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Subject: Cassingles

Written By: whistledog on 09/11/05 at 8:30 pm

Remember when Cassingles (aka Cassette Singles) were popular in the late 80's and early 90's?  They came in cardboard sleeves, but the ones in the early-mid 80's came with actual sleeves and plastic cases

The first cassette single I can recall owning was 'Two Tribes' by Frankie Goes to Hollywood, and as for the cardboard ones.. 'Every Little Tear' by Paul Janz

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: jackas on 09/11/05 at 8:44 pm

I only owned one, but I can't remember what the song was......hhmmmmmm.  Oh....(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: whistledog on 09/11/05 at 8:45 pm


I only owned one, but I can't remember what the song was......hhmmmmmm.  Oh....(Everything I Do) I Do It For You - Bryan Adams


I had that one too.  I remember copies of it pretty much flew off the shelves in rapid numbers when it was releasesd :)

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: FaultyDog on 09/12/05 at 12:13 am

I did own one once....A Question Of Lust by Depeche Mode (Limited edition).

But the tape was of poor quality and squeakish. And it's long gone...

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: Ashley Tisdale's A Cutie on 09/12/05 at 3:14 am

9  "Debbie Gibson" cassingles  :D


Out Of The Blue
Electric Youth
No More Rhyme
We Could Be Together
Anything Is Possible (3 copies!)
Losin' Myself

And tons...

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: Ashley Tisdale's A Cutie on 09/12/05 at 3:17 am

As for the rest: U2, Depeche Mode, Bel Biv DeVoe, The Cure, INXS,  etc  :D

I collect them, but mostly the songs I like

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: Marty McFly on 09/12/05 at 5:51 am

I didn't even know what they were until 1989 or '90, but I loved 'em. Good way to get a song or two without having to get the whole album (though I later often did anyway, lol).

Some of our first ones were:

Don't Wanna Fall in Love - Jane Child
Broken Arrow - Rod Stewart
Mysterious Ways - U2
I Wanna Be Your Man - Roger
Heaven in the Backseat - Eddie Money
Human Touch - Bruce Springsteen

More towards the mid 90's, I bought alot of them myself, since I tended to like more individual songs, as opposed to everything, like I did/do from the 80's. Most of them I've now gotten rid of, but I think this was some of them:

Baby I Love Your Way - Big Mountain
Everyday - Phil Collins
The Sign - Ace of Base
Love is All Around - Wet Wet Wet
Wild Night - John Mellencamp
Come to My Window - Melissa Etheridge
Roll to Me - Del Amitri
You Are Not Alone - Michael Jackson
Get Over it - Eagles
Miles Away - Winger
I'll Never Get Over You Getting Over Me - Expose

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: quirky_cat_girl on 09/12/05 at 7:22 am

I still have a bunch of my old ones from the late 80's/early 90's.






Erin :)

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: FaultyDog on 09/12/05 at 3:47 pm


I did own one once....A Question Of Lust by Depeche Mode (Limited edition).

But the tape was of poor quality and squeakish. And it's long gone...


I have to add that cassette singles never made it over here. I don't know why, but I think it's because they were around about the same time the first CD singles were released (which were of far better quality).

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: DJ Midas on 09/12/05 at 5:40 pm

I had a few, but never really liked them.  I prefer vinyl.

Here are the ones I did have (that I remember):

"Unskinny Bop" - Poison
"Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" - Mötley Crüe
"Epic" - Faith No More
"Praying For Time" - George Michael
"I Like" - Guy

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: PaperGirl on 09/12/05 at 10:24 pm

I sitll have

Armageddon It- Def Leppard    ;)
Love of a Lifetime- Firehouse
Cradle of Love- Billy Idol

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: Criz on 09/14/05 at 7:59 am

I have a whole bunch of them. I think the first ones I bought were by the Spice Girls and Boyzone!! 1996 that was.

I think the last one I bought was in 1999 or even 2000! But that was also the last single I ever bought. I just buy albums now, as the singles charts are generally awful nowadays. Full of music that I either cannot stand - the only good stuff that gets released never usually even hits the top 10.

I do fee that buying singles is pointless. I mean, even ring tones are outselling singles - and that says A LOT. I wish that bloody Crazy frog would stay away from both the singles charts and ringtones - he should be banned!

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: whistledog on 10/15/06 at 10:38 pm

I just went through boxes of my cassette tapes, and found a few of my cassingles (i know i have more, but i am too lazy to look for them lol) ...

Love and Rockets - So Alive
Don Henley - The Heart of the Matter
Debbie Gibson - No More Rhyme
Vanessa Williams - Save the Best For Last
Roxette - Dressed For Success
Bryan Adams - Please Forgive Me
Cher - If I Could Turn Back Time
Firehouse - Love of A Lifetime
Janet Jackson - Come Back to Me
Sheree - Woman's Work
West End Girls - I Want You Back
Ace of Base - All That She Wants
Ace of Base - Don't Turn Around
World on Edge - Wash the Rain
Clarence Carter - Strokin' <Extended Version>
Paula Abdul - The Promise of A New Day
Paula Abdul - Blowing Kisses in the Wind
Alanis - Too Hot
UB40 - Can't Help Falling in Love
Crowded House - It's Only Natural
Samantha Fox - I Only Wanna Be With You
Chesney Hawkes - The One and Only
Roxette - Fading Like A Flower
Madonna - This Used to Be My Playground
Rick Astley - Giving Up on Love
Texas - Rick's Road Sampler
Color Me Badd - All 4 Love
Belinda Carlisle - Summer Rain
Taylor Dayne - With Every Beat of My Heart
Go West - King of Wishful Thinking
David A. Stewart introducing Candy Dulfer - Lily Was Here
Whitney Houston - Run to You
Susanna Hoffs - My Side of the Bed
Genesis - I Can't Dance

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: Sister Morphine on 10/15/06 at 10:43 pm

I have 4 Mariah Carey cassingles....Fantasy, Honey, Always Be My Baby and One Sweet Day.  I have quite a few others, but the names escape me at the moment.

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: Roadgeek on 10/15/06 at 10:44 pm

The only thing I've ever owned that's anything close to a cassingle would be Elton John's Candle in the Wind '97.

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: mach!ne_he@d on 10/16/06 at 12:40 am


The only thing I've ever owned that's anything close to a cassingle would be Elton John's Candle in the Wind '97.



Yeah, I don't think I own any cassingle's either, even though I defidently remember seeing them in the early/mid-'90s.

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: DJ Midas on 10/19/06 at 10:47 pm

I just remembered a few more I had:

"All I Do Is Think Of You" - Troop
"Dazzey Dukes" - Duice :D
"85 South" - Yall So Stupid

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: woops on 10/24/06 at 2:50 pm

I currently have a box full of them  :D

The most, Deborah Gibson with 6, 8 including dupilcates

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 04/30/08 at 12:56 am

I owned several. I thought they were just normal since singles were pretty much the quickest way to get your favorite new song at the time. I don't know if kids today will ever understand that anticipation of waiting for a single to come out or a new album, for that matter.

The ones that come to mind that I owned (and may still have):

Baby I love Your Way - Big Mountain
Cryin' - Aerosmith
All for Love - Color Me Badd

... and that's all that comes to my mind at the moment.

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 04/30/08 at 12:58 am


The only thing I've ever owned that's anything close to a cassingle would be Elton John's Candle in the Wind '97.


Ohh, yes, we had this one and still have it lying around somewhere!

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: Marty McFly on 04/30/08 at 1:03 am


I owned several. I thought they were just normal since singles were pretty much the quickest way to get your favorite new song at the time. I don't know if kids today will ever understand that anticipation of waiting for a single to come out or a new album, for that matter.

The ones that come to mind that I owned (and may still have):

Baby I love Your Way - Big Mountain
Cryin' - Aerosmith
All for Love - Color Me Badd

... and that's all that comes to my mind at the moment.


OMG, I had "Baby I Love Your Way" too and I loved that song then, still do. :) 8)

Yeah I bought lots of tape singles in the early-mid '90s, because there were alot of singles that I liked but not necesarilly a fan of the artists in general. Whenever I got full albums it was usually '80s stuff, or artists that I liked in general like Weird Al. It was good for us 'cause we didn't necesarilly have much money at the time, being like around late Elementary or early Middle school, lol. Even if my mom and I liked alot of the same music (so I got alot of what I liked kinda easier anyway), it was still nice to spend two bucks instead of ten. ;)

It seems like 1989-1997 was the cassingle's time.

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: Davester on 04/30/08 at 1:06 am


  Cassingles were cool.  Had a box of 'em.  And I remember throwing ALL of them away, at once, in 1995.  The kid next door snagged them out of our garbage...

  Bought my very first cassingle in 1987 in New Orleans while I was visiting my brother, and I think it was Give To Live by Sammy Hagar...

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: ultraviolet52 on 04/30/08 at 1:12 am


OMG, I had "Baby I Love Your Way" too and I loved that song then, still do. :) 8)

Yeah I bought lots of tape singles in the early-mid '90s, because there were alot of singles that I liked but not necesarilly a fan of the artists in general. Whenever I got full albums it was usually '80s stuff, or artists that I liked in general like Weird Al. It was good for us 'cause we didn't necesarilly have much money at the time, being like around late Elementary or early Middle school, lol. Even if my mom and I liked alot of the same music (so I got alot of what I liked kinda easier anyway), it was still nice to spend two bucks instead of ten. ;)

It seems like 1989-1997 was the cassingle's time.


haha, that's so strange! I swear I thought I was the only person in the world that bought that single of Big Mountain's! I always liked that version and still do. I remember it was from a movie, too. I can't remember, but it was one of those Gen X movies, maybe "Singles" or something like that.

Yes, that's what I liked about them then - buying a song that you liked from an artist you didn't feel quite sure about. Buying an album was always a big decision to me, even as a kid. I seemed to make my choices wisely, as I didn't want to waste my money nor my parents. Although, there were a few I think I still regret buying! lol.

I think you've got the years right on the cassingles popularity.

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: midnite on 04/30/08 at 6:32 pm

Usually cassette singles had one good song (which is why you bought it) and one bad b-side.  However, some cassette singles actually had @ good songs!!   

Here are a couple I remember

Wu-Tang Clan - I believe it had Protect Ya Neck on one side and M.E.T.H.O.D. Man on the other side. A double Whammy!

Sade - No Ordinary Love / Paradise

Can you name some of these singles with two good songs?

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: gumbypiz on 04/30/08 at 11:34 pm

I remember Cassingles and HATED  >:( them with a passion.

Working at a music store during the late 80's and early 90's when cassingles were in their heyday...

The most annoying part of the music store was the cassingles, unlike the rest of the full album cassettes these were open to the public to browse through and steal, and thereby keep in a constant state of disarray.

Mostly kids bought them at .99 to 2.99 (depending on the songs/single/extended mix).

I would hate being assigned to the cassette wall only to have to babysit teenagers and *shoplifters too* asking for the latest Vanilla Ice single and repeatedly answer yes we have "whatever lame pop song that is being played ad infinitum" and its price, hand or point out its location to them, have them squeal with delight, look and hold it like they found the holy grail, and then not buy it.

It made no sense to me as to why people bought them, the quality of the songs (already poor considering the artists that mainly used cassingles for distribution) the actual quality of manufacture of the cassingle tapes themselves was terrible and they usually broke from repeated playings very quickly. Most stores and local distributors found it very hard make money on them and were a pain to keep in stock if a track was hot, or return if the popular song died quickly.

Also thought it was bizarre that kids would buy three or more singles from the same artist for 1.99 to 2.99 but not buy the whole tape/album at $7.99, claiming "Well I don't know if I'll like the whole album" even though they've already spent more than the cost of the album on cassingles separately already... ::) :P

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: coqueta83 on 04/30/08 at 11:46 pm

I still have quite a few cassette singles left, even though many more of them got lost over the years. I believe the first cassette single I ever bought was "The Right Stuff" by NKOTB. I think I also have some 45 RPM singles left somewhere in storage.

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: Tanya1976 on 05/01/08 at 1:44 am

I had a gang of them.

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: midnite on 05/01/08 at 6:14 pm


I remember Cassingles and HATED  >:( them with a passion.

Working at a music store during the late 80's and early 90's when cassingles were in their heyday...

The most annoying part of the music store was the cassingles, unlike the rest of the full album cassettes these were open to the public to browse through and steal, and thereby keep in a constant state of disarray.

Mostly kids bought them at .99 to 2.99 (depending on the songs/single/extended mix).

I would hate being assigned to the cassette wall only to have to babysit teenagers and *shoplifters too* asking for the latest Vanilla Ice single and repeatedly answer yes we have "whatever lame pop song that is being played ad infinitum" and its price, hand or point out its location to them, have them squeal with delight, look and hold it like they found the holy grail, and then not buy it.

It made no sense to me as to why people bought them, the quality of the songs (already poor considering the artists that mainly used cassingles for distribution) the actual quality of manufacture of the cassingle tapes themselves was terrible and they usually broke from repeated playings very quickly. Most stores and local distributors found it very hard make money on them and were a pain to keep in stock if a track was hot, or return if the popular song died quickly.

Also thought it was bizarre that kids would buy three or more singles from the same artist for 1.99 to 2.99 but not buy the whole tape/album at $7.99, claiming "Well I don't know if I'll like the whole album" even though they've already spent more than the cost of the album on cassingles separately already... ::) :P


Someone is a wee bit disgruntled. LOL.  I used to love cassingles because you didn't have to buy the whole CD.  Especially some of those trendy raps songs that you just knew the CD would be really bad.  For example, 
Snap - The Power (I also owned the cassette)
Technotronic - Pump Up The Jam
Wrecks N Effect - Rumpshaker
MC Hammer - Can't Touch This
Tag Team - Whoomp There It Is
Duice - Dazzy Duks

Subject: Re: Cassingles

Written By: mandamoo on 05/04/08 at 2:05 am

I remember my younger cousin buying cassingles of Bros  ::)

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