June 1980 Cassette

6-15-2011

June 1980 Cassette

By 1980, I was making monthly cassettes from the assorted records that I was finding.  Some were new, others not.  The artists on my June, 1980 cassette:

MISC ETC 6/80 C-90

RANDOM HOLD; PSYCHEDELIC FURS; MAGAZINE; THE BEAT; GARY NUMAN; PINK MILITARY; MI-SEX; THE CURE; THE SURF PUNKS; THE BUDDY ODOR STOP (Gruppo Sportivo); JIMMY HIBBERT

XTC; NATIONAL LAMPOON; ADRIAN MUNSEY; SLAPPHAPPY; LUCIO BATTISTI; JACNO; NEW YORK GONG; GEOFF LEIGH; AKSAK MABOUL; SPLIT ENZ; PETE TOWNSHEND; MOTORHEAD; CABARET VOLTAIRE

I was (and am) a big Random Hold fan, finally found their stuff on CD.  I really like the first 3 x Psychedelic Furs albums.  This is likely from the 3rd Magazine LP (or a single).  The Beat always made good singles, not sure which one it is.  Not sure which Gary Numan cut this would’ve been – perhaps a single?  Pink Military is definitely “Did You See Her?”.  Mi-Sex is still likely 1st album (or a single).  The Cure – something from “17 Seconds”.  The Surf Punks was a band we used to see live, so debut album likely.  There is only 1 x Buddy Odor Stop LP, so it’s something from that.  Jimmy Hibbert is from Alberto Y Lost Trios Paranoias, so the song is likely “Tough”.

The XTC is likely a 45 (3rd album), as is the National Lampoon.  Remember the Adrian Munsey 45 that was all “sheep”?  Slapphappy is probably an older cut.  Lucio Battisti would be current to 1980, as is JacnoNew York Gong is likely “Much Too Old”.  Geoff Leigh is from Henry Cow, and this is an indie single by him.  Aksak Maboul is Marc Hollander, so not sure which one this could be (something from the debut album?).  Split Enz at the beginning of 1980 – likely still working their “True Colours” era singles.  Pete Townshend would likely be from “Empty Glass”, Motorhead likely a single.  No idea at all about which Cabaret Voltaire 45 / 12” it would’ve been – as I didn’t keep any of them!

I’m glad my collection of 1980 cassettes have survived more than 30 years now.  We can all talk about when we did what, but here I have listed what I was actually listening to in June 1980!

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5 Responses to June 1980 Cassette

  1. postpunkmonk says:

    6/80 definitely limits your Cab Volt selection. It might have been a track from Extended Play [11/78], Silent Command [12/79], or the mighty Nag, Nag, Nag [6/79]. I first heard music from “Voice of America” in late ’80 and was intrigued. I remained intrigued through the tail end of the Rough Trade era. I became transfixed during the Some Bizzare/Virgin era. I lost interest during the second half of the EMI era.

  2. ronkanefiles says:

    Was there a Cabaret Voltaire 12″ EP called “Three Mantras”? I remember not knowing which speed to play it at!

    • postpunkmonk says:

      Wow! Yes! I discounted that one since it was too unlikely! The label states 33 1/3 but you may be mis-remembering the fact that both sides of the record had the EXACT SAME LABEL. The only way to differentiate the sides was by matrix numbers and George Peckham messages! And even then, which was the Eastern and which was the Western? The Japanese copy helpfully noted which on the label. George heard a hell of a lot of stuff, didn’t he? It seemed like a quarter of the records I owned were “Porky Prime Cuts.”

    • postpunkmonk says:

      Due to the playing time of 20+ minutes per side/track, I don’t consider that one a single or EP, really. That’s why I didn’t mention it up front.

  3. ronkanefiles says:

    If it was at the end of a side, I would just put as much as would fit at the end of a cassette side (and then fade it) – and it is at the end of a side on this cassette!

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