Whatever Happened to Cassette-Only Albums?

Oh yeah…still with us. Curiously it makes more sense now than it probably did then. An advert from US based music magazine Trouser Press from June 1983.



Tape Archive: Phone-In January 17th 1983

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Here’s something I’ve meant to share or a while. It’s part of a radio phone which I date as Monday January 17th 1983. It’s interesting as a historical piece as it’s a small window on the cultural  changes in our society revealed by both the host and the ordinary public calling in to comment.

There’s a slight topical link here with regard to the recent riots in Tottenham, London prompted by a shooting by the police. This recording references the mistaken shooting of Stephen Waldorf on January 14th 1983 by police on the streets of Kensignton, London.

Also referenced is the public’s opinion on the launch of breakfast television on the BBC which happened that very morning.

Oh and no surprise in the traffic report which tells us that the Blackwall tunnel is yet again closed.

The host is Robbie Vincent.

An AAC+ encoded version (size:7.5Mb) is available here.

Image by Affendaddy under this creative commons licence

This Is Where We All Fall Out

This tune wandered into my mental jukebox the other day and just would not go away.I had Quickstep and Sidekick on cassette which if my memory serves me well had extra tracks to the LP version. It’s long surprised me that it’s never been re-released as the album ,for me, sits nicely between The Thompson Twins earlier political incarnation and their slightly later purely commercial offerings.

So I try to suppress the memory of them slaughtering The Beatles Revolution along with Madonna at Live Aid and revisit an album that I used to like a lot and hope that the refrain “This is where we all fall-out” will soon stop playing again and again in my own unpredictable mental jukebox.

Synchronicty alert: After providing the Wikipedia links I find that the release of the cassette version on CD  has only recently finally occurred. UK information here.

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Video Archive: Shriekback – Lined up

This video looks terribly earnest and dated now but I still have fond memories of Shriekback. I saw them once at the Cafe Royal I think it was (it was a small and low ceilinged room anyway). Barry Andrews, seen postulating in orange here (and looking a little like the guy in the old Tango adverts) in the video was formerly in XTC. Despite a lack of mainstream recognition the band was hugely influential and highly regarded in music critic and the college and university (OK, polytechnic, as was) fraternity.

The instrumental of this was used for the Gig guides posted previously (I much preferred the instrumental).

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Video Archive: Brian Eno Interview 1983

Here’s Brian Eno in an interview from around 1983 (I think). Interestingly the interview ends with an early rough cut of Eno’s Apollo soundtrack as intended for the film For All Mankind. The soundtrack was released promptly though the film itself would not see the light of day until 1989.

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