A (small) Commodore 64 program on a German vinyl from 1984

On a quite regular basis, I discover new vinyl records with encoded data. This time, it’s a (small) program for the Commodore 64 on a German record from 1984.

Instead of repeating all the previous articles each time, I’ll refer you to the dedicated page, which explains what I do with vinyl records and lists all the pages containing programs, explanations, etc.


It’s the record O Cubano by Flucht Nach Vorn. I tested it on the promotional version (a 7-inch) because it was cheaper, but the data is also on the classic 12-inch version. The presence of data is more or less indicated on the cover but not on the disc itself. For once with the Commodore 64, it only took three recordings and about ten attempts to retrieve the data. The main reason is that the program is short, just under 25 seconds.

The Cover

It Indicates the Commodore 64 Program

The Disc Itself Doesn’t Indicate Anything

The program is basic: it displays the same message in a loop. The message is in German: « Das definitive telespiel. Flucht nach Vorn. Findest du am ende der naechsten LP von Flucht nach Vorn. ». One possible translation is: « The definitive video game. Flucht nach Vorn. You will find it at the end of the next LP by Flucht nach Vorn. » (Flucht nach Vorn means ‘flight forward’ in German, I believe, but it’s the name of the band).

The Text Looping

Now, you might be wondering if the next record by the band contains a game. The answer appears to be negative: 8-Bit Show and Tell tested the record and had bought the second record by the band, which does not contain any data.