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Retro music Monday

Admit it. At some stage, those of us who are old enough to know, still like to get our groove on to old 80’s music. No? It’s just me. Ah well.
Still in tidy mode and clearing things up, I was looking for a new home to 3 boxes of ….cassettes. Yup, you read that right. We still have a portion of the many cassettes that were bought with hard earned teenage money. Who remembers having to do this…

20130624-162131.jpg I think every tape I got out had to be re wound tightened to some degree.
A lot were ruined in a a minor car incident – when the car started leaking and we found them floating on the floor of the back seat one morning. Ok, it wasn’t quite that bad, but they were ruined none the less. And they were the good ones. High rotation kind of good ones.
Not like this one


And with the sun shining, the doors wide open – and no neighbours that close by to be bothered – cranked up the volume. And not just on any old stereo. An old vintage Sony cassette recorder that I bought from a friend for hubby, coz he loves the old stuff. Well, I do too, and the sound is pretty good. A little crackly, but not too bad.


What am I listening to. Some things that are definitely best left in the 80’s and some that are, well, better.
Looking in the boxes, there are two distinct types. Compilation tapes (hubby) and straight albums or “best of’s”. Mine.
Sart by thinking Kim Wilde,Jenny Morris, ZZ Top, Eagles, Fleetwood Mac, Rod Stewart and they’re the good ones. There are plenty of others, like Boney M (hmm?) Psuedo Echo (I loved these boys, who were HOT as only 80’s pop stars can be), Madonna (me again, all of them now purchased as CDs), Roxette, Cyndie Lauper, Gloria Estefan. And quite a few doozies I’m not going to mention. I think you get the picture. This doesn’t stop me taking on the “dance like no one is watching” thing and believe me, you don’t want to see that!

Lets see what else was in there

20130624-162709.jpg a soundtrack to a movie I haven’t seen, Mozart? and other bits.

20130624-162919.jpg all I see there is Milli Vanilli… ~hangs head in shame 😦 ~

20130624-163322.jpg and a few interesting pieces there. Out of these, Melissa Ethridge has made the transition to cd.
I can’t finish this without including a clip of some sort. But what. Frankie goes to Hollywood, Duran Duran, Milli Vanilli (not sure I’d really do that to you, could be good for a laugh). No, I think a little classic ZZ Top will fit the bill nicely.

What are your faves from the 80’s, were there any??

~From your friendly un cool 80’s chick ~ Jen 🙂


A blast from the Past!

Literally and figuratively.
My husband has this old record player, a Telefunken. It is its own cabinet and player rolled into one. He likes old things like this. So when I saw an old cassette player with speakers that fold up into a carry case I just had to have it. For hubby, although now I have it playing, I might commandeer it.

I discovered music in the 80’s, and thanks to 3 older siblings the genres covered were wide ranging to be sure. But the big thing back then – the singles (on vinyl or tape)and buying an album on LP were the bees knees!  I loved going into town and flicking through records… oh the life..

So, I know cassettes from my youth.  As I unpacked this Sony, no less, and gave it a wipe over I was hoping it would sound alright.  An older friend gave it to me, it has travelled (originally from England back in the day) and was reasonably well used.

There are zippered pouches at the back of the speakers where the microphones – yes, 2 funky little microphones, it is a cassette-corder after all – and speaker cords go, while a hidden compartment under the body revealed the power cord.






I wasn’t sure what to expect when I plugged it in.

Despite many house moves and tapes and records being null & void for yeas, I knew I had some cassettes somewhere… even if were kids nursery rhymes.  Oh, good, they were exactly where I thought they were, and there is my Melissa Ethridge tape. Perfect.
Setting the tape in its slot and pressing play… holy shite – turn those speakers down.
OMG. It works. And brilliantly!  The sound was impeccable, clear and those speakers are still Sony quality.
I crank Melissa up and ~sing~ to my heart’s content with a great smile on my face while I dance round the kitchen.  It certainly cheered me up and brought a tear to my eye…

Another tape goes in – the eject button is like one of those crazy toasters where the toast flips out completely.  Push that button and the cassette just about lands in my hands – and those memories start flowing.  I’m such a sentimental sap, a song, even just the fact the bloody thing works made me emotional.  We all have songs that take us back to a certain place and time…  I now have to find the other box of tapes somewhere and test them all… what fun!

My sons came in and heard Miss Melissa (the second time round) and had that old crooner finger clicking thing going on, it was soo funny, but he wouldn’t let me get a picture of it, 😦
If anyone can tell me anything more about this fab piece of musicla history, it is appreciated.

Keep rockin’ 🙂