WTLX Mix Tapes: Side 1, Song 2 (woohoo)

Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.

YouTube veterans know that when a song doesn’t have an official video, there’s often one consisting of just a still shot of the album cover for the visuals. Suffice it to say that you may see a fair amount of that sort of thing in this series. I hope you’re checking in for the music…

Today’s tune is from 75. It was a big regional hit in the Midwest and climbed to #68 late that year. I remember hearing it quite a bit on album rock stations when I was in high school. Since I don’t listen much to classic rock anymore, I don’t know how much it gets played much today, but I still think it’s a great one. In doing a bit of research on Head East for this post, I learned that they essentially formed in one of my old stomping grounds: Champaign, Illinois.

WTLX Mix Tapes: Side 1, Song 1

Note: This series originally appeared on Facebook in a slightly different form, Aug-Sept 16.

In late May 85 I spent a couple of nights down in the old campus radio station at my alma mater putting together two mix tapes. I cued up records one after another and just let the tape run. In August 16 I listened to them for the first time in quite a while. Over the next six weeks or so, you can listen to the songs from those tapes, one a day, in the order they were recorded. There are songs that were hits at the time, album cuts from the early 80s, various obscurities, etc., etc. A few are certainly cringe-worthy in retrospect. You’ll also be getting a number of reminiscences from me along the way. My hope is that at least occasionally I’ll bring back some fond musical memories. All song rankings given refer to the Billboard Hot 100.

Side 1, Song 1: This song was beginning its ascent of the charts at recording time, on its way to #1. Here, have some Phil Collins.

Mix Tape Blogging

I made mix tapes for myself and others over the span of a decade, roughly 1985-95.  The number of cassette players in my life has dwindled considerably since then, but I still like to listen to the ones I’ve kept.  I posted about three of these tapes on Facebook in the second half of 2016.  Over the coming weeks those posts (with perhaps some modification) will be making their way here; I have plans to blog about others of my tapes in the near future, too.