A recent study from London found three music revolutions in the last five decades. All three happened in the 20th century, 25 and more years ago. Every generation since the beginning of recorded music has introduced a game-changing genre. Until now. What the hell is going on with today’s western pop music?
There are the CD and vinyl limited and collectors editions, of course. But those are mostly only meant to sell a record a second time to an artist’s fans. But what is much more interesting, are personalized copies.
I personally know these from the cassette movement in the early 80s. I still have a box of them at home. Some of the artists are well known, like The Cleaners From Venus. For some, it was a start in a new career, like Everything But The Girl‘s Tracey Thorne with the Marine Girls. But most of the bands are only known by a few dozen people.
What was so unique about the cassette movement, was that the tapes were copied at home, the cover manually copied and often hand colored. A thing that is not possible with vinyl, and was not possible with CDs back then.
These personalized releases, born out of necessity, is now taken a step further by an artist called Spruke from Buffalo, New York.
David Lynch’s work is not only famous for him leaving audiences in a state of existential drift, but also for him very carefully selecting music for his movies. I’ve seen his first film Eraserhead in my late teens, and it never did let me loose. And after more than 30 years, I could still sing the song In Heaven today.