My 1986 track Take a Walk Down the Street from the album Electro Punk ’86 is featured on the fascinating book & 2 CD release Cassette Culture – Homemade Music and the Creative Spirit in the Pre-Internet-Age by Jerry Kranitz from Vinyl On Demand Records. This is an intensive 320 page book written by Jerry Kranitz including a double CD loaded with almost 160 minutes of Cassette-Culture/DIY Artists.
“The book takes a social history/analytical approach to the growth of the global cassette culture/homemade music network that sprouted and flourished from the post-punk era through the early 1990s. The author explores how the participants communicated, traded, collaborated, and set up cottage industry labels to distribute their work. A long overdue study of this pivotal yet less than comprehensively documented chapter in the post-punk and 20th century independent arts movement stories.”
Recorded on Scotch cassette tape, ‘Electro Punk ’86’ is the product of a wild imagination and access to Yeovil College’s music department studio equipment at the time, namely a tape machine, a Yamaha DX7 keyboard and a 70s beatbox/drum machine that kicked out a series of pre-set beats and rhythms. I blogged about the process surrounding the cassette tape transfer onto digital format on The Unearthing and Restoration of Sheer Zed’s Electro Punk ’86.
Many thanks go to the author Jerry Kranitz and Frank of Vinyl On Demand Records for including my track on this magnificent publication/release. Grab your copy here while stocks last.