Industrial Accident: The Story of Wax Trax! Records features interviews with more than 40 former staffers, artists and family, who recall how the store and company popularized the industrial genre in the late '80s and early '90s. Tonight's screening includes a panel discussion, moderated by DJ Lance Rock of Yo Gabba Gabba!, with Nash, Frankie Nardiello, Marston Daley, Paul Barker, Chris Connelly and Richard 23, as well as a pop-up shop selling original pressings, apparel and other memorabilia.
Industrial music in America is as synonymous with Chicago as deep-dish pizza. Jim Nash and Dannie Flesher opened their Wax Trax! Records shop in the 1970s, first in Denver and later Chicago. In 1980, they launched a subsequent label, which signed punk, new wave, alternative and especially industrial bands, namely Ministry, KMFDM, Front 242, My Life With the Thrill Kill Kult and their various side projects. In 1992, the label went bankrupt and was sold to TVT Records; Nash died in 1995, and Flesher in 2010. Directed by Julia Nash (daughter of Jim), the documentary