Wax Trax! Records

Wax Trax! Records

Profile:
The Wax Trax! story started in the mid-1970s when partners Jim Nash (2) & Dannie Flesher opened a record store under that name in Denver. In 1978, they sold the Denver store (which is still open) and moved to Chicago, where they opened a new Wax Trax! location.

After releasing a couple of low-key limited edition records, Nash and Flesher officially launched the Wax Trax! record label on a wider scale in 1981 with the release of a 12" EP by experimental punk band Strike Under, followed in 1982 by a 7" by disco/dance artist Divine. But it was their third release - a re-issue of Ministry's "Cold Life" EP, which had been one of their earlier limited edition offerings - that really set the tone for the label's future as North America's premiere home for electro-industrial music.

Aside from releasing the early Ministry/Revolting Cocks material, Wax Trax! specialized mainly in licencing European releases by artists such as Front 242, Coil and Laibach. They had a very close relationship with Play It Again Sam / PIAS Belgium, initially sub-licencing many of their releases, and later launching an official Play It Again Sam US label.

The label fell on hard times in the early 1990s due to many of their artists leaving for major labels. In 1992/93, the label was bought by TVT Records and remained active with Nash & Flescher retaining creative control. But despite their involvement the pioneering spirit of the label never recovered. Nash's death in 1995 was considered by many signal the true end of the label, but TVT continued to use the imprint for many of their electronic releases, including several titles licensed from Warp Records, until the late '90s.

On June 14, 2014, Wax Trax! (now led by Jim Nash's daughter, Julia Nash) officially released its first new music in twenty years with the 'TKO Mindfuck' 12" single by Cocksure (Chris Connelly and Jason Novak).
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Contact Info:
2449 North Lincoln Avenue
Chicago, IL 60614
(312) 929-0221
(now defunct)
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
12 DVN 104 Rubber Glove Seduction  album cover PTP Rubber Glove Seduction(12", Single) Devotion (2) 12 DVN 104 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12.TVT.8717-0 Basscad,EP (Basscadetmxs.3A)  album cover Autechre Basscad,EP (Basscadetmxs.3A)(12", EP) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records 12.TVT.8717-0 US 1994 Sell This Version
103015X Immediate Action  album cover Strike Under Immediate Action (EP) 103015X US 1981 Sell This Version
105021X Born To Be Cheap  album cover Divine Born To Be Cheap(7", Single) Wax Trax! Records 105021X US 1981 Sell This Version
110072X I'm Falling / Cold Life  album cover Ministry I'm Falling / Cold Life 110072X US 1981 Sell This Version
828 360-2 Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth Movie Soundtrack  album cover Various Hellraiser III: Hell On Earth Movie Soundtrack(CD, Comp) Victory (10) 828 360-2 Europe 1992 Sell This Version
27761-90-IN The Animatrix (The Album)  album cover Various The Animatrix (The Album)(CD, Comp) Warner Bros. Records 27761-90-IN US 2003 Sell This Version
0047527 001d001 Untitled  album cover Various Untitled(VHS) Wax Trax! Records 0047527 001d001 US 1989 Sell This Version
7243 8403792 5 Nihil  album cover KMFDM Nihil(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records 7243 8403792 5 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
7243 8414892 8 Unlearn  album cover Psykosonik Unlearn(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Labels 7243 8414892 8 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
724384204426 Xtort  album cover KMFDM Xtort(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, Labels 724384204426 France 1996 Sell This Version
ACD 1495 Hackers²  album cover Various Hackers²(CD, Comp) Attic, Edel America Records, Edel ACD 1495 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
AMDJ042897 Midnight In A Perfect World / Pearl's Girl  album cover DJ Shadow / Underworld DJ Shadow / Underworld - Midnight In A Perfect World / Pearl's Girl(12", Promo) Mo Wax, A&M Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records AMDJ042897 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
BIUS 1039 The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse  album cover The Legendary Pink Dots The Crushed Velvet Apocalypse(LP, Album) Play It Again Sam Records USA BIUS 1039 US 1990 Sell This Version
BIUS 3048 Princess Coldheart  album cover The Legendary Pink Dots Princess Coldheart(12") Play It Again Sam Records USA BIUS 3048 US 1990 Sell This Version
BIUSCD 1010 Terra Firma  album cover Test Dept. Terra Firma(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records BIUSCD 1010 US 1988 Sell This Version
BIUSCD 1029 L'Eau Rouge - Red Water  album cover The Young Gods L'Eau Rouge - Red Water(CD, Album) Play It Again Sam Records USA, Play It Again Sam Records USA BIUSCD 1029 US 1989 Sell This Version
BIUSCS 1018 General Pain & Major Disease  album cover The Neon Judgement General Pain & Major Disease(Cass, Comp) Play It Again Sam Records USA BIUSCS 1018 US 1989 Sell This Version
BLRT 87 Sucks  album cover KMFDM Sucks(12") Wax Trax! Records BLRT 87 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDDVN6 Big Sexy Land  album cover Revolting Cocks Big Sexy Land(CD, Album, RE) Devotion (2) CDDVN6 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDDVN13 Phenobarb Bambalam  album cover Chris Connelly Phenobarb Bambalam(CD, Album) Devotion (2) CDDVN13 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDDVN 103 No Name, No Slogan  album cover Acid Horse No Name, No Slogan(CD, Single) Devotion (2) CDDVN 103 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDDVN108 Come Down Here  album cover Chris Connelly Come Down Here(CD, Single) Devotion (2), Devotion (2) CDDVN108 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CK 66909 Johnny Mnemonic - Music From The Motion Picture  album cover Various Johnny Mnemonic - Music From The Motion Picture (Comp) CK 66909 US 1995 Sell This Version
CPROD CD 012 Funky Alternatives Five  album cover Various Funky Alternatives Five(CD, Comp) Concrete Productions, Pinpoint Records CPROD CD 012 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
DVN 4 Beers, Steers + Queers (The Album)  album cover Revolting Cocks Beers, Steers + Queers (The Album)(LP, Album, RE) Devotion (2) DVN 4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EBR 001 Industrial Living  album cover Strange Circuits Industrial Living(7") Wax Trax! Records EBR 001 US 1980 Sell This Version
edel 0022822CIN Scream - Music From The Dimension Motion Picture  album cover Various Scream - Music From The Dimension Motion Picture(CD, Comp) Edel edel 0022822CIN Europe 1996 Sell This Version
EFA 06305-26 Electrocity Vol.2  album cover Various Electrocity Vol.2(CD, Comp) Ausfahrt, Ausfahrt EFA 06305-26 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
none "Son Of A Gun"  album cover KMFDM "Son Of A Gun"(VHS, Single, Promo) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records none US 1996 Sell This Version
none Come Down From The Hills And Make My Baby  album cover Braindead Sound Machine Come Down From The Hills And Make My Baby(CD, Album) Torso, Wax Trax! Records none Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
none Wax Trax Records (Video Sampler 1)  album cover Various Wax Trax Records (Video Sampler 1)(VHS, Promo, Smplr) Wax Trax! Records none US 1991 Sell This Version
none Psychoslaphead  album cover Psychoslaphead Psychoslaphead(4xFile, MP3, 256) Wax Trax! Records none US 2010
none (Let's Get) Physical  album cover Revolting Cocks (Let's Get) Physical(12", TP, W/Lbl) Wax Trax! Records none US 1989 Sell This Version
none Welcome To My Mind  album cover Psykosonik Welcome To My Mind(VHS) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records none US Unknown Sell This Version
none Panik Kontrol (Remix)  album cover Psykosonik Panik Kontrol (Remix)(12", Single, W/Lbl) Wax Trax! Records none US 1997 Sell This Version
none Sins Of The Flesh  album cover Sister Machine Gun Sins Of The Flesh(9xFile, AAC, Album, 128) Wax Trax! Records none US Unknown
none TKO Mindfuck  album cover Cocksure (2) TKO Mindfuck(3xFile, FLAC, Single) Wax Trax! Records none US 2014
none Money  album cover KMFDM Money(VHS, Promo) Wax Trax! Records none US 1992 Sell This Version
none Megalomaniac Remixes Part 2  album cover KMFDM Megalomaniac Remixes Part 2 none US 1997 Sell This Version
none Cowgirl  album cover Underworld Cowgirl(VHS) Wax Trax! Records none US 1994 Sell This Version
none ! (Wax Trax! Sampler #2)  album cover Various ! (Wax Trax! Sampler #2)(Cass, Smplr) Wax Trax! Records none US 1989 Sell This Version
none Wax Trax! Records Inc. (Video Sampler No. 2)  album cover Various Wax Trax! Records Inc. (Video Sampler No. 2)(VHS, Smplr, NTSC) Wax Trax! Records, Play It Again Sam Records USA none US 1989 Sell This Version
NTLC-30009 Official Version  album cover Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album, Dol) Nettwerk, Capitol Records NTLC-30009 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
PSCW-5068 Psykosonik Welcome To My Mind(CD, Maxi) Polystar, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records PSCW-5068 Japan 1994 Sell This Version
RR 8987 2 Angst  album cover KMFDM Angst(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records RR 8987 2 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
TRAN 07CD Money / Bargeld  album cover KMFDM Money / Bargeld(CD, Single) Transglobal TRAN 07CD UK 1992 Sell This Version
TVT 0101-4p Artificial Intelligence  album cover Various Artificial Intelligence(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Warp Records TVT 0101-4p US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7013 Aqua Regis · Panic · Tainted Love  album cover Coil Aqua Regis · Panic · Tainted Love(CD, Single, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7013 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7017 Big Sexy Land  album cover Revolting Cocks Big Sexy Land(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7017 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7035 Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984)  album cover Ministry Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984) (Comp) TVT 7035 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7037 Live! You Goddamned Son Of A Bitch  album cover Revolting Cocks Live! You Goddamned Son Of A Bitch (Album) TVT 7037 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7042-2 Stainless Steel Providers  album cover Revolting Cocks Stainless Steel Providers(CD, Single) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7042-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7047-2 Trait  album cover Pailhead Trait(CD, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7047-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7047-4 Trait  album cover Pailhead Trait(Cass, RE, SR) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7047-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7050 A Split - Second  album cover A Split - Second A Split - Second (Comp, EP) TVT 7050 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7052-2 Don't Blow Your Top  album cover KMFDM Don't Blow Your Top (Album) TVT 7052-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7052-4 Don't Blow Your Top  album cover KMFDM Don't Blow Your Top(Cass, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7052-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7056 I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits  album cover My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits(Cass, Album, RE, SR) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7056 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7056-2 I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits  album cover My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult I See Good Spirits And I See Bad Spirits(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7056-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7060-2 Digital Tension Dementia  album cover Front Line Assembly Digital Tension Dementia(CD, Single, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7060-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7063 Revolting Cocks Beers, Steers + Queers (The Compact Disc) (Album) TVT 7063 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7075 Gashed Senses & Crossfire  album cover Front Line Assembly Gashed Senses & Crossfire (Album) TVT 7075 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7083-2 UAIOE  album cover KMFDM UAIOE (Album) TVT 7083-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7089 Confessions Of A Knife...  album cover My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Confessions Of A Knife... (Album) TVT 7089 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7089-2 Confessions Of A Knife...  album cover My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Confessions Of A Knife...(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7089-2 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7106 Armed Audio Warfare  album cover Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(CD, Album, RE, RP) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7106 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7106-2 Armed Audio Warfare  album cover Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7106-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7118 Tenebrae Vision  album cover Cyberaktif Tenebrae Vision (Album) TVT 7118 US 1991 Sell This Version
TVT 7120-2 L'Esprit  album cover In The Nursery L'Esprit(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7120-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7129 Towards Thee Infinite Beat  album cover Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(Cass, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7129 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7129-2 Towards Thee Infinite Beat  album cover Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7129-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7130 Beyond Thee Infinite Beat (Ravemaster Mixes)  album cover Psychic TV Beyond Thee Infinite Beat (Ravemaster Mixes)(CD, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7130 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7130-4 Beyond Thee Infinite Beat (Ravemaster Mixes)  album cover Psychic TV Beyond Thee Infinite Beat (Ravemaster Mixes)(Cass, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7130-4 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7134 Whiplash Boychild  album cover Chris Connelly Whiplash Boychild(CD, Album) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7134 US 1991 Sell This Version
TVT 7136 The Infidel  album cover Doubting Thomas The Infidel(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7136 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7136-2 The Infidel  album cover Doubting Thomas The Infidel(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7136-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7139 What Do You Know, Deutschland?  album cover KMFDM What Do You Know, Deutschland?(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7139 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7143 Love's Secret Domain  album cover Coil Love's Secret Domain(Cass, Album) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7143 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7143-2 Love's Secret Domain  album cover Coil Love's Secret Domain(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7143-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7146 Caustic Grip  album cover Front Line Assembly Caustic Grip (Album) TVT 7146 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7148-2 Naïve  album cover KMFDM Naïve(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7148-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7155 Chill Out  album cover The KLF Chill Out (Album) TVT 7155 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7155-2 Chill Out  album cover The KLF Chill Out (Album) TVT 7155-2 Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7176 Conquer Your World  album cover Excessive Force Conquer Your World(CD, Album, RP) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7176 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7176-4 Conquer Your World  album cover Excessive Force Conquer Your World(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7176-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7177 Money  album cover KMFDM Money (Album) TVT 7177 US 1992 Sell This Version
TVT 7177-4 Money  album cover KMFDM Money(Cass, Album, RE, CrO) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7177-4 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7179-2 Ultrahouse (The L.A. Connection)  album cover Psychic TV Ultrahouse (The L.A. Connection)(CD, Comp, MP, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7179-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
TVT 7179-4 Ultrahouse (The L.A. Connection)  album cover Psychic TV Ultrahouse (The L.A. Connection)(Cass, Comp, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7179-4 US 1991 Sell This Version
TVT 7187 Sins Of The Flesh  album cover Sister Machine Gun Sins Of The Flesh(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7187 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7198-2 Psykosonik  album cover Psykosonik Psykosonik (Album) TVT 7198-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7199-1 Nihil  album cover KMFDM Nihil(LP, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7199-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
TVT 7199-2 Nihil  album cover KMFDM Nihil (Album) TVT 7199-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
TVT 7199-4 Nihil  album cover KMFDM Nihil (Album) TVT 7199-4 Canada 1995 Sell This Version
TVT 7201-2 Gentle Death  album cover Excessive Force Gentle Death (Album) TVT 7201-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7201-4 Gentle Death  album cover Excessive Force Gentle Death(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7201-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7202 KMFDM Angst(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7202 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7202-2 Angst  album cover KMFDM Angst (Album) TVT 7202-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7202-4 Angst  album cover KMFDM Angst (Album) TVT 7202-4 US 1993 Sell This Version

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-MINDustry-

-MINDustry-

June 29, 2018
edited 5 months ago
I'm going to add on to what the guy below me said 6 years ago and more. Had it not been for this label, I wouldn't have found out about KMFDM, which became my favourite band 11 years ago. Had it not been for this label, my favourite genre, Industrial, wouldn't even be a thing. I would've never heard about it, at least in North America. My favourite label of all time. Bringing you all the Industrial behemoth's that rocked the 90's to the core like KMFDM, Front 242, Front Line Assembly, Ministry, My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult, and MANY MANY MANY MANY MANY more. That doesn't even include the amount of bands who formed due to them being influenced by this label.

One can only wonder what would've happened had this label actually stayed afloat and not caved in due to bankruptcy.

I was in Chicago 2 summers ago, hoping that the original store was still there so I could buy shit and sight see, maybe even talk with the owners only to find out that I was over 20 years late, (I'm young, I still thought there was some sort of store there or in Denver). Very dissapointed but excited that I got to see the city that started it all for Industrial.

Describing how much this label means to me would be like choosing between a favorite child. Throughout most of my adolescence and now into my 20's, Industrial has been my go-to genre. Wax Trax's artists played a huge part in my life.

Wax Trax, we love you. You will NEVER die.

- MIND
gsheputis

gsheputis

December 8, 2012
Wax Trax!--a label, a time, and a culture that can never be equalled. The leading light of electro-industrial music. Period.
The world owes a debt of gratitude to Jim Nash & Dannie Flesher for opening the minds and moving the bodies of millions around this planet.
They will never be forgotten, & of course the music that will go on to infinity!