At the risk of sounding like I’m still obsessing over my pending high school reunion (I’m not. Really.), I’m asking Uncle Crappy readers for some help with my efforts to build a new and improved version of Turbo Pinto.
A little background: I almost completely rebelled against the whole idea of reunions when the 15-year rolled around five years ago. As a way of dealing with my angst, I made a mix tape featuring music that anyone who spent any time in my car (yes, a 1980 Ford Pinto with the highly ironic nickname of Turbo Pinto) would be very familiar with. It wasn’t necessarily an 80s mix — I didn’t really embrace the joyful badness of what the 80s had to offer musically until much later in life — but a mostly representative list off stuff that occupied my ears from 10th grade through graduation.
I don’t have the original song list handy, but I can say the original tape covered a lot of ground: Grateful Dead (only two songs, showing remarkable restraint by me, thankyouverymuch), Stones, U2, Bowie, Pretenders, Velvet Underground, Van Morrison, REM, Wall of Voodoo, Violent Femmes, Modern English, The Police, Talking Heads … you get the idea.
Turbo Pinto was originally done on cassettes. Technology? Pish. But with my well-documented switch to a computer that allows me to burn CDs, I’m envisioning Turbo Pinto 2.0 as a double CD set. And that gives me about an extra hour’s worth of music to play with.
I’ve always been pretty happy with the original — the slam-segue between “Texas Radio and the Big Beat” and “Ashes to Ashes” is definitely one example. But I’ve also thought there is a shortcoming on the tape, as far as the 60s R&B I loved so much goes. So I’m pretty sure that’s going to be addressed in the new version.
I’m equally sure that a few of the songs that just missed the cut for the original tape will make it this time around.
But from there, I’m looking for help. If you knew me in high school, you probably know what we were listening to as we sat in the drive-through of the White Castle at Kenny and Henderson. So what needs to be added to TP 2.0? Make some suggestions in the comments box, and do it quickly, for crying out loud — the reunion is just three weeks away, and these have to be ready to hand out by then.
And if you didn’t know me in high school, make some suggestions anyway. We’re looking at music recorded up until the summer of 1985. We’re not necessarily looking for stuff that was popular then — the list o’ bands above is a decent guide — but I’ll give any suggestions a look. And don’t worry about being off-base because you weren’t there in person — my dying brain cells don’t fire quite as regularly as they used to, and your suggestion may be the trigger for something I forgot from a long time ago.
If you received a copy of the original Turbo Pinto, you’re going to get a copy of TP 2.0 regardless — but send me your stuff anyway. And if you don’t have one of those rare, extremely collectable and highly valuable mixes, this is your chance to get in on the next generation: If I use your suggestion, you get a copy of the new one.