After discovering sealed 8-track copies of Andrea True's "More, More, More" (her main album) on eBay about a week ago, I finally got the two I ordered in the mail today. Since I consider myself an archivist, I really wanted two copies, one for playing and one for keeping sealed. But even still, the songs are available in other formats, so I'll probably keep both copies sealed for the time being.
To me, these 8-tracks are more than just an obsolete audio storage format containing obsolete music (it is disco, after all), but they have immense historical value as relics of 1970s, the likes of which may be corny to some but, to me, the era is aesthetically fascinating and, truth be told, really very appealing. Go ahead and call me a nerd, but I just think it's the coolest thing ever to have obscure disco 8-tracks laying around my house. It adds a little flavor to the decor, I guess.
For those of you who aren't too familiar with Andrea True, I can begin by saying that her career was interesting and even a bit unusual. I've seen various angles of her biography air on VH1 specials in the past (ca. 2001), so I'm no stranger myself. First and foremost, she was a porn star, and her films mostly pre-date her disco career. The album that I bought on eBay was issued in 1976, which means that the height of her porn career was in the first 5 or so years of the 1970s.
If memory serves me correctly, her hit song, More More More, took no longer than an hour for her to write and, while some get the impression that she's singing about love, she's actually just singing about the porn business (it's the reality she knew, I guess). That song did manage to hit #4 on the US pop charts, though, and is considered one of the biggest disco crazes of the time. After that point, however, even though she recorded several other albums in the late '70s and early 80s, they essentially flopped. She now goes down in 'one-hit wonder' history, and that one hit of hers has shown up (and continues to show up) sporadically in our world of pop culture since the 1970s.
Here are several videos and links for your viewing and reading pleasure:
And here's something a little different - an unusual cover version of More More More: