Cheap Trick: More Afraid Of Being Ignored Than Ripped Off

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Last week on the Colbert Report, Stephen Colbert did a gag about the new Cheap Trick album coming out on 8-track. I assumed it was just a joke, but apparently it’s real. The band, as a little marketing gimmick is actually releasing the album as an 8-track (for you kids out there, the 8-track was a briefly popular form of cassette music, though it lived on at radio stations for years after it disappeared from public use). But, much more interesting is a quote at the end of the article about plans to offer the digital tracks at a steep discount from the typical iTunes price:

“We’re kind of more worried about being ignored than being ripped off.”

Indeed. This is just another way of saying that “obscurity is a bigger fear than piracy.” And while such things are usually applied to new, up-and-coming artists, it’s nice to see that more well known artists recognize the same formula applies to them, as well.

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Greg Hardison (profile) says:


“…it lived on at radio stations for years after it disappeared from public use…” Huh?? Radio stations used a standard 2-track cart format (warning: 6 tracks are missing!), mostly for :30 and :60-second long produced spots, known to the Great Unwashed as “Commercials”. Tell me, who would for a minute think that 8-track carts (as in “cartridges”, not “cassettes”) could ever be practical for broadcast use?
Try having someone older than 17 do your research.

Hephaestus (profile) says:

Wonder what they think of the RIAA?

This band seems like it would do well if all its albums were available for sale in one place.

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Derek Kerton (profile) says:


This goes directly against one of Cheap Trick’s main tenets. I think this band made it perfectly clear that they are AGAINST all forms of “free” when they exclaimed:

“Surrender. Surrender. But don’t give yourself away.”

And if that wasn’t clear enough, they emphasized:

“Aaaay. Aaay. Aaaaaaay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay, ay.”

It seems they’ve changed their tune…

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