Eclaire Fare

Enjoying Pop Culture, One Bite at a Time

The End of an Era: My Final Radio Mix Tape July 27, 2009

The past couple of weeks I’ve been chronicling my musical tastes from my childhood and teen years, as evidenced by my collection of cassette tapes with songs from the radio. Until a week ago, I was limited to the tapes in my Case Logic carrying case, but then I discovered an entire box of tapes hiding under a pile of junk in the back of a closet. What a fun find that was!

Today, I am sharing with you the “playlist” on the last blank tape I ever filled with radio songs. I wore out this cassette in my Toyota Tercel and in my freshman dorm room. I don’t know how Celine Dion keeps making it onto my tapes, but I recall really liking Jewel and Lenny Kravitz at the time (and still do). Other standouts: Tracy Chapman’s “Give Me One Reason” and Primitive Radio Gods’ “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth…” (talk about a one hit wonder!). I can’t really remember how John Mellencamp’s “Key West Intermezzo” goes, but I’d sure like to hear it again because I remember that being a favorite.

Summer 1996-Summer 1997 (Freshman Year of College)

  • Side One
    • “Big Me” – Goo Goo Dolls
    • “Too Much” – Dave Matthews Band
    • “Can’t Get You Off of My Mind” – Lenny Kravitz
    • “Mission Impossible Theme”
    • “Let Your Soul Be Your Pilot” – Sting
    • “Killing Me Softly” – The Fugees
    • “Give Me One Reason” – Tracy Chapman
    • “You Still Touch Me” – Sting
    • “Sister” – The Nixons
    • “Breathe” – Collective Soul
    • “Are You Gonna Go My Way” – Lenny Kravitz
    • “Creep” – Radiohead

  • Side Two
    • “Where Do You Go” – No Mercy
    • “Standing Outside a Broken Phone Booth with Money in My Hand” – Primitive Radio Gods
    • “All Along” – Blessed Union of Souls
    • “All Coming  Back” – Celine Dion
    • “Key West Intermezzo” – John Mellencamp
    • “That Thing You Do” – The Wonders
    • “You Were Meant for Me” – Jewel
    • “Angel” – Jewel
    • “Don’t Speak” – No Doubt
    • “Foolish Games” – Jewel

And now, for your listening enjoyment, and so that I won’t be the only one who has this song stuck in my head today, enjoy this video of No Mercy’s “Where Do You Go.” For some reason, this song was often playing when my alarm went off in the morning. Not exactly a “get up and go” kind of song. Sing with me now: “Where do you, where do you go? Where do you, where do you go?” 🙂

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