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)
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
12 DVN 104 PTP Rubber Glove Seduction(12", Single) Devotion (2) 12 DVN 104 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12.TVT.8717-0 Autechre Basscad,EP (Basscadetmxs.3A)(12", EP) Wax Trax! Records 12.TVT.8717-0 US 1994 Sell This Version
103015X Strike Under Immediate Action (EP) 103015X US 1981 Sell This Version
105021X Divine Born To Be Cheap(7", Single) Wax Trax! Records 105021X US 1981 Sell This Version
110072X Ministry I'm Falling / Cold Life 110072X US 1981 Sell This Version
903018X ENO* Lion Sleeps Tonite (Wimoweh)/Seven Deadly Fins 903018X US 1979 Sell This Version
7243 8414892 8 Psykosonik Unlearn(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Labels 7243 8414892 8 Europe 1995 Sell This Version
ACD 1495 Various Hackers²(CD, Comp) Attic, Edel America Records, Edel ACD 1495 Canada 1997 Sell This Version
BIUS 3046 The Weathermen Heatseeker(Vinyl) Play It Again Sam Records USA BIUS 3046 US 1990 Sell This Version
BIUS 3048 The Legendary Pink Dots Princess Coldheart(12") Play It Again Sam Records USA BIUS 3048 US 1990 Sell This Version
BIUSCS 1018 The Neon Judgement General Pain & Major Disease(Cass, Comp) Play It Again Sam Records USA BIUSCS 1018 US 1989 Sell This Version
CDDVN6 Revolting Cocks Big Sexy Land(CD, Album, RE) Devotion (2) CDDVN6 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDDVN13 Chris Connelly Phenobarb Bambalam(CD, Album) Devotion (2) CDDVN13 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CDDVN 103 Acid Horse No Name, No Slogan(CD, Single) Devotion (2) CDDVN 103 UK 1992 Sell This Version
CK 66909 Various Johnny Mnemonic - Music From The Motion Picture (Comp) CK 66909 US 1995 Sell This Version
CPROD CD 012 Various Funky Alternatives Five(CD, Comp) Concrete Productions, Pinpoint Records CPROD CD 012 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
DVN 4 Revolting Cocks Beers, Steers & Queers The Album(LP, Album, RE) Devotion (2) DVN 4 UK 1992 Sell This Version
EBR 001 Strange Circuits Industrial Living(7") Wax Trax! Records EBR 001 US 1980 Sell This Version
EFA 06305-26 Various Electrocity Vol.2(CD, Comp) Ausfahrt, Ausfahrt EFA 06305-26 Germany 1992 Sell This Version
none 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 Psychoslaphead Psychoslaphead(4xFile, MP3, 256) Wax Trax! Records none US 2010
none Revolting Cocks (Let's Get) Physical none US 1989 Sell This Version
none Psykosonik Panik Kontrol (Remix)(12", Single, W/Lbl) Wax Trax! Records none US 1997 Sell This Version
none Test Dept. Terra Firma(CD, Album) Play It Again Sam Records USA, Wax Trax! Records none US 1988 Sell This Version
none Cocksure (2) TKO Mindfuck(3xFile, FLAC, Single) Wax Trax! Records none US 2014
none KMFDM Money(VHS, Promo) Wax Trax! Records none US 1992 Sell This Version
none KMFDM Megalomaniac Remixes Part 2 none US 1997 Sell This Version
none Various ! (Wax Trax! Sampler #2)(Cass, Smplr) Wax Trax! Records none US 1989 Sell This Version
none Various Video Sampler 1(VHS, Comp, Promo) Wax Trax! Records none US 1991 Sell This Version
none Various Wax Trax! Video Sampler Volume Two(VHS, NTSC, Smplr) Wax Trax! Records, Play It Again Sam Records USA none US 1989 Sell This Version
NTLC-30009 Front 242 Official Version(Cass, Album) 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 KMFDM Angst(CD, Album) Roadrunner Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records RR 8987 2 Netherlands 1993 Sell This Version
TRAN 07CD KMFDM Money / Bargeld(CD, Single) Transglobal TRAN 07CD UK 1992 Sell This Version
TVT 0101-4p Various Artificial Intelligence(Cass, Promo, Smplr) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 0101-4p US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7013 Coil Aqua Regis · Panic · Tainted Love(CD, Single, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7013 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7017 Revolting Cocks Big Sexy Land(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7017 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7035 Ministry Twelve Inch Singles (1981-1984) (Comp) TVT 7035 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7037 Revolting Cocks Live! You Goddamned Son Of A Bitch(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7037 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7042-2 Revolting Cocks Stainless Steel Providers(CD, Single) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7042-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7047-2 Pailhead Trait(CD, Comp, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7047-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7050 A Split - Second A Split - Second(CD, Comp) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7050 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7052-2 KMFDM Don't Blow Your Top (Album) TVT 7052-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7052-4 KMFDM Don't Blow Your Top(Cass, Album) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7052-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7056-2 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 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(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7063 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7075 Front Line Assembly Gashed Senses & Crossfire (Album) TVT 7075 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7083-2 KMFDM UAIOE (Album) TVT 7083-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7089 My Life With The Thrill Kill Kult Confessions Of A Knife... (Album) TVT 7089 US 1990 Sell This Version
TVT 7106 Meat Beat Manifesto Armed Audio Warfare (Comp) TVT 7106 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7118 Cyberaktif Tenebrae Vision (Album) TVT 7118 US 1991 Sell This Version
TVT 7120-2 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 Psychic TV Towards Thee Infinite Beat(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7129 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7130 Psychic TV Beyond Thee Infinite Beat (Ravemaster Mixes)(Cass) TVT Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7130 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7134 Chris Connelly Whiplash Boychild(CD, Album) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7134 US 1991 Sell This Version
TVT 7136 Doubting Thomas The Infidel(CD, Album) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7136 Canada 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7136-2 Doubting Thomas The Infidel(CD, Album, RE) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7136-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7139 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 Coil Love's Secret Domain(Cass, Album) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7143 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7143-2 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 Front Line Assembly Caustic Grip(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7146 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7148-2 KMFDM Naïve(CD, Album, RE) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7148-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7155 The KLF Chill Out(CDr, Album, RE, Tra) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7155 US Unknown Sell This Version
TVT 7155-2 The KLF Chill Out (Album) TVT 7155-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7176 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 Excessive Force Conquer Your World(Cass, Album, RP) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7176-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7177 KMFDM Money (Album) TVT 7177 US 1992 Sell This Version
TVT 7177-4 KMFDM Money(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7177-4 US 1992 Sell This Version
TVT 7179-2 Psychic TV Ultrahouse (The L.A. Connection)(CD, Comp, RE, MP) TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7179-2 US 1991 Sell This Version
TVT 7179-4 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 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 Psykosonik (Album) TVT 7198-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7199-1 KMFDM Nihil(LP, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7199-1 US 1995 Sell This Version
TVT 7199-2 KMFDM Nihil (Album) TVT 7199-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
TVT 7199-4 KMFDM Nihil (Album) TVT 7199-4 1995 Sell This Version
TVT 7201-2 Excessive Force Gentle Death (Album) TVT 7201-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7201-4 Excessive Force Gentle Death(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7201-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7202-2 KMFDM Angst (Album) TVT 7202-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7202-4 KMFDM Angst(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7202-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7203-2 Various Artificial Intelligence(CD, Comp) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7203-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7203-4 Various Artificial Intelligence(Cass, Comp) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7203-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7204-2 Polygon Window Surfing On Sine Waves(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7204-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT7204-4 Polygon Window Surfing On Sine Waves(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT7204-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7205-2 Black Dog Productions Bytes(CD, Comp) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7205-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7206-2 B12 Electro-Soma(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7206-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7207-2 Various Artificial Intelligence II(CD, Comp) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7207-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7208-2 FUSE* Dimension Intrusion(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7208-2 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7209 Sister Machine Gun The Torture Technique(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7209 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7210 Autechre Incunabula (Album) TVT 7210 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7210-2 Autechre Incunabula (Album) TVT 7210-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7211-2 Various Ethnotechno: Sonic Anthropology Volume I(CD, Comp) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7211-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7212-2 Various Blackbox (Wax Trax! Records: The First 13 Years.)(3xCD, Comp + Box, Car) TVT Records, TVT Records, TVT Records, TVT Records, TVT Records, Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records, Wax Trax! Records TVT 7212-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7213 KMFDM Naïve / Hell To Go (Album) TVT 7213 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7213-4 KMFDM Naïve / Hell To Go(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7213-4 US 1993 Sell This Version
TVT 7214-2 Chris Connelly Shipwreck(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7214-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7214-4 Chris Connelly Shipwreck(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7214-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7215-4 Psykosonik Unlearn(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7215-4 US 1995 Sell This Version
TVT 7216-2 Die Warzau Engine(CD, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7216-2 US 1994 Sell This Version
TVT 7216-4 Die Warzau Engine(Cass, Album) Wax Trax! Records, TVT Records TVT 7216-4 US 1994 Sell This Version