I heard on the news today that the Sony Walkman turned 30 years old. Coincidentally, Walker and I just quit calling our iPods 'Walkmans', um, like, last month.
The Walkman was invented in 1979, and introduced in America in like, 1980. They cost like - for real - $200. What-ev-er. But that totally explains why my mom never bought me one, which was so totally bogus.
It also weighed like a pound, which made it totally hard to use when you jazzercized to your Jane Fonda videotapes on Betamax.
I did get a cheaper knock-off Walkman for my 14th birthday party, which was an awesome boy-girl dance party held jointly with my BFF Meredith. It was way totally cool. We had like, a DJ and a cookie cake and everything.
This was me. Oh, mah gah.
I am so sure, you totally want my twist-a-bead necklace.
And my Pat Benatar mullet.
I also got a BIG stellar stereo from Santa that year (along with, apparently, a book about Prince Andrew, he was so fine, and some Junior Harlequins - gag me with a spoon)
(you totally want my rentals' grody orange carpet) and that stereo was like totally awesome because I could then tape all the songs I wanted off of 79Q or 93Q and make myself a tubular mixed tape to play on my fake Walkman. I got so, so totally awesome at taping the songs without the DJ's voices, which was like totally not easy. Seriously. For real.
And if I still had that mixed tape, it would have had these excellent tunes:
- Goody Two Shoes, Adam Ant
- Hold Me Now, Thompson Twins
- Cruel Summer, Banarama
- Hard To Say I'm Sorry, Chicago
- Tainted Love, Soft Cell
- Total Eclipse Of The Heart, Bonnie Tyler
- We Got The Beat, Go-Go's
- Don't You Want Me, Human League
- Somebody's Baby, Jackson Browne
- Come On Eileen, Dexy's Midnight Runners
- Let's Dance, David Bowie
- The Safety Dance, Men Without Hats
- Always Something There To Remind Me, Naked Eyes
- Too Shy, Kajagoogoo
- Our House, Madness
- All Night Long, Lionel Richie
- What About Me, Moving Pictures
- True, Spandau Ballet
- Shout, Tears for Fears
- Against All Odds, Phil Collins
- Missing You, John Waite
- Here Comes The Rain Again, Eurythmics
- Almost Paradise, Mike Reno and Ann Wilson
- Think Of Laura, Christopher Cross
So, like, what would be on your middle school mixed tape?
Totally leave it in the comments, okay! That would be awesome!