In David Peace's novel Nineteen Seventy-Four, Eddie Dunford, reporter/reluctant detective, says that "I pulled the Viva into the car park behind the Redbeck Cafe and Motel. I parked between two lorries and sat listening to Tom Jones sing I Can't Break the News to Myself on Radio 2." In 1974, Sanyo released the V-Cord videocassette. It was short lived, a predecessor to Betamax. Although there are many technical reasons for its failure, the V-Cord disappeared for a more obvious reason: it was designed to be loaded into its VCR sideways, rather than from the front.