I watched a clip from the new Beavis and Butthead show today online. It may not seem a that long ago but let me put it in perspective for you. The first time I watched that show I was a freshman in high school (1992ish). Mtv still played music videos (sometimes even good ones). You didn’t watch things online… there was really no “online” cept chat rooms and BBS systems. Kurt Cobain had all his brains in his head. Radiohead played electric guitars. Lars Frederiksen was still a punk (yeah I know, low blow). And most importantly (and the part of this blog post) I listened to most of my music on tapes. I had a walkman, a double tape deck in my parents attic that I used to make mix tapes, a big ass boombox I’d carry to work with me so I could listen to tapes whilst scooping ice cream for fat shitty children and their terrible parents, and a car tape deck/tape eater in my mom’s Dodge Omni which I would soon be lucky enough to borrow. I didn’t buy CDs cause they were too much money and they skipped. Also I couldn’t afford a CD player. Even when I did finally get a CD player, I copied most of them to tape so I could take them on the go. Yes I realize that makes no sense but that’s what I’d do. And for a while. A long while now, tapes have been out of my life. Replaced by vinyl, CDs, and mp3s.
But like Beavis and Butthead, tapes are now coming back. And they should. Sometimes things go away and we don’t know why. And when they come back, if they come back, we get nostalgic. But also we start to remember how great they really were. Technology is astounding. I have my iPhone in my hand about 70% of the day. Everything is wireless. If the internet goes out I get nervous. Amazing as it all is it’s a little cold. When we were kids we’d often go camping. People do this as a way of getting back to nature. A way to free themselves from modern living. Listening to tapes and vinyl for me is like getting back to nature. Take a deep breath. Soak it all in. Relax. Have a coffee. Have a beer. Have another. Flip sides. Flip em again. Make a mix tape. No not a fucking playlist! A good damn mix tape. It’s more than just a few clicks and drags of a mouse. It’s an art. Think about the time you have on each side. Think about the order in which the songs should go. Make a rad cover for it. Might take you all day. Might take you all night. But take the time to really consider the music.
Some people might think a tape only label in this day and age is a bad idea. I can’t think of a better one. Really. Cept maybe bringing back Beavis and Butthead. My people…they are without TP. And i’m gonna give it to ’em.