THIS WAXTRAX “BLACKBOX” PROJECT (which comes deep from our archives) IS ANOTHER OF THE HISTORIC CHICAGO INDUSTRIAL MUSIC SCENE MOMENTS.
It was done for the label in 1992, just prior to Jim Nash passing away from Aids.
The very first release was in fact a “solid black” single disc, with nine tracks, which included Revolting Cocks, KMFDM, Sister Machine Gun, 1000 Homo DJs, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, Meat Beat Manifesto, Coil, Lead Into Gold and The KLF.
The reason most people do not know about is because it was initially intended NOT FOR SALE - but of course, it got out. It was produced for promoting the two upcoming slipcase boxsets and the very limited edition metal boxset with the net.
The large metal set included 3 CDs, a poster, a book, boxset tags, coasters, stickers, patches and came with Volumes 1 and 2 of the VHS series. While working on the project, we were told that the raw tape pieces all these items sit in included “outtakes” of recordings. The 3-Disc slipcase version also included a book.
WaxTrax Records was founded by Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher in 1978 in Chicago. A documentary called “Industrial Accident” tells the WaxTrax story.
It is one of the recaps we discussed on the NEWHD series about the music industry by Spencer Drate, Zach Martin and Patrick Bambaruk, and includes the likes of Roger Dean, Lawrence Azerrad, Emek Artman and Rob O’Connor to name a few.