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Pirate cassette tapes from 1980s Saudi Arabia are an eclectic joy

Much like present-day Saudi Arabia, 80s Saudi Arabia wasn’t overly fond of breasts, nudity, or anything remotely controversial.

However, it was still possible to get hold of some decent sort-of-legal cassettes: it’s just that the cover art was, well, something else.

Remember the Human League album, Reproduction?

How about keeping the general theme, removing the legs and adding a picture of a 4-year-old blowing candles because… why the hell not?

Uh. Okay.

And surely, you remember the cover of one of the Smiths’ greatest albums?

Wouldn’t it look a lot better with a very tight and partially-transparent shirt casually drawn onto it?

Oh. Yes. Of course.

Led Zeppelin Best Of: A lovely bonding experience for the entire family?

Ah, well, here’s the thing about this one - it’s actually a Led Zep cover, from 1976 album Presence. Look, here’s the original - perhaps the authorities didn’t like yachts?


Although the other odd thing is the track listing. It’s basically all the one, slightly obscure album - except with stuff that the producer thinks you might also like slapped onto the end.

And that’s the joy of piracy: It’s full of surprises!

Thanks to Street Semi-Legal Cassettes for the pictures, and to Saudi Arabia for being so creative with their censorship.

them cats

Cats. Music. Colours. Chaos. Bring in the Cats!

Wait for it… Wait for it…

POOOOOW!! And this is just a preview!

In adding cats to colours and music, Dirk Dirk has done a great, great thing. But you need the full experience: Bring In The Cats.