Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Music: Remembering Pretty Hate Machine

I remember the first time I heard the Nine Inch Nails track "Down In It" from the album Pretty Hate Machine. The year was 1989 and I was in the DJ booth of a club called Rick's Place. DJ Eric 7 was kind enough to let me drop a blank cassette tape in the deck to record his set that night. The club was on the edge of the UNT campus in Denton, Texas along with other hangouts like the Flying Tomato and Otays (where Mike Cina and Jason Douglas used to spin).

After Rick's that night, my future wife and I stopped at a fast food place whose name inspired us to call the new tape Whatabeat. A few months later we saw Nine Inch Nails perform live when they opened for Jesus and the Mary Chain at the Arcadia Theater. I still love the NIN album Pretty Hate Machine more than fifteen years later, not that nostalgia colors my opinion at all.

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April 13, 2006 11:47 AM, jabbott said...

While typing this post, I captured one side of the Whatabeat cassette using Audacity and a Sansui cassette deck from the 80s. After I flipped the tape and pressed play to capture the other side, the cassette deck starting squealing and it croaked. Since it had lasted this long, I just figured it was pretty well indestructible.

Now I need to either get another cassette deck or maybe box up all my mix tapes to send to cassettes2cds.com. I have a few dozen tapes to archive while they're still playable. Many have their own stories like the one above.  

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