Monday, August 11, 2008

Found: Allysa's Cassette

After listening to stuff on the Sweet Thunder Tape Findings blog, I've been trying to find something equally as unique. I found an answering machine tape a while back, but the only interesting thing on that was the mention of someone being robbed.

Today, while browsing a thrift store, I found a children's cassette player. It wasn't the player I was interested in, but the cassette inside labelled "Allysa A. Rm 8" on it. I knew this was either going to be interesting, or it was going to be a mix tape. I pulled it out of the machine and spent the $1 on this potential treasure.

...and what a treasure it was! Side B seems to be a message of some sort to a Sunday School teacher, made up of what seems to be self-penned Christian songs. But the best part is they're sung by a child, and a child who can actually carry a tune! We've got a song called "Superman" followed by a Flintstone Theme Song parody called "Jesus Loves Me". Oh yeah, and there's the smash-hit "God Made Manitoba".

Side A is much less interesting. It's made up of the same kids repeating "Eenie Meenie Miney Moe" ad nauseum, followed by a good 15 minutes of background noise.

Click here if you'd like to listen to Side B in it's entirety!


Anonymous said...

"Superman" is a very neat tune. Are you sure the singers name is Allysa? On the beginning of Side B she introduces herself as Heather Baker and she mentions another person Allysa Appelt(?) who is in a bible time group with the person the tape was intended for, it seems. Cheers. Many thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...

I don`t remember if I ever got back to you on this! This was my tape when I was 7 or 8. I can't believe you found it. The player it was in was probably what I used to record it with!

Ben Century said...

That's awesome! Hope you enjoyed listening to it after all these years. I'm probably going to feature it on the radio show I'm co-hosting on August 15th.

Unknown said...

Nice. Thanks for resurfacing that memory for me!