Friday, June 13, 2008

Cassette in my ways

WHAT with my high-flying journalism job at the Loughborough Echo and my evident love of music, you would probably guess that I drive around in a flashy car with an even flashier stereo.

Sadly this is not true - I in fact am driving a car that would have been mediocre in the 1990s that is equipped with a soundsystem that would have been even more mediocre in the 1980s.
That's right, I still rock cassette tapes in the Ashemobile.
Now you can't just stroll into Zavvi and pick up the latest sensation's new chart-busting album on cassette.
Instead I am forced to mostly tape my own stuff, or beg, borrow and buy cassette tapes from every available source - Matt Jarram, that includes that big bag of tapes you promised me...
For the best part that means charity shops, car boots and table top sales, and the stuff you pick up is either brilliant or just plain ridiculous.
For example, recent acquisitions include Rollins Band - Weight, Alanis Morrisette - Jagged Little Pill, Reef - Glow and The Simpsons - Sing The Blues.
I'll leave you to decide what is what...
However it's not all bad - this strange black market of music has fulfilled one of my longest-standing musical ambitions, one that as a small child I never thought I would achieve.
That's right, I am now the proud owner a copy of the soundtrack to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.


  1. If anyone has any cassette tapes they no longer want, you can donate them to the Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice Ashemobile Soundsystem Appeal by either dropping them off at Echo towers or posting them to -
    Isaac Ashe's Sound Advice Ashemobile Soundsystem Appeal,
    Isaac Ashe,
    Loughborough Echo,
    Princes' Court,
    Royal Way,
    LE11 5XR.

  2. I thought I was the only one to own a copy of The Simpsons Sing the Blues! Picked mine up for 48p in a HMV sale in the nineties, a fantastic bargain if I don't say so myself. The only ones I can remember are the Springfield Soul Stew and Do the Bartman, it may be time to dig that gem out I think...

  3. If you are going to get more tapes then you will have to clear out some of the crap from the Ashmobile to make room for them......


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