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SU 19 Festival Film | Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records

  • Trylon Cinema 2820 East 33rd Street Minneapolis, MN, 55406 United States (map)

Screening date: Fri. November 16, 2018
Time: 11:15 PM
Venue: Trylon Cinema
Cost: $12 in advance / $14 at the door
Category: In Competition
Run Time/Year/Country: 95 min, 2017, USA, Belgium, Canada, Germany

Sponsored by Extreme Noise Records, KFAI Radio, Cine-O-Matic, Indeed Brewing


Industrial Accident: The Story Of Wax Trax! Records is the story behind the independent record store and label. Tracing the bizarre journey of two music-obsessed men from the bible belt to Chicago, this film travels through the underground culture of music and art as these two men expose emerging music and artists to fans from around the world for the first time.

Originally launched in Denver in 1975, founders Jim Nash & Dannie Flesher moved their small independent record shop, Wax Trax! Records, to Chicago in the fall of 1978. The core of the Wax Trax! retail store focused on importing music and design that was currently emerging in Europe. Early seminal post-punk and experimental bands such as Joy Division, Throbbing Gristle and Cabaret Voltaire were first exposed to Chicago through the Wax Trax! store. A combination of Jim & Dannie’s infectious personalities coupled with their passion for counter culture, quickly gained national notoriety as Wax Trax! became a Mecca for fans looking for international New Wave, Punk Rock and Experimental music scenes that were being brought into the US for the first time. Throughout the 80’s, Wax Trax! became the meeting place for ideas and a primary home for many kids that lived outside mainstream culture.

Through interviews with the artists such as Trent Reznor, Dave Grohl, Al Jourgensen, Jello Biafra, Ian MacKaye and more, the film explores the origins and the label’s work with My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult, Front 242, COIL, Chris & Cosey, Laibach, KMFDM, PIG, Underworld, Meat Beat Manifesto, Front Line Assembly, Young Gods, KLF, Greater Than One, Clock DVA, Suicide, Psychic TV, Sister Machine Gun, In the Nursery, Foetus, TGT, and Controlled Bleeding.

Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records is layered and overlaps across many important musical benchmarks. The label’s global contribution and influence to early punk, dance, industrial genres cannot be overstated. The documentary follows, the thorny arc of the rise and fall of an important musical movement as well as explaining how the details and artifacts of this entire Wax Trax! Records history was nearly lost forever.