When I was a kid, I would tape songs off the radio, or record the sound off the TV and make tape mixes. I’d wrap the tapes up, and put them away, only to be opened from the “me” of the future at the appointed time (which could be at any time). The idea was that I’d be sending myself messages from the past to change the future!

Not that I had any message in mind, you realize. The message would be in the music.

I don’t have very many of these Time Torpedoes left, but just the same I hadn’t opened one in a long time, and decided now was the time! I peeled off the “Danger! Bom!” paper and found myself looking at a blue and white labeled tape with no writing on it. Nothing to do but play it and find out!

I compiled a list of the songs here, for your amusement. Side B was the side that was ready to play, so I started with that:

Side B
Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran
Steppin’ Out – Joe Jackson
Slippin’ Away – Dave Edmunds
Be Good Johnny – Men At Work
Rock of Ages – Def Leopard
All Time High – Rita Coolidge
Rock of Ages – Def Leopard
Electric Avenue – Eddie Grant
Hello Goodbye – The Beatles

Side A
Who can it be now? – Men At Work
Lunatic Fringe – Tom Cochrane
Jeopardy – Greg Kihn Band
Abacab – Genesis
Wishing – Flock of Seagulls
Down Under – Men At Work
Electric Avenue – Eddie Grant
New Years Day – U2
Is There Something I Should Know – Duran Duran
Photograph – Def Leopard

“Save the Cheerleader, save the world?” Funk dat! Listen to Duran Duran, learn the secrets of the universe! So, what are you going to arm your torpedoes with? Who knows what effect you will have on the future? Thanks for the message, Past-Me. I’m gunna rock down to electric avenue. And then I’ll take it higher.