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December 1990

Just for laughs, this was the first "dated" mix tape I made. I was fifteen, and had just received a second tape deck for my stereo for Christmas (so I could actually copy tapes).

Side A:
Rush - War Paint
Black Crowes - Struttin' Blues
Damn Yankees - Come Again
Midnight Oil - King of the Mountain
INXS - Disappear
Depeche Mode - Halo
Jude Cole - House Full of Reasons
Tesla - The Way It Is
R.E.M. - Romance
Tom Petty - A Mind with a Heart of Its Own
They Might Be Giants - Nightgown of the Sullen Moon

Side B:
They Might Be Giants - We're the Replacements
Rush - Superconductor
Living Colour - Type
INXS - By My Side
Damn Yankees - High Enough
Black Crowes - Could I've Been So Blind
Midnight Oil - Shakers and Movers
Phil Collins - Heat on the Street
Tesla - Paradise
Faith No More - Underwater Love
The Simpsons - Do the Bartman

My brother and one of his close friends spent the early part of 1990 beating the crap out of Rush's Presto. Granted that I rode with him to school most days, I was exposed to it quite a bit, and eventually picked it up on CD.

My brother picked up the Black Crowes' Shake Your Money Maker fairly early, and we ended up listening to it quite a bit. Sound Warehouse used to have a listening station (called "Sound Check") featuring "unknown" new bands, and my brother picked up a lot of discs from there, this being one of them.

Okay, most of this tape is at least reasonably cool, but I think I lose all cool points for having Damn Yankees songs on it. I carried a 90 minute tape at that time that had the Black Crowes album on one side, and the Damn Yankees album (copied from a friend) on the other. A couple of my friends were into the album, and it was one of those tapes I felt like I was "supposed" to listen to. (Honestly, if you think this is bad, you should see some of the stuff that ended up on the next couple of mixes. *cringe*)

A couple of my classmates were big fans of Midnight Oil's Blue Sky Mining, and, after seeing the video for "Blue Sky Mine" on MTV, I decided to pick it up. I listened to it a good bit that year, and it's an album I still go back to fairly frequently.

The same classmates were big into Depeche Mode at the time. I liked the first singles from Violator ("Personal Jesus" and "Enjoy the Silence") enough to finally pick up the tape that summer. "Policy of Truth" went on a pseudo-mix that summer.

I bought my first CD player in September of 1990. I went to Turtle's and purchased five CDs: INXS's X, Living Colour's Time's Up, Jude Cole's A View from 3rd Street, Genesis' Invisible Touch, and Phil Collins' But Seriously. Yeah, seriously.

More negative cool points for Phil. I was a huge fan of Genesis' Invisible Touch when I was in sixth grade, and liked a couple of the solo songs that got airplay in 89/90.

I originally grabbed Jude Cole's A View from 3rd Street on cassette after hearing "Baby It's Tonight" on the radio. It reminded me moderately of Michael Penn's March, which was an album I beat into the ground earlier in the year. I really dug "House Full of Reasons" - just a great pop tune.

I didn't know anybody that liked Living Colour back then. But I saw the video for "Type" on MTV and just thought the song was amazing.

I borrowed R.E.M.'s Eponymous from a friend and listened to it while mowing yards. By the end of the summer of 1991, I owned their entire catalog.

If you can believe it, in 1990, Tesla was uber-cool. Not quite mainstream (save for "Love Song"), the "cool" kids who liked to rawk all owned The Great Radio Controversy. To those kids, "Paradise" was sort of that generation's "Dream On". It's another one of those albums that my brother and his friends listened to, and, subsequently, so did I.

Tom Petty's Full Moon Fever has so many good songs on it, it's insane. No wonder the Heartbreakers were pissed.

I took Driver's Ed in 1990, and missed a couple of sessions because of school-related trips. I ended up having to make up those dates at Taggart's Driving School at the nearby Sears. During a break, I wandered through one of the record stores at the mall and found these They Might Be Giants cassette singles I hadn't seen before. Being the fan that I was, I snapped them up. (Most of those songs eventually ended up on the Miscellaneous T compilation.) Both of the songs on here became favorites, particularly "We're the Replacements".

My brother was clued into Faith No More's The Real Thing in the fall of 1989, about six months before "Epic" took off. I think it was the first time I felt "cool" for having heard something long before it was popular.

In the tape days, I tended to put "goofy" songs last on the tape. "Do the Bartman" was getting tons of airplay on MTV and Top 40 radio. Musically, it's rather stereotypical of pop music of the period. I think I liked it because of the video, not because of the song itself.

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