If you’re old enough, you’ll remember a dead recorded music format called the 8-track tape.
Officially, they went out of production in the 80s as everyone moved to cassettes and then CDs. But the 8-track isn’t entirely dead. Some indie artists still think it’s cool to release music this way.
The Melvins, one of Kurt Cobain’s all-time favourite bands, released a limited-edition live album on 8-track. In fact, when Kurt was still alive, he had it his head that Nirvana’s In Utero album should come as an 8-track.
Cheap Trick put out one as kind of a joke in 2009. Then there’s Waves Crashing Piano Chords who has released multiple albums on 8-track since 2012.
These are just stunts and collectors’ items, of course. I mean, when was the last time you saw a working 8-track player?