Supermarket Announcement Tapes from 1992

Vor zwei Jahren präsentierte Mark Davis seine Sammlung oller Tapes voller Hintergrund-Mucke und Supermarkt-Ansagen, die seit den 90ern bei ihm im Keller rumflogen. Jetzt hat er die Teile digitalisiert und komplett ins Internet Archive hochgeladen (via Daniel Rehn), jede Menge großartiger Samples und Bits zum remixen.

Hier das Kmart 30th Anniversary Program:

Until around 1992, the cassettes were rotated monthly. Then, they were replaced weekly. Finally sometime around 1993, satellite programming was intoduced which eliminated the need for these tapes altogether. The older tapes contain canned elevator music with instrumental renditions of songs. Then, the songs became completely mainstream around 1991. All of them have advertisements every few songs.

The monthly tapes are very, very, worn and rippled. That's becuase they ran for 14 hours a day, 7 days a week on auto-reverse. If you do the math assuming that each tape is 30 minutes per side, that's over 800 passes over a tape head each month.

Finally, one tape in the collection was from the Kmart 30th anniversary celebration on 3/1/92. This was a special day at the store where employees spent all night setting up for special promotions and extra excitement. It was a real fun day, the store was packed wall to wall, and I recall that the stores were asked to play the music at a much higher volume. The tape contains oldies and all sorts of fun facts from 1962. This may have been one of the last days where Kmart was in their heyday - really!