The Cassingle Life

Following on from yesterday’s post, here’s a song that I bought on a now defunkt format: the cassingle.

I should make things clear: I didn’t buy this record on this format through choice, but because it was reduced in the bargain bin in Cardiff’s Our Price, which is also now defunkt.

A defunkt format from a defunkt store seems a pretty good place to start this series, I think.

I really love this record, from it’s blistering guitar riff to Hutchence’s zip-bursting vocal, most of which appears to be delivered through a megaphone. It’s a rip-snorting romp through all that’s great about pop music.

It’s probably the record that made me reassess my previously held (wrong) opinion about the Kick album, but it’s surprising – to me, anyway – how few people seem to know this tune. It’s one that seems to have somehow slipped under the radar.

Recently, Alexis Sayle sagely observed that Austerity is the idea that the 2008 financial crash was caused by Wolverhampton having too many libraries.

As we all know, libraries give us power. And this record, wisely, suggests that we don’t burn the libraries ’til we’ve read all the books.

Listen, learn, love:

INXS – Heaven Sent

More soon.