Extraordinary Genius - Chapter 213 – Audio Cassette Tape Shop Part 1
Feng Yu had been busy for this period of time. He kept taking leave from his school and didn’t have time to accompany Li Na. That idiot Wen Dongjun was doing well with Zhang Han. Two days ago, he even boasted to Feng Yu that he had kissed Zhang Han!
Feng Yu looked at Wen Dongjun’s irritating face, and he wanted to strangle him. If it wasn’t for you kept appearing at the wrong time, I would have done more than kissing with Li Na!
Feng Yu was finally free this weekend. He had got the Machinery Company’s shares and had assigned his work to others.
If making money was the only thing in life, it would be very dull. Furthermore, Feng Yu believed that if he did nothing for the rest of his life now, he could live comfortably with his shares and the company’s products.
It would be best if some things in life happened earlier……
The Culture Palace was showing a Hong Kong movie , starring Chow Yun Fatt and Andy Lau. This time, Feng Yu made a smart decision to not ask Wen Dongjun along. That idiot was always hindering him!
Wen Dongjun had gone to the Zoo with Zhang Han. Two bear cubs were shown to the public for the first time. Wen Dongjun had bragged to Zhang Han about his glorious deed of hunting a bear. He wanted to see if Zhang Han likes bear cubs. If she likes, he will catch two wild cubs for her as pets!
Feng Yu was surprised by Wen Dongjun’s stupidity. Catch two cubs? How are you going to catch even one? Using your bare hands?
Now, there were no more hunting rifles and the last time they hunted the bear was mainly due to luck!
Feng Yu would lose if he compared his skin thickness with Wen Dongjun. He told Li Na that Wen Dongjun was bragging and he was the one who killed the bear!
After the movie ended, the both of them strolled slowly side by side. As there were lots of people, Feng Yu too the opportunity to hold Li Na by her waist.
“Don’t wander after midnight during weekends. Come to the Apple Wonderland. We welcome wandering children. Stop being in a daze and shout loudly together. Say goodbye to the lonely night~~~”
Since the Lunar New Year, there were a few newly opened audio cassette tapes shops in from of their schools and near the Culture Palace. Taiwanese boys group “Little Tigers” songs were very popular. You can hear their songs on almost every street.
Listening to the song, Feng Yu started to sing along. In his past life, he liked this group a lot. The group came together again for a performance during the Spring night gala. Although the group members were old and their vocals were not as good as before, they still attracted the most viewership for their performance!
“You know how to sing this song?” Li Na eyes shined brightly.
“What’s so difficult? I know most of Little Tigers’ songs. Like , , . But the song I liked most is . I can even use hand signs along with that song!” Feng Yu starts to gesture with his hands and sang a few lines of .
“I had heard of and . Are and their new songs? Which album is that? Where can I buy it?”
Feng Yu still wanted to sing the chorus of to Li Na, but now he was at a loss for words. He had seen the Little Tigers poster outside a shop, and their album had just been released in February. and should be their later albums and was not released yet.
Feng Yu had accidentally revealed his rebirth identity. Luckily Feng Yu was able to react quickly and said: “Ah…. I remembered wrongly. and are not their songs.”
Li Na giggled.
“I had bought all their cassette tapes, and they had just released their album. How can they come out with another album so soon? I knew that you are telling lies.”
“Sorry. I must be influenced by Wen Dongjun!” Feng Yu threw the blame on Wen Dongjun.
“Let’s go to that audio cassette shop. See if there are any new alby=ums.”
Feng Yu beat his chest and said: “Let’s go. If the songs you like cannot be found, I will ask people to buy it back from overseas!”
In this era, there was importation restriction. Many videos, music, and books cannot be bought in China. They can only be brought in from overseas. When Fu Guangzheng came to Bing City a few days ago for the shareholders meeting, Feng Yu had asked him to bring along some western videotapes and music tapes.
The audio cassette shop was not very big, and there were two shelves by the walls. In the center, there was another shelf. There were many cassette tapes on the shelves. There were Chinese, Hong Kong, Taiwanese songs but there were none form the Western countries. The foreign songs can only be bought from state-owned shops.
The innermost shelf of the shop were all videotapes, but the tapes were not for sale. They were for rent. Feng Yu was also not sure when did audio cassette tapes shops start renting videotapes.
Movies were not like music. People watch movies were for the plot, and if someone had watched the video once or twice, the person would lose interest. That’s why it was not worthwhile to buy the videotapes. Renting would be a better option. After watching the movie once or twice, you can still exchange the rented video tape with others. This way you can even save money.
Feng Yu and Li Na were looking for the cassette tapes on the shelves. Feng Yu was looking at Hong Kong and Taiwanese cassette tapes, and during this time, Luo Dayou, Li Zhongsheng (Jonathan Lee) and Zhang Guo Rong (Leslie Cheung) were already very famous and Feng Yu like many of their songs.
But after searching for a while, he could not find these singers albums. But there were Andy Lau’s songs. Feng Yu preferred Andy Lau’s future songs.
The store owner saw Feng Yu did not pick any cassettes tapes and went up to him to offer some assistance.
“Bro, whose songs do you like? Tell me, I will help you find.”
“Thanks. I am just looking around.” Feng Yu was at the shop to accompany Li Na. He does not mind if he can’t find anything he likes.
“Bro, my audio cassette tape shop has the most varieties in Bing City and Long Jiang province. It doesn’t matter if it is China or overseas. If you can name it, I can find it!” The store owner boasted.
“Overseas cassette tapes? How come I never see it? Where are the tapes?” Feng Yu became interested. He had finished listening to the cassette tapes Fu Guangzheng gave him, and he wants to listen to some newer songs.
The store owner asked Feng Yu to wait a while, and he walks out of the shop to check if the coast is clear. Then he took out a box from under a table. The box was full of cassette tapes. There were at least a few hundred cassette tapes and CDs.
Most of the cassette tapes and CDs were English, and there were some Russian, Japanese and some in languages unknown to Feng Yu. He guessed that it should be French or German.
All the tapes seemed to have been taken apart, and the plastic packaging was not there.
Feng Yu opened a random cassette plastic box and was disappointed.
These were all smuggled tapes and CDs. He still thought that these were originals. There was some punched disc. All these should be smuggled goods. No wonder the store owner needs to check out the shop first. This store owner seems to have lots of connections.
Feng Yu still wanted to pick a few cassette tapes, and Li Na suddenly shouts.
Translator Notes: I am not sure what was punctured CD and cassette tapes and googled it. It seems that these were illegal or smuggled CDs and cassette tapes. Holes were drilled on the CD and smuggled into China as damaged CDs. This was all due to the restrictions on importation. The author used the words “打孔带” and “打孔碟”, which literally translated to punctured cassette tapes and punctured CDs.