In the '70s, we were a cassette family. I suppose it could have gone south if my father had found 8-track first.
As it was, he was a Betamax instead of VHS guy, so......50 / 50 on his decision making skills?
My memory of his first cassette deck is vivid.
I wish I remembered the year, but I'm guessing 1973-ish? I went with him to pick it up. True to my father's frugalness, he actually found a way to buy new technology that was already used.
The place was a seemingly rented room in a house in our bucolic town, which was right next to the "insane asylum".
Of course, Windsor, wasn't really for the insane.........I don't think. It was a mental hospital, for sure. It was also the burn you'd get when someone would try to insult you that "your mom goes to Windsor". Hilarious!! Years later, 710 would have that hospital as a client - and I got a sweatshirt with their name on it out of the deal.
Still, we get the device home and it already has a pre-recorded cassette in there. Uriah Heep. The progressive rock band, not the character from Dickens' David Copperfield. I'm sure we listened to it, as we had music there in the tape deck, but I cannot imagine my dad actually listening to it.
My parents rarely bought any music since after Glenn Miller disappeared. I was raised on big band music and Broadway and Hollywood musicals. You probably don't want to get into a nature vs nurture discussion with me.
And at this point - most of my father's music was on reel-to-reel. Yes. You read that correctly.
But he has some albums and some blank cassettes, which he purchased before actually getting the deck. Knowing nothing about it all - as he is recording one of his records on tape, one of my sisters started talking. I told her to "ssshhhhhhh....", as I assumed when you recorded something, it picked up the other audible somethings in the room.
I was wrong.
I'd end up having cassette decks in my house, and every car up until 2001. Hell, I had a DUAL cassette deck, so you could record tape to tape. Smell me!
Like vinyl, the hipster crowd would try to revive that medium. THANKS Arcade Fire. They would not be successful. It served me well, but its time - and the hiss and unspooling and caught tape - has passed.
Not unlike Lou Ottens.
Song by: Jack Johnson