Who says TV can’t be academic? The most recent run of Stranger Issues on Netflix digs deep into historical past (properly, the Eighties), reframing nuggets of basic media for a brand new era. There are scenes of terror seemingly wrenched wholesale from well-known horror flicks (albeit with superior particular results). Additionally, there’s Kate Bush.
Throughout key moments throughout the run, Operating Up That Hill wallops you proper within the feels. It’s not a blast of nostalgia, as a result of it seems the youngsters prefer it too. A lot in order that the tune was not too long ago propelled to the highest of the UK charts, handing Bush accolades like ‘longest time for a tune to achieve No1’.
Regardless of my propensity in the direction of snark, I received’t belittle this achievement, as a result of the tune is objectively glorious – and I used to be there the primary time round. However I used to be baffled by how quickly the worth of Hounds of Love (the album Operating Up That Hill seems on) shot up – on tape.
For just a few days, the worth of second-hand cassette copies on eBay continued to extend till one – terrifyingly – offered for £420. Since then, issues have returned to one thing no less than glancing in the direction of normality, but when you’ll find a duplicate in your loft, mud it off and promote it, that’ll hold you in Netflix for six months.
I’ve been duly knowledgeable this isn’t nostalgia both. It’s not simply previous gits like me snapping up historical tapes – the youngsters love cassettes too, and wish to add seminal works to their collections. With some codecs, that is sensible. I don’t take pleasure in vinyl fetishism, however I get it: the warmness of the sound; the deliberate nature of placing on a report; the big and lovely sleeve artwork. However tapes? Simply no, as a result of, like Hounds of Love, I used to be there for these the primary time round too – and so they have been all the time garbage.
Followers declare in any other case. They laud this bodily medium’s fast and simple remix tradition. (Let’s face it – the typical punter can’t put out a ‘combine report’.) And previous fingers bang on that tapes have been low cost, moveable and simple to retailer. They gave you content material you can get within the residence that in any other case wouldn’t arrive till the period of shiny discs.
Even so, tapes have been horrible, throughout each format, and don’t let anybody else let you know in any other case. With VHS tapes, you’d pay wodges of money for 3 random episodes of a cherished TV present, solely to take a seat there laboriously fast-forwarding to the bit you needed to observe – assuming your participant didn’t resolve to get artistic and serrate the tape’s edges first. With 8-bit video video games, you can get price range cheapies for 2 quid from a storage, however they took an age to load – a number of ages if the sport was a multi-load.
After which there was music. Certain, you can report music off the radio (arrrrr) and make combine tapes, as if showing in your personal private version of Excessive Constancy. However you knew deep down the low high quality audio was plain dangerous, the butchered album paintings on unique tape sleeves was an abomination, and there was an affordable likelihood each time you performed your copy of Goodbye Merciless World by Elvis Costello And The Sights that it could mockingly get eaten by the creaky Saisho tape deck foisted on to you by a dodgy but persuasive Dixons salesperson.
So, sure, Kate Bush deserves her second wind. However the one cause anybody ought to be ‘working up that hill’ in terms of cassette tapes is that if from the highest of stated hill, you’ll be able to hurl the bloody issues into the ocean.