Talk about a Throwback Thursday! Today, the cassette tape celebrates its 50th anniversary.

Now, everyone under the age of 25 is probably saying, “Who the heck cares?” but for Carson and Producer Angie, it holds a special spot in their heart.

The nostalgia train rolled on into the AMP Radio studio this morning when they and our very own listeners shared memories of the very first cassette tapes they bought.

“I feel like I bought them for years and years,” Producer Angie reminisced. “I remember my first one because my mom used to listen to this music all the time and I fell in love with this song and she went and got me the cassette.”

It was…wait for it…John Mellencamp’s “Jack and Diane.”

“That’s old! That’s John Cougar Mellencamp, not just John Mellencamp. That’s when the Cougar was still in his name!” she laughed.

“I have more memories about [CDs] than I do about cassettes,” Carson chimed in. “But I do remember the summer of ’84, I was about 10 or 11 years old. My sister had cassettes and we would listen to Welcome To The Pleasure Dome by Frankie Goes To Hollywood over and over and over again.”

“Relax” was his unofficial soundtrack during summers in Palm Springs with his sister, Quinn. Side note: she forced Carson to use yogurt lemon sun-in to highlight his hair…where can we track down a photo of that?!

Surfer Stephen remembers buying a bootleg of The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” from a kid at his high school.

“I just wore that tape out too,” he told Carson.

Our AMP Radio listeners also called in with their own memories. One of our favorites was Stephanie from Northridge.

Bell Biv DeVoe’s ‘Poison,’ she said. “When I was in third grade, [I] was making up dances probably every weekend with my friends to that song.”

And we don’t blame her…”Poison” is the ultimate jam!

Another honorable mention? Spice Girls’ “Wannabe.” Just admit it already, you so owned that tape!

What was the first album or song you bought on cassette tape? Let us know in the comments section!

Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio/Los Angeles


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