C·60 C·90 C 100 Go!

A Twitter discussion tangentially about, what else, music in the Poppy Bush Interzone led me to a plastic bin in which I keep the remains of an impressive cassette collection. Sharing space amid Sting’s The Soul Cages and Massive Attack’s Mezzanine (my last purchase in this format) are two dozen mix tapes, a multivolume record of prodigious radio listening. Below I transcribed the contents of four cassettes; deciphering my spidery handwriting, which has worsened since the Interzone, dried out my contacts. The contents of the July 1992 tape, most of which consists of material from WVUM, represents the apogee of the modern rock phenomenon. Special love, though, for Jon Secada’s “Just Another Day,” a smash that hung around the pop top ten for months and sounds marvelous, earning its gospel intensity.

July 1991

Cathy Dennis – Touch Me (All Night Long)
Rick Astley – Cry For Help
Roxette – Joyride
Tears for Fears – Mother’s Talk (Remix)
Electronic – Get the Message
Enigma – Mea Culpa
Ralph Tresvant – Sensitivity
Morrissey – Our Frank
EMF – Children
Madonna – Rescue Me
Elvis Costello – The Other Side of Summer
Danielle Zax – Big Blue ’82
Divinyls – Make Out Alright
Black Box – Strike It Up
Consolidated – The Sexual Politics Of Meat
Pet Shop Boys – My October Symphony
Huey Lewis and the News – It Hit Me Like a Hammer
Lenny Kravitz – It Ain’t Over Til It’s Over
The Police – Message in a Bottle
Roxette – Fading Like a Flower (Every Time You Leave)
Crystal Waters – Makin’ Happy

July-August 1992

Peter Gabriel – Big Time
Nine Inch Nails – Suck
Peter Murphy – You’re So Close
Pearl Jam – Jeremy
Siouxie and the Banshees – Face to Face
The Beatles – It’s All Too Much
INXS – Not Enough Time
Curve – Horrorhead
Jesus & Mary Chain – Almost Gold
Jade – Don’t Walk Away
House of Pain – Jump Around
Electronic – Disappointed
Morrissey – Tomorrow
XTC – Dear Madame Barnum
George Michael – Too Funky
Ministry – N.W.O.
World Party – Happiness is a Warm Gun
Roxette – Church of Your Heart
Jon Secada – Just Another Day
The Cure – A Letter to Elise
The Church – Lost
Adrian Belew – Looking for a UFO
Deee-Lite – Runaay
Carter the Unstoppable Sex Machine

February 1993

Duran Duran – Ordinary World
10,000 Maniacs – Don’t Go Back to Rockville
Sugar – Change
Juliana Hatfield – I See You
The Charlatans UK – Weirdo
Jesus Jones – The Devil You Know
Neneh Cherry ft. Michael Stipe – Trout
Daniel Ash – Out of Control
Jade – Don’t Walk Away
King Missile – Detachable Penis
Vanessa Williams and Brian McKnight – Love Is
Annie Lennox – Little Bird (Single Remix)

November – December 1993

Nirvana – Rape Me
De La Soul – Breakadawn
Dead Can Dance – The Carnival is Over
David Bowie – Ashes to Ashes
Belly – Gepetto
Terence Trent D’Arby – She Kissed Me
Pet Shop Boys – Go West
Janet Jackson – If
U2 – Rejoice
Deborah Harry – I Can See Clearly Now
Dr. Dre – Let Me Ride
Duran Duran – Falling Angel
Breeders – Divine Hammer
Television – Friction
Pearl Jam – Daughter
Tony! Toni! Tone! – Anniversary
The Cure – Burn
James – One of the Three
The Smiths – Work is a Four-Letter Word
M – Pop Muzik
Kate Bush – Rubberband Girl
Elvis Costello and the Attractions – Everyday I Write the Book

3 thoughts on “C·60 C·90 C 100 Go!

  1. Jukebox

    My first CD ever was INXSs “Welcome to Whatever You Are”, August 1992. I had my first regular job as a jounalist in a Publishing Company here for a month. So I bought a CD player with two cassette recorders. That’s when I started to complete my incomplete vynil collection.
    I had heard CDs back then, complaint about the shitty sound. But that INXSs album, I’d say it’s the first CD I found amazingly engineered at that point and, to this day, my fav INXSs album. I say this because I inmediatly saw “Not Enough Time” in your cassette comp. from that month, that year. I bought it for that song, which went nowhere in the AT40. Not enough love for my favorite INXSs song!!

    I liked better my Hutchensce sighing and breathing heavily against Doors-like syncopated bed of rock-funky instead of all out funky. Making love, we’re inmortal!! That album needs re-evaluation. It’s still sounds amazing. And what about that cover sleeve with the cute kids??

    Bless him.

  2. Scott Fendley

    I wish you had an easy way to transcribe the others. Stuck in Indiana without good radio in the 80’s (except my college station) and a pseudo-alt rock station (in the 90’s), along with my taste turning toward grunge and harder-edged college rock caused me to miss some stuff worthy of consideration. I’ve found gems doing my project (on my blog), but still want more!


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