Wed, 17 March 2021
Part 1 of my conversation with guest Eric Green as we pay tribute to the cassette tape.
- Recorded via Zoom
- Eric's first time on the show since '15
- R.I.P. to Lou Ottens, inventor of the cassette tape
- Eric: Got into music via cassettes in the '80s
- You could make your own mixes
- Jay: Would tape songs off the radio in late '70s/early '80s
- Jay: Currently have hundreds of tapes but nothing to play them on
- Tapes were cheaper than vinyl or CDs
- Fun memories of browsing in record stores
- Tapes were big for bootlegs
- Huge in the early days of hip hop (The Get Down is on Netflix)
- Home taping didn't ruin the music industry, MP3s did
- Guardians of the Galaxy helped popularize cassettes
- CDs were initially marketed as indestructible and perfect sounding
- Jay: Spent hours listening to tapes in the car or on a Walkman
- To be continued
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