Five Music-Related Things Kids Today Will Never Have

Categories: fresh nostalgia
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Today I saw a list on Buzzfeed that named the 25 Things Kids Today Will Never Have. Five of those items were music-related, and I immediately got all nostalgic for those things as well. I listed them after the jump, with additional commentary on why they were important to us. Find out what technology killed after the jump and wax nostalgic about the good old days--back when you actually had to wait after you pressed <<,  >> or >.
 
1. Making a mix tape: Recording songs off the radio, DJ intro and all.
(My addendum: Why are mixtapes important? There's a direct relationship between the physicality of music and how it becomes personal to us. Tapes warped, slowed down, sped up and got eaten by cassette players. Those physical defects changed the way we heard a song, and made it a certain way just for the listener of that certain tape.  That was the reason my tape of 10,000 Maniacs' In My Tribe, which I listened to to death, seemed slower than the actual CD that I upgraded to years later. The songs sounded different. The worn-out tape hiss was gone. So when I want to remember my 12-year-old self, I break out the tape and listen to "Like the Weather" on slow mo.

Mix tapes also involved knowing your music collection intimately: after all, you were spending more than 90 minutes finding the perfect song to go before and after certain moods, knowing which act had a one-minute and thirty second song to end a side with if you were running out of tape, or indulging in a 10-minute jam at the beginning of the next side.  
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2. Music on MTV--Before there was reality TV, there was music.
Fine, you can still watch videos on TV via YouTube, but it's not the same without a VJ introducing them. Plus, look at how lame Beavis and Butthead is without actual music videos to diss. It's just not funny anymore.
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3. Kazaa/Napster/Morpheus/Limewire--So many mislabeled songs, so many 5 hour downloads.
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Ahh, the glorious early days of downloading music, back in the days when we innocently thought we could download everything we wanted (Every Weird Al Yankovic song? Yes please! 10 shitty versions of Foo Fighters' "Everlong" Damn right. John Mayer's onstage banter for that 2001 concert? Why the heck not?) without repercussions.

Sure, with torrents you can still illegally download music, but who wants to risk getting caught for doing that these days?

Plus, if you know musicians, you know how devastating it is to not buy their music, so ... hold on to that iTunes gift certificate, and delete your xTorrent!


4. The Walkman-Or any other music listening device that didn't hold every song you have.
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I remember what it was like to choose only 10 tapes to travel with, because I didn't want to carry so many around with me. It resulted in my knowing every single lyric that the Cure ever wrote, and an astounding knowledge of Indigo Girls' deep cuts. While I revel in the ability to listen to any song I want to hear when I want to hear it, I kind of miss a real knowledge of certain albums.

5. Fixing a cassette tape with a pencil-The most fun you can have with a pencil, right?
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21 comments
ANNON
ANNON

FUCK YOU! PIRATING FOREVER! STOP US BITCH!

Nawaf Al-Naji
Nawaf Al-Naji

#3 is total BS. Everyone uses these till today. Everyone knows you'll never get caught cause there are millions others doing the same thing. This isn't coming from an adult.

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

There was something great buying a new cassette tape (or CD for that matter) and listening to it from start to finish, reading the lyrics in the booklet inside, and knowing every song on it because you listened to it 100 times. This was back in the day when most artists had more than 1 or 2 songs worth listening to as well. These days I don't mind downloading music because the only good ones are ones played on the radio and the rest are garbage (some artists are exceptions to this rule...Mumford and Sons for example, not a bad song on Sigh No More) Sure the new stuff is convenient, but it's different.

Guest
Guest

I'm only 21 and I remember most of these things

neonlightsxjill
neonlightsxjill

...why would you want any of that? besides napster or limewire. I can listen to any song I want just by touching a freaking screen. don't act like it's great just because it's old.

Jennifer Wagner
Jennifer Wagner

The good old days. It was fun, but mp3s and streaming sure are easier. I do miss album art though.

Safeandnontoxic
Safeandnontoxic

Get over your bullshit nostalgia and step into the future bitches. The past sucked. Just because you're unhappy in the future, doesn't mean you were happy in the past. You were just too young to understand why you're life sucked.

Ben Tsui
Ben Tsui

I love #5. I did that alot as a kid...

Pablopicasso
Pablopicasso

Yes, because if we know musicians we wouldnt want to cheat them out of their 99 cents a song, because they recieve less than 10 cents of that, the rest goes to the owners of the song, I.E. the record company.  Don't put torrent info in your article if you don't know jack about it or the statistics.

Spameeter
Spameeter

Record stores... one of my favorite things to do as a teenager was to hang out at the record stores checking out new music, looking at album art etc...

obbop
obbop

Fussing with 8-track cartridges to make them play back.

Trying to record upon the 8-track's four separate channels.

Quadraphonic 8-tracks.

The strewn 8-track tape glistening alongside the roadway from cast-off "eaten" 8-tracks.

The "100 dollar bill rolling paper" with the telephone number to the White House business office printed upon it.

Lids versus quarter ounces/half ounces/grams/etc

And a whole bunch more groovy stuff such as three-on-the-tree manual transmissions.

Kman
Kman

how about listening to a brand new LP record in headphones on the stereo and following along either with the lyric sheet or checking out the artwork on the coveras for the Walkman, I remember listening to my in high school in the early 80s during class and even to radio during the day. I loved those headphones!

Medusa
Medusa

Don't forget to stick a little paperwad in the hole on top of the cassette so that you can record over tapes that weren't meant to be recorded over.

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Daiyalie

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childofthe80s
childofthe80s

fixing original Nintendo games by blowing on them...

Taleng
Taleng

fixing a tape with a pencil only comes second to using your pinky finger !

Kealynp
Kealynp

Culture Clash in Toledo, Ohio is still open and doing well I love spending afternoons in that place.

childofthe80s
childofthe80s

(I do realize this is not necessarily music related...but those who owned things like walk-men may have had the original Nintendo back in the day)

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