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Austin Maxi
22-10-2010, 18:17
Of course, it's mainly downloads now, although you can still find CD singles on sale in some places, but I used to buy my chart singles mainly on cassette (sometimes also referred to as a 'cassingle') in the late '80s when they became popular.

Usually, they held just the A-side and B-side of a standard 7 inch single, but both tracks were on both sides of the casette tape. Sometimes you got B-sides that weren't on the vinyl or CD versions of the singles.

I transferred over to CD eventually, but I still have a healthy collection of cassette singles, including the first one I bought - 'China Doll' by Julian Cope for 99p.

Richard1978
22-10-2010, 18:23
I've got a few, they often have in just a thin card sleeve, which didn't stay on very well.

Marine Boy
22-10-2010, 21:24
Whenever I hear Black's 'Wonderful Life' and 'Sweetest Smile', I think of my cassette single.

Heather74
22-10-2010, 21:30
What a gutter when the cassette player decided to chew the tape, you'd gently try to ease it out only for reams and reams of tape to follow. I've spent many a good hour trying to wind it back on with a pencil, only to finally get there and the last little bit to be twisted :cry:

Marine Boy
22-10-2010, 21:40
Not only pencils, but Bic biros were the best for rewinding.

Some cassette singles didn't run to the end of the tape. So before you turned it over, you had to fast-forward.

(..... Am I being a bit nerdy there?)

Heather74
22-10-2010, 21:43
No!!!! I remember that too lol.

If you are being nerdy we may as well be nerdy together ;)

Richard1978
23-10-2010, 00:50
One of my sister's friends played a favourite tape singe so much it snapped, I can't remember what it was.

stuckinthe80's
23-10-2010, 08:03
I only bought a few Cassingles. I preferred 12" singles. The first ones I bought were Hue & Cry 'Labour of Love' and T'Pau 'Heart and Soul' from HMV in Newcastle.

Austin Maxi
23-10-2010, 11:23
One of the last cassette singles I bought was a misspress, if I can call it that. It was supposed to be 'Lucky You' by The Lightening Seeds, but played '7 Seconds' by Youssen D'Our and Neneh Cherry. I ended up keeping it and buying another copy.

memoman
24-10-2010, 12:41
cassette singles were such a waste of time.vynal singles where better at least you could stack them up to play.But i suppose they had there fans.But changing tapes every couple of songs was a pain!Cds and digital media is so superior these days.

Richard1978
24-10-2010, 13:03
At least with twin deck tape recorders you could be playing one tape while changing the other.

On some it would switch from one deck to the other then the tape ran out on the first.

vanhelsing
24-10-2010, 13:47
The first (and think only) Cassingle I bough was Bring Your Daughter To The Slaughter by Iron Maiden (my first fave band until I discovered Ba-sagoth)

vanhelsing
24-10-2010, 13:50
cassette singles were such a waste of time.vynal singles where better at least you could stack them up to play.But i suppose they had there fans.But changing tapes every couple of songs was a pain!Cds and digital media is so superior these days.

Yeah, remember speanding ages by the stereo ptting on different CDs/tapes/records just to make one compilation tape and it was the same with minidisks (I'd be glad to use one of these if they were still available. Mine fell apart). Then there was the added hassle of running out of room on the tape.

memoman
24-10-2010, 22:50
At least with twin deck tape recorders you could be playing one tape while changing the other.

On some it would switch from one deck to the other then the tape ran out on the first.

You had less flexibility in the day using tapes but i hated the single tapes.i think most people who prefer singles download individual tracks these days and stick them on their mp3 player/ipod etc.

memoman
24-10-2010, 22:52
Yeah, remember speanding ages by the stereo ptting on different CDs/tapes/records just to make one compilation tape and it was the same with minidisks (I'd be glad to use one of these if they were still available. Mine fell apart). Then there was the added hassle of running out of room on the tape.
It was much harder than just picking out your favorite mp3s and burning to disc.But you had to do it the hard way back then.Recording the top 40 off the radio was quite popular.

vanhelsing
25-10-2010, 23:54
which was worse? The amount of time involved or hoping there was enough tape left?

Marillion
04-11-2010, 00:11
Where the hell was I when those cassette singles were available? This is the first time I've heard of them! Was this in the second part of the eighties? By that time I was well into my twenties and didn't follow music the way you do when you're in your teens.

Cassettes were the only music medium I had in those days (the late 70s/early 80s) - a mixture of pre-recorded ones and ones I recorded myself, either off the radio or off my brother's record player (he was old enough to be working so had more money than me). As I could only afford the cheapest kind of cassette player I couldn't record off the radio directly, I had to use the microphone. My brother used to say it sounded terrible, but it was good enough for me.

darren
04-11-2010, 00:15
a friend of mine has tons of them.

ive got a cassette from the early nineties it has two songs on it.
one on one side the other song on the other side.

its a mariah carey cassette from 93 i think.

Star Attraction
04-11-2010, 12:47
I don't remember seeing many cassette singles (Cassingles) around in the shops etc. If I remember, they were quite shortlived really. They first appeared late 80s, but by the mid 90s CD singles were around. Late 1996 a new CD single had just come out, I asked if it was available a Cassingle, it wasn't so I bought the CD, even though I didn't have a CD player at the time. For your information, my first CD player was part of my Sanyo Midi System which I got autumn 1997 (and still going strong).

memoman
04-11-2010, 14:35
I think that most people these days download tracks if they don't want the whole cd as most people have either mp3/ipod/laptop/or pc or phone with mp3 player.I find it more amazing when you think of the 8 track tapes people used to own.They were massive!.What happened though with the digital explosion is that a lot of small independant record shops went under.I remember cassette singles in woolworths but i think more people were collecting the now series of compelations as they came out fairly quick and represented better value.

scotchmist
12-11-2010, 04:16
I'm sure I bought the cassette single "Lovestruck" by Madness in 1999! I got it reduced in Woolworth's....they're both defunct now....NOT Madness.....the Cassingle and Woollies I mean!

memoman
13-11-2010, 20:56
Hardly see music tapes anymore? most people have moved away.Partners had some a while back (Now raymonds).

julie and david
11-01-2011, 00:19
i had records and tapes of the damned still got some but cant play them my tape machine is broke

Brer Bunny
11-01-2011, 05:32
One of my tapes got caught up in the player, tangled and broke. So I disassembled the tape and rejoined it with a small piece of Sellotape and straightened as best as I could. Unfortunately, when the track played, the sound was muffled and crackled for about 15 secs. Even now when I hear the track on CD I cringe in anticipation of the distortion! It was from Pink Floyd The Wall.

memoman
11-01-2011, 09:00
Sound quality has improved so much with digital media that i am suprised if people still use cassette players.the cold/Damp/humidity was always a killer to tapes.But cds are not as tough as they made out when they first got released.Most people used to back up their vynal to cassette so they had a copy for their cars.

wispa lover
11-01-2011, 16:36
I bought a few cassete singles from local charity shops, one was Erasure, one was Duran Duran. But one tape I bought (not a single, an album) still has the Woolworths receipt inside the case, it was originally bought on 31/10/87.

RetroAEROSMITH
12-01-2011, 12:46
I always used to keep receipts inside my new cds...for some reason i wanted to prove i liked a band more by buying the cd and proving i bought the cd on the release day...

Richard1978
12-01-2011, 13:56
Once or twice I did that with CD's & videos.

csld
17-01-2011, 17:46
I always used to keep receipts inside my new cds...for some reason i wanted to prove i liked a band more by buying the cd and proving i bought the cd on the release day...

I used to do this too and still have a couple.

Agnetha352
21-11-2011, 21:09
I have 4 cassingles 'Hold On My Heart' by Genesis, 'Hazard' by Richard Marx, 'Regret' by New Order and 'When You Walk In The Room' by Status Quo.
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Marine Boy
21-11-2011, 21:39
...'Hazard' by Richard Marx, One of my favourite songs, but alas, i dont think I ever had the cassette single.

branny
23-11-2011, 01:07
I bought a few around 2000/2001, mainly because CD singles were about 4 to buy and cassettes cost either 1 or 2. I used to transfer them to a blank CD and then give the cassettes to a charity shop. Have still got a few knock5ng about though.

jb7
22-03-2012, 15:44
anyone else remember Weetabix (sometime in the 80s) had a token thing to get two different cassettes.
I just remember, I think it was two artists on each side including Thompson Twins, Kirsty MacColl.... cannot remember who else!
But they also sent postcards of the artists with the cassettes.

:D
I got them, or at least I got one the two!

Richard1978
22-03-2012, 18:54
I remember someone at school saved up enough tokens for one of those Weetabix tapes.

My cousins might have had some, as my Uncle worked for Weetabix they sometimes could get the offers as a perk.

DaysWentRollingBy
25-12-2012, 00:02
I bought them in the 90s. I don't remember my first one though.The ones in the card sleeve were annoying as they'd skuff so easily. I liked the look of them though. I had loads back in the day, but gave many to charity shops. I still have some, about 20 or 30 maybe ?
My oldest one is from 1987 (The Slightest Touch by 5 Star), but I didn't buy that 'til I went to a car boot sale in the '90s . I didn't even know cassette singles existed in the 1980s, always thought they were a 90s thing !

adz
05-01-2014, 04:26
I remember getting a "Bush" HiFi one Christmas (don't laugh!) and it chewed up many a cassette single, I found bic Biro's the best for winding them back again and scotch invisible tape for the ones it quite liked the taste of and fancied a good "chew". I remember being quite heartbroken at my snapped Whigfield Saturday night tape!

Chris-T
31-07-2014, 20:17
Never liked any pre-recorded cassettes the sound quality always sucked in my opinion. Not that I objected when I got the 'Breakin' soundtrack and 'Thriller' albums on cassette for Christmas of course :-)

Richard1978
01-08-2014, 12:48
Dolby noise reduction helped but not too much!

Twocky61
13-08-2014, 21:39
Yes but if you had an auto reverse deck cassettes would play on a loop :D Some car cassette players had this feature and even some hi-fi's

Twocky61
13-08-2014, 21:49
Dad worked for Rank Xerox in the 70's part of the Rank Organisation which also had a hi-fi division. With staff discount Dad bought a 50watt per channel Leak amplifier & record player and Akai Auto Reverse tape deck complete with Dolby. The Leak amp even had inputs for extra speakers to go into quadriphonic mode blasting out 4 speakers at 50watts each lol My brother Peter & I played David Bowie's album Ziggy Stardust & the Spiders From Mars which said on the sleeve to be played at maximum volume. Well we cranked it up as far as three quarters and the windows were vibrating but fortunately for the neighbours they were all out at work lol