|Tape, 20 cents|
This plain-looking cassette turned out to be a treasure trove of animal-themed songs from the ‘40s to the ‘80s. There’s a folksy, fast-paced Daddy’s Taking Us to the Zoo Tomorrow, a big band arrangement of When I See an Elephant Fly, a husky bass-baritone singing Little White Bull and a slow and sultry rendition of Top Cat. Without this tape it might have been years before I realised my five-year-old was actually partial to a bit of swing, jazz, rockabilly, bebop, country and Hall & Oats; though Maneater isn’t technically about an animal. The tape was one of a jumble without covers in a big old op shop with furniture.