23.4.16

Cassette Tape Collection

I grew up on "cassette tapes", particularly in the 80s. From bootlegged "chrome"-tapes to off the shelf goodness - I pretty much spent my 80s being musically-educated by the West (3-for-SGD$5 bootlegs are the best, as I could sample and try out more obscure bands!), as well as a smattering of Canto-tapes (which has since mysteriously disappeared from whatever little collection I had left, yes, even my Alan Tam tape is missing *cough*) via cassette tape collections.

Even with the advent of vinyl albums - it did not really catch on with me (my brother instead got bit and hard lol), my sentimental heart remained still with tapes.

I had accepted the reality of Compact Discs a little later than I should, which sort of worked out well as by then the albums and bands from the cassette generation had become "classics" or "retro", collections were plentiful and even cheaper than the new ones - so I could "upgrade" and not feel the pitch. Even with the advent of downloadable tunes, I had still clung unto the notion of CDs (and still do) - whereas cassette tapes have become a memory of yesteryears -fun to own, but hardly pleasing to the sensitive ears of today.

These are some of the tapes that exist still in the collection, some of which belonged to my sister as well. The trick now is to get a cassette player, so that I could listen to them again! LOL

CASSETTES

R.I.P. Prince (1958 - 2016)


Woke up Friday morning here in Singapore and read about the passing of Prince ... And featured above was the first song that popped into mind.

There were of course others - my first eye-popping experience with "1999" on MTV, the whirlwind that was "Purple Rain" (album and movie), the charm that had been "Rasberry Beret" from the album "Around the World in a Day" (which I remembered trying to track down the cassette tape for in the mid-80s), distinct memory of shopping at Tower Records (in Pacific Plaza) for "Sign o' the Times"…

Prince, to me, was the embodiment of "an artist" - not just a performing artiste, but also a painter of the soundscape, an illustrator of songs, a "creator" of a world in which he sang, dance, played guitar, and entertained.

#RIP #prince #firstavenue #minneapolis #drawing #illustration

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From artiste known as a symbol and back, I remember Prince also for his collaborations which led to my wonderful musical journeys with "Wendy and Lisa" (formerly from his band "The Revolutions") and Sheila E. - whose musical mark was always distinct, and loved by extension.

On April 21, 2016, he died at his Paisley Park recording studio and home in Chanhassen, Minnesota (Source: bbc.com). "No cause of death has been stated. A post-mortem investigation will take place on Friday."

Truthfully, it doesn't matter much "how" he had passed (to me anyway), but rather he left us at the age of 57, and the world has lost yet another musical genius. R.I.P. Prince Rogers Nelson.

#prince

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Not a whole lot of music videos featured here, as Prince was excruciatingly stringent on copyright of his works, but here are some select choices and additions.

CREAM

LITTLE RED CORVETTE

PARTYMAN

GOLD

10 Songs You Didn't Realize Prince Wrote

With Sheila E.

Wendy & Lisa with "Are You My Baby"

19.4.16

Dunearn Secondary School - Year One Class Photo (circa 1982)

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THIS was how we all looked like in Secondary One circa 1982, in Dunearn Secondary School. It was a tough year .. in fact, all 4 years (turned 5) was a tough year for growing up, having veered down a skewered path by the time of my 'O' Levels - but not enough to get jailed or anything malicious like that, but lame enough to fail school LOL

I was in the Computer Club, but did not last past a single meeting (I wasn't smart enough, I guess) ... I was in the Choir, but didn;t last long because my voice broke shortly and there was no placing for me (my popstar-dreams faded pretty quickly) ... and the longest time I spent in, as the Drama Club, until we danced support for a club production "Grease", then I got disillusioned and quit LOL

I never was too sporty in any instance too ... So I never truly felt I "belonged" anywhere or with anyone, particularly since I was not part of any "cliques" (even though I tried for some time, but realized I was more of a "sidekick" than anything HAHAHAHAHA), and the last thing I remembered, was I was more of a "clown" those salad days, ever happy to "entertain" actually hahahaha

And what got me thru, perhaps was "music", and the infinite worlds they took me to, in my audioscape dreams :)

Regardless, 3 decades on, LIFE continues forth!

Frankly I cannot remember if we had any further class photos taken in subsequent years though ... :p

Cheers
Andy

Depeche Mode's first ever TV Appearance on French Television


Depeche Mode making their first ever TV Appearance on French Television on TF1 Paris performing " Just Can't Get Enough " and using live vocals during the performance. April 14th 1982. #EPIC

Seen below is another video of their performance, this time dated April 15th 1982 and on another TV Appearance in Paris at Live L'Écho Des Bananes at the Theatre Empire Paris (1982). Depeche Mode played 4 songs "New Life", "Just Cant Get Enough", "See You" and "Shout".


Source: Depeche Mode Information Service - 1981

17.4.16

Growing Up With A Soundtrack Of My Life


Growing up in the 80s, music from the "New Romantic Era" and Synth-Pop British New Wave, MORocking Americas and Hip J-Pop - were a jolt and likened to a discovery of a brand "new" world beyond our island Singapore, who had our very own Dick Lee added to the mix, were especially mind/eardrum-blowing to a growing Asian Kid … those were the days when we ASPIRE to pop stars, and even breakdancers when the break-beat beckoned!


The transitioning from 80s to 90s, for me personally, was marked by tunes which soothed our aches and pains from military training and the grueling two and a half years of being a conscript, and a penniless boy-soldier - who boogied to Roxette and her friends - cradling our M16s like dance partner / duets … "it must have been love, but it's over now…" echoing into the new generation of being a working adult…


The indie and glam rock anthems in the 90s served as out sell-out concerts in karaokes and live-band spots like Hard Rock Cafe … We Could Have Been Stars Then … WE WERE ROCK STARS! Wishfulfilment at the click of a karaoke-song choice, coupled with buying power from a by-then working adult. We had the booze and smokes, we had our band-buddies we sang along with, headbanged with, lived our teenage dreams out with … and funnily, we "grew up" and falsettos turned to harmonies, when we became boybands and girlbands, manufactured and tuned into the masses. "I've got a picture of you in my mind, never knew it could be so wrong…"


By the millennium, our ears had tuned to the downtempo D&B that flooded our senses in clubs, surrounded by strangers who were mesmerized by the same song(s) … the same buying power of a working adult, fueled the rampage of post-youth clammering for teenhood.

The neon life flashing by as quick but left an empty stomach hungry for sustenance, that consisted a iPod list of forgettable strangers who made tunes … The world has become too small, we needed to see/hear more of the world! The vacuum void was but somehow filled up with jazz, boss nova, and guitar-jangled folksongs - genres experimented with in the late-90s, now back in the soundscape bosom.


For the past decade, music has turned indoors, experience between the ears within headphones, staring at the screen with anime and youtubed music videos parading our pasts.

My lifestyles has changed and I was in perpetual hibernation, so out comes the old CDs from previous years as well, and "Old" is "New" again, and classic 80s songs we grew up with gets a new lift and tuck, with "Glee" and "Pitch Perfect" mixing it up - like re-fried cold rice but with a new sauce … even being "Rick-Rolled" was to be a nice jaunt-down-memory lane once and a while! LOL


Watched Rock of Ages twice on cable yesterday/today, and unsurprisingly knew the lyrics to most of the songs, no doubt from my Rock God-days of performing to sold out arenas in my own headspace. Whomever said "re-fried cold rice" obviously haven't tasted the memories of glorious dreams :)

Cheers
Andy


P/S: Head a jazzed-version of Bon Jovi's "Living On a Prayer" last week at school, and HAD to work in the song here LOL
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