There’s nothing like the satisfying “click” of a cassette going into a cassette player. There’s nothing like taking a tape recorder and making a horrible quality mix tape for the one you love. There’s nothing like winding the innards of a cassette back into the case after it skips a few times and frustrates you beyond belief. All of this is part of the nostalgia that I’m sure everyone has a soft spot for! I may only be 20 years old and be slightly inexperienced with cassettes, but I do really love experiencing the nostalgia I didn’t know that I had! I also really enjoy getting an entire album for less than three dollars.
This wouldn’t have started if it weren’t for the man known as Randy Ellis, or “Randy Now,” who used to be a booking agent for Trenton’s own punk-rock club, City Gardens. Randy, a friendly and interesting fellow, asked if I could move things around and organize things in his shop in Bordentown, NJ. I completed the task at hand, and I saw that he had a boom-box sitting on one of the shelves, and I was immediately interested. I asked him if I could be paid with the boom-box, and I’m sure he was enthused about not having to give me actual money. So I took the boom-box and four cassettes home with me, and started experiencing this nostalgia. I bought Pink Floyd’s The Wall, Def Leppard’s Pyromania, Ozzy Osbourne’s Blizzard of Ozz, and Metallica’s No Life ‘Til Leather Demo (reissue). The feeling of listening to these albums on one of their original formats was unreal for me.
So basically, the moral of this story is that the cassette should most definitely make a return. The sound quality of a cassette may not be the best, but it was the music format of a generation for a long time, and I feel that it shouldn’t be outdated, but improved. I hope you guys all agree!