Do kids today get the same romantic thrill out of making their crush an iPod playlist as we did when we made our mix tapes? Somehow I wonder.
Here's a great rumination on the art of the mix tape. (there's also a book called "Mix Tape" bu Thurston Moore -- did you know about it? I had a copy for a while--it's very artsy and full of pictures.)
I remember someone in college who had a tape called The Omega Tape, so named not because it was the alpha and omega of mix tapes, but because he drove an Oldmobile Omega, and that's the car he played it in. We all made copies and I thought it was the most adult tape I had ever seen, because it didn't contain the basic top 40 songs I was used to. I remember it had "A Girl in Trouble (Is A Temporary Thing)" by Romeo Void, XTC's "Senses Working Overtime," "Never Say Never" (also Romeo Void), Bob Marley's "Jammin'" and a whole lot of others.
And my husband Rob was a big mix-tape maker for me when we were dating. He lived in California and I lived in Minnesota and the music he sent made me feel closer to him. One of the songs seemed to fit our very different climates--Dramarama's "It's Still Warm Out Here."
I know it's lovely there this time of year, but it's still warm out here, yeah, it's still warm out here...
We ended up using two of his mix-tape songs, that one and Redd Kross's "Love Is Not Love," on our wedding videotape. I think the videographers thought we were nuts, but we did it anyway.
You I think I loved because like me you're not quite sane...
Share your favorite mix tape memories, or songs, in the comments. Also, RIP, Alex Chilton.