It's a bit old, but there's nothing on the Blue about the Eight Track Museum
in Dallas, TX which opened this Valentine's Day. Such an oversight must be redressed. The museum's curator, Bucks Bennett, didn't start collecting 8-track tapes until 1988, long after the format has ceased being viable. As of this year, Bennett has about 3000 tapes in his collection, one of which you really, truly need to see
(though whether or not you actually want to hear
this tape is a decision best left to you, Gentle Reader).
A documentary about the 8-track experience, Spinal Tape
, will debut at the Dallas Video Fest
on September 25. A brief excerpt from Burnett's interview with Tiny Tim can be seen here
, while an older article from February written by Steve Guttenberg (no, not Mahoney) can be found on the Audiophiliac
(True confession: I inherited a Zenith Allegro stereo in the early 1980s that had a built-in turntable and 8-track recorder. My older relatives had copied some songs from the early 70s--lots of Guess Who--as well as most of Side 2 of George Carlin's "Class Clown;" sadly, the tape ran out just as George was about to talk about those famous seven dirty words. Also part of the collection was a Yes concert from September 24, 1978, recorded live in Chicago as it was being simulcast by...WXRT, I think...during Yes's In The Round tour to promote the flaming bag of shit called Tormato
. When I was in college, a friend of mine had in his possession Madonna's Like A Virgin
on 8-track, and I truly hope he's held on to it.)
"So Wrong They're Right,"
a somewhat related documentary by Russ Forster about 8-track collectors.
of the album waved menacingly by Bucks Burnett.