Some folks on our own Facebook page brought up perhaps everyone's favourite cheapo recording cassette tape of the '80s. The infamous, but lovable Swire/Intermagnetics "rainbow tape".
You may be surprised to know the quality of the first Swire/Intermagnetics cassettes were once surprisingly good for a cheap recording tape in 1978. They were once properly packaged in individual cases with J-cards. And best yet, Fuji made the actual tape (it was an early formulation.)
|Early Intermagnetics J-card. "Micra 6".....Sounds like one of Prince's '80s protege bands...|
|The first (and best) Intermagnetics tapes looked like this. No rainbow on the tape label.|
|Early Intermagnetics cassettes were also sold in special interlocking modular cassette display cases you could hang on the wall.|
In 1982, Intermagnetics went to a plain black rainbow-less tape label before vanishing from the market when Swire decided to change the brand name of their blank cassettes to Laser.
|And then it was back to this....|
(Mike Healy from our Facebook page reminds us that Recoton made their own "rainbow tape". I completely forgot about this - L.)