Founded in 1996, initially to bring material from the forgotten archives at Bosworth Library into the world, Trunk Records has in its fifteen years amassed a cherished catalogue of film soundtracks and library music, obscure spoken word releases as well as true gems such as wonderful experimental jazz of Basil Kirchin and the quirky productions of label-founder Jonny Trunk.
Known for releasing film scores from cult films such as 'Kes', 'The Wicker Man', 'Blood on Satan's Claw' and Vernon Elliott's music for the children's television program 'Clangers', Trunk Records has an uncanny knack for digging up forgotten treasures which have acted both as nostalgic reminders for the elders and new inspiration for younger generations of artists. Above all exposing the delightful, rich and unkempt eccentricity in Britain's cultural history.
Alongside the prim and proper side of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop's John Baker and EMS co-founder and composer Tristam Cary, Trunk Records' mantra of 'Music, nostalgia and sex' celebrates the humourous and sleazier side of Britain's 1960s and 70s. With 'Dirty Fan Male' a release of hugely entertaining spoken-word fanmail addressed to soft-pornstars of the day, and out of which mainstream fame serendipitously came to with the unforgettable single 'The Ladies' Bras'. After a surprise BBC Radio 1 campaign in 2007, it became the shortest and (possibly) cheekiest track to chart the UK top 30.
Each release has its own story, lovingly documented on the Trunk Records website, and Jonny Trunk's radio show 'OST' at London's Resonance FM continues his quest uncovering the most unlikely recordings. Rarities have recently emerged digitally in the form of Barry Gray's 'Stand By For Adverts', a speech given by first-man-in-space Yuri Gagarin entitled 'Conquest Of Space' as well as the original soundtrack to 1954 horror film 'Creature from the Black Lagoon'.
A particular delight for electronic music fans will be the 'Music From Mathematics' album, which features some of the earliest experiments in digital audio processing at the legendary Bell Labs. Originally released in 1962 on Decca Records, the alien sounds made by the mathematicians exploring musical phenomena on the IBM7090 (with its whopping 32KB memory!) are accompanied with a comforting voice-over explaining this strange new technology.
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