Yesterday's picture of my old jean jacket has put me in a nostalgic mood. So I got down the Presto Professional Deep Fryer box from the top shelf of my closet that holds all my old cassette tapes and found 5 cassettes that embody the whole decade of the '80s for me.
Poison--This was the first tape I ever bought. Every Rose Has Its Thorn? Awesome. Fallen Angel? Can't be beat. Nothin' but a Good Time? Best played with windows rolled down and volume turned up.
Whitney Houston--This may have been the second tape I ever bought. I love Didn't We Almost Have It All.
Indigo Girls--Who doesn't love Closer to Fine? It appeals to my folksy side.
Terence Trent D'Arby--I stayed up super late one night because a local radio station was going to play Introducing the Hardline According to Terence Trent D'Arby in its entirety. I put a blank cassette in the HUGE stereo we had in the den and recorded the whole thing. And then I listened to it 1,185 times. Wishing Well is still my favorite. He's reinvented himself and goes by the name Sananda Francesco Maitreya these days.
John Mellencamp--My all time favorite artist. I've listened to The Lonesome Jubilee so much that the words on the cassette have been worn off. Nothing tops this album. I'm thinking that I need to have a third son just so I can name him Johnny Cougar. I don't think WD would go for that, though. Maybe Sananda Maitreya...