On today, the day of Michael Jackson’s 52nd birthday, International Tapes is celebrating the man in the form of this amazing compilation of lost 80′s Europop and Asian dance synth gems. All misspellings and misnomers as described on the tape info are in tact… main one sticking out is London Burger, which is supposed to be London Boys. And no, Trotzky Burger isn’t a typo.
A compilation for the wounded, Tieng Hat Muong Tenh is a series of ballads exhibiting pain, longing, and heartbreak. The album’s heavily reverbed voices cry cautionary tales to the listener, pleading “Don’t Drag No More!” What makes this tape unique is the array of subtle stylistic shifts, from Luongtuan’s pop hymnal, to Bao Trang’s death marches, the compilation even dabbles in waltzes and shimmery 60′s psychedelic pop.
Feel the fight to win. Be the best you can be. Rise above all challenges. Never give up. Do it for Mom. Do it for Dad. Prove yourself. Confront your fears. Test your might. Face your destiny. Push it to the limit. Relish in the salty burn of sweat streaming into your eyes. Triumph over all.
A1 Olympic Spirit – John Williams
A2 One Moment In Time – Whitney Houston
A3 Fight (No Matter How Long) – The Bunburys
A4 Indestructible – Four Tops
A5 Reason To Try – Eric Carmen
A6 That’s What Dreams Are Made Of – Odds & Ends
B1 Shape Of Things To Come – The Bee Gees
B2 Peace In Our Time – Jennifer Holliday
B3 Willpower – Taylor Dayne
B4 Harvest For The World – The Christians
B5 Rise To The Occasion – Jermaine Jackson & La La
B6 Olympic Joy – Kashif
This cassette is hands down one of my favorites. Bilingual Vietnamese/American New Wave covers featuring an alarmingly pensive female MC, fake audience applause, awkward phrasing/translation, and synths that really push the limits of taste. Do you see that cover? Damn. Wanna get wild and inside of that lady.
B1 Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You – Trizzie Phuong Trinh
B2 Back Seat Of You Cadillac – Vy Lan
B3 Hello – Khánh Dũng
B4 Like A Hurricane – Nhât Ha
B5 Arabian Gold – Cao Lâm