Last week, after 31 years, 3 months, 25 days, Sony discontinued the Walkman. For me, my Walkman was my life. Quick story about that – my first Walkman was a pretty basic one (the FX21); it played tapes, had an analog radio dial, and cost about $30. However, when I purchased it from the Circuit City Express in the Towson Mall (which has since turned into an Apple Store), the sales representative mistakenly gave me the $60 Walkman – complete with a digital radio and 6 presets (the FX453). Of course, when I showed my mother my good fortune, she forced me to march back to the store, and switch my Walkman for the proper one.
And now, that entire era is over. An era which allowed me to listen to my cassettes as loud as I pleased. An era during which I called radio stations nightly to request songs so I could dub them onto mix tapes – which I’d listen to on my Walkman. (Side note: I still know the phone numbers for 98Rock, WHFS, and DC101 by heart.) An era during which I wore the tape off of the first three cassettes I purchased by overplaying them on my cherished device.
So in tribute to my Walkman, here are my favorite tracks off those first three cassettes I bought. It’s the end of an era – a truly great one. Let’s remember it in the only way we know how – by celebrating the music that made it great.
Tag Team – Whoomp! There It Is
Green Day – Armatage Shank
Offspring – Not The One