It all started the other day with the story headlined “Cassette tapes make a comeback” in the Washington Post.
Cassettes again, eh? Not for me, but whatever trips your trigger.
Then I shared the link on Facebook. Dane cut right to the chase.
I then wondered whether this meant the Maxell guy would have to climb back into the chair to get blasted all over again.
Larry piled on.
“Now he’s sitting in one of those mobility scooters.”
That’s cold, man. That wouldn’t happen to the Maxell guy. He’s too cool for that. I’m thinking we’ve seen that cat around.
Maybe that’s him in the Cialis ads, sitting in the tub next to his lady.
Truth be told, I loved that iconic Maxell image. But I bought only TDK tapes.
In the basement is a carrying case full of almost six dozen cassette tapes I recorded off vinyl during the ’80s. Here’s a tune from an album that always comes to mind when I think of that time and those tapes.
“Drivin’ With Your Eyes Closed,” Don Henley, from “Building The Perfect Beast,” 1984.
I don’t think I’ve played any of those tapes since the ’80s, nor do I expect to anytime soon. I no longer have a cassette deck.
So I won’t be able to listen to a couple of King Biscuit Flower Hour shows I recorded off the radio: National Lampoon Radio Hour bits that aired Nov. 30, 1980, or a Rockpile live show that aired Jan. 11, 1981. (Many old King Biscuit Flower Hour concerts can be streamed at Wolfgang’s Vault.)
Nor will I be able to listen to the radio simulcast of the first Farm Aid Live from Sept. 22, 1985. (But I vividly remember Sammy Hagar, then just having joined Van Halen, dropping some F-bombs on live TV. That did not seem cool, but this cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” was all right!)
I also wonder what’s on this tape. I can’t remember.
My friend Hose sent it to me. Side A is titled “Mike Goes To The Game On Sunday.” Side B is titled “Letter Perfect.”
If you’ve made it this far, a video bonus: That classic Maxell tape ad.