Let’s All Chuckle At The Technology Of The 1980s
Mar02

Let’s All Chuckle At The Technology Of The 1980s

The Walkman was a big deal. In 1986, on the first day back from Christmas vacation, it felt like EVERYONE on the school bus had a new Walkmen on their lap. The bus was quiet except for the muffled sounds of ‘Invisible Touch’ and Debbie Gibson’s ‘Lost In Your Eyes’ punching young eardrums. We’ve really come a long way. Now it’s absolutely possible to have every single song in the world right at...

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Trapped in the Columbia House Tape Club
Oct09

Trapped in the Columbia House Tape Club

Who remembers flipping through your Young Miss magazine, comic book, or the Sunday paper and coming across this ad? It was the deal of the century!  Eleven (or ten, depending on which offer you used) tapes for a penny? And I get a twelfth tape FREE? And I only have to buy a few more tapes at the regular price (plus shipping and handling) over the next year?!? Who needs to read the fine print, I’d be a fool not to join Columbia House!...

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Cassette Tapes in the 80s
Dec12

Cassette Tapes in the 80s

By Julie Anderson Woo-hoo – cassette tapes have been with us since 1962! Happy fiftieth birthday, cassettes! For those of you who have played music exclusively on shiny silver discs and on MP3 players, cassettes were little plastic boxes filled with musical joy. Cassettes were not new in the eighties, but they became wildly popular for two big reasons. Starting in the early seventies, 3M Corporation started to make cassettes that were...

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Remembering the Sony Walkman
Sep19

Remembering the Sony Walkman

By Thomas Zizzo I still remember that birthday in the summer of 1982, getting this new device that was all the rage at the time, and how excited my parents were to give it to me. It was a portable stereo cassette player—the infamous Sony Walkman. My Dad was very excited and impressed about the fact that it was stereo sound, and that no one else could hear it thanks to the headphones. I remember too that my parents almost didn’t buy me...

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Turning 80s Cassette Tapes and Vinyl Records into Totally Awesome Decor
Jan18

Turning 80s Cassette Tapes and Vinyl Records into Totally Awesome Decor

By Stacey Iden Don’t know what to do with all those old cassette tapes and vinyl records you have stored away collecting dust? Now that all your old favorite songs from the 80s are probably happily filling your MP3 player, what should you do with all your hard-to-let-go music media memorabilia? Break the Record knows exactly what to do with it to “keep the music alive.” Break the Record transforms previously-loved vinyl records and...

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