LIFE AFTER CASSETTES
When I drove a Mini into a tree in 1993, the impact put a small click into my mate’s AC/DC cassette. Shortly afterwards, the CD took over the world. After that came the brilliant idea – one that never took off with cassettes – of the multi-disc CD player. You loaded up, say, six CDS, and went off playing just those on rotation. In the mid-1990s, Performance Car magazine used to ask interviewees which six CDS they’d take for a trip
around Europe. And that was the thing: often they were stored in the boot, resigning the terminally lazy or forgetful to listening to the same six CDS for weeks, perhaps months, on end.