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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Tape Land 51 – Little Frankie Nora – Original Tin (1987)

47:28 – Welcome to Tape Land! On each episode, I will be presenting the audio of a cassette tape from my collection. It’s a way to help motivate me to digitize more of my archives.

In 1987, at age 19, I set up a rudimentary recording studio in my parents’ basement. I created six “albums” of music as “Little Frankie Nora”: Die!, The Good War, Demolition Curve, Original Tin, How Do You Feel About the Job? (Tape Land 44), and Ending the Era with Calm Music (Tape Land 23). I compiled the best of these to create two official cassette releases: Welcome to the Weasel Village Mall and Bicentennial Cane, which had very limited distribution. These two have been released on the Onsug Archive. However, the individual “albums” have never been released.

This is the 4th album, “Original Tin”, recorded in early 1987. The main instruments I used were a Casio SK-1 sampling keyboard and a small black-and-white TV. I also had a bass guitar pedal I borrowed from my friend Chris – who recorded the bass solo “Kreation – 21J4]” for the album. “21J4]”was an attempt to write”CHRIS” upside-down. The first track is the earliest recording I have of myself, from 1969.

Track list: Little Frankie (8:00), What Color (:31), Violetgoggle (:14), Ice Cream Cone of the Gods (:44), Fun With Chainsaw (2:53), Brat Pit (:58), Urgent (:32), Thirteen Masks (1:25), Down the River (:42), Bad Rabbit (:50), Retard Convention (:55), Pee Pee (:32), Baby Retards in Vienna (:36), Master Zone (:48), Demo Demon (:09), Five Minute Break (:20), Micro (:47), Business (:38), Kreation – 21J4](7:55), Wise War II (1:43), Smithsaurian (1:11), Black Lake with Rainbow (:52), In the Attic (2:09), The It (:55), Quiet Down (1:10), Original Tin (:31), Big City Then (:45), The One (:16), Drawer (1:03), Interlude (:04), And Our Strength (:58), Built Right (:23), Finally (1:01), The Wrong Paint (:21), Chickens (:24), More Books (:39), Rafter (:28).

License for this track: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License ( Attribution: by Frank Nora – more info at

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