The legendary label, which was founded by Jean Georgakarakos in Paris in 1976 and fronted by Bill Laswell, produced a variety of releases from the American no-wave, punk and hip-hop scenes, as well as the French avant-garde pop world, featuring everyone from Suicide and Cabaret Voltaire to the Last Poets and Grandmixer D.ST.
In anticipation of the release, Spinner RPM is excited to premiere a 30-minute mix by respected DJ and producer Richard Sen (Padded Cell, Bronx Dogs), highlighting some of his favorite tracks from the compilation, which you can listen to after the jump.
"When I was a teenager at school around 1983-1984 there was a big trend for electro. We used to breakdance to electro records including Timezone's 'Wildstyle.' Even listening to it again now evokes memories of school days," Sen tells us, regarding his introduction to Celluloid Records.
"I later became a graffiti artist and came across 'The Escapades Of Futura 2000.' The Clash brought Futura over to London in the early '80s and he did a graffiti piece under the Westway in Westbourne Park, West London. This was one of the first NYC-style pieces to be done in London and led to that spot under the Westway becoming a mecca and 'hall of fame' for London graff artists, including myself. The Futura record on Celluloid remains one of my favorite '80s NYC records."
Listen to Richard Sen's Celluloid Records Story Mix
"[Celluloid] was one of the first labels to combine the punk, downtown NYC art scene with hip-hop scene of the time," Sen continues. "Tracks by Bambaataa and John Lydon, Alan Vega, Richard Hell and the Voidoids were released alongside Shango, Fab 5 Freddy and the Last Poets. I think the eclectic nature of the label was unique, releasing Afro Beat, New Wave, Funk and Post Punk music, while still keeping a strong identity."
1. Bobongo Stars - "Koteja"
2. B Side - "What I Like"
3. Fab 5 Freddy - "Une Sale Histoire"
4. Material - "Don't Lose Control"
5. The Smurfs - "Smurf for What it's Worth"
6. Richard Hell and the Voidoids - "Destiny Street"
7. Sapho - "Carmel"
8. Timezone - "The Wildstyle"
9. Futura 2000 Feat. The Clash - "The Escapades Of Futura 2000"
10. Lightnin Rod - "Sport"
Change the Beat: The Celluloid Records Story is in stores March 5 via Strut. Also, be sure to check out one of our favorite 2012 releases, Strut's Richard Sen-selected comp This Ain't Chicago: The Underground Sound of UK House & Acid 1987 -1991.
- Don McLean "American Pie"
- U2 "Sunday Bloody Sunday"
- Gordon Lightfoot "The Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald"
- Dr. Dre "The Day the Niggaz Took Over"
- Bob Dylan "Hurricane"
- Pearl Jam "Jeremy"
- Billy Joel, "We Didn't Start the Fire"
- The Neville Brothers "Sister Rosa"
- The Tragically Hip, "Wheat Kings"
- Boomtown Rats "I Don't Like Mondays"
- The Cranberries "Zombie"
- Bloc Party "Hunting for Witches"
- The Postal Service "Sleeping In"
- Bruce Springsteen "The Rising"/"My City of Ruins"
- Arlo Guthrie "Alice's Restaurant Massacre"
- Filter, "Hey Man, Nice Shot"
- KISS, "Detroit Rock City"
- Cherry Poppin' Daddies, "Zoot Suit Riot"
- Steve Earle, "Ben McCulloch"
- Arcade Fire "Neighbourhood #3 (Power Out)"
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- "Learn to be Lonely," 'The Phantom of the Opera' (2004)
- "Vanilla Sky," 'Vanilla Sky' (2001)
- "I Don't Want To Miss a Thing," 'Armageddon' (1998)
- "Have You Ever Really Loved a Woman?" 'Â˜Don Juan DeMarco' (1995)
- "Blaze of Glory," 'Young Guns 2' (1990)
- "Glory of Love," 'Karate Kid, Part 2' (1986)
- "They're Either Too Young or Too Old," 'Thank Your Lucky Stars' (1943)
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- "Unchained Melody," 'Unchained' (1955)
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- Worst Grammy Award Nominees Ever
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- A Taste of Honey (Won)
- Robin Williams / The Blues Brothers (Nominated)
- USA for Africa 'We are the World' (Nominated)
- Jethro Tull 'Crest of a Knave' (Won)
- Milli Vanilli (Won)
- Eric Clapton "Layla" (Unplugged version) (Won)
- The Rolling Stones 'Voodoo Lounge'
- Skee-Lo 'I Wish' (Nominated)
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- Will Smith "Men In Black"/"Gettin' Jiggy wit It" (Winner)
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