The Re-Birth of 8-Track Tapes


The other day I notice that the band Pigface is releasing a new album. I was excited because I am a fan of Pigface.

For those who don’t know who Pigface is, here is a brief history run down.

Pigface is an industrial rock super group formed in 1990 by Martin Atkins and William Rieflin.

pigfacePigface was formed from Ministry’s The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste tour, which produced the In Case You Didn’t Feel Like Showing Up live album and video. For the tour, Al Jourgensen brought Atkins, Nivek Ogre and Chris Connelly. Also on the tour was Rieflin, regular Ministry drummer at the time. While Atkins enjoyed the dynamic of playing with a second drummer, he felt that the lineup was capable of doing much more than being, what he has frequently called, “a Ministry cover band.” Once the tour was over, Atkins and Rieflin decided to continue working together and recruited several of their tourmates from the The Mind Is A Terrible Thing To Taste tour. Pigface was born with the intention of keeping a revolving-door style collaboration with many experimentally-minded musicians, many of whom, especially early on, had recorded for the influential industrial music record label Wax Trax!.

Trent Reznor was also an early partner, before Nine Inch Nails became a household name. “Suck,” co-written and sung by Reznor, was something of an underground hit, and Reznor later re-recorded the song for the Broken EP.

Rieflin eventually left Pigface, leaving Atkins in charge. The hundreds of musical collaborators to record and perform with Pigface have ensured that each album, and each song, is unique. However, this practice has led to some negative criticism due to a perceived lack of continuity.

Pigface concerts are characterized by high-energy performances. Frequently there will be upwards of 10 musicians on stage at any time during the show. In addition, members of the audience are occasionally invited on stage for the encore. —- blurb taken from Wikipedia – to see the extensive line up of Pigface – you can check out the Wikipedia page.

rca tapeclub Ok, history lesson is over.   As I was saying, I was excited to hear Martin was releasing a new album but was very shocked to hear that Pigface was releasing a very limited signed copy of 100 8-track tapes of their new album.

Yes! 8-track, you remember 8-track tapes… well, some of you may not remember.

I think this is a fun gimmick but with one minor problem – WHO STILL OWNS AN 8-TRACK PLAYER?  You can not even pick them up at pawn shops.

The good news is Martin Atkins will be hosting live online listening parties on Friday,  Sunday, and Monday to play a handful of new Pigface tunes and some other assorted tracks, and will be online to chat and answer questions on the Invisible Community Site.

Friday, December 12  8:00pm CST

Sunday, December 14  8:00pm CST

Monday, December 15  12:00pm CST

When the time comes, you’ll simply go to

Martin also made the following video to promote the 8-track….. so enjoy

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    April 25, 2009

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