The year was 1994, and my sister taught me how to record the radio onto a cassette from this absolutely pathetic Panasonic boom box. I think the handle was duck taped on. I would go in my cobweb filled basement alone around 9:30 p.m., slide the volume knob all the way to the right, and go to town on my Little Tikes basketball hoop. Basketball and recording the ultimate mix tape, that was “my prerogative.” Keep in mind that I was ten.
Curious how I know the exact year? I found a mix tape the other day, shoved it into a walkman (my parents hold on to everything) and mowed their lawn. I looked sweet – a girl with a buddy band and a scrunchie walked by and asked if I wanted to go to Starburst Roller Skating Rink.
So I listened to both sides. Apparently, in 1994 I was the master recorder -no commercials, just ultimate song transition. That was kinda sad, but I was able to determine the year by listening to the hit singles. Now, here it is – your ultimate summer flashback mix:
Side 1 and Side 2 combined and recorded from Street Jams, Top 10 at 10, and Casey Kasem.
SIDE 1: Dr. Dre – Dre Day (heavily edited), Counting Crows – Mr. Jones, Crash Test Dummies – Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm Mmmm,Beck – Loser, Naughty By Nature, Hip Hop Hooray, US 3 – Cantaloop, Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin & Juice, Tag Team – Whoop There It Is, Salt and Pepper – Shoop, Red Hot Chili Peppers – Under the Bridge, Salt and Pepper – Whatta Man
SIDE 2: Tom Petty – Last Dance With Mary Jane, Cypress Hill – Insane in the Membrane, Wreckx N Effect – Rump Shaker, Sagat – Funk Dat (I linked this because only 3 people may actually remember this hot jam, without youtube), House of Pain – Jump Around
A sweet bonus track would have been Return to Innocence by Enigma, but I’m not that lucky. For the record, there was a Zima reference by a DJ, and the only advertisement/announcement on the Fly 92 mix tape was for an R Kelly concert at the Knickerbocker Arena. Those were the days.