Celluloid

Celluloid

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Celluloid Records was a French label & distributor founded in Paris in 1979 by Jean Karakos, Gilbert Castro and Jean-François Bizot. Initially specialized in importing European hits records for the French market. Soon after the creation of Celluloid, Karakos, with more international ambitions for the label, proposed to move to New York. Castro and Bizot refused, so Celluloid split in two, with Karakos starting a new life for Celluloid in New York in 1981, while the French Celluloid continued in Paris for a while.
The label then began to focus on experimental music and cross-cultural fusion sounds. Shortly after, Celluloid began a long and fruitful relationship with Bill Laswell who produced many of its recordings in the first half of the 80's.

In the 80's, Celluloid produced a large amount of records which to this day are regularly quoted as having a significant cultural influence. The default position of "way ahead of the time" was great for the label´s reputation but not always great for its financial situation. In 1988 Celluloid went bankrupt and Jean Karakos returned to Paris.

After years of breadline-indie-label-toil Jean's ship finally came in when he found, signed and released the only pop release of his career; "The Lambada", with the help of his A&R man of that time, Robert Soares, becoming one of the biggest global hits of 1989.

In 1990, the rights to all the Celluloid master recordings were transfered to American record distributor, John Matarazzo, who was also the executive producer behind Bill Laswell's and Robert Soares´ Subharmonic and Strata labels between 1993 and 1995. On August 1994, Adageo BV purchased all rights to the Celluloid catalog and name. Adageo remain the owners to the present day.

In 2010, Jean returned to A&R duties of Celluloid Records. With the renewed interest in the early 80's New York culture, the label plans to release some compilations featuring previously unheard Celluloid recordings from the period, while new projects are in the works.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year 
LTM 1.031 African Roots  album cover U-Roy African Roots LTM 1.031 France 1976 Sell This Version
CEL2-1029 The Heptones Better Days (Album) CEL2-1029 UK 1978 Sell This Version
LTM 201 Extended Play  album cover Cabaret Voltaire Extended Play (EP) LTM 201 France 1978 Sell This Version
LTM 1029 Better Days  album cover The Heptones Better Days(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1029 France 1978 Sell This Version
6537 Inflammable Material  album cover Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material (Album) 6537 France 1979 Sell This Version
203.051 Jacno  album cover Jacno Jacno(LP, Album) Ariola, Celluloid 203.051 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
C 6537 Inflammable Material  album cover Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material(Cass, Album) Celluloid C 6537 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 6023 Nag Nag Nag  album cover Cabaret Voltaire Nag Nag Nag(12", Maxi) Celluloid CEL 6023 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 1- 6201 Rectangle  album cover Jacno Rectangle (Single) CEL 1- 6201 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 1- 6205 O.K. Fred  album cover Errol Dunkley O.K. Fred (Single) CEL 1- 6205 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-1008 The Henry Cow Legend  album cover Henry Cow The Henry Cow Legend(LP, Album, RE) LTM (2), Celluloid CEL 2-1008 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-1010 In Praise Of Learning  album cover Henry Cow, Slapp Happy Henry Cow, Slapp Happy - In Praise Of Learning(LP, Album, RE) Celluloid, Celluloid CEL 2-1010 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6545 Celluloïd  album cover Various Celluloïd(12", Comp, Promo) Celluloid, Celluloid CEL 2-6545 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6547 Jacno  album cover Jacno Jacno (Album) CEL 2-6547 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6556 Chewing Hides The Sound  album cover Snakefinger Chewing Hides The Sound(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 2-6556 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6565 Pre Teenage Jesus And The Jerks  album cover Teenage Jesus And The Jerks Pre Teenage Jesus And The Jerks(12") ZE Records, ZE Records CEL 2-6565 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6566 Rosa Yemen  album cover Rosa Yemen Rosa Yemen(12", EP) Celluloid CEL 2-6566 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6567 Grutzi Elvis Soundtrack  album cover James Chance & Pill Factory James Chance & Pill Factory - Grutzi Elvis Soundtrack CEL 2-6567 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-00 6530 Blood Suckers  album cover Pablo Gad Blood Suckers(LP) Celluloid CEL 2-00 6530 France 1979 Sell This Version
CEL 2-006543 O.K. Fred  album cover Errol Dunkley O.K. Fred (Album) CEL 2-006543 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTD 1023 Nag Nag Nag  album cover Cabaret Vøltaire* Nag Nag Nag (Maxi) LTD 1023 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTD 1030 Blood Suckers  album cover Pablo Gad Blood Suckers(LP) Celluloid LTD 1030 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTD 1040 pragVEC  album cover pragVEC pragVEC(12", Comp) Celluloid, Spec Records (2) LTD 1040 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 202 T.V.O.D.  album cover The Normal T.V.O.D.(7", Single) Celluloid LTM 202 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1001 Inédits  album cover Magma (6) Inédits (Album) LTM 1001 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1003 Gong Est Mort  album cover Gong Gong Est Mort(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Celluloid, Celluloid LTM 1003 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1005 Visions  album cover Clearlight Visions(LP, Album, RE) LTM (2), Celluloid LTM 1005 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1006 Köhntarkösz  album cover Magma (6) Köhntarkösz (Album) LTM 1006 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1007 Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh  album cover Magma (6) Mekanïk Destruktïw Kommandöh (Album) LTM 1007 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1.013 Western Culture  album cover Henry Cow Western Culture (Album) LTM 1.013 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1020 Club Of Rome / All Those Lives  album cover Andy Goldner Club Of Rome / All Those Lives(12", Maxi) Well Known Records, Celluloid LTM 1020 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1021 Ma Banlieue Flasque  album cover Ma Banlieue Flasque Ma Banlieue Flasque(LP, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid LTM 1021 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1026 Soldier-Talk  album cover The Red Crayola* Soldier-Talk(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1026 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1032 Jamaican Dollars  album cover Dillinger Jamaican Dollars(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1032 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1.035 At The Grass Roots Of Dub  album cover King Tubby Meets The Upsetter King Tubby Meets The Upsetter - At The Grass Roots Of Dub (Album) LTM 1.035 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1036 D.o.A. The Third And Final Report  album cover Throbbing Gristle D.o.A. The Third And Final Report (Album) LTM 1036 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1.037 Inflammable Material  album cover Stiff Little Fingers Inflammable Material(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1.037 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1039 The Bridge  album cover Thomas Leer & Robert Rental Thomas Leer & Robert Rental - The Bridge(LP, Album) Celluloid LTM 1039 France 1979 Sell This Version
LTM 1041 Mix-Up  album cover Cabaret Voltaire Mix-Up(LP, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid LTM 1041 France 1979 Sell This Version
S 103 206 - 100 Rectangle  album cover Jacno Rectangle(7") Celluloid S 103 206 - 100 Germany 1979 Sell This Version
WIP 67645 Rectangle  album cover Jacno Rectangle(7", Single) Celluloid WIP 67645 UK 1979 Sell This Version
102.434 O.K. Fred  album cover Errol Dunkley O.K. Fred(7", Single) Ariola, Celluloid 102.434 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
102 435 Rectangle  album cover Jacno Rectangle(7", Single) Ariola, Celluloid, Ariola Benelux B.V. 102 435 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
102 444 Amoureux Solitaires  album cover Lio Amoureux Solitaires (Single) 102 444 France 1980 Sell This Version
102.463 Disco Rough  album cover Mathématiques Modernes Disco Rough(7") Ariola, Ariola 102.463 Benelux 1980 Sell This Version
529805 Greener Postures  album cover Snakefinger Greener Postures(LP, Album) Celluloid 529805 France 1980 Sell This Version
529806 Half-Mute  album cover Tuxedomoon Half-Mute(LP, Album) Celluloid, Ralph Records, Vogue 529806 France 1980 Sell This Version
600.283 Disco Rough  album cover Mathématiques Modernes Disco Rough(12") Celluloid 600.283 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
600 368 Disco Rough / Rectangle  album cover Mathématiques Modernes / Jacno Mathématiques Modernes / Jacno - Disco Rough / Rectangle(12") Celluloid, Celluloid 600 368 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
729805 Greener Postures  album cover Snakefinger Greener Postures(Cass, Album) Celluloid, Vogue 729805 France 1980 Sell This Version
729806 Half-Mute  album cover Tuxedomoon Half-Mute(Cass, Album) Celluloid 729806 France 1980 Sell This Version
204527-270 Material Temporary Music - Compilation(LP, Comp) Celluloid 204527-270 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
204527-320 Temporary Music - Compilation  album cover Material Temporary Music - Compilation(LP, Comp) Celluloid 204527-320 US 1980 Sell This Version
600 369-213 Wheel Me Out.  album cover Was (Not Was) Wheel Me Out.(12", Single) Celluloid 600 369-213 Germany 1980 Sell This Version
C 6543 O.K. Fred  album cover Errol Dunkley O.K. Fred(Cass, Album, Mono) Celluloid C 6543 France 1980 Sell This Version
C6555 Reggae Celluloid  album cover Various Reggae Celluloid(Cass, Comp) Celluloid C6555 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 4624 Lagué Moin  album cover Kassav' Lagué Moin(Cass, Album) Celluloid CEL 4624 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6044 Africa  album cover Touré Kunda Africa(12") Celluloid CEL 6044 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6301 The Blue Cats  album cover The Blue Cats* The Blue Cats(LP) Celluloid CEL 6301 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6549 É'mma Africa  album cover Touré Kunda É'mma Africa (Album) CEL 6549 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6572 En Public Aux États-Unis D'Amérique  album cover Etron Fou Leloublan En Public Aux États-Unis D'Amérique(LP, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid CEL 6572 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6573 Nous D'eux  album cover Anches Doo Too Cool, Philippe Herpin / Daniel Pabœuf Anches Doo Too Cool, Philippe Herpin / Daniel Pabœuf - Nous D'eux(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6573 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6576 Temporary Music Compilation  album cover Material Temporary Music Compilation (Comp) CEL 6576 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6578 Wheel Me Out  album cover Was (Not Was) Wheel Me Out(12") Celluloid CEL 6578 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6579 Je M'Ennuie  album cover Bruno Carone Je M'Ennuie(12") Celluloid, ejc CEL 6579 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6581 Indoor Life  album cover Indoor Life Indoor Life (EP) CEL 6581 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6585 Psychedelic Desert  album cover Doctor Mix And The Remix Psychedelic Desert(12") Celluloid, Byzz CEL 6585 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6588 The Live Rise Of Richard Strange  album cover Richard Strange The Live Rise Of Richard Strange(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 6588 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6589 Wall Of Noise  album cover Doctor Mix And The Remix Wall Of Noise(LP, Album) Celluloid, Byzz CEL 6589 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6591 Gotta Gettaway  album cover Stiff Little Fingers Gotta Gettaway (Comp) CEL 6591 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6612 Suicide  album cover Suicide Suicide(LP, Album, RE) Celluloid CEL 6612 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6618 Suis-Je Normale  album cover Nini Raviolette Suis-Je Normale(12", Maxi) Celluloid CEL 6618 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6703 Celebration  album cover Osibisa Celebration(LP, Album) Celluloid, Celluloid CEL 6703 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 6707 Celebration  album cover Osibisa Celebration(12", Maxi) Celluloid CEL 6707 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 1-6204 Electrique Sylvie  album cover Modern Guy Electrique Sylvie(7", Single) Celluloid CEL 1-6204 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 1-6206 Suicide Roméo / Moderne Romance  album cover Suicide Romeo Suicide Roméo / Moderne Romance(7") Celluloid, Ze Records CEL 1-6206 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 1-6207 Les Deux Amants  album cover Les Garçons* Les Deux Amants(7") Celluloid CEL 1-6207 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 1-6210 Kwai Systeme / Betty Boop  album cover Arto* Kwai Systeme / Betty Boop(7") Celluloid CEL 1-6210 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 1-6211 Oscar  album cover Les Orphelins Oscar(7") Celluloid CEL 1-6211 1980 Sell This Version
CEL1 - 6212 Disco - Rough  album cover Mathematiques Modernes* Disco - Rough(7", Single) Celluloid, Dorian CEL1 - 6212 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 1-6213 Shut Up, Shut Up  album cover The Residents Shut Up, Shut Up (Single) CEL 1-6213 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 1-6214 The Man In The Dark Sedan  album cover Snakefinger The Man In The Dark Sedan(7", Single) Celluloid, Ralph Records CEL 1-6214 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 1-6215 Dark Companion  album cover Tuxedomoon Dark Companion(7", Single) Celluloid, Ralph Records CEL 1-6215 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6551 1  album cover Bluesdeluxe 1(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 2-6551 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6553 Disco - Rough  album cover Mathématiques Modernes Disco - Rough(12", Single) Celluloid, Dorian CEL 2-6553 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6554 Spectators Of Life  album cover The Names Spectators Of Life(12") Celluloid CEL 2-6554 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6557 Greener Postures  album cover Snakefinger Greener Postures(LP, Album) Celluloid, Ralph Records CEL 2-6557 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6558 Half-Mute  album cover Tuxedomoon Half-Mute (Album) CEL 2-6558 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6560 Tokio Airport  album cover Metal Boys featuring China (3) Metal Boys featuring China (3) - Tokio Airport(LP, Album) Celluloid CEL 2-6560 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6561 Queen Of Siam  album cover Lydia Lunch Queen Of Siam (Album) CEL 2-6561 France 1980 Sell This Version
CEL 2-6564 Marie Et Les Garçons  album cover Marie Et Les Garçons Marie Et Les Garçons(LP) Celluloid CEL 2-6564 France 1980 Sell This Version
ILPS 9688 Tout Va Sauter  album cover Elli & Jacno Tout Va Sauter(LP, Album) Celluloid ILPS 9688 UK 1980 Sell This Version
LTM 1022 The Second Annual Report  album cover Throbbing Gristle The Second Annual Report (Album) LTM 1022 France 1980 Sell This Version
LTM 1025 At 10 Downing Street - Dub Conference  album cover Winston Edwards & Blackbeard (2) Winston Edwards & Blackbeard (2) - At 10 Downing Street - Dub Conference(LP) Celluloid LTM 1025 France 1980 Sell This Version
MOP 3012 O.K. Fred  album cover Errol Dunkley O.K. Fred(LP, Album) Celluloid, Planet Records (17) MOP 3012 Scandinavia 1980 Sell This Version
none Colossal Youth  album cover Young Marble Giants Colossal Youth(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Celluloid none France 1980 Sell This Version
ROUGH11 The Voice Of America  album cover Cabaret Voltaire The Voice Of America(LP, Album) Rough Trade, Celluloid ROUGH11 France 1980 Sell This Version
TAN 7007 0+0=   album cover Orchestre T.P. Poly-Rythmo De Cotonou* 0+0= (LP, Album, RP) Tangent TAN 7007 France 1980 Sell This Version
12WIP 6743 Disco Rough (Long Version)  album cover Mathématiques Modernes Disco Rough (Long Version)(12") Metropolis (7), Celluloid 12WIP 6743 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12WIP 6744 Jukebox Babe  album cover Alan Vega Jukebox Babe(12") Celluloid 12WIP 6744 UK 1981 Sell This Version

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Hot-Buttered-Dub

Hot-Buttered-Dub

April 2, 2018
edited about 1 year ago
Wikipedia says it was founded in 1976: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Celluloid_Records, French Wiki, too.
The official Celluloid-site starts with 1970: http://www.celluloidrecords.net/discography-celluloid.php (scroll down to the bottom).
For Jean Karakos Wiki explicitly states he founded Cellulloid in 1976 in N.Y.C: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean_Karakos
VasiliKochura

VasiliKochura

February 5, 2015
It says that the label was founded in 1979 but there are several releases which date as far back as 1976 on Celluloid, most notably Magma's Inedits... Is there another Celluloid label?
jwesteren

jwesteren

April 4, 2011
edited over 9 years ago
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