Comments for en-gb 30 Sat 30 Aug 2014 10:17:44 GMT+1 A feed of user comments from the page found at drohnwerks great to hear Kyle and the Wyrm on national radio!3.5" floppies will be the next extinct format to make a resurgence: Fri 08 Jan 2010 08:26:28 GMT+1 nickpaton In 1985 we drove through Africa in our VW Combi and the songs we played throughout the trip on the cassette provided us with many associations and memories.As we left home for the Dover ferry on a misty dawn morning, we selected a tape at random which became the song of the trip - "Take the Long Way Home" from Supertramp's "Breakfast in America".After battling with the Sahara and African jungle, we arrived in eastern Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo). Driving through the villages we kept hearing snatches of a song called "Mario" by well known local musician "Franco", blaring from the Boomboxes that seemed to an extension of every young man's shoulder.It was only when we arrived in a town in western Uganda that we found a tiny roadside store which could actually sell us a a copy. First of all we had to provide a cassette tape for them to record the song onto (this was how it was done there). Being in a bit of a hurry we grabbed the first tape that came to hand, and it was only when we played it later that we found the shop had recorded "Mario" half way through the Hallelujah Chorus - we'd handed over Handel's Messiah and had added a surreal end to the "Sacred Oratorio"!Tape swapping with other travellers was always interesting. Further on in Africa we were given an unlabelled cassette which became our Sound of Malawi, as we rocked to the vibes of Huey Lewis and the News and Iggy Pop along miles of suspension-breaking tracks.A year later in Bangkok in Thailand, we had exchanged the van for a couple of pedal cycles and spent some time with an American couple in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. Their favourite cassette tape was by this "cute" English band called Squeeze entitled as they called it,"Arggy Barggie" (with hard G's) - we didn't have the heart to tell them it was pronounced Argy Bargy and anyway we felt Squeeze would have like this pronunciation!We had to buy a copy and we took turns listening to it on our new Walkman as we cycled around Bali and then down Australia.For the whole of our 2.5 years away though, we always came back to "Take the Long Way Home..." Wed 06 Jan 2010 22:32:56 GMT+1 mmacneill123 What do you mean they are back? As you spoke there was one in my radio-cassette in the kitchen...they are so much more durable and resilient than Cds...i have just converted my 20-yr old ones and 40 yr-old lps into mp3s and wmas, can you imagine a 40yr old cd being playable??? Or my extension hard-drive lasting even 10yrs....back up those digits, they are not as reliable as those analogs... Wed 06 Jan 2010 20:34:25 GMT+1 SirStarryKnight Never got on too well with tape cassettes because they used to jam horribly, especially the C120 ones. I am waiting, however, for floppy disks to become items of art because then I'll be extremely wealthy. Wed 06 Jan 2010 19:25:45 GMT+1 ValeryP Chris - 31 - we also played our Clear Spot recording until it nearly wore away, fortunately I still have the vinyl version I recorded it from ;o)From slightly later, we have a complete set of the original Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, which we recorded when it was broadcast on Radio 4 in the 70s. Our nearly 23 year old nearly wore them all to death when he found them in a shoe box in the early 90s. Still got them though. Wed 06 Jan 2010 18:56:44 GMT+1 2LO "Glad they never used scarily low tape speeds, even thinner tape and incredibly narrow guard bands when I was a tape-op"re. jonnie's p47:Admittedly, cassettes are only good to listen to when everything is working and aligned - to their very limits. Metal tapes don't seem to be around anymore and I imagine any machines still available are pretty crude. However, I still listen to old recordings and to my old ears the best are still sounding very good. The worst pre-recorded tapes were sorry things. Wed 06 Jan 2010 18:41:17 GMT+1 Ian Every weekday morning I record Radio 4 news from 7am till 8:30am on a C90 cassette. This leaves me free to enjoy breakfast with my wife as she watches breakfast TV. Then I listen to the last 30 minutes of Rado 4 news as I wash-up. During the day I can catch-up on the recorded news while listening to the cassette either on a portable player or in the car. Yes, the cassette player plugs into the car's MP3 port! I also work with a group that makes a weekly news C60 tape which is distributed to over 240 listeners with vision impairement problems. Long live the cassette! Wed 06 Jan 2010 10:32:12 GMT+1 davmcn jonnie 47, I have a couple of 120 minute tapes. I think I have a Status Quo tape somewhere.I must get the tape player (one of several) out of the loft storage space behind me. Wed 06 Jan 2010 10:12:43 GMT+1 davmcn CW 39, Oh, is that how it is spelled? I thought it was Beefart. Wed 06 Jan 2010 10:09:01 GMT+1 davmcn LS 34, I guess I was thinking about the pink elephant. Wed 06 Jan 2010 10:07:28 GMT+1 Trevor jonnie!!!! I'd be very interested in having copies of your Alan Freeman shows. How can we get in touch?? Wed 06 Jan 2010 02:28:57 GMT+1 jonnie Re 2LO Because if handled with care the quality of classical music recordings from live concerts is as good as any other formatHee hee:-)Glad they never used scarily low tape speeds, even thinner tape and incredibly narrow guard bands when I was a tape-op ;-)enuf said! Wed 06 Jan 2010 02:06:51 GMT+1 2LO I am busy restoring an excellent cassette deck at the moment. Why? Because I have lots of old radio plays and features that I want to hear again. Because if handled with care the quality of classical music recordings from live concerts is as good as any other format. And because the almost tactile pleasure of hearing and seeing something that's old actually working is REWARDING. If I had a collection of 78s, I would still want to play the original items, not copies - even if 'digitally enhanced'. Wed 06 Jan 2010 00:24:35 GMT+1 Big Sister Giulio, my recording predates BH. Probably around 1996-7. Tue 05 Jan 2010 23:14:50 GMT+1 GiulioNapolitani #38 Big Sister wrote:a recording of an interview between me and Eddie Mair from WAAYYYYYY backWas that the chap who used to do BH on Sunday mornings? Whatever happened to him? Tue 05 Jan 2010 21:05:00 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus I am one of those people with carrier bags of unlabeled cassettes. Working away from home one colleague wasn't impressed with having to put them in the player to identify their contents. Tue 05 Jan 2010 20:54:19 GMT+1 paul walker No they're NOT back. They're still sitting in plastic bags in a corner. Do you really think i am going to go through the hard labor of rewinding and fast-forwarding from end to end just to hear one song that was never labeled? Only to find out that the song's not there? New Years reso: Dump Em. Tue 05 Jan 2010 20:12:04 GMT+1 nigel I still use a lot of cassettes, for me they have never gone out of style..My favourite memory is of driving my very young son around strapped in the back of my car playing a little blue cassette of Thomas the Tank engine stories complete with a little whistle every now and then to tell you to turn the page if you were ' reading along 'I thought I was alone..... Great to see there are so many cassette lovers out there. Tue 05 Jan 2010 19:32:04 GMT+1 Sindy My favourite cassette tape is one which has several episodes of Kenny Everett's Captain Kremmen ... and some music from the same era. John Miles? Queen? Who knows ... Tue 05 Jan 2010 19:01:02 GMT+1 Chris Woodhouse My first pre-recorded cassette was Clear Spot by Captain Beefheart. Played it so often the cassette eventually refused to wind :-( Fabulous album - which I'd proudly recommend to anyone. Ah, memories. Tue 05 Jan 2010 18:50:01 GMT+1 Big Sister Harry Hill's Fruit Corner, Flywheel Shyster and Flywheel, The Two Black Crows, a recording of an interview between me and Eddie Mair from WAAYYYYYY back ..... just a sample of the delights in my cassette drawer. Tue 05 Jan 2010 18:23:06 GMT+1 Old Nick Cassettes never went away: the right question to ask my wife and children is "who can you no longer bear after all thoses plays in the car?", and, of course, I know the answers: Neil Diamond and Phil Collins, but we all still like Bananarama and Roxette and the Everley Brothers.I'm not "Old Nick" for nothing! Tue 05 Jan 2010 18:22:41 GMT+1 Judy Cassettes - so brilliant. They kept children quiet on very long car journeys, kept me awake while driving those said journeys. They propped up many a wobbly cupboard and were fantastic as spacers for posters that needed to dry. I still have many books on 'tape' and listen with an old walkman. Do you remember those, a true icon of fashion for all. (For those of you too young, they were the fore runner to the MP3). As for the fun of re-winding a cassette that had got stuck in the player, hours of fiddly pencil turning!! Tue 05 Jan 2010 18:07:56 GMT+1 Mr Robert Foot As one of the many Newbies, it just shows the Power Of The Cassette, that so many people have felt compelled to register in order to comment. !Has anyone recorded tonights PM on....a Cassette? Tue 05 Jan 2010 18:05:38 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Good Heavens! What a lot of, very welcome, newbies making comments. dav@10: think it's supposed to be a tapeworm. Tue 05 Jan 2010 18:01:50 GMT+1 rachael My favourite cassette memory is as my family driving from the south of france to belgium in a navy blue ford escort saloon (with plastic seats mmm) listening on a small portable tape recorder (over which we would argue who got to press the buttons) to the beatles and a goodies tape with a song called 'sick man blues' which my brother and I thought was hilarious because it was all about vomiting. We had to turn the volume up to max and sing very loudly when the exhaust started to go somewhere near brussels.... Tue 05 Jan 2010 18:00:09 GMT+1 Sindy Cassette tapes are back! Hurrah! Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:59:28 GMT+1 Mr Robert Foot You asked " Do you remember the Audio Cassette?" Remember? I have hundreds of them, all home recordings, alive & well. Many - indeed most - recordings of Radio Staions broadcasting from International Waters.(And much else besides). At Christmas a local supermarket, ASDA, had blank C90s on the shelves, so clearly there are still sufficient numbers of us 'out there' who still appreciate the inimitable Audio Cassette.The Cassette Lives ! ...and their distinctive, familiar rattle is unmistakable ! Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:57:03 GMT+1 Peter Crane I love the analogue sound of cassettes. Like most people I stopped using them when CDs were introduced. Five years ago I bought a Nakamichi Dragon (top of the range cassette deck) on eBay, had it serviced and started playing my cassette collection. One pre-recorded cassette is over 30 years old and sounds fantastic. I then started recording new music as the audio performance of this recorder is so good.As a photographer I often spend hours editing images and work better with music. Although I can play anything I end up playing cassettes all day. And when I'm bored with that I play my Reel to Reel . . . . So CDs & downloads why bother . . .Of course I do play CDs, but mainly to record on to tape . . . . So for some the tape never went away. Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:55:39 GMT+1 Sindy Gorgeous - I don't know why I'm back in pre-mod ... Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:54:00 GMT+1 Lois Ovenden I realised last year that I needed to move on from cassettes when a girl I was doing youth work with was wearing one as a necklace! I didn't mention I had a walkman in my bag she could play it on!Lois, Sheffield Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:50:00 GMT+1 Ian Farmer I have just gone and refound a much cherished cassette that was made for me in 85 by my then girlfriend, Alison. She called it, for some reason, Linguaphone Educational Series. It contains great classics from the Blackbirds, Hank Ballard and the Midnighters and Misty in Roots. I happened to have this in my pocket when stewarding an NUS demo in London in Kennington Park. About 5 to 10000 turned up to protest about student grants. The speakers were not ready or available at the time alloted and the crowd were getting restless. Someone asked if we had any music and i produced my cassette. It was great, everyone started dancing. Such memories! Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:47:36 GMT+1 Daddy Ya Ya I had a love hate relationship with cassettes over the last 30 years - they always seemed to twist or break in the machine.However recently I've begun buying them for pence from charity shops for my (old) car tape player. I've picked up loads of rare albums one would be paying between £30 - £150 for on vinyl (obscure 1960s/70s artists like Cressida, Dando Shaft, Harold McNair, Mandingo).Many friends have now followed my lead - it's the cassette revolution !! Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:47:30 GMT+1 Martin Bedford Wonderful! Cassettes are still fab! I'm sick of the sibilant offerings of the MP3 format, which incidentally was never intended to be a serious music format. Good quality cassettes played on good quality cassette decks can still outperform many digital formats, and certainly MP3 and, sorry, but many DAB radio outlets too. You can still buy new cassette machines and there are still massive stocks of high quality tapes available. Sit back and record your favourite music off the radio (FM of course), and following all relevant copyright laws naturally :-) , and you'll wonder why you ever went digital - the 'warmth' of the analogue sound can still blow you away. And as for MiniDiscs, that's the best format ever and can outperform virtually all other home recording formats. Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:46:15 GMT+1 cindyj I drive my 1978 Morgan and am still listening to 'The Best of the Eagles' in it on a regular basis.....fantastic...the wind blows over the windscreen so any cassette extra noise is irrelevant! Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:45:01 GMT+1 DF Cassettes where great, turn on the radio, Top 40 Show, John Peel Show, Janis Long Show, press record and that was it all your favorite tunes and some historic recordings of those shows, thanks Beeb. Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:43:53 GMT+1 Laurie Keller I'm so relieved! My 9-year-old uses an old cassette recorder to make or record his own sound effects for his own video productions, and I would have been heartbroken if unable to replace either the tape player or the tapes should they have gone the way of all good things. His activities remind me of using my dad's reel-to-reel tape recorder, which he gave me to help me practice my foreign languages, to make wonderful explosions, squeaks and squawks, growls, etc. As this was before video cameras, there was only the sound, but it was such fun! Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:41:54 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus Cassettes are art? Perhaps the Jihadists have a point? Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:40:44 GMT+1 teddave cassetes never went away. . . theyre all under my bed in a huge box i ripped off from outside m+s. . . peel sessions from the 80s, terribly mixed dance tapes that brought me acccid house, prog rock, early hip hop, flights of artistic education in records libraries in the north: ligeti, sun-ra, bach. . . fantastic. the tape is a wonderful device, the sheer joy of flipping it back into the machine as you turn. lovely. but the minidisc. . . even at the time the coming wave of computing knelled its death. . . rewind. . . Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:39:57 GMT+1 Nick I still have a lot of tapes and a tape player. My favorite comment I remember was around 25 years ago when my mate Ed and I were taking about which was the best quality tape to use and someone overhearing us said I like BASF best there is no steam on them! It took a few seconds before we realised he meant hiss, how we laughed! Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:39:41 GMT+1 Darren I still use cassettes in my 4-track 'portastudio'. The best thing to record a band as it records 4 tracks at once compared to a pc. Also the cassettes aren't affected by a hard disk crash! Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:36:31 GMT+1 Monkeycat An orange VW campervan with a cassette in the 70's?I have an orange VW campervan now with a cassette player. Best thing in the world ever. Mix tapes and all those old tunes I recorded! Joy. Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:36:24 GMT+1 JNW I've found a use for the cassette - I used Billy Joel's "Turnstiles" this morning to scrape the ice off my car windows. It has just the right amount of flexibility. How the mighty fall.. Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:35:40 GMT+1 davmcn Eddie, Cassette art, eh.... Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:33:03 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus It's all gone a bit Front Row again. How long before I hear this on the World Service?Cassettes aren't as cute as kittens or puppies are they?I guess 2010 won't be the year of slapping the pretentious an art form? Mini Disc will become cool? Because something is old or retro it's cool? Could 2010 be the year where the death penalty is fondly remembered with rose tinted glasses? We can address prison overcrowding by making executions art installations? Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:32:42 GMT+1 davmcn BIGUN 12, A small cass. Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:27:23 GMT+1 DiY Cassettes are back! Wotz a cassettes?;-) Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:14:31 GMT+1 davmcn PS to 8, The tapes were thrown away, not the skip. Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:11:49 GMT+1 davmcn Is that a sperm on that tape?LM 9, I've got a ?60th birthday broadcast (?BBC) for Fats Domino with Jerry Lee Lewis and Ray Charles. Great stuff, it is. If I could find it. Tue 05 Jan 2010 17:10:50 GMT+1 Lepus_Madidus On a C90 somewhere I've got a tape of a John Peel show from 1993. Tue 05 Jan 2010 16:50:28 GMT+1 davmcn I recovered several hundred used tapes from a skip that somebody threw away. Tue 05 Jan 2010 16:38:21 GMT+1 Nisha Jani I loved tapes and thought they were magic as a child - long journeys down to my Granny's listening to instrumental versions of 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' - fantastic. The tape memory that still makes me laugh though is of a cassette that went with a children's story book, owned by my little sister. She loved it and played it so much that it got a bit stretched. One day we pressed play, only to hear a very deep, very slow, male drawl announce: "Hello, my name is Susan Hampshire..." We still say it to each other.... Tue 05 Jan 2010 16:06:19 GMT+1 xmarksthespot Circa 1974 - Orange VW camper - no radio. A box of very carefully taped cassettes was loaded on to said van having taken many hours to record over the previous few weeks from the radio and our LP collection. Off we went on the grand and very musical European summer tour taking in France Italy and Greece. Two weeks into the 6 week tour, had the whole damn box of wonderful music stolen at dusk whilst the van was parked in a small village outside Naples during a 15 minute stop for a cold beer. Still have a relacement box not to mention a cupboard full of vinyl. Tue 05 Jan 2010 15:28:12 GMT+1 DoctorDolots 1. Lady Sue - me too! And I thought only vinyl LPs had any retro value. I've given more away to charity shops though, may have to start buying them up again. Tue 05 Jan 2010 15:16:58 GMT+1 The Intermittent Horse Children's books by Allan Ahlberg on cassette - in the car all the way to the South of France and back, when the children were small. I think I might still be word perfect on 'Cops and Robbers'. Tue 05 Jan 2010 14:06:02 GMT+1 theotherdaughter What do you mean they are back? Some of us have never stopped using them!tod Tue 05 Jan 2010 14:05:01 GMT+1 jonnie Like Lady Sue I also have boxes of them. chromium - metal - standard ferrite, some with Dolby B, some with Dolby A - and many of Alan Freeman doing the Sunday countdown!! Argghhhhh ;-) Tue 05 Jan 2010 13:46:48 GMT+1 Lady_Sue Great! I've got boxes full of them. Can I be a wealthy art dealer now? Tue 05 Jan 2010 12:39:11 GMT+1