In awesome news, reggae R&B fusion singer Diana King conies out as a lesbian on Facebook saying she had a "personal need to be 100 percent authentic." That reminds us, where is our "Shy Guy" cassingle
Guilty pleasure: Says Simon, "I have the Cassingle of `Come On Eileen' from Dexy's Midnight Runners.
And, of course, he has 125 cassette singles, or as they were colloquially known back in the day, "cassingles." And, given his band's oeuvre, it's not surprising that the list is a veritable VH1 flashback of the songs we were listening to when we were rocking the hairspray and sunglasses for the complete Duran Duran look.
She and millions of others in this country don't know that you used to be able to buy tapes - I was the king of cassingles
- and even CDs can appear a bit old-fashioned because of iTunes.
In all honesty, it's a format I'd only just fully embraced, with the reassuringly large black 33rpms, evocative singles, picture discs, cassettes, "cassingles
" and music videos only being tucked away in a dusty cupboard relatively recently.
O-card and J-Card--The envelope to package "cassingles
It's 1984, and you're packing your beach bag--Bain de Soleil, Wayfarers, Little Playmate cooler (containing Bartles & Jaymes, Fresca, and Yoplait), boom box (with Bananarama, Corey Hart, and Kajagoogoo cassingles
), and a can of Paul Mitchell mousse for the cool new hairstyle that will tragically come to be known as a mullet.
"Just as it has evolved through the years to reflect the most popular music in the UK, from 10-inch to 7-inch, vinyl to cassingles
, CD singles to downloads, this is the latest stage of that progression."