|Title:||Industrial Accident: The History of Wax Trax! Records|
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|11.10.19||Blu-ray||This Screening is part of event: DVRfest 2019|
This is a documentary about seminal industrial label Wax Trax! records. Well made, talks to pretty much everyone it needs to talk to with no notable exceptions, tells the story well. Good doc.
My favorite scene was the woman who worked mail order talking about sending packages to kids in smaller towns who couldn't get this stuff anywhere else. i WAS one of those kids. I remember getting the catalog, sending my money in and months later, almost after I'd forgotten sending the order, getting a box full of random stuff. There'd be the stuff I ordered but also a few extra things. Posters, promos, stickers. The inside of the box even smelled like incense. It gave me this glimpse to a much cooler world that I had no access to since I was going to highschool in rural Maryland. We'd go into Baltimore or DC for shows but that was always a big ordeal, driving hours into the scary big crime-ridden city to see shows. Once or twice a year I'd get to go to Tower records or a place called Phantasmagoria to spend some serious cash on music. Japanese Red Hot Chili Pepper singles, special stuff that the mall music stores didn't stock, and old Luxa/Pan cds that weren't available anywhere else. We had one record shop downtown that had PTP on vinyl but alas... no record player.
It's fair to say that Wax Trax!, along with Invisible records, defined my musical tastes during my most formative years. I wasn't around for the heyday of 87 - 89, but I was there 92 - 95 to revel and explore and also witness the beginning of the end. CDs started showing up with generic TVT cardboard cases around them. Releases were spotty, I went to college and heard The Prodigy and lost interest for a decade or two, but I still hold the record label up in the highest regard.
My friend and neighbor played me Ministry's Mind album and Nine Inch Nails' first album The WaxTrax! sampler introduced me to Underworld. Those three bands were favorites for a long time, Underworld still is.
So I am very happy and grateful for Wax Trax! to finally get a moment in the spotlight in this film. For as huge a fan as I was, I'd never once been to Chicago to go to their retail store. So I'm really glad to hear the whole story.
Never mind that everyone was strung out the entire time. I guess it was a good thing I never went to the store. I got to retain my innocence until I read Chris Connelly's book.
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