Tuesday, November 18, 2014

You’re Probably Around My Age If...

...you remember waiting all day long for a song to play on the radio on this type of machine...

Radio-Cassette Players (image source)

...so you could record it on a cassette like this:

( image source)

And you hoped that your player didn't eat the cassette and make a mess of it, which happened much too often...

Oh, the horror!

If it did, you had to stick a pencil in the tape spool to spin the tape back in place.



Unless the tape was broken. Then you were out of luck. Good times, eh?

As you can see in the photo below, I had a radio-cassette player in my room when I was a teenager.

I also had a cool banana I'd won at a fair, a smurf and big 80s hair! And crappy wallpaper.

And what might I have been waiting to record in my teen years? There are so many songs that come to mind, but this one was definitely a favourite because I was a HUGE Billy Idol fan:



Do you remember the radio-cassette player? What song(s) did you record?

30 comments:

  1. YES I remember these days vividly! I would take forever to make a good mixed tape because you had to wait for all the songs to come on. I made quite a few mixed tapes for girls that I liked LOL.

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    1. Hahaha! Yes, tapes for the girls :) I got some of those during my teen years. The best!

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  2. I remember those days well Martha! Thanks for the look back. I still have some of those things hanging around. I remember Billy Idol well too, I liked his songs.

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    1. It's always fun looking back, isn't it? I don't have anything like that around anymore. At least I don't think so!

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  3. it was a Christmas present to me oh how I recorded everything especially songs and talks and when they the top 100 on and the number one song was Mandy by Barry Manilow my sister and I cried and laughed we had been hoping all along that at least it would be in the top ten and when it stop that second before we held our breath and it started playing and we were so happy...Oh Gosh this seems so long ago, Billy Idol, I remember him best for his little China Girl boy he was good looking when he was young! Wow I love this, such memories, such fun, and you're just as pretty as you were then...

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    1. The top 100! What fun. I really enjoyed those, and it was the best opportunity to record your favourites. It does seem long ago. Wonderful memories!

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  4. That I do and I had the same hair style back then as you did lol ! Yes Billy Idol was a fave of mine to still is love to hear all his old stuff I have his greatest hits CD the one you have a pic of here lol ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

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    1. It was next to impossible to escape the 80s hair! LOL... Billy Idol songs are great! I have quite a few favourites.

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  5. Being a little older than you, I had a tape deck with a hand-held microphone. Oh, the hours I spent taping music off the radio! The best was New Year's Eve, when they'd play all the hits of the year. And I remember taping a Cat Stevens special off the TV once. Imagine how "good" that sound quality was, LOL! And having to try to keep everyone in the house quiet for a half hour . . . .

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    1. What fun memories you shared! Yes, I can imagine the quality of the music, especially off the TV. But we didn't know anything different, or better, at the time, so it was good enough. And I bet you gave everyone the stink eye when they so much as breathed too loud while you were trying to record! LOL...

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  6. I know CD players were invented before I was born (HD TVs were actually invented in the late 1970s), but I remember the years where cassette was become obsolete. My car still has a cassette player, and actually the 2 cars I've had since I started driving had players that never worked.

    I actually never got into CD players and music on CD. The only time I got CDs was to take them off the CD and put them on my MP3 player.

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    1. Wow, your car still has a cassette player? That is rare. Unlike you, I really got into CDs for awhile. I have quite a collection.

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  7. Oh yeah.....I fondly remember the cassette days! And...I'm also old enough to remember the 8-track days. When I was in high school I had an 8-track player in my car. Oh, now I really feel old! :)

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    1. I remember 8-track players in cars very well. They were around when I was a kid!

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  8. A banana and a smurf, walk into a bar ...

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  9. Just last night I was telling my kids about cassette tapes and how they would unravel. :-)

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  10. Yep, remember all of the above. In fact I still have an old tape-recorder! Oh how times have change :)

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    1. They certainly do change, Wendy. Very quickly, too.

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  11. Hey, I still listen to tapes...the Eagles, Neil dDiamond, Buddy Holly, Elton John, Everlies...

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    1. And why not, Red? If stuff is still in working condition, just keep using it.

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  12. Yes I remember these! We would record music for our aerobics classes!!
    I really think we were much more patient back then, don't you Martha?

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    1. I certainly do, Jim. And being patient isn't a bad thing!

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  13. Dare I admit I still have all that stuff, including the 80s hair?! You look adorable, by the way. That wallpaper, though, has to go. I'm guessing it did go...30+ years ago. =)

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    1. That wallpaper is long gone! My parents eventually removed it and painted the wall.

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  14. That is sooooooooo funny and cute all at the same time ... lordamercy .... I'm from the days of WIRE recorders ... that's right ... wire ... being a teenager, we had nothing portable except a portable radio player ,,, hard to tote a 33-1/3 album or 78 or even a 45 record about!

    Jeeeez you're were a cute teen, Martha ...

    Fun google ... history !

    http://www.recording-history.org/HTML/wire1.php

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    1. What a fun link! I'd never heard of the wire recorder. Very interesting!

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