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Ep. 199: Jello Biafra, Groovie Mann, Julia Nash & Mark Skillicorn – Wax Trax!

(left to right) Mark Skillicorn, Julia Nash, (me), Jello Biafra, and Groovie Mann are part of Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records, and they're the guests on Ep. 199 of the Jon of All Trades Podcast from Denver Film Festival 2018 #DFF41, debuting November 15, 2018.

Here’s the synopsis of Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records:

From humble beginnings in Denver, Colorado, Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher built one of the most influential American independent record labels. In 1978 they opened Wax Trax! Records in Chicago, Illinois, which would evolve into a record store and music label like no other—Wax Trax! became the nexus of the new wave, punk rock and industrial music scenes, and America’s preeminent industrial label of the 1980s and ’90s

Here’s what it doesn’t tell you:

The story of Wax Trax! is a story of family. First there’s Jim and Dannie, who were an out, gay couple in Denver (which had no gay scene to speak of in the 1970s) and champions of incredibly obscure music. Then there were those who flocked to Wax Trax because they either didn’t fit with mainstream culture, loved the music, or otherwise had no place else to go. Then there were the bands under the Wax Trax! label – Ministry, My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult, Front 242, KMFDM, and others.

On my final show from #DFF41, I sit down with Julia Nash (Director, and daughter of Jim Nash), Mark Skillicorn (Writer, and Julia’s husband), Groovie Mann (lead singer of My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult), and Jello Biafra (lead singer of Dead Kennedys) and we talk about the film, their shared history together, the state of the music business today, and a ton more. I think now is a good place to stop typing because, seriously, if you’re not already hitting play to hear from two music legends, and those who chronicled the rise of one of the greatest record stores and most important record labels of all-time, I don’t think anything I write here will help.

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