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The Wax Trax! Retrospectacle

"As important as Chess Records was to blues and soul music, Chicago's Wax Trax imprint was just as significant to the punk rock, new wave and industrial genres," Richard Giraldi wrote for the Sun-Times on Sunday.

"What began as a record shop on Lincoln Avenue that specialized in underground music more than 30 years ago morphed into an influential label and seeped into the city's culture. Even after the label went bankrupt, the storefront closed and founders Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher passed away, the music and reach of Wax Trax Records never dissipated."

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"Amid almost ceiling-scraping stacked amps pumping surging, unyielding beats, Wax Trax! artists - including Front 242, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, and members of KMFDM and Revolting Cocks - paid tribute over the weekend at Metro to the label that shaped their formative careers," Althea Legaspi wrote for the Tribune. "Dubbed the Wax Trax! Retrospectacle, Friday and Saturday's benefit shows were sold out; an encore performance was held Sunday."

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Here are some of the highlights.

1. Rights of the Accused.


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2. My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult.

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3. KMFDM.

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4. Front 242.

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5. Revolting Cocks.

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6. Blue Ribbon Glee Club.

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See also from the Beachwood vault: Waking Wax Trax

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And here's Julia Nash, daughter of Wax Trax co-founder Jim Nash, at the Retrospectacle.

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Comments welcome.



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Posted on April 20, 2011


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