All We Know Is This: Her Name Was Probably Sheila, And Somebody Wanted to Sex Her Up

Dec 20th, 2006 // 13 Comments

For reasons we can’t begin to comprehend, someone who lives within just a block of the Idolator flophouse dumped a giant box box of cassettes on the street this afternoon, with a sign reading “FREE TAPES.” The selection is like a gift from the synth-pop gods, and we plan to spend the rest of the day with Naked Eyes, General Public, and Human League pumping out of our boombox. But there was also a large selection of personal mixtapes in the box, such as the one pictured, which leaves us to wonder: For whom was this early-’90s mix made? Was he/she successfully wooed by the one-two punch of “I Wanna Sex You Up” and “Oh Sheila”? And what kind of person tosses their Maxell memories onto the street, anyway?

Ready For The World – Oh Sheila [MP3, link expired]


  1. Maura Johnston

    “Object Of My Desire” was *so* my jam for a while.

  2. brasstax

    What kind of person was still putting “Rock Me Amadeus” on mix tapes in 1990-91? I mean, it’s cool and nostalgiac now of course, but at that time it, um… wasn’t.

  3. janine

    Post the Lisa Stansfield song!!!

  4. kiteless

    Isn’t opening a persuasive mixtape with “I wanna sex you up” the equivalent of flirting with a sledgehammer? Can’t knock the choice though, color me bad had suburban white on lock down until 3rd bass usurped their crown.

    And there’s an awful lot of madonna on there. They might just be friends with very unrequited inside jokes.

  5. Jupiter8 least 2 types of ink and several Liquid Paper spooge-outs…some thought went into this…

  6. chrisb

    This was compiled by either a 13-year-old girl or a gay man.

  7. Ned Raggett

    As long as we’re invoking the original “Oh Sheila”. And I hope Lance Lockarm does not mind the traffic.

  8. Anonymous

    This is the only Idolator post in the past week where I recognize 90% of the bands mentioned.

    I ROCK!

  9. Stevie

    I only busted out the Young MC for the fellas I wanted to sex up in 1991.

  10. rubes

    the first naked eyes album is totally legit.

  11. andydl007

    Wow, a mix tape cover. Now that is a whole different mind set than giving someone my 250 gig hard drive and letting them take whatever they want. I guess I could make a mix pod cast. But boy, I use to put my heart and soul into those mix tapes.

  12. Chris Molanphy

    Mixtape in the garbage, Dick in a Box.

  13. ghostyhead

    A mixtape on a 60 minute cassette? Amateur.

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