Not Only Is It Record Store Day, But It’s Also Apparently International 8-Track Day. Seriously.
First, it was Record Store Day, a noble celebration of vinyl and independent record stores. Then came along Cassette Store Day, a copycat idea that tries to drum up nostalgia for a hateful, outdated format. What’s next, 8-track day?
Well, yes, actually.
Eight-tracks are even more hateful than cassettes. Anyone pining for them to return never had to deal with them when they were around. I mean, because of their design, you can’t rewind an 8-track; the tape can only roll in one direction. They’re also do a great job jamming themselves into uselessness. While they served a purpose for about a decade before they were superseded by cassettes and CDs, their manufactured stopped around 1987.
Yet Portishead’s Geoff Barrow and his friend, composer Ben Salisbury, have decided to resurrect the 8-track by inaugurating 8-Track Day–today–with the release of one (1) title: Free Fire, the soundtrack Barrow and Salisbury created for a film of the same name. Here’s the tracklising.
1. Sledgehammer Cracks Nut
2. First Shot
3. The Phone Rings
4. Crawl Chase
5. Lead Lobotomy
6. We Can’t All Be Nice Girls
7. Oh Fuck
8. Justine’s Theme
Read more about 8-Track Day here and then skip to the video.
2 thoughts on “Not Only Is It Record Store Day, But It’s Also Apparently International 8-Track Day. Seriously.”
The thing I hated about 8 tracks is that songs would fade out partway through, then fade back in when the player switched tracks. I never used them. People had a bad habit of throwing them in the back window ledge of their car, which wasn’t a very good idea, as the hot sun would degrade the tape and sometimes melt them altogether.
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