Hotcha's Calypso Now Label

February 1, 2010

Breve histoire de Calypso Now

Filed under: Free MP3 Download,Radioshow — Tags: , — Hotcha @ 10:00 am

Je viens de trouver dans mon bazar une jolie K7, sans aucune indiquation de son contenu. Passons-nous des phrases garnis de fleurs genre ‘le charme de l’oublie’ etc., droit au but:

On y trouve une emission qui a passe sur une radio locale a Geneve en 88, du nom Radio Zones, je crois. Et je crois entendre l’ami Jean-Mi au micro, animateur au centre de loisir du Grand-Saconnex a l’epoque, o

January 26, 2010

Stupid Stupid

Stupid Stupid was the name of the radio show I did for several years on the local station, two hours weekly. Here is a complete show from 1984 or ’85, I believe.

Artists include:

News vom Buzz; Bande Berne Crematoire; Mario Scherrer (Nordland); Steven Tetzloff; Lt. Murnau; Michael Angele; Morlocks; Heinz Schweisz; Macromissa Macromassa; Victor Nubla; Vito Ricci; Blue Orchids.

And lots more, of course.

Stupid Stupid (Radio Canal 3 Bienne)


Press play

To download right-click

Play Very Loud!

November 22, 2009

Note 2 myself

Stuff I found researching old Calypso Now releases

Rich Stim/Sirius Music/Bloomington, Indiana

Just found the master tape today for the ‘Segments’-Compilation (bands from Bloomington), and ‘Playette’; that one I used to listen to a lot, woman’s voice and cheap Casio-like synth playing pop music. Well, don’t recall the details right now, but am thinking of hosting the tape if possible. Found a blog by Rich Stim, who was the mastermind behind Playette (http://angelcorpuschristi.blogspot.com/2009/09/old-and-improved.html), also a blog talking about Segments (http://black2com.blogspot.com/2005/01/chinaboise-greatest-story-ever-told-cd.html). On the same blog he’s talking about a possible CD-release of Playette, did it ever realize?

BTW, great source to other links, like http://thehoundblog.blogspot.com/. Just look at the category “Found Photo”…

In Another Context

it’s just not possible that I lost any master tape or cover master, but I just stuffed all the tapes prints magazines pictures etc. away in cardboard boxes that have not been touched much in the past 20 years, so it may happen that I have to go through several boxes to find all related items. So it just happens I’ve found a letter concerning the tape compilation In Another Context where it said I paid licencing fees, I also have the master cassette, but no cover and no adress. But I think I’ve found the label, and it’s still active and they release just great stuff. http://www.bannedproduction.com/discography.html

Nikki Sudden

found the master tape to Nikki Sudden’s Beau Geste – now I have to decide what to do with it. Rerelase it on tape, host it on the server as MP3? The latter will probably be difficult due to copyright reasons, and I can’t ask Nikki any more about it. http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikki_Sudden. A pity, such a wonderful person.

Steven Tetzloff

got a mail today from Don Campau, whose tapes I featured a lot on my weekly radio show back in those tapesdays, because he does real poppy stuff in an industrial manner, as far as I remember, will have to listen to it again, anyhow, he’s real good. And still active. Asked me for a rerelease of a Steven Tetzloff tape he one got from me. Well, Steven’s not around any more, I believe. We will just all go ahead and host his stuff, I think.

Various links without a Calypso Now connection, but great nonetheless ;-)

Lp Cover Lovers: http://lpcoverlover.com/chicks-dig-records/, http://lpcoverlover.com/

October 27, 2009

XXX sells

Filed under: Free MP3 Download,General — Tags: , , — Hotcha @ 12:00 am

I’ve just scanned some parts of the Calypso Now catalogues from the 80′s and I’m astonished by this ‘hit-and-run’ graphic style that just came natural because the tools weren’t really available – some catalogues were even printed in my kitchen on those heavy machines they used to have in schools, where you typed your text on a so-called stencil, and with this you could print up to several hundred A-4 sized copies, until the stencil just ripped itself apart. That was by far the cheapest way to publish a catalogue.

Later, when the label got ‘bigger’, I could afford to have flyers printed, at some time the catalogue came on a poster, from which I scanned a small part here. So, let’s talk about sex!
Steven Tetzloff on the Sex Sells catalogue from Calypso Now

The “Sex sells” slogan was used as a provocation for the swiss postal service, the catalogues being folded in a transparent enveloppe so you saw the picture and the slogan, but couldn’t tell if the penis would be visible as a whole. Well, the provocation worked marvellously, the catalogues were refused by the post office here, which gave me the opportunity to put a ‘Censored’-sticker on the cock, which anyway wasn’t really visible, as you can see for yourself. Click on the picture to see it full size in a new browser window.

Why this cheap provocation? Well, I was a bit fed up by all those shops flashing naked tits around to sell some product, so I really had to prove my point. As I said, it worked great. It would still work today, bet?

Steven Tetzloff, by the way, the man with the penis, was a guitar player from San Francisco who played in rather shitty New Wave bands (by my humble opinion ), but he made three solo tapes which I still adore; all of them have been released here by Calypso Now and I will upload some of his music soon. He did them really cheap in his bathroom, with nice distorted guitar and a cheasy rhythm box, kind of a Velvet-Underground-play-Suicide sound. Suicide? No, not suicide as an action, I mean Suicide, the band, with Alan Vega.

I liked the music of Steven Tetzloff so much that I also put him on the last compilation tape from Calypso Now, the Starspot Compilation (click here for a full picture of the catalogue and more information about Starspot), and on a promotional single, called Sex Sells, of course. By the way: I must still have some copies of this 7 incher laying around here somewhere, will probably have to dig in the boxes I’ve moved with at least three times in the last 10 years without opening them once more. I’ll keep you posted. Might interest you that the tape and the single also contains a marvelous track from Herr Dr. Michael Angele, now Leiter Kultur at german paper and web community Der Freitag… hehehe – more is here to come!

Oh, almost forgot: here’s some tracks on the Calypso Now Myspace space, Angele’s also at hand. Check out the the Trash Boys there, I think they were great. From Geneva.

And…. I’ve uploaded two tracks by Crash Course from Biel-Bienne, then renowned as the fastest (post) punk band in Switzerland (probably falsely), from their deleted single, which came out on a compilation tape of the band on Calypso Now. Singer is the same Herr Dr. Michael Angele ;-)

Crash Course: Break Down The Walls, Television

Ajust playback volume to 11 and press the play button!

To download right-click Crash Course: Break Down The Walls or Crash Course: Television

You can find Michael Angele’s track ‘Nazis’ on the Starspot Compilation – order here

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