If you were a fan of music in the ’80s and ’90s that didn’t get played on the radio, chances are you made more than a few treks to Wax Trax! Records on North Lincoln Avenue. Although its genesis was as a record label, the retail location in the heart of Lincoln Park was ground zero for sating the appetites of suburbanites and city dwelling denizens who craved hard to find Industrial, New Wave and Punk rock releases (I still cherish-and still own-the day I found a copy of Naked Raygun’s “Flammable Solid” single in the dusty bins!.
The hugely influential compound established by partners Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher would last for more than a decade before shuttering under the cloud of bankruptcy.
Enter Julia Nash, daughter of original founder Jim. On June 15th, Wax Trax! will rise from the dead once again in the form of the Wax Trax! Records Pop-Up Store. The event will be held at Chicago’s famed Metro, 3730 North Clark on Sunday, June 15th 2014 from 11 am-4p.m..
Nash promises “mucho grande” shopping opportunities, as well as some of our favorite DJ’s from back in the day to roll out the Lincoln Avenue store playlist. A full service bar, original Wax Trax! pressings, subway posters, t-shirts and memorabilia from the label will top off the adventure.”
Personally, I hope to once again see the beat up snap shot of Iggy Pop and William S. Burroughs that greeted me under the glass counter every time I’d head to the register to pay for my haul.