An M&E Tribute To The Great Tape Labels
The Various Artists Who Ran Them
It was 30 years ago today ...
Listening to this virtual cassette proved to me again how visionary, exciting and still friendly this music was. There was no goal, no rules - just be yourself, be unique. I did radio shows in those days - I still do radio shows. I have to admit I don't receive this kind of music any more.
Today I often get music I was missing in those days. This is kinda difficult to explain. In those days I often experienced too much destruction just for the fun of destruction. I was sometimes looking for clever worked-out song structures .. and sometimes found them.
Does anyone remember LMNOP? YES alive and well! https://www.babysue.com/.
By the way, lots of this kind of information I find regularly on Darrel Draeger's cassette culture blog. http://1980scassetteculture.blogspot.com/
Today I often get too much of what I already had heard before many times. And I very seldom get the sheer excitement. It's often mellow, good, *radio-friendly* music, ready for the (a) market - or it's boring, clumsy *just* noise *experiments*. But then there also are bands that play simple plain Rock 'n' Roll and are totally excited to be on my show - they just want their Rock 'n' Roll to be heard - no desire to *make it*. You hear these kind of bands quite often on my shows. And I also sure get new interesting and challenging sound explorations, often on the mellow side, which adds a positive vibe in my opinion because we have way too much noise all around these days.
This virtual cassette compilation compiled by Mick Magic today, presents very well the general sound you got from his distribution in those years. I remember quite well some of these tracks, had many on my shows. If you want to find out about Mick Magic, here is a very in-depth presentation / interview I did for EC last year.
So if you're new to the scene (or if you've been there back in the day) this is a great way to discover ..or re-discover, compiled by one who was there (and who is still around!). http.//www.MickMagic.net The compilation is part of a much bigger forthcoming release with classic cassette culture material, that Mick is working on at the moment. I'll keep you informed.
Now enjoy and feel free to download an M&E Tribute To The Great Tape Labels, The Various Artists Who Ran Them, a special virtual C90 compilation!
Lord Litter, June 2019
download 200 MB album zip file, including PDF artwork
Below the tracklist pic you can stream the separate tracks
A1. RODENT TAPES (Ralf Bevis): Gypsy - "Trapped In Cement" - 1989
A2. ALTERNATE MEDIA (Mitch Rushton): Emmellar - "Polar Nights" - 1989
A3. SET CASSETTES (Terrence Burke): Histatic Charge - "Why Do I Always Hafta Do The Dishes?
A4. AUDIOFILE TAPES (Carl Howard): Nomuzic - "Second Warning" - 1990
A5. CAT KILLER (Carsten Vollmer): Bar & Co. - "In The Dreams Of Henry Spencer - 1991
A6. PUMF RECORDS (Stan Batcow): Howl In The Typewriter - "Gronk" - 1991
A7. HARSH REALITY MUSIC - Chris Phinney: Viktimized Karcass - "Loaded Man" - 1992
B1. NEUZEITLICHE TONKONSTRUKTIONEN (Alex Frick): Endzeitgeneration - "First Earth, Then Space" - 1992
B2. BETON TAPES (Haiko Herden): The Evasion On Stake - "Play Between The Sheets" - 1993
B3. GENDAI RECORDS (Fumihiro Okaniwa) / HARD DISC INTERNATIONAL (Toshiyuki Hiraoka): Fumihiro Okinawa & Toshiyuki Hiraoka - Untitled - 1994
B4. IRRE TAPES (Matthias Lang) / FRACTION STUDIO (Michel Madrange):
Mr. Moto & M. Nomized - "Acid Space" - 1995
B5. EBUS MUSIC (Carsten Olbrich): Mr. Ebu - "Bieberer Berg" - 1997
B6. LONELY WHISTLE MUSIC (Don Campau): Don Campau & Robin O'Brien - "Magical Mile" - 1997
B7. THE TRUNDLEY EXPERIENCE (Kev Trundley): Acidfuck - "Piece Of Christ" - 1999
B8. EDITION GRUNDMANN & NEUBERT (Sigfried Grundmann): Edition Neumann -
"I Dreamt A Dream" - 1999