Who Still Listens to 8-Track Tapes?

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Tim Leary

United States

#1 Feb 2, 2013
I was amazed to find this format is making a comeback among nostalgia buffs. Kurt Cobain wanted Nirvanas last record to be available on 8-track. Blanks and old Lear Jet machines.-the best made- are being scooped up on ebay. I remember them as a tremendous pain in the ass. But idf correctly maintained, they sound beauti

KACHUNG

Ful. Anyone still have any laying around?:-)
TALLY

Erie, PA

#2 Feb 2, 2013
Tim Leary wrote:
I was amazed to find this format is making a comeback among nostalgia buffs. Kurt Cobain wanted Nirvanas last record to be available on 8-track. Blanks and old Lear Jet machines.-the best made- are being scooped up on ebay. I remember them as a tremendous pain in the ass. But idf correctly maintained, they sound beauti
KACHUNG
Ful. Anyone still have any laying around?:-)
I've never heard of that band. I have heard of Tupac though.
Tim Leary

United States

#3 Feb 2, 2013
TALLY wrote:
<quoted text>I've never heard of that band. I have heard of Tupac though.
what sucked about 8-tracks was you couldn'tcue up a song on the tape, you had to change the track to the track before and listen the whole way through to get back to it. A good player such as Lear had a ery rich, warm sound though. Part of what killed 8-track was they started making the tapes ee more cheaply, going from rubber to plastic rollers. Life expectancy for these was aout a month of hard play. Remember haing to put a matchbook into the player to make the tape line up right? Otherwise you would hear two tracks playing at once. My favorite 8-track was Jethro Tull "Benefit", listened to in friends purple V.W. station wagon.
Tim Leary

United States

#4 Feb 2, 2013
TALLY wrote:
<quoted text>I've never heard of that band. I have heard of Tupac though.
8- track tapes are an audio medium, not a band. Though for all I know there may be a band by that name.
Tim Leary

United States

#5 Feb 2, 2013
Stevie Ray Vaughns "Texas flood" was among the last records to be made available on 8-track and is extremely rare/collectible.
Tim Leary

United States

#6 Feb 2, 2013
8-tracks were phased out about the same time topix designedd this website, which hasn't changed at all.
Cheetos

Erie, PA

#7 Feb 2, 2013
I was concieved while the "Partridge Family" 8 track was playing
Cheetos

Erie, PA

#8 Feb 2, 2013
cheetos

United States

#9 Feb 2, 2013
Cheetos wrote:
I was concieved while the "Partridge Family" 8 track was playing
Come on get happy!~~~~~that explains my parents during one wild nite in 1966. Although I wasn't raised in a funky school bus by a mother of eight children that don't even look alike.

OMG, maybe I'm Ruben Kinkad's offspring??? But then again I always thought he was gay :\
Juke Box Hero

Erie, PA

#10 Feb 2, 2013
Juke Box Hero

Erie, PA

#11 Feb 2, 2013
Tim Leary

Erie, PA

#12 Feb 2, 2013
cheetos wrote:
<quoted text>
Come on get happy!~~~~~that explains my parents during one wild nite in 1966. Although I wasn't raised in a funky school bus by a mother of eight children that don't even look alike.
OMG, maybe I'm Ruben Kinkad's offspring??? But then again I always thought he was gay :\
This is more from your era....

:)
cheetos

United States

#13 Feb 2, 2013
I left my 8 track in my 70 Chevlle when I sold it. I still have all my Crosby & Crazy Horse along with my prized Eagles collection buried deep in the archives of the attic :)
Tim Leary

Erie, PA

#14 Feb 2, 2013
cheetos wrote:
I left my 8 track in my 70 Chevlle when I sold it. I still have all my Crosby & Crazy Horse along with my prized Eagles collection buried deep in the archives of the attic :)
Oh DUDE! You'll love THIS!!!!:)

My High School

Erie, PA

#15 Feb 2, 2013
cheetos wrote:
I left my 8 track in my 70 Chevlle when I sold it. I still have all my Crosby & Crazy Horse along with my prized Eagles collection buried deep in the archives of the attic :)
Groovy, Baby!:)

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I bought a dog that killed the cat who ate the canary.
What is truth?
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He had a life with a belt in the back.
He had a button-down brain.
Wind up a belt in the mouth with a button-down lip.

We cough blood on this earth.
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We can cough blood on the moon soon.

Tomorrow's dragsville, cats.
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Tool a fast shore, swing with a gassy chick.
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Smile on what happened, or check what's going to happen,
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Turn your eyes inside aand dig the vacuum.
Tomorrow, DRAG.

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Read by the lovely and mysterious hipstress Phillipa Fallon :)
cheetos

United States

#16 Feb 2, 2013
cheetos

United States

#17 Feb 2, 2013

skinny dippn out at the lake.
Tim Leary

United States

#18 Feb 2, 2013
cheetos wrote:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =feeHTm-dYGgXX
skinny dippn out at the lake.
off the big computer now thanks for the clips!:-)
Tim Leary

United States

#19 Feb 2, 2013
The 8-track tape player was invented by Bill Lear, designer of the Lear Jet. Bill Lear was a high school dropout.
All American

United States

#20 Feb 2, 2013
To give you an idea of how Amricana 8-tracks are, 8-tracks never caught on in europe or other countries. That is because 8-tracks WERE MADE TO BE LISTENED TO IN AN AUTOMOBILE. NO OTHER COUNTRY EVER CAME CLOSE TO AMERICAS CAR CULTURE, AND THE SOUNDTRACK OF AMERICAN GREATNESS IS AVAILABLE ONLY ON 8-TRACK.

8-track is the Harley Davidson of audio technology. You had to have an ability to make repairs in the feild, to use your own ingenuity to overcome problems. Whether it was putting a matchpack in the opening to track correctly, or shaking the tape in a circular otion to loosen an ovetightened reel, to gluing pieces of sponge to replace worn pads, to lubing rollers with vaseline. Like olld Harleys, the technology was clunky and imperfect - but few if anything in life came close to the sound of an 8-track blasting out CCR through a pair of 6x9 speakers as you screamed down a 2 lane blacktop in a rear wheel drive v-8 american car. The case of the 8-track was designed for a driver to be able to remove and insert effortlessly, like a beautiful plastic waffle. How much more delicious would jumbo waffles be if they had finger grips like my plastic precious 8-tracks?

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