Dear The Rocking Vicar,
I have just read your piece “Ready, Cassette, Go” with great interest and sorrow, as I am always on the hunt for cassette tapes of any genre!
I do still have a cassette player on my stereo separates at home and although I still listen to some albums on tape, the majority of my cassettes are now displayed on my ever expanding “tape wall” at home.
When I moved a couple of years ago, I couldn’t stand to see the hallway wall looking so empty and had more tapes than listening time. Inspired by a visit to a pub in Chorlton (who displayed just the cassettes) on one of their walls, I decided to go one step further and stick the cassette and case on the wall. There’s probably at least eighty tapes up on the wall and it’s a reminder of my musical past, some good, some dodgy, many of which are now duplicated in my CD or record collection. I’m still a fan of the latter two formats. Making Movies-Dire Straits, Misplaced Childhood-Marillion, Running In The Family-Level 42 and Simply Red’s Stars, to name but a few, there’s even a Climie Fisher album up there.
I made my brother his own mini tape wall as a Christmas present and it’s now proudly displayed in his toilet, he flushed me with praise over my efforts!
I suspect your poor ex-tapes are now in a pile of rock and pop landfill, how I wish I had know sooner and rescued these poor plastic
musical relics,in a mercy mission before they were thrown in the skip, before moving on to tape hell or heaven, depending on the artist!
Maybe though it’s for the best, can my wall or splodges of blue tack take any more?
Many a night I have arrived home to find tapes have left their position from their home on the wall. A copy of Queen’s Night At The
Opera lying in the hallway or Del Amiti’s Waking Hours with broken cover, resting in a new home on the bathroom floor!
One night I awoke to the sound of a major disturbance. I lay awake in bed with a beating heart, suspecting an intruder or phantom, before venturing into the hallway. Before I looked, I knew the culprit of the noise as bare feet trod on half of the tape wall which had fallen onto the floor. Rainbow, Jimi Hendrix, The Beatles and Paul Weller, some of those I remember looking in mess after falling from their home on the tape wall.
Maybe though, it was a sign, maybe I should listen to them more, instead of sticking them to the wall!