Remember When Music Got The 6am Visit From The Goon Squad?

4 thoughts on “Remember When Music Got The 6am Visit From The Goon Squad?”

  1. I’m pretty sure I have a shoebox of old C90s still in my basement. That’s a fun label. I don’t ever remember seeing it on any of my albums but I remember the refrain.Rings familiar with the debates currently being held all over the internet right now.

    1. Might have been a UK-only campaign, to be fair, but yeah – a high proportion of late 70’s / early 80’s vinyl arrived with the Home Taping Is Killing Music logo smeared across the inner sleeve as if the final wail of obsolete technology.

      What the message really said, of course, was Home Taping Is Eroding The Savage Profits Of Major Record Labels… but I doubt that the campaign would have been anywhere near as successful if the primary victims were the cocaine habits of record execs.

      As for piracy these days; it’s such a complex concept – something I’ve contemplated writing about – because music aggregation (and the fiscal realities there-of) is not only a different beast to that of the ’80’s, but it’s also evolving constantly. At the bottom of every page on LGM I urge each reader to head directly to their local independent record and buy should they dig the subject matter.You buy records, I buy records – often based upon blogosphere recommendations; therefore it appears disingenuous that the music industry often treats us as no better than bootleggers selling cheap, knock-off albums at dodgy street markets.

      As I mentioned: a complex subject.

  2. I’ve got a badge and a t-shirt (bit tight nowadays) with the Home Taping Is Killing Music logo.
    (See my Twitter pic). As for piracy… I’d say that it’s people like us that keep the (independent) music industry alive. Thanks to the blogosphere I discover recordings that I didn’t even know existed. And bought them.

    Liked the way ‘Homefucking is Killing Prostitution’ disc by Kiwisex appropriated the slogan and logo.

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