Anchored Deep In My Brain

Do those of you of a certain age group ever find yourself listening to a “vintage” song and as it’s playing, anticipate the switch from one “track” to the next on the ‘ol 8-track player.

For you youngsters, 8 track players were popular in the late 1970’s into the 80’s. Songs from an album were split up between four tracks of two channels, (stereo) each, thus the name 8-track. Simply put, instead of two sides to a record, there were four “sides” to a tape.  Often, this meant editing the sequence of songs from the actual record album and more often than not, one song being split between two of the tracks. The song would start and at some point, it would fade out, you would hear the click as the player changed tracks and then the song would resume.

More than a few goodies in that stack.

This afternoon I was working in the office with my “Jim Croce Mix” on in the background  and as the song Thursday  played, I anticipated the switch at 1:30 into the song.

Having had dozens of 8-track tapes during my high school/college years,  this happens every now and then, even though I think it’s been at least 38 years since I had an 8-track player.

Does anyone else have similar experiences?



About Ray V.

Living between Aiken & Charleston,, South Carolina, USA, I like to share what I am looking at, thinking about or listening to. I refer to this as the view out my window. Thanks for stopping by.
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20 Responses to Anchored Deep In My Brain

  1. josiesvoice says:

    Cassette tapes,now replaced with CDs.


  2. WILLY SILARD says:

    “Dreaming again” of Jim Croce, so “Easy” with Harry Chapin too !
    I’ve still got my first K7, thousands of black vinyles, mp3 Walkman (a gift), and first single (“Good vibrations”).

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  3. I didn’t buy albums or tapes much as in my teens. I tended to just listen to whatever was on the radio. I had friends who had large LP collections and one rich friend who had an 8-track in his car – got into a bit of trouble with that (the local police didn’t like racing or loud music at 11:00 pm on Saturday nights.

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  4. Alien Resort says:

    I transferred songs from 8 track to mini disc.

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  5. Margy says:

    I have two iPods – hand me downs from family who have moved on to bigger and better!


  6. Jim Borden says:

    It’s funny how the mind works and what we remember


  7. Love this Ray. My husband still has an 8 track player in his 1970 Roadrunner. We do have to put a matchbook under the tape so it plays correctly. I also remember my husband fixing an 8 track tape with Scotch tape after the tape had come apart. He was pretty good at that! And yes…that “click” kind of embeds in a person’s mind! This brought back a lot of good memories.

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    • Ray V. says:

      Funny you should mention the matchbook as I thought about that also yesterday as some of the comments were coming in. Needed it to keep the alignment right. 1970 Roadrunner, eh?

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      • Yup Roadrunner. Years ago he had one and it went up in flames while cruising the loop in a nearby town on a Sunday night. (He had a hitch on it and someone rear ended him). Many years ago he found another and bought it because it looked like his old one.

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  8. Dale says:

    My father was always the ‘buy the latest gadget’ kinda guy so, of course, we had an 8-track player. I remember listening to Englebert Humperdinck, Tom Jones and the soundtrack to Fiddler on the Roof. I don’t remember the click, though. Guess I wasn’t listening all that closely (I was a pre-teen…)

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  9. Wish I was born back then sometimes. Music as a whole was just better written and performed then it is today. Y’all are lucky to have had such incredible musicians in your youths!

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