Thursday, August 20, 2009
Back to School Special: 1992 Fat Tapes
To commemorate my son’s upcoming first day of school (kindergarten) and my little cousin’s first week at college, I figured I’d post some Fat Tapes for those of you who are also going back to school or starting that new job and need to get your mind right. You know by now that music soothes the savage beast and calms the nerves and I have to tell you that I was nervous as hell when I started my first job right out of college. If I remember correctly, I played my dubbed tapes of Boogiemonsters Riders of the Storm, Nas’ Illmatic, Jeru’s The Sun Rises in the East, and Gangstarr’s Hard to Earn over and over and over to hype myself up each day that August and September of 1994. By the time my new favorite, O.C.’s Word…Life, came out in October, I was a seasoned veteran and calm as could be. My car’s tape deck was slowly dying from the constant tape play but what could I do? Anyway, today I’m posting all of the 1992 Fat Tapes. I’ll post the 1993 and 1994 Fat Tapes next week when I get a chance. Let me give you a brief history of The Source Fat Tape. Contrary to popular belief, the first ‘Fat Tape’ didn’t show up until July 1992. Before that, it was called ‘Singles’ or ‘Singles File’ and was predominantly a list of, you guessed it, singles or alternate versions of singles. Someone in their office (intern?) came up with the bright idea to showcase the other songs rarely heard on these albums along with a few singles and the ‘Fat Tape’ was born. It took them quite a while to perfect this however since they would sometimes list incorrect song titles, incorrect artist names, and repeat a song for 2 or 3 Fat Tapes straight. The quality control was seriously lacking in those days. Anyway, enjoy these for now and let me know if I made any mistakes with the tape track lists (wrong version of songs, etc.).
1992 Fat Tapes