Don Campau

Profile:
Musician, radio host and archivist, Don Campau has been active in music since 1969.

From 1969-1974, Don, Geoff Alexander and other friends recorded as The Roots Of Madness, a bizarre, avant-garde collective that released one record album in 1971. The early tapes are now also available as CDs.

In 1971 Don also began hosting a radio program on KTAO-FM in Los Gatos California under the mentorship of Lorenzo W. Milam, one of the founding fathers of community radio in the USA. This show incorporated ethnic, avant garde jazz, baroque, modern classical, early home recordings and outsider material.

From 1974-1976 Don and Geoff owned Dogmouth Records, a retail outlet in Los Gatos that carried used and unusual LPs, many of which were rare and imported.

In 1978 Don began hosting a radio program on KKUP-FM in Cupertino, California. At the time, the show featured jazz, ethnic, contemporary classical, improvised and some early home recordings.

In 1985 the format of "No Pigeonholes" was established and became home recorded cassettes from the international home recording movement called "cassette culture". The music covered many styles from rock, folk, outsider, oddball, punk, electronic and much more.

Don continues broadcasting home recorded, small studio and independent music from around the world not only on KKUP but also throughout Europe on Radio Marabu and also on the net on The Luver.com.

During this entire time, Don has also been recording his own albums. Most are home recorded rock songs but some releases are more experimental. In addition, there have been numerous collaborations with other home recording musicians worldwide

The Lonely Whistle label was started in 1984 to house not only Don Campau albums but other releases from friends and musical associates. See the entire catalog here.

On 1 August, 2009, Campau started the web site project, The Living Archive Of Underground Music, which gives his personal history of the cassette culture/ home recorded music movement. Many others have also contributed to this look back at the taping culture of the 1980s and 1990s. Go there now.

Don Campau retired from his day job as a produce clerk at a grocery store in 2007 and lives in Santa Rosa, California with his wife, Robin O'Brien. He has 3 children: Nicole, Kevin and Caity and now five grandchildren: Mariah, Jack, Robert, Lily and Sierra.
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LW 1006 State Of The Onion — Don Campau Donald Campau* State Of The Onion(Cass, Album) Lonely Whistle Music LW 1006 US 1982 Sell This Version
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none Variety Show — Don Campau Donald Campau* Variety Show (Album) Lonely Whistle Music none Germany 1985 Sell This Version
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LW 1001 New Monterey Road Sounds — Don Campau Donald Campau* New Monterey Road Sounds(Cass, C90) Lonely Whistle Music LW 1001 US 1985 Sell This Version
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LW 1003 Paralyzed By The Very Thought — Don Campau Donald Campau* Paralyzed By The Very Thought(Cass, Album, Chr) Lonely Whistle Music LW 1003 US 1986 Sell This Version
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none Piñata Party — Don Campau Donald Campau*, Ken Clinger, James Hill, Dino Dimuro, Mark Hanley Donald Campau*, Ken Clinger, James Hill, Dino Dimuro, Mark Hanley - Piñata Party(2xCass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1987 Sell This Version
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none Meteor And Pickles — Don Campau Donald Campau* Meteor And Pickles(Cass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1987 Sell This Version
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none Pen Pals — Don Campau Donald Campau* With Dino Dimuro, Carl Howard, Al Perry, Thomas Pradel, Eric Muhs, Nick, YU (13), Kevyn Dymond / Dan Seelig, Tom Burris (2), Mark Saucier, R. Michael Torrey, Ken Clinger, Jonathon X* & Greg Gray, Heather Perkins, Charlie Mendoza, Peter Gullerud Donald Campau* With Dino Dimuro, Carl Howard, Al Perry, Thomas Pradel, Eric Muhs, Nick, YU (13), Kevyn Dymond / Dan Seelig, Tom Burris (2), Mark Saucier, R. Michael Torrey, Ken Clinger, Jonathon X* & Greg Gray, Heather Perkins, Charlie Mendoza, Peter Gullerud - Pen Pals(Cass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1988 Sell This Version
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HR154 Guaranteed Injection Comfort Or Your Money Back — Don Campau Donald Campau* Guaranteed Injection Comfort Or Your Money Back(Cass, C60) Harsh Reality Music HR154 US 1989 Sell This Version
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none One Sided Story / Your Side Of The Story — Don Campau Donald Campau* / Various Donald Campau* / Various - One Sided Story / Your Side Of The Story(Cass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1990 Sell This Version
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none Goodbye And Hello (Tribute To Tim Buckley) — Don Campau Donald Campau* Goodbye And Hello (Tribute To Tim Buckley)(Cass, C46) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1990 Sell This Version
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none Mixed Messages — Don Campau Donald Campau* Mixed Messages(Cass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1991 Sell This Version
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IT 051 Mixed Messages (European Version) — Don Campau Donald Campau* Mixed Messages (European Version)(Cass, C60) IRRE Tapes IT 051 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
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none In Europe Oct-Nov 1991 — Don Campau Don Campau And Kevyn Dymond Don Campau And Kevyn Dymond - In Europe Oct-Nov 1991(Cass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1992 Sell This Version
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none Transition Man — Don Campau Donald Campau* Transition Man(Cass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1993 Sell This Version
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none Short, Stupid And Broke — Don Campau Donald Campau* Short, Stupid And Broke(Cass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1993 Sell This Version
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none Don Campau Pen Pals 2(Cass, Album) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1996 Sell This Version
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none Don Campau / Robin & Don Don Campau / Robin & Don - Preexisting Condition / Western Union(Cass, Album) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1997 Sell This Version
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none Heartbeat 'N Loopy — Don Campau Don Campau Heartbeat 'N Loopy(Cass, C60) Lonely Whistle Music none US 1998 Sell This Version
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none Lowercase Fraud — Don Campau Don Campau Lowercase Fraud(CDr) Lonely Whistle Music none US 2002 Sell This Version
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none Hoax — Don Campau Campau* / McGee* Campau* / McGee* - Hoax(CDr, Album) Lonely Whistle Music, HalTapes none US 2003 Sell This Version
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none Panoply~ (The Tape Germ Mixes) — Don Campau Don Campau Panoply~ (The Tape Germ Mixes)(CDr) Lonely Whistle Music none US 2006 Sell This Version
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none Garnish — Don Campau Federico Barabino / Don Campau Federico Barabino / Don Campau - Garnish(CDr, Album) Lonely Whistle Music none US 2008 Sell This Version
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none Spinal Fusion — Don Campau Don Campau and Pharmakustik Don Campau and Pharmakustik - Spinal Fusion (MiniAlbum, Album) Not On Label none US 2010 Sell This Version
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none Through The Black Forest — Don Campau Don Campau Through The Black Forest(CDr, Album) Lonely Whistle Music none US 2010 Sell This Version
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none Soap And Salt — Don Campau D.J Urinal Cake / Don Campau D.J Urinal Cake / Don Campau - Soap And Salt(CDr, Album) Lonely Whistle Music none US 2011 Sell This Version