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The true story of how two men took a family of queers, punks & criminals on a ride, accidentally changing music along the way.
The true story of how two men took a family of queers, punks & criminals on a ride, accidentally changing music along the way.
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THE WAX TRAX! STORY

Howdy friends,

My name is Julia Nash. My brother, Aaron, and I welcome you to the WAX TRAX! MONUMENTARY funding page. As some of you may know, our father Jim Nash along with his wonderful partner of 20-plus years, Dannie Flesher created and ran the legendary music store and label known as WAX TRAX! RECORDS.

WAX TRAX! Founders: Jim Nash & Dannie Flesher
WAX TRAX! Founders: Jim Nash & Dannie Flesher

Although our two dads have long passed, we are in the process of bringing to you a very inside look that chronicles their impact and life's work on film. Our narrative not only details the bizarre path and timeline of two men pushing culture forward, but also an intimate peek behind the curtain of dysfunction and chaos that fueled their indie rise as well as reasons behind the tragic demise that left the label discarded and abandoned. We are very excited and proud to assemble the pieces as viewers take a closer look inside the incredible WAX TRAX! story.

With the inclusion of fans and supporters during this campaign, we will be one step closer in telling the thorny story of a store & label that overlapped new genres of art and music during the 1980s. Upon completion this year, the master plan will be to make the rounds at film festivals as well as a DVD release and digital streaming.

Me & Groovie Mann On Set
Me & Groovie Mann On Set

WHAT WE NEED AND WHAT YOU GET

The film, including 40-plus interviews of artists, staff and family has already been shot. The "heavy lifting" has been done, but we are now focused on a funding goal of 45k to complete this current phase of post-production. Our goal will be used primarily for crucial stuff like color correction, audio mixing, and music clearance.

MINISTRY Drummer, Bill Rieflin
MINISTRY Drummer, Bill Rieflin
FRONT 242 Members, Patrick Codenys & Richard 23
FRONT 242 Members, Patrick Codenys & Richard 23

We are very happy to be able to pass along some nice extras for those of you who would like to get involved with our project. We are excited to offer exclusive and limited movie merchandise, from the deluxe "Kickstarter ONLY" movie soundtrack to vintage collectables from our archives, as well as some very special face time with the artists that helped define the WAX TRAX! world.

REWARDS: Button Pack, WAX TRAX Wire Logo Poster, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY/ Toxic Test Pressing, Signed REVOLTING COCKS Physical 12"
REWARDS: Button Pack, WAX TRAX Wire Logo Poster, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY/ Toxic Test Pressing, Signed REVOLTING COCKS Physical 12"
REWARDS: Vintage WAX TRAX! Promotional Poster (24"x36"),   FRONT 242 Promotional Poster/ Front by Front (24"x24"),   TKK Promotional Poster/ Sexplosion (24"x36")
REWARDS: Vintage WAX TRAX! Promotional Poster (24"x36"), FRONT 242 Promotional Poster/ Front by Front (24"x24"), TKK Promotional Poster/ Sexplosion (24"x36")
REWARDS: Original Wax Trax! Wire Logo and Official Monumentary Shirt
REWARDS: Original Wax Trax! Wire Logo and Official Monumentary Shirt
REWARDS: Sealed Black Box/ Uncut FRONT 242 Images for Deluxe Box/ FRONT 242 Take One 7" Deluxe Box
REWARDS: Sealed Black Box/ Uncut FRONT 242 Images for Deluxe Box/ FRONT 242 Take One 7" Deluxe Box
REWARDS: Limited PAILHEAD Shirt
REWARDS: Limited PAILHEAD Shirt
REWARD: Lead Into Gold-Low & Slow Special Color Vinyl Limited Pressing of 50
REWARD: Lead Into Gold-Low & Slow Special Color Vinyl Limited Pressing of 50

THE IMPACT

For those of you not completely familiar with WAX TRAX! RECORDS, the label was largely responsible for fusing punk, glam & electronic music and pushing club culture into a much darker and heavier place on the dance floor. WAX TRAX! artists such as FRONT 242, MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT, MINISTRY, KMFDM, COIL, FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY and so many others, created an entirely new genre, now commonly referred to as Industrial music. The label’s reach and influence during the '80s & '90s was global.

Vintage Al Jourgensen & Richard 23
Vintage Al Jourgensen & Richard 23
WAX TRAX! RECORDS Vintage Press Releases
WAX TRAX! RECORDS Vintage Press Releases
KMFDM Founder Sascha Konietzko On Set
KMFDM Founder Sascha Konietzko On Set
Early WAX TRAX! flyer from first Denver store & WAX TRAX! RECORDS vintage store & boutique ad featuring Franke Nardiello, Gary Jacobson and Patty Jourgensen
Early WAX TRAX! flyer from first Denver store & WAX TRAX! RECORDS vintage store & boutique ad featuring Franke Nardiello, Gary Jacobson and Patty Jourgensen
PAILHEAD Front Man, Ian MacKaye On Set
PAILHEAD Front Man, Ian MacKaye On Set

In 2011 we reignited the fire, rejoining many of the past WAX TRAX! artists into a special 33 1/3 year anniversary of the store and label called the WAX TRAX! RETROSPECTACLE. The event was an amazing tribute to my dad & Dannie’s vision with three sold out Chicago shows. The success and outpouring of love at the RETROSPECTACLE is what initially sparked us to tell the WAX TRAX! story.

FRONT 242 Performing at the WAX TRAX! RETROSPECTACLE
FRONT 242 Performing at the WAX TRAX! RETROSPECTACLE

Every bit of the making of this documentary has come from a very special and personal place. Friends, family and artists of the label & store have laid it all out there on film, warts and all. We hope you will join us in this labor of love to tell the story of two very special men and their unique place in pop-culture history.

OTHER WAYS YOU CAN HELP

We understand that not everyone is able to contribute financially, and that’s totally okay. Over the decades, you have all shown my father, Dannie, and everyone here at WT HQ that without a doubt WAX TRAX! fans are the most loyal and devoted fans in the world. We need your help now to spread the word and let people know about this project.

Thank you for all your support!

Julia Nash

Let's close this out with the two guys who started it all. I miss you both dearly every day!
Let's close this out with the two guys who started it all. I miss you both dearly every day!

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge right now is sticking to our production schedule.
Our goal is to debut the film at the next SXSW Film Festival. If you fund the project, we will be able to finish our post-production work on schedule, and have the film ready to submit to the festival.
There's a very skilled team working behind the scenes: We chose to work with Joe Losurdo & Christina Tillman from Regressive Films after seeing their superb documentary “You Weren’t There: A History of Chicago Punk, 1977–1984”.

For helping us make this possible, your tangible rewards (t-shirts, posters, etc.) will be sent out by the WAX TRAX! mail order posse. We have years of experience with fulfillment, but most importantly if you have any questions or concerns you will be dealing directly with us...no third parties involved. Many elements of the rewards will most likely be fulfilled before the primary estimated date of November 2015, but if we run into any unexpected production issues, we will keep you updated of any changes.

For those of you who are attending an event such as lunch or our Chicago screening, we will do our best to keep you updated on our schedule and specific directions. The screening date is still to be determined. Once we have a firm date, we will give you as much advanced information as possible for those traveling from out of town.

THE FINE PRINT
This fundraising campaign is all subject to applicable Kickstarter rules/regulations and applicable law. In the case of any potential conflicts, we will work with you in good faith to give you a substitute reward.

To boil it down, making a documentary is a labor of love with a ton of unknowns. We started with a crazy story about two of the most important people in my life. Then, we put together the best team possible, contacted the artists, friends & family affected by WAX TRAX!. At the end of the day, we will have told the WAX TRAX! RECORDS story the right way and that is something to be proud of. It's a fun ride, and I thank you in advance if you can help make this odyssey possible.

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    WAX TRAX! RECORDS 1ST PRESS RELEASE/ MINISTRY-COLD LIFE/I'M FALLING

    As our way of saying "thank you" we are offering a high resolution PDF piece of WAX TRAX! history. This one went out to press for the Cold Life/I'm Falling 12 inch single back in 1982.

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    BUTTON & STICKER PACK

    This one's got three vinyl stickers and three buttons from the store & label as well as various artists on the roster. A must for any fan looking to class up that biker jacket.

    Please note: Three Various vinyl stickers will come as a blind pack. Could be Front 242...Could be Brain Dead Sound Machine. The surprise is half the fun!

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    WAX TRAX! RECORDS WIRE LOGO POSTER W/ STICKER & BUTTON PACK

    Created just for the current campaign, this 12"x24" poster of classic wire logo design was pulled from the original label image art. Comes with previous button & sticker pack.

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    WAX TRAX! RECORDS VINTAGE PROMOTIONAL POSTER W/ STICKER & BUTTON PACK

    This is the real deal folks. Found way back in the vault, this 1989 promotional poster of "new releases" measures 36"x24" and features Greater Than One, Acid Horse, KMFDM, Noise Unit, and more. This reward comes with with previous sticker & button pack.

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    LIMITED SCREEN PRINT/ SET OF FOUR ART PRINTS

    A set of four limited & numbered WAX TRAX! images reprinted faithfully from vintage store bags & ads. Each print size= 7"x7"

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    WAX TRAX! ORIGINAL WIRE LOGO/ LIMITED T-SHIRT

    Okay collectors, you may remember this one only being around for a short time back in the '80s. It served as the original record store logo on Lincoln Ave. and then became the official logo for the label. Available for the first time in 30 years!
    Two color print on grey ringspun 100% cotton and produced exclusively for this campaign.

    Sizes: S,M,L,XL,2X,3X

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    OFFICIAL WAX TRAX! MONUMENTARY T-SHIRT

    Support the documentary in style by wearing this sweeeet two-sided shirt produced exclusively for this campaign.

    One color front/ one color back, printed on black 100% cotton.

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    LIMITED PAILHEAD SHIRT

    Directly from front man, Ian MacKaye, this vintage PAILHEAD design was pulled directly from the original art. Commercially unavailable for decades, this blue ink version is a Kickstarter exclusive and will not be available after this campaign.

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    WAX TRAX! MONUMENTARY MOVIE POSTER/ LIMITED SCREEN PRINT

    Come on, you know this print will look pretty great hanging over that art-deco love seat in your smoking lounge.
    Limited 18"x24" screen print for the upcoming WAX TRAX! film "Monumentary." Signed and numbered by designer. A total of 150 produced. When these are gone...They're gone.

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    MY LIFE WITH THE THRILL KILL KULT PROMO POSTER/ SEXPLOSION W/ BUTTON & STICKER PACK

    Original Wax Trax! promotional poster for Thrill Kill Kult's masterpiece, Sexplosion.
    This 24"x36" poster is the perfect addition to any home needing a little Satan, Glitter, and Leathersex.

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    FRONT 242 VINTAGE PROMO POSTER/ FRONT by FRONT

    Original, vintage WAX TRAX! promotional poster for the classic album that changed the game...from the band who started it all!

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    COCKSURE TKO MINDF*CK 12"/ LIMITED WHITE VINYL W/ STICKER & BUTTON PACK

    We were able to find a few of these tucked away! These limited pressings on white vinyl had mostly sold out during the 2014 pre-sale and now available only here. If you missed out the first time, this may be your only chance for redemption! This is combined with the sticker & button pack.

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    LEAD INTO GOLD-LOW AND SLOW 12" COLOR VINYL, ULTRA LIMITED PRESSING OF 50

    JUST ADDED-New Wax Trax! release (WAX 9198) from Paul Barker's side project LEAD INTO GOLD. This EP was scheduled for release in 1991 but was shelved for various reasons and has remained unreleased for decades. Containing the original three songs as well as a new fourth track that was recently unearthed from original LEAD INTO GOLD master tapes. Packaged with the original 1991 artwork and includes a download code.

    Tracks include:
    A1- The Sweetest Kiss
    A2- Cry Baby
    B1- Low & Slow
    B2- Lunatic/Genius (remix)

    This reward includes a special pressing of alternative colored vinyl that we printed up specifically for the label staff, band, family, etc. and will not be commercially available outside of this Kickstarter campaign. A total of 50 exist...25 are offered here.

    Please note: Ships in September

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    LIMITED T-SHIRT BUNDLE WITH BUTTON & STICKER PACK

    This bundle includes our two limited t-shirts (original wire logo & Monumentary design) with our button & sticker pack included.

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    MONUMENTARY SOUNDTRACK-SPECIAL LIMITED DELUXE VINYL/ALTERNATIVE COVER WITH INSERTS

    What would a WAX TRAX! movie be without an amazing soundtrack?? We can't give away the track listing on this one just yet, all we can say is it will be a very special release...and of course, pretty bad-ass.

    This deluxe edition will be pressed on colored vinyl with an alternative cover and very special inserts. This is a strictly limited edition for Kickstarter ONLY and will not be available once the 30 day campaign is over....You snooze, you lose!

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    AUTOGRAPHED REVOLTING COCKS-PHYSICAL 12". COMES WITH ONE T-SHIRT OF YOUR CHOICE AND A BUTTON & STICKER PACK

    We are able to pass along a few signed copies of this vintage pressing signed by Chris Connelly & Paul Barker. One of the crown jewels in the catalog and now ready to pass along to you.
    Included in this bundle is one of the previous shirts of your choice and the button & sticker pack...Now, let me hear your body talk!

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    MONUMENTARY SOUNDTRACK LIMITED DELUXE VINYL BUNDLED WITH TWO T-SHIRTS AND A BUTTON & STICKER PACK

    What would a WAX TRAX! movie be without an amazing soundtrack?? We can't give away the track listing on this one just yet, all we can say is it will be a very special release...and of course, pretty bad-ass.

    This deluxe edition will be pressed on colored vinyl with an alternative cover and very special inserts. This is a strictly limited edition for Kickstarter ONLY and will not be available after the 30 day campaign is over....You snooze, you lose!

    Hey-Just to sweeten the deal, we'll throw in both t-shirts and the button & sticker pack from the previous rewards.

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    Estimated vinyl shipping= 3/2016
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    TICKET TO THE EXCLUSIVE CHICAGO SCREENING OF MONUMENTARY & AFTER SHOW PARTY

    Be one of the first to see the film in the WAX TRAX! home town of Chicago. This ticket gets you advanced, reserved seating at the special Chicago screening as well as access to the after show party.

    Transportation to Chicago not included.
    Chicago screening date TBD

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    FRONT 242/RARE UNCUT SCREEN PRINT FROM DELUXE BOX

    Some of you may be familiar to this one.These limited screen prints were overprints from the 30th anniversary, Front 242 Take One 7" deluxe box. We have a few extras that were not cut down and include additional colors for the Medusa's ticket. These 18"x24" uncut prints were never available commercially.

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    FRONT 242 TAKE ONE/ DELUXE BOX

    Okay-We've read your emails, watched your posts...heard your cries! Here you go...

    Produced for the 2014, Front 242 US shows. This release marked the 30th anniversary between the band and Wax Trax! Records. The limited box contains:
    7 inch/Clear vinyl with alternative cover
    A1. Take One (Live 1984 recording of first US show)
    B1. Im Rhythmus Bleiben (Live at the 2011 Wax Trax! Retrospectacle)
    Three limited and numbered prints of Wax Trax! era art.
    16 pg book of early photos and liner notes from the band.
    "242" metal badge.
    "242" patch
    ...And Stickers!
    All contained in special FRONT 242/ WAX TRAX! box

    We have a very limited number available here.

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    WAX TRAX! BLACK BOX/ LIMITED METAL BOX -LOW#

    We are offering a few of these unopened limited WAX TRAX! Black Boxes from our personal label stash. Originally, back in 1994, there were 10,000 made...These here are very low numbers and include: #42, #64, #65, #66, #67

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    COIL- LOVE'S SECRET DOMAIN/ UNRELEASED VINYL TEST PRESSING

    Coil's LSD release (WAX-7143) scheduled but never released on vinyl by Wax Trax! These test pressings are the only WAX TRAX! versions ever available on vinyl. If you're a COIL fan, I think you know these don't come along very often.

    Tracks include:
    A1 Disco Hospital
    A2 Teenage Lightning
    A3 Windowpane
    A4 The Snow
    A5 Dark River
    B1 Further Back And Faster
    B2 Titan Arch
    B3 Chaostrophy
    B4 Love's Secret Domain

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    FRONT LINE ASSEMBLY TOXIC EP/ TEST PRESSING

    Here is another rare one. Scheduled for release as WAX 8165, this Front Line Assembly EP never made it past the test pressing stage. This was the true bridge between Caustic Grip and TNI arranged the way it was meant to be heard.

    Track Listing:
    A1 Re-Animate
    A2 Toxic
    A3 Mutilate
    B1 Virus (Cauterized Mix)
    B2 Laughing Pain

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    LUNCH FOR TWO WITH RICHARD 23, INCLUDES A FRONT 242 DELUXE BOX (LOCATED IN CHICAGO ONLY ON SEPT. 21, 2015)

    This reward entitles two guests to a private lunch and conversation with Mr. 23 and Wax Trax! owner, Julia Nash.
    What will you talk about?...Geo-Politics? Belgian chocolate? The making of Big Sexyland? That's all up to you!
    Due to scheduling, a specific date of Sept. 21, 2015 in Chicago, US is required for this reward.
    Transportation to Chicago is not covered.

    In addition to lunch, this reward includes:
    -FRONT 242 Deluxe Box/ Take One 7"
    -both previous t-shirts
    -previous FRONT 242 poster

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    PRODUCING CREDIT IN THE MOVIE

    Always wanted your name on the big screen?...Now's your chance to show your ultimate WAX TRAX! love. Although associate producing credit is typically symbolic, sharing your name on screen with the likes of PAILHEAD, KMFDM, FLA, etc. is very, very, real!!

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