19 Somethin’ – Bell-Bottoms and 8-Track Tapes


The 19 Somethin’ series continues. If you missed the previous articles, you can get caught up here.

Here are the next lines in the song:

Bell bottoms and eight track tapes
lookin’ back now I can see me
oh man did I look cheesy
I wouldn’t trade those days for nothin’
ah, it was 1970 somethin’

I know that people make fun of ’80s fashion, BUT C’MON NOW!! Those bell bottoms were pretty ugly. The bell bottoms came into fashion with the hippie movement in the late ’60s. Now, I’m beginning to understand. And it got out of control in the late ’70s with disco. And when disco died, so did the bell bottoms. That is until they made a minor comeback in the ’90s. Nowadays, jeans seem to be in fashion if you can see ass-crack. Maybe we are better off with the bell-bottoms!

8 Tracks had about the same life line as the bell bottoms. They started in the ’60s. They became popular when automobile factories started installing eight-track tape players in their cars. The 8-track was convenient an more portable than a vinyl album. And you could record on the 8-tracks.
But 8-tracks started to go out when cassettes started coming out. The cassettes were much smaller, and you could fast forward and rewind more efficiently. And the sound quality was better on cassettes. In the U.S., eight-track cartridges were phased out of retail stores by late 1982.

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