Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

1989–1993 in Kmart Background Music

Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing:

Mark Davis worked at a Kmart in Naperville, IL in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Each month, the corporate office mailed a cassette tape to all the stores, which contained easy-listening elevator music and in-house advertisements. Davis saved all 56 cassettes and uploaded them to Archive.org.

I’m Canadian; our last Kmart stopped being one in 1998. I imagine these recordings will capture a peculiar nostalgia for some of my American readers, though. They’re terrible, in a curious way.