Today is the 50th anniversary of that most ubiquitous of 1980s cultural debris, the cassette tape!
The “compact cassette tape” made its official debut on September 14, 1963, but became a mainstay of 1980s culture as the perfect compliment to the new generation of car stereos, portable boombox stereos, and the personal Walkman.
As that crazy decade drew to a close, the CD began its rise as the dominant audio medium. Still, if you were around back then, chances are you have a box somewhere filled with dozens of badly dubbed mixtapes and regrettable music purchases. Thankfully, that menagerie of small brick-shaped plastic memories may be able to find a second life with just a little elbow grease. Here are some of our favorite DIY examples of the cassette tape reborn.