Cassette Labels
Punk Rock
In the late 1970's/ early 1980's, there came to be an explosion in what is now known as 'Cassette Culture' - this was where bands and individuals could, in a pre-Internet world, spread and distribute their music far and wide through the commonly available C60 + C90 Cassette mediums. In many ways it was the embodiment of the DIY ethic of punk. Often recorded on home tape recorders in bedrooms, local rehearsal studios or gigs, then assembled in peoples bedrooms and embellished with homemade artwork and then promoted via the network of fanzines, flyers and letter writing activities of the day, the songs could be heard, literally, on a global scale, with people often trading tapes everywhere from California to Westcliff.

Many Southend bands put out tapes in the period, and some labels, often associated with local 'zines, helped publicize these bands and individuals.
Blot Tapes
Get Tapes
New Crimes
Blot Tapes
Get Records and Tapes
Menshintsvo Tapes
Necrology Tapes
New Crimes Tapes
DIY Punk Rock


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