1 Otter 1 year ago Something I've been doing lately is buying cassette tapes at the local thrift store. I needed blank cassettes for a few different projects, and the River City Rescue Mission has them for $0.05, but I soon discovered what a veritable treasure trove of old mix tapes were on those shelves.In particular I've come across a collection of tapes made by a guy named Jack for his (friend, sister, girlfriend?) "dear Jan". The guy had great taste in cassette quality, which is the reason I first picked them up, but he also seems to have had some pretty cool taste in music. Based on the tracks, these were probably made between 81-91, usually containing the latest (presumably) post-punk/new-wave numbers along with some classic female vocalists (I'm guessing these were Jan's favorites). He obviously put a lot of care into making these, listing artist and title for all the tracks, sometimes decorating the inner sleeve or including little notes to "my dear Jan".Anyways, before I start crying about how unbearably 80s-hipster-romantic these two must have been, I'd like to share one of the track lists, because it's a really awesome time capsule:(Almost) Cocktail Cak pt. 2 a Public Image Ltd - Radio 4 Joy Division - Love will Tear us Apart New Order - Ceremony Wild Swans - God Forbid Young Marble Giants - Final Days Weekend - Past meets Present The Gist - This is Love The Gist - Love at First Sight New Order - Temptation A Certain Ratio - Lucinda [this one's my personal favorite, check this band out] Modern English - Melt with You b Stranglers - Golden Brown The Jam - English Rose OK Jive - En Route The Jam - I am called Malice The Jam - Absolute Beginnings Marlene Dietrich - Falling in Love Again Edith Piaf - Non Je Ne Regrette Rien Tammy Wynette - Stand By Your Man Louis Prima & Keely Smith - Yeah Yeah Baby Die Doraus und die Marinas - ? Sonny & Cher - I Got You Babe Talking Heads - Don't Worry about the Government Blondie - Touched by your Presence Velvet Underground & Nico - Femme Fatale Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald - Let's Call the Whole Thing Off The Pretenders - Stop Your Sobbing I can post more of these if people are interested.