Cassettes

Discussion in 'music, bands, clubs & festies' started by tbtommyb, May 21, 2014.

  1. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    I have 3 cassette singles! War - Low Rider. Blaggers ITA Stresss. and John Lee Hooker Chill Out. not my desert island discs (cassettes) I wouldn't say.
     
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  2. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    "cassingles" :cool:
     
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  3. ViolentPanda

    ViolentPanda Hardly getting over it.

    Sounds like an STD. :)
     
  4. Dr. Furface

    Dr. Furface One small step for man

    Fragility wasn't the issue - it was size. I have some vinyl EP's that were given free with the NME back in the 80's (they're not flexi discs), but 4 or 5 tracks was all you'd get on a 7 inch record, so they weren't very practical. Cassettes were much better because they could put an albums worth of music or more on one cassette. Those NME singles were just a bit of a novelty thing they did once, but mostly they put out sampler tapes which contained at least an hour's worth of music.

    As for the cost of producing vinyl as against tapes, I agree that tapes should have been more expensive in terms of parts, but as they grew in popularity their production cost would have become significantly reduced for the record companies, because mass production always reduces costs. Also the cost of producing the inlay cards and printing expenses for cassettes would have been a fraction of those for vinyl albums, which were much larger and demanded a far higher quality finish. Shipping costs for vinyl records were also more expensive because of their greater size and weight.
     
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  5. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    I once made my own Queen cassingle: I copied Bohemian Rhapsody onto a tape, unscrewed the case and cut it off where the song finished, chucked away the excess tape and glued the end to the empty spindle, then screwed it together again. :cool:

    I dunno why I bothered to do it, mind. It must have made sense at the time. :confused:
     
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  6. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    Carry on, carry on..... as if nothing really matters.......
     
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  7. ATOMIC SUPLEX

    ATOMIC SUPLEX Member Since: 1985 Post Count: 3

    Late 80s / early 90s is when I bought most of my vinyl. I guess all the shops I went to were just record shops or something. The tape sections were tiny.
    Our Price, replay, maybe HMV began to do less in the 90s but I didn't shop there anyway.
     
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  8. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    My mum bought the actual cassingle when freddy mercury died, for the car. It was an auto reverse tape player too so the song could play over and over and over again to infinite
     
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  9. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    it had 'those were the days of our lives' as the b-side (actually it was a double-a iirc?)
     
  10. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

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  11. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    ah probably right, i think they always fast forwarded through that side though
     
  12. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    this is actually from a rutabowa family home video, fact fans.

     
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  13. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    when i was about 7 i got taken by a nice family who kind of adopted me as their third son ( i was friends with one of their sons from school) on a very nice holiday to portugal - we all got the ferry over to Spain and drove all the way down to Algarve and back, camping along the way... great experience it was, some great early memories...anyhow, in the car they had two tapes, one was some episodes of the Goon Show, and the other was the first Dire Straits album, which basically got played over and over again...i wont hear a bad word said about that album, and even then i could tell Sultans of Swing was a big tune


    i think theres something inherent to tapes that you listen to them over and over more than other formats
     
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  14. rutabowa

    rutabowa YUPPIES OUT

    Oh I heard the double cassette of Dire Straits Alchemy live about 1000 times.
     
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  15. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    My former boss had one tape in his car for the decade I knew him. Chris De Burgh. :confused:
     
  16. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam. Enforced Holiday Banned

    I've got a few free records from the front of magazines....thin flexible ones made of plastic. I'm sure I have one by Derek B somewhere :D

    eta: They were called 'Flexi disc'. Absolutely terrible things.
     
  17. mwgdrwg

    mwgdrwg Be a Pisces. Jam. Enforced Holiday Banned

    Got this on right now at work. There are at least 2 all time House classics on it, and the rest is just completely brilliant and a bit bonkers. Still got the receipt in the inlay (a weird thing I did with most tapes), £6.49 from Our Price in January 1990 :D

    [​IMG]
     
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  18. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    great album. I also have it on cassette somewhere. :D
     
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  19. ska invita

    ska invita back on the other side

    i had a flexidisc (which i think i finally binned this year) called Songs for Swinging Voters put out in 1964 by the Conservative Party. There was zero merit in it though, one for the bin. BLue plastic too :facepalm:

    this was the official hard vinyl release :D
    [​IMG]

    its not rare at all...copies are still avaialable ;) http://www.discogs.com/Unknown-Artist-Songs-For-Swinging-Voters/release/2490352
     
  20. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

    I still have a Jonathan King gold flexi disc from when he was running to be an MP in Richmond or somewhere.

    I've got a few flexi-discs in fact. I quite like the crapness/cheapness of them.

    Had a Joy Division one for a while, but sold it.
     
  21. Fozzie Bear

    Fozzie Bear Well-Known Member

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  22. scalyboy

    scalyboy Left them to time

    I've got a Mark Morrison 'Return of the Mack' and a Michael Jackson 'Bad' "cassingle" :D, quite a bit of punk, reggae, 1980s hiphop, house & jungle cassettes.
    Plus got loads of cassettes of radio shows I taped BITD, like Joey Jay and Commander B.

    I recently hauled out my plastic boxes of cassettes from on top of the wardrobe and am enjoying going through them again.
     
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  23. fishfinger

    fishfinger تپلی

  24. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

  25. Monkeygrinder's Organ

    Monkeygrinder's Organ Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager

  26. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

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  27. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    (the music is actually really good in places too - the Druss tape is lush as fuck)
     
  28. tbtommyb

    tbtommyb Well-Known Member

    is there any real reason for the concrete?
     
  29. killer b

    killer b No Hateration, No Holeration. in this Dancery

    Well, it's art isn't it? Fits in well with the general post-industrial vibe of the music and the label. The guy who made the boxes is a Manchester artist who works mainly in concrete, and it wouldn't surprise me to hear that the concept was dreamed up during a stoned conversation between the artist and the label owner...
     
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  30. maya

    maya timewasting fool (in every universe)

    Tapes were useless when you way too often got the infamous 'tape salad' with long loops popping out and you had to use pencils to try and tighten them up again, but they'd always got too twirled up and you either ended up with knots and a broken tape or a nasty surprise when you tried playing the tape after you thought you'd fixed it again only to discover that the audio for the entire B-side now played backwards to eerie effect...
     
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