Fight 8-track piracy with this 1976 record sleeve

This 1976 record sleeve, uploaded by Supraterra to the Boing Boing Flickr Pool, is printed with a long warning about the horrors of 8-track cassette piracy, urging listeners to look for tapes with multiple artists on them and to report suspected pirates to their local bunko squad. The article also lauds Jerry Lee Lewis for driving the nation's freeways, seizing racks of counterfeit 8-tracks at filling stations and smashing them, instructing the pump jockeys to tell the racks' owners that "Killer was here."



    1. As one who was there at the time, I wish to affirm that many of us then, even at the time of their introduction into the market, saw 8-track audio tape as being an irremediably stupid format.

      But they brought personal musical choice into your car: and for most, that was all that really mattered.

      Although i in general liked what came in on pop radio just fine for that purpose:

      Aaah, memories….

      1. “… Although i in general liked what came in on pop radio just fine for that purpose…”

        Trouble was, that in some stupid parts of the world, we didn’t even have proper pop radio then, so those 8-track cartridges were our sole source of music on the go.
        Then the Pirate Radio came along, and we were all so obviously enthralled with that counterfeiting that that must have made us bootleg the 8-tracks.

        And, as everyone knows, that led to the downfall of Western civilisation and the Pirate Bay.

        1. Yeah and even if you had a radio station to listen to, the seventies sure had some awful stuff on the radio, including this huge selling hit version of the Star Wars theme:

          So I do feel your pain – and i felt it then, too.

          And now all you folks can now feel it too, simply by clicking that link!

          Aaaah, progress!

          1. And now all you folks can now feel it too, simply by clicking that link!
            Aaaah, progress!

            No, Content that umg or sony, cursed be their names, have rights to are not interNETional.

            I had an 8-track once, it was installed in a classic VW bus. But I only had the tape that was in it. Jerry Lee probably destroyed all the others.

          2. Geez ipo that stinks, but like those videos that get yanked from youtube after i post a link to them due to somebody complaining about copyrights, there is nothing i can do about it.

            To be truthful, the labels owning the materials i link to on youtube or other places are a matter of complete and utter indifference to me. In general, I am ignorant of who owns what song by whom and where it may or not be played.

            i am truly sorry if you encounter blind links in my posts, but when I test them from here they do work; and I’m not going to start weeding out the ones which may not play everywhere.

            If it’s any consolation, and I doubt that it is, any vids the Boing Boing crew links to on Hulu or otherwise seemingly generated from US TV services won’t operate in Canada, so I too feel your geo-locationally determined and allocated “pain” on occasion.

            Just not pertaining to the same materials, perhaps.

            i will promise to you never to knowingly post a link to a registration-required or paywall site, though that is cold comfort, I know.

  1. Surely that sleeve is a forgery because one detail gives it away. Shouldn’t it say “Bunco” instead of “Bunko”?

  2. A while ago I bought a box of 8-track tapes from a thrift shop. Many were still in the original wrapping, and several had titles like David Bowie, but the box actually said “The music of” in small print, then “David Bowie” in large print, then under that “As song by various studio artists” in small print.


    I knew those “Now This is What I Call Music!” albums were pirated.

  4. You must admit though, if one is going to complain about their music being pirated, driving cross-country and destroying the bootlegs yourself is at least an admirable way to handle it.

    Jerry Lee Lewis, the Chuck Norris of Rock & Roll.

  5. Interestingly enough, this block of text comprises the dust jacket on the original vinyl edition of Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn”.

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