the studio for all-nighters (I probably hid my Poison tapes then because that was not acceptable among the kooky art kids)!

fondue with cheddar

@Hellcat My first concert was Poison (the opening act was Warrant)!

The grunge era didn't start until the tail end of high school for me (I first heard Nevermind only a few months before graduating), but I was totally into all that in college (Alice in Chains was my favorite). My tastes changed a lot through middle and high school, but there were certainly a lot of hair bands in my collection in the early years, even the lame ones (I'm looking at you, Slaughter).


@fondue with cheddar (formerly jen325), @Hellcat - my box contained everything from Like a Virgin (purchased in junior high school) to Whitesnake. I had more Def Leppard than was really reasonable. This picture made me feel old because all those tapes are way too new. The tapes died a long long time ago, but I think I still have the sleeves somewhere.

fondue with cheddar

@sony_b Yeah, it made me feel old, too! I was in 5th grade when Like a Virgin came out, but I never owned that one (it was a little too racy, I guess). The oldest cassette I have is Rick Springfield, but the first one I ever bought with my own money was Seven and the Ragged Tiger by Duran Duran. And I still have it!


@fondue with cheddar (formerly jen325) LOL. I remember my mom and her sister going over the lyrics of Seven and the Ragged Tiger when my cousin brought it home to make sure it was "appropriate" for our young ears, and to try to figure out if there was anything bad in the lyrics if they ran backward. They never looked at the Madonna albums, I guess maybe it was "safer" because it was a lady singing?

And a total derail memory of something that will never happen again thanks to the internets - a friend and I were hanging out one night and couldn't remember who sang Jesse's Girl. A night or two later, it came to me and I woke up at 3am. I called him immediately and shouted into the phone "RICK SPRINGFIELD" and he shouted back "OHMYGODTHANKYOU" and hung up. Google just makes that sort of braingasm impossible now.

Aaaand Girls on Film just started playing on iTunes. Good gravy what would have my mother thought if she bothered to look at that one?


@sony_b There is never too much Def Leppard (or Duran Duran for that matter). And the Hair Nation station on Sirius is what I listen to at work when everyone is annoying the crap out of me. So... now.

Also, I confess that I really love the song State of the Heart by Rick Springfield to this day!

I think I also had the Eddie & the Cruisers soundtrack, something I probably couldn't stand (which is also true for that movie, which I apparently loved back then).

fondue with cheddar

@sony_b Haha. I don't think there was anything objectionable on that album, but yeah..."Girls on Film" is definitely a little racy for young ears, though I certainly didn't recognize it at the time. My parents knew about Madonna because of MTV. I think I knew not to even ask for her albums.

My parents gave me a Guns and Roses' Appetite for Destruction for Christmas one year, and I overheard my dad and grandfather talking about it, and my dad saying something about how he didn't like the "death masks" on the cover. I was so scared he would open it up and see the rape scene depiction on the inside. I had my response all prepared, defending it as an anti-rape thing because the demon robot was attacking the rapist robot. Fortunately he didn't open it up OR listen to the lyrics.

That Rick Springfield story is great. I do sort of miss that, though I also like being able to look something up when you can't think of it. Just last night my boyfriend and I were telling his son about Freaks and Geeks, and I was trying to tell him who the actors were that he would recognize. I knew all their names, but they were locked away in my brain. I had to resort to "that curly-haired guy from Knocked Up and the one who grew a beard", "the guy from I Love You, Man but not Paul Rudd", and "the guy who played the green goblin in Spider-Man, not the father but the son". He knew who all of them were but none of us could remember their names. It was driving us all so crazy that I just had to get up in the middle of dinner to look (I have the DVD box set so I didn't have to use IMDb).

fondue with cheddar

@Hellcat I listened to Hair Nation sometimes when I had satellite for nostalgia's sake. Now my favorite angry music is Pantera and Helmet.

Okay, "State of the Heart" rings a bell but I can't remember it because I don't think I've heard it in 30 years. I think I loved it, though. :)

I feel the exact same way about Eddie & the Cruisers.

Lisa Frank

I'm embarrassed to admit how many of these tapes I owned.

Also: Robyn! She's timeless!


@Lisa Frank I owned many of these tapes and one of your Trapper Keepers back in the day!


Yes, yes, a thousand times yes. This is why I drive an old car with a tape deck.


Spiceworld but not Spice? MYSTERY FOR THE AGES


@TheLetterL It's a ridiculous choice. Although "Stop" is a great song, admittedly.

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@Verity Spice Up Your Life? I mean come on, I was not even squeeing all over the place when I heard they'd be at the Olympics, but then they started singing that and I was all like IT'S MY JAM and I remembered all the words?


@Rookie I promise you, if someone spots you the first line from any of those songs, you will be able to take it from there. Not that I speak from personal experience or anything...


I owned most of these, albeit on CDs, but now I really wish I hadn't had my mom sell all my old CDs in a garage sale.

Also, we were just talking yesterday at the Chicago Pinup about the olden days of sitting by the radio with a cassette tape, ready to hit "record" when one of your favorite songs came on. And when radio stations played promo clips of the song before a commercial break and you hit "record," only to find out it was just a clip...that was the worst.


I was just recently thinking how I have nothing to play a cassette on, even if I wanted to.


@meetapossum Me too, and I was thinking about getting a walkman or something but realized I would just be one of THOSE people. I already listen to vinyl, I should draw a line somewhere.

oh! valencia

@meetapossum I need one for my daughter. I posted an ad seeking one of those little kids' cassette players, with a microphone, but I haven't found one so far. All my favorite kids music from my childhood is on cassettes, and I have so many read-along storybooks and stuff - I really need one of those!


@aliceandstuff I had a friend in undergrad (circa 2003) who had only a walkman so when I was clearing out my apartment I gave him my own portable CD player--you know the type that skipped if you looked at it funny. He figured out that if the batteries died in the CD player they were still good for a few hours in the walkman so he'd carry both around with him.

fondue with cheddar

@meetapossum I could play them in my last car, which I only got rid of a few years ago! I still have my old all-in-one radio/LP/dual cassette player. I might even still have my cassette Walkman.


What the hell is BOY POWER?


@Emby Was it by the Puppy Dog's Tail Boys?


@Cawendaw Based on name and cassette case design, I'm guessing it was a proto-MRA reggae band.


I think it was a sort of Manhattan Project for the 90's to see what levels of denim a boyband could be covered in before totally vaporizing pre-teen desire. See the Backstreet Boys.

(This also applied to 3 piece white suits, frosted tips and weird beards that looked like they were drawn on)


@Emby Possible track list:
Blackstreet - No Diggity
Montell Jordan - Let's Ride
Ginuwine - Pony
Usher - You Make Me Wanna
Will Smith - Just the Two of Us
Dru Hill - How Deep is Your Love?
Brian McKnight - Back At One
R Kelly - I Believe I Can Fly

What would be on side two?


Side 2 has to involve indie boys. See:
3rd Eye Blind - Semi Charmed Life
Matchbox 20 - If Youre Gone
Semisonic - Closing Time
Smash Mouth - All Star
All American Rejects - Gives you hell
Goo Goo Dolls - Iris
Eagle Eye Cherry - Save Tonight

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

@teaandcakeordeath Wait, sorry, I'm going to be That Person. How are those boys indie?


@Veronica Mars is smarter than me Well if you're gonna be That Person, Eagle Eye Cherry, Semisonic, All American Rejects, and the Goo Goo Dolls released their first records on indie labels. Maybe the correct term is alternative?


@Veronica Mars is smarter than me
Ah yes 'Alternative'. I meant songs from 1998ish that involved a guitar in some way and band members with somewhat floppy hair. It wasnt a purist's method.

I have made myself a little youtube playlist of your songs - it's addictive!


@teaandcakeordeath I loved All Star!!! I then discovered Third Eye Blind in the Noughties and it was a revelation - all my friends had never heard of them because the noughties was my Teenage Time.


This reminds me that I reeeeally need to get one of those things that converts tape to MP3, because I still own a lot of tapes from this era. Including, yes, one of 1998 hits taped off my friends' albums (I wasn't good enough to manage the radio thing). And also the Alice Music Volume 2 album, which was basically the same thing (please tell me someone else grew up in the Bay Area and woke up to Sarah and Vinny on Alice in the '90s).



Where can I even find a tape player? Who cares I just want to hold them.


@lindsayb I have one! Combination CD player, tape player and radio, Christmas present from my parents in 1999. I love it dearly.


I would have paid $7 for the Girl Power <3 Peace one. Dying to know what is on that.

I still have my mix tapes from high school, mostly because my car is old and has a cassette deck. They're the best.


@Cavendish when I looked at the "girl power - peace" label, my heart dropped because I swear to god I thought this was my tape collection that somehow was sold to Nicole over the weekend. then I realized that every fourth grade girl of the late nineties had the same hand writing and made a "girl power - peace" mixed tape. the more peace sign/smiley face/flower powers the better!!


Who in god's name stole my tape collection?!

I am in no way embarrassed to admit that this is an accurate representation of my musical taste in middle school.

oh! valencia

@MagnificentMess Other than the "Country Heat" compilations (I'm making an assumption, there) this is exactly what I was listening to. Right down to the Sabrina the Teenage Witch soundtrack.


@oh! valencia I can relate to a lot of it, but not N'Sync, and not "Frosty's Christmas Party."

I'm also absolutely of the age where the Bridesmaid's Wilson Phillips references rang so, so true.


@MagnificentMess I secretly listened to a lot of this stuff, but my own collection had a lot more Broadway. Thus my Pavlovian response to the Les Miz "first look" from last week.

This is a thing of beauty.


Big Willie style's all in it!

sarah girl


Jessica Kay

@OsGirl Gettin jiggy with it...

1. Will Smith needs to come back to the music scene and show his son how it's done.
2. Love so many of those tapes.
3. My car is ancient and still has a cassette player. I WANT THAT SET OF CASSETTES. :)

Rookie (not the magazine) (not that there's anything wrong with that)

@Jessica Kay I wish every Will Smith movie still came with a theme song by Will Smith


@Rookie Oh man, that would be the best. In my imagination 'I am Legend' would have lots of booty shaking zombies.

I'm Right on Top of that, Rose

Absolutely, and then I would have searched all the junk shops (and maybe my personal collection) for an appropriate replacement for "Frosty's Christmas Party" because what the hell is that doing on there? (Disclaimer: I hate Christmas music. Sorry baby Jesus.)

Veronica Mars is smarter than me

Left of the Middle
Pieces of You

Guys, what are you talking about with all this 1998 stuff? This is what I listen to NOW.


@Veronica Mars is smarter than me I can't hear a reference to Aqua without thinking of "True Porn Clerk Stories," thsis amazing blog/book by a woman named Ali Davis who would blast Aqua while opening the porn-renting video store she worked at, timing it so she'd open the door just as the female singer belted out "Be happy!!!" to the creepy men waiting to rent porn at 9 am on a weekday...


Why is my mom selling all my stuff?


Dance Mix '95! Flashbacks!
Best. Ever.


@suchagoodone - speaking of best ever: your avatar! Well done, sir/madam.

Angry Panda

I love all the comments here.


Not one but TWO Backstreet Boys tapes, plus Will Smith and the Spice Girls. I would pay more than $7 for this, if I'm being totally honest.


@Inconceivable! me too. and I don't even have a cassette player. I would find one for this, from the linguistics lab at school.




It's my childhood in music form! Eight year-old me would have wanted this so much. (Current me still does.)


@Verity I know. It's like, Nicole, can you put this into a free internet-friendly stream(and world-friendly - so not Spotify)? Please Nicole!


Crazy! That Chumbawamba album came out in 1997, well after most stores had stopped carrying cassettes. How would you even find that to buy it?

Meow to the People

Wowzers! I'm an avid cassette nerd with hundreds of tapes and I was born in '85, so color me jealous. I actually owned Natalie Imbruglia's album on tape back in the day and I think it cost me as much as this glorious collection.




@TARDIStime Once my dad came in when I was watching MTV, saw the youngest Hanson brother on the screen (from behind), and said "Hey, that girl looks like you!" Thanks for trying, dad...

emily eileen

Where did you get my CD collection?????


holy shit! is that a selena cassette on the bottom right-hand corner!!!!?????


OMG I still have such a cassette player at home, I have not used it for a lot of years. Actually you gave me an idea, my brother has an imposing cassette collection and I plan on selling it, guess that first I should make an affiliate marketing course to maximize the profits.


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