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Sunday, 8 January 2012

The Death of Analog - Of radios and cassette tapes

In the world of radio the digital switchover approaches and at first it seems like sad news...

No more scrolling through the wavebands and hearing multiple stations blur into one to form supernatural messages at 3am whilst trying to pick up a French rap station on an AM frequency.

Although for those with a analog radio tuner it may mean the analog airwaves go un-policed and give what would once have been pirate stations free reign.

This post is simply a lament for the old days. Days of listening to the Top 40 and pressing record on the cassette deck when they announced a song you wanted on your mix tape.

I did occasionally buy a single back then. They usually played the same on both sides so I would Sellotape over the gap in the top corner to make the cassette suitable for recording over - then add my own tracks to the other side so that I had at least 4 different songs to listen to repeatedly on my Sony Walkman.

Here are the singles I recall owning:

The first single I ever owned - a bit preachy, but still a sweet track to bust out a bit of school-disco breakdance to.

Heard this song recently at the end of the film '30 Seconds or Less' and I thought YES!

What a banger!

'Rhythm & Rhyme Records' Launceston were even cool enough to sell me the explicit content & my parents weren't even in the shop.

I must have felt Gangster-ish.

R.I.P Rhythm & Rhyme Records Cornish Guy by ccooley1

Shut up. Stop laughing man. It was a flipping Christmas present alright.

Good year for gifts actually got a freaking Badass yo-yo as well. Y'know I rocked that baby.

Next Up

A cheeky bit of Smooth Sunshine Garage that will always put a smile on my face:

... And finally,

After Cornershop's groundbreaking 'Brimful of Asha' I was convinced they couldn't falter and bought their single 'Sleep on the Left Side' without having even heard it! I wasn't impressed - but after about 3 repeats it had grown on me.

To this day I totally dig the sleepy jingles, seagull samples and lyrics that - as with Brimful - I could never understand but took to be some kind of innuendo.

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