Growing up in the 80’s #8

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Back in the 80’s MP3 players did not exist, dun dun dun!

Most music came on an LP or a tape, CD’s were only just invented and buying a single was pretty expensive. You had to be really sure you liked a song before you went and bought it.

There was none of this skipping directly to the next song, you had to fast forward, or rewind depending. You had to read the tape label to learn the name of the song and if you wanted to learnt he lyrics you had to listen to it over and over and over again until you got it, this made for some pretty funny outcomes.

for example, cutting crews I just died in your arms tonight should go;

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must’ve been some kind of kiss
I should have walked away, I should have walked away

but our version went;

Oh I, I just died in your arms tonight
It must’ve been some kind of cheese
I should have walked away, I should have walked away

Yeah I know that makes no sense but you listen to the song and you’ll see what I mean.

There were a lot of musical influences in my life, mainly dad who always listened to the radio in the car and we always listened to the top 40 on a Sunday night. and there was also my Nana who taught me to rock and roll and Jive, and she listened to a variety of music from the 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

We also had movies like Grease, Dirty Dancing as well as Rodgers and Hammerstein musicals, The Sound of Music is one of my favourite films ever;

Raindrops on roses
And whiskers on kittens
Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens
Brown paper packages tied up with strings
These are a few of my favorite things
Cream-colored ponies and crisp apple strudels
Doorbells and sleigh bells
And schnitzel with noodles
Wild geese that fly with the moon on their wings
These are a few of my favorite things

Yes all of these influences still exist but they move much faster, the number 1 single changes weekly now, back on the 80’s singles stayed at number 1 for weeks on end, the top 40 was always entertaining because you would find out who had fallen or gained places. It was also entertaining to record, oops yes I know, bad pippa. If you wanted to record from the radio in the 80’s you could but you had to sit over the tape recorder and press play and record at the right time so you missed the DJ talking, ah the good ol’ days.

Nostalgia is a wonderful thing, this doesn’t mean that I would give up my Amazon music subscription or want to go back to tapes, modern technology is a wonderful thing sometimes but it’s also good to remember where these things started.

See Ya!

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5 comments

      1. Richards collection. Some Lancashire folk music, santana, Jimi hendrix, the doors, lots of other stuff…. Not looked at it for years as we don’t have a cassette player anymore. I also have the box set of 11 tapes of the BBC lord of the rings which was on radio 4 years ago….

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