Best track on this mixtape I made around 1988/1989 when I was around 8 or 9 years old

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I think I made this so I could listen to records on my tape player, certainly several of the records here were not mine.
Vote for your favourite, or, if you really want to do this, you can actually listen to the tape here - https://www.mixcloud.com/centuries_of_sound/mixtape-made-around-1988-when-i-was-around-8-or-9-years-old/

Poll Results

OptionVotes
8. I Feel For You - Chaka Khan 18
1. Strawberry Fields Forever - The Beatles 10
10. Close (To The Edit) - Art of Noise 9
20. Message in a Bottle - The Police 8
2. Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson 4
19. Walking on the Moon - The Police 3
13. Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2) - Pink Floyd 2
15. School - Supertramp 2
12. Lavender - Marillion 2
16. Bloody Well Right -Supertramp 1
11. Kayleigh - Marillion 1
9. Mastermind Remix (Medley) - David Grant ‎ 1
3. Living Doll - Cliff Richard And The Young Ones Featuring Hank Marvin ‎ 0
14. Turn Around And Count 2 Ten - Dead Or Alive 0
4. (All The Little Flowers Are) Happy - The Young Ones 0
7. Party On Plastic - Bootsy Collins ‎ 0
17. The Strain - Bonzo Dog Band 0
18. Waiting For The Wardrobe - Bonzo Dog Band 0
6. This Is The Chorus (Japanese Writing) - Morris Minor and The Majors 0
5. This Is the Chorus - Morris Minor and The Majors 0


mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 13 May 2019 19:45 (three months ago) link

chaka khan

the late great, Monday, 13 May 2019 19:49 (three months ago) link

'Smooth Criminal'

'Strawberry Fields Forever' is an astonishing production achievement, and if we were ranking Beatles tracks based solely on the production then it's easily one of their very best. As a song, though? Lennon wrote far better.

Le Baton Rose (Turrican), Monday, 13 May 2019 20:06 (three months ago) link

“Smooth Criminal” (and 9-year-old me would have agreed)

Timothée Charalambides (cryptosicko), Monday, 13 May 2019 20:49 (three months ago) link

Not bad, this mixtape.

Ned Caligari (Tom D.), Monday, 13 May 2019 23:02 (three months ago) link

man i didn't start making tolerable mixtapes until i was in my late 20s

chaka khan

Burt Bacharach's Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (rushomancy), Monday, 13 May 2019 23:33 (three months ago) link

I didn't hear any of these when I was 9 except Strawberry Fields, which seemed so radical and trippy

Dan S, Monday, 13 May 2019 23:35 (three months ago) link

I wasn't thinking in those terms, but that was the effect

Dan S, Monday, 13 May 2019 23:38 (three months ago) link

it was one of the handful of songs that really sparked my interest in popular music as a kid

Dan S, Monday, 13 May 2019 23:50 (three months ago) link

I'm going to vote for "Strawberry Fields Forever" in any poll where it is a contender, and as a write-in in at least some polls where it is not, but also <3 for "Kayleigh" and "School".

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:08 (three months ago) link

Can I ask how you had access to all of these songs in the late 80s at age 8/9? I was a little older than you and all I had was the library & radio & magazines. I had no money or access to cool things. How did you get your 8 year old hands on these songs?

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:12 (three months ago) link

cool things i had access to when i was 8

the uncle floyd show
cooky puss

errr, i think that about covers it

Burt Bacharach's Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (rushomancy), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:22 (three months ago) link

by the way that's cooky puss the ice cream cake and most definitely NOT cooky puss the beastie boys song

Burt Bacharach's Bees Made Honey In The Lion's Skull (rushomancy), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:23 (three months ago) link

lol I didn't know about that product but I remember the song

Dan S, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 00:27 (three months ago) link

Can I ask how you had access to all of these songs in the late 80s at age 8/9? I was a little older than you and all I had was the library & radio & magazines. I had no money or access to cool things. How did you get your 8 year old hands on these songs?

― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 01:12 (ten hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

We always had a record player in the house and it was the first thing I was really interested in, there was no library nearby and we never got any magazines.

Strawberry Fields Forever - This must have been taped at my grandma's house in Liverpool as we didn't have it
Smooth Criminal - This was the first single I bought by myself
Cliff Richard And The Young Ones - Think this was a present?
Morris Minor and The Majors / Bootsy Collins / Chaka Khan / David Grant / Art of Noise / Dead Or Alive - Singles I had, most (all?) of these from brown paper parcels of 'lucky dip' remainders from the record shop my dad went to sometimes
Pink Floyd - From the only Pink Floyd LP my dad had, A Collection of Great Dance Songs
Marillion - My dad apparently mentioned marillion once and someone (my grandparents?) bought their discography for him, but he didn't really like Marillion, so they were then mine
Supertramp / Bonzo Dog Band / The Police - from my dad's LPs

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 11:56 (three months ago) link

aha so the answer is "cool dad"
i knew there had to be someone!

i wasn't trying to give you a hard time -- was genuinely curious how you got so fortunate!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:24 (three months ago) link

Can I ask how you had access to all of these songs in the late 80s at age 8/9? I was a little older than you and all I had was the library & radio & magazines. I had no money or access to cool things. How did you get your 8 year old hands on these songs?

― weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, May 14, 2019 2:12 AM (twelve hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

About the same age, me and a buddy taped everything from radio. I had a double cassette player where one could record what the other was playing, and after a couple of weeks of taping top 40 and stuff, you had songs enough to make five C90's.

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:25 (three months ago) link

Yeah, my mix tapes at 9 were based entirely on the playlists of local rock stations: one began "Bad Medicine"/"Desire"/"Welcome to the Jungle" iirc. Something interesting like "Cult of Personality" did make it in sometimes.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:32 (three months ago) link

I will tell my dad someone on the internet thinks he's cool, he will be very surprised!
What is missing here is all his folk music as I did not yet have a twin cassette deck despite years of pestering and these were all on tape for some reason. If they had been on LP I would maybe have the first three tracks from The Albion Band's Rise Up Like The Sun on here.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:53 (three months ago) link

i used to wonder how different my life would have been if i had had a cool relative
some people had the older sibling/uncle/whomever. how much cooler could i have been!? off the charts cool!

lol

you are fortunate to have had a dad cool enough to like the albion band!! geez louise

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:56 (three months ago) link

i think the closest i got was my childhood BFF's mom who was into Eno & VU
otherwise it wasn't until i got to middle school and met my friend's older brother who had every bowle, stooges, alice cooper record etc and he was very tall and intimidating (nice, but i was scared of him)

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:58 (three months ago) link

anyway what good fortune you had!

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 12:59 (three months ago) link

I sometimes wonder if I might have gone into medicine or accounting or something if I'd had a record-collecting, guitar-playing Dad.

All along there is the sound of feedback (Sund4r), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:00 (three months ago) link

I don't think he went out of his way to introduce me to music, it was just always on. He didn't (still doesn't) like any of the stuff from the lucky dip singles. But won't deny my dad is great if you insist 😂

I do wonder about getting my kids into music as my older son has no inclination that way at all, but the younger one has clear tastes already. Just don't want to be this guy (who is 100% some dads I know) - https://www.theonion.com/cool-dad-raising-daughter-on-media-that-will-put-her-en-1819572981

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:05 (three months ago) link

oh yeah some people are definitely actively trying to groom their children to like what they like/d -- i think this usually backfires but not my problem, don't really care whether other people's kids like music or not

my parents never forced it on me either, i just needed a buddy and music was 100% there for me

weird woman in a bar (La Lechera), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:09 (three months ago) link

taped everything from radio

there are still songs that i expect to segue into certain other songs just because i taped them off the radio that way 35 years ago

off the charts cool!

lol

mookieproof, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:11 (three months ago) link

Hardly my favourite PF but it's still 'Another Brick in the Wall (Pt. 2)' for me.

pomenitul, Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:12 (three months ago) link

The into to the Art of Noise's Close to the Edit with the engine starting is maybe my favourite 'found sound' in all of pop music.

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:25 (three months ago) link

Another Brick In The Wall pt II is (I now know) a weird version with the single intro (i.e. no scream) and the LP outro ("If you don't eat your meat you can't have any pudding")

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:29 (three months ago) link

taped everything from radio

there are still songs that i expect to segue into certain other songs just because i taped them off the radio that way 35 years ago

― mookieproof, Tuesday, May 14, 2019 3:11 PM (twenty-seven minutes ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Ha, same here mookie! :)

Uptown VONC (Le Bateau Ivre), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:40 (three months ago) link

i wanted to throw a lol vote to Morris Minor but then i remembered Tony Hawks had never done anything worthwhile in his life

Doctor Nu (Noodle Vague), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:41 (three months ago) link

Amazing enough that there's a Bonzo Dog track on your mixtape, but it's a song I don't even know! A+ for crate digging!

While My Guitar Gently Wheedly-Wheedly-Wheedly-Weeps (Dan Peterson), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:42 (three months ago) link

xxp or segue into steve wright segments :/

The Pingularity (ledge), Tuesday, 14 May 2019 13:43 (three months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll is closing tomorrow.

System, Sunday, 19 May 2019 00:01 (two months ago) link

chaka >>>>>>>>>

american bradass (BradNelson), Sunday, 19 May 2019 00:17 (two months ago) link

Automatic thread bump. This poll's results are now in.

System, Monday, 20 May 2019 00:01 (two months ago) link

chaka >>>>>>>>> the beatles

lispectah deck (unregistered), Monday, 20 May 2019 00:17 (two months ago) link

Come on, this was obviously The Strain, what is wrong with you

Colonel Poo, Monday, 20 May 2019 07:25 (two months ago) link

Yes CP, still think it's a great tune at the age of nearly 40 - even if it is admittedly a comedy song about having a shit, it is one of the best examples of that dirty early 70s funky blues I can think of.

mfktz (Camaraderie at Arms Length), Monday, 20 May 2019 08:45 (two months ago) link


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