Songs I Owned On Cassingle: Digable Planets

In this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassette Single) format. Just like 45′s of the 1950′s-1980′s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980′s and 1990′s.

Wow. I must have been really hip in 1993 to have invested in this gem. Listening to it today, this Digable Planets’ hit could be released as a single today and not sound old.

“Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”, in 1993 became a crossover hit, peaking at #15 on Billboard magazine’s singles chart, earning gold certification by the RIAA, and winning the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.

Digable Planets never charted again and broke up in 1995.

Songs I Owned on Cassignle: Michael Damian – Rock on

Michael+Damian+-+Rock+On+-+Snapped+-+3-+CD+SINGLE-448258In this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassette Single) format. Just like 45′s of the 1950′s-1980′s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980′s and 1990′s. 

In 1989, Young & the Restless star Michael Damian rocked out with this Billboard #1 signle, Rock On. It’s actually a cover of a 1973 song by David Essex, which was much cooler.

For some reason, I bought this garbage.

Songs I Owned on Cassignle: Father MC – I’ll Do 4 U

fmcIn this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassette Single) format. Just like 45′s of the 1950′s-1980′s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980′s and 1990′s. 

Back in early ’92, there was a lot of hip hop going on. Father MC was a flash in the pan. I had been to Florida early that year and my older cousin, whom I was visiting, couldn’t stop playing this track. Being the easily influenced 12 year old that I was, I adopted this track as my own and bought the cassingle at some music store in Sarasota. For context, I remember the poster for the recently released Nirvana Nevermind album in the window of the music store.

Looking back at the video, this really was the epitome of early 90’s hip hop and R&B. Sampling a disco song. Baggy clothes. Bobby Brown headset microphone. MC Hammer dance style. This is it.

Songs I Owned on Cassignle: Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm

In this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassete Single) format. Just like 45′s of the 1950′s-1980′s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980′s and 1990′s.

In 1993, a relatively obscure band called Crash Test Dummies release this unforgettable track called Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm. Sometimes starkly contrasting with the usual gets you bonus points. These guys had the right formula and a video that matched the songs oddity.

This song hit the top of the charts worldwide, including #4 on the billboard charts. But had I not included the name of the band, how may folks would have remembered their name?

 

Songs I Owned on Cassignle: Deeper Shade of Soul

urbandanceIn this series, I will revisit and explore songs I once owned on the long forgotten Cassingle (Cassette Single) format. Just like 45’s of the 1950’s-1980’s, the cassingle made it possible for kids like me to purchase one hit song off of an album, rather than the whole album… much like digital downloads do today. Growing up in the heyday of Cassette Singles, I had (and probably still do have) a fair amount of long lost one-hit-wonders from the late 1980’s and 1990’s.

Urban Dance Squad: Deeper Shade of Soul

In 1989, Dutch “Rap Rock” band Urban Dance Squad released this gem. Where are they now?