originally posted by: wtbengineer
a reply to: MteWamp
I graduated from high school almost 20 years before that... When I was learning to play, it was wait for the 8-track to get back around to that lick
again... damn, gonna take a few more laps.
I can remember learning Steve Howe's "Mood for a Day" off 8-track. I was home for a week after dental surgery. Nothing better to do, haha. I can't
imagine lifting the arm on a record player over and over to learn songs, must have ruined a lot of records.
This is the God's honest truth,k?
I had this friend, named Stacy, and he had rack after rack of 8-track tapes.
Rush, Sabbath, Zeppelin, Kiss, AC-DC, Hendrix, all the way up to Motley Crue, Quiet Riot, then to Metallica (those were cassettes, it was before they
An entire wall of the crappiest sounding, wobbly, "put cardboard strips in so the playback-head lined up" garbage.
Just racks of 8-tracks. An entire wall in his bedroom.
He didn't even PLAY an instrument, but he was my best friend, and we went to concerts together. Always. Seems like hundreds now, hehe. He used to
keep his ticket stubs, and tape them to the inside of his bedroom door.
In my mind, it seems like there were HUNDREDS of them.
1980, 1981, just when the "Sunset Strip" hair-band thing was heating up. We lived in Alabama, so we had to read it in magazines. Somewhere between
when "Moving Pictures" came out, and when "Metal Health" hit.
The sad thing is, I spent HOURS and HOURS and HOURS at his house at night dubbing 8-tracks to cassettes, because he had a crappy "Realistic" cassette
deck, and his 8-track had line-outs.
8-Track tapes... Jesus.
Hell, I couldn't even afford those at the time. I was stuck dubbing 8-tracks to dollar-store (dime-store was the term back then) 50-cent 45 minute
cassettes that were so poor quality that the oxide would come off and screw up my High-dollar Sanyo crap-deck.
Sorry, I just tripped all the way down memory lane, haha. Thanks for jarring it loose, Brother!
Still, what a frakkin' ride, no?