If Stranger Things has taught us anything, it’s that the market for 80s nostalgia is alive and well, particularly among people who were not alive in the 80s. And as a music journalist, it’s my duty to cash in on that nostalgia. I reviewed one of my favorite albums from that time period: the Misfits/Eurythmics split cassette.
Who could forget the way “We Are 138” ends followed by about a minute of “Here Comes the Rain Again,” only for it to be interrupted by the intro to “Hatebreeders?” Well, apparently everyone I’ve talked to about this, because no one I know seems to have any idea what I’m talking about. How is it that my friends and family have no recollection of this album? It was a game changer for the scene back in the day. Have I been friends with posers my whole life?
This has to be an example of the Mandela effect, right? All my friends look at me crazy when I talk about how I’m surprised that Danzig never did any guest appearances on a Eurythmics album. I can’t believe everyone I know could forget about this classic split album that truly helped bring together the pop and punk fanbases. I’m pretty sure that’s where pop-punk actually got started.
Okay, I’m just starting to realize something. I think it’s possible that this wasn’t an official album. After looking through my childhood tapes, I’ve discovered what appears to be a bootleg Eurythmics album my mom made, with a bootleg Misfits tracklist in my handwriting in the case. I suppose it makes more sense that I just stole one of my mom’s tapes and recorded some Misfits songs over it. I’m not sure any producer in the world would have thought an “Angelfuck”/”Sweet Dreams” mashup was a genuinely good idea.
I’d like to take a moment to apologize to any of my friends who I’ve verbally or physically attacked during arguments about this album’s existence. I thought this was all some big conspiracy to gaslight me, but I see now that I may have been in the wrong. My bad everyone.