Before you could fit 10,000 songs on a device the size of tic tac container, us 80s babies had the Sony Walkman and double-sided cassette tapes. The Walkman was a rite of passage and when you got it (after begging and saving and whining), you felt like you had truly arrived at cool.
Yes, yall. I remember when I finally got one. I’m not sure what I did to earn it but I walked out of Walgreens doing a jig. My Sony Walkman came with a free tape of Ace of Base. I gave no cares that I didn’t even know who they were.
Chile I got home and popped in the tape and got my life. I began collecting some of my favorite albums and singles. Because: TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL1 And when you wanted to have a song on repeat, you just had to master the “hold down the rewind button for the exact time it’d take for the cassette to get to the exact place you wanted to start” game. It took practice but you finally knew to hold it down for exactly 5.3 seconds and you did a victory fist pump.
When you were done with side A, you’d open up the Walkman and turn it over to side B for continued listening. And then when you needed to rewind all the way, you click the rewind button down and it’d do it’s thing until you heard a click, signaling that it was done.
But you know what hurt feelings were made of? When the tape in the cassette you have spinned out.
After you finished cussing, you’d get a pencil because the shape with ridges made them fit perfectly and you’d turn and turn until the tape was back in the cassette in its rightful place.
We put in WORK with these Walkmans and cassettes, man! Good times. GOOD TIMES!
In case you don’t feel old enough today, watch the YouTube clip below. A pair called The Fine Bros. interviews kids on their thoughts on various things. They do throwback stuff all the time and this time, they presented the Walkman to kids 7-14. Watch and see their reaction. You will want to chase everyone off your lawn afterwards.
Did you have one of these? If you don’t remember, then you can’t sit with us. (-_-)