Dumpster diving through my cassette collection yesterday afternoon, I found a ton of mixed tapes, recorded between 1987 and 1999. I always kept a blank C-90 by the stereo to record stuff from the college, Top 40, adult contemporary, and dance stations. Some of the recorded stuff — often in fragments or with DJ commentary — is staggeringly sequenced.
The following sequence is from one of the last ones I made, dated March 1999. A few notes: I have fond memories of the Method Man song, especially as a palate cleaner after Cars bassist/singer Ben Orr’s one solo hit, the synth-heavy “Stay The Night.” I have no idea how “Cleaning Windows” snuck in there.
How would you rank the following songs? Or your thoughts?
Benjamin Orr – Stay The Night
Method Man – Judgment Day
Pere Ubu – Happy
ABC – Be Near Me
Cher – Believe
Madonna – Nothing Really Matters
The Roots – You Got Me
Belinda Carlisle – Circle in the Sand
Lauryn Hill – Lost Ones
Van Morrison – Cleaning Windows
Hole – Malibu
Blondie – Maria
New York Dolls – Lookin’ For a Kiss