Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records a blast to part of my past!

The Story of Wax Trax! Records SIFF Movie Premier w/ Q&A

May 31, 2018

The Story of Wax Trax! Records SIFF Movie Premier 3rd Seattle screening
Q&A with Director Julia Nash, Ex-Ministry members Bill Rieflin, Paul Barker & Patty Jorgensen 
Shoreline Community College Theater - Seattle 5.30.18
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Like I said in my recent Ministry concert blog (, my first real Wax Trax! Records live experience was in November 1988 at the OZ nightclub in Seattle. That "The Land of Rape and Honey" tour featured two of tonights movie premier guests Paul Barker - Bass, Keyboards & Bill Rieflin - Guitar, Keyboards was crazy different. At the time there was this huge underground buzz with the Wax Trax! Records scene mixing experimental electronic, dance and punk rock music together with many exciting new bands they were pumping out out of their Chicago home base. At that time in 1988 there was a few independent record labels rocking the scene in my rock/metal world like Megaforce, Roadrunner, Nuclear Blast, etc. that were expanding the whole underground Metal scene as we now know it today. In 1988 here in Seattle Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman founded Sub Pop Records. We all know what happened with them a few years later on a global word "grunge." Before Sub Pop exploded they had a pretty good starting blueprint to what Wax Trax! Records was doing years before their existence. 
 owners, partners and visionaries Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher created a personal safe haven for a electronic new wave and punk rock scene in Chicago that later became the existence of the industrial music scene internationally. Jim Nash's daughter Julia Nash did an amazing job on her first ever full-length professional film documenting this insanity known as Wax Trax! Records
 Running 95 minutes long, "Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records" is one of the most interesting, crazy and really unbelievable stories you'll ever see in a music-related documentary. Some of the bands they discovered and pushed to our ears include Ministry, Front 242, KMFDM, Revolting Cocks, Lard, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult etc. It's amazing so much VHS was filmed back in the day that Julia and her editing team could go through and figure what to actually show. Nice features in the film include words from musicians touched by the world of Wax Trax!, including Trent Reznor (NIN), Steve Albini ("In Utero" producer), Jello Biafra (Dead Kennedys), and Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters/Nirvana). 
 After the movie there was a cool Q&A session moderated by local Seattle radio personality legend Marco Collins along with director Julia Nash, Ex-Ministry members Bill Rieflin, Paul Barker & former Ministry member/manager Patty Jorgensen. Close to a few hundred in attendance had the opportunity after the movie to ask questions they had. Fans kinda got the guys off track with more personal Ministry questions, but Bill Rieflin stopped it and got the focus back on the movie and Julia's work. 
  You knew this was gonna be a special movie when it started with footage of them discovering everything Wax Trax! Records stored in a barn. It was like finding the gold and treasures in the Hall of the Mountain King, only in vinyl, posters and most importantly for this movie, all the rare VHS tape recordings in boxes! I mean lets face it, back the late 70s and early 80s who was really carrying around those gigantic VHS (that's those big video cassette recorders kiddies) tape recorders? Thank goodness they did because I know there's gotta be some amazing other footage for DVD/Blue Ray release or maybe even a whole other movie. Julia along with her collaborating brother, Aaron, got the funding for this independent movie documentary through a Kickstarter page to create one of the most interesting stories of their two fathers' lives from the Denver beginnings to the worldwide explosion in Chicago of the electronic industrial music genre. You'll see it all, the bands, the music, how they created it, the parties, the drugs and the alternative lifestyle scene. 

One thing that really hit home after seeing this movie was how happy I was at 51 to have lived my whole life in Seattle. Why you ask? Because anyone around my age knows how amazing it was to be a kid/teenager in the 70s/80s with awesome record stores (Tower Records, Peaches, Cellophane Square, Easy Street Records etc.), an actual amazing music scene in Seattle with many all-ages clubs you could go to (my favs RKCNDY, Gorilla Gardens, Moe's, OK Hotel etc.) and even the greatest local free music mag ever in any city "The Rocket". The new millennials, the kids of today will NEVER EVER experience that amazing "scene" in music, the time when the music industry was still real and we actually supported the bands buying music, going out to concerts and hanging with our fellow music loving peeps. I guess I left the movie a little sad too thinking this most likely will never be duplicated in our "we want it for free download" society. Do yourself a favor and see "Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records" when it officially comes out.