MVD ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR VINYL
Devo, G.G. Allin, Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics,
and the Dwarves are among the first.
MVD Entertainment Group (MVD) has announced plans to issue several releases on vinyl including new and previously unreleased tracks by Devo and the Dwarves, plus reissues by G.G. Allin, Wendy O. Williams and the Plasmatics, and more. MVD and Big Daddy have deep access to a great amount of quality content from some very collectible artists.
â€œWe are very fortunate to be able to revisit this great catalog and bring these gems back to life in their originally intended format,â€ said Ed Seaman, COO of MVD.
This comes in response to a resurgence of fans, collectors, and true audiophiles who prefer the warm sound of vinyl. According to a July 2008 article in Billboard, â€œIndie retail started the party, but now some of the chains are carrying vinyl too. In addition to Fred Meyer and Borders, Best Buy has said publicly that it will experiment with carrying LPs.â€ Since retailers are becoming increasingly supportive, it was a no-brainer for MVD.
"I love vinyl...always have and always will,â€ Seaman. â€œThe look, the feel, and of course the sound. And most importantly - with vinyl you get an easily digestible chunk of music to listen to - about 15 minutes per side. And then, it is time to make a decision: do I flip the album over and play the other side? Or do I pick a new record?"
Upcoming releases includeâ€¦
DEVO â€“ Watch Us Work It
This will contain four versions of the song â€œWatch Us Work Itâ€: Teddy Bears Version, Original Devo Demo Version, Karaoke Version, and "Still Workin'" Version. It was recorded at Mutato Muzika in Los Angeles and produced by Sweden's famous Teddy Bears. The DELL company heard it when Paul Malmstrom and Linus Karlsson at the Mother agency in NYC pitched it as a possibility for a TV campaign for the newly developed, high-end laptop computer. DELL loved it, so they used it for nationwide TV ad campaign. The vinyl will also include â€œDevo Was Right About Everythingâ€ by Attery Squash (re-mix by Robert and Gerald Casale).
Info: Not available until 2009
GG ALLIN - Freaks, Faggots, Drunks and Junkies
Vinyl edition of what is probably GG Allin's greatest studio album. This was GG's fourth album when it was originally released on Homestead Records in 1988. Recorded with a backing band featuring members of New England punk/thrash heavies Psycho, this one contains some of GG's best songs. "Die When You Die" is arguably the most famous GG Allin song and this album features the original, best version of the live warhorse. It also includes GG's rewrite of David Allen Coe's "Longhair Redneck" titled "Outlaw Scumfuc." The punkest man alive (at the time) at his peak.
PLASMATICS - WENDY O WILLIAMS â€“ Beyond the Valley of 1984
This is their second album and features some of the best songwriting of their career, as well as a lean and tight sound combing metal, punk and hard rock. A truly ground breaking release that sums up everything the band stood for and still sounds completely fresh over 25 years after its release.
DWARVES - Dwarves Limited 10 Inch
Way limited 10" picture disc vinyl split, one side Dwarves, live KSZU FM Stanford, recorded in 2004. The other side is Dwarves singer Blag Dahlia covering AC/DC (Big Balls) and the Ramones (The KKK Took My Baby Away) as well as some originals. This record is limited to 1030 copies and these are the last of them. Full color picture disc of a delightful young woman in a Mexican wrestling mask and not much else.
MVD Entertainment Group (formerly Music Video Distributors, Inc) was formed by Tom Seaman in 1987. Seaman entered the music business in the early 1960s with Manhattan music retail landmark the Record Hunter, and later worked with Sam Goody, CBS Retail and JEM Distribution. While merchandising early Video Discs in the 1980s Seaman recognized the potential for the Music Video format. His belief of â€œwhy just hear the music when you can see it AND hear itâ€ led to the formation of Music Video Distributors, a specialist in carrying the best selection of music videotapes and ultimately DVD. Ed Seaman joined the family business in 1989 and is currently C.O.O. and General Manager of MVD.
In the last 10 years, MVD has transitioned from being a one stop/wholesaler for Music Video to a leading Distributor and Label for Music Video on DVD. Some of the artists MVD has worked with include Sublime, Pixies, Bad Brains, Devo, The New York Dolls, Iggy Pop, the MC5, Dead Kennedys, Danzig, Marillion, Ween, Shane MacGowan, Stryper, Johnny Winter, and much more. Labels on MVDâ€™s roster include Metal Mind, Inakustik, Sexy Intellectual, Cherry Red, Video Service Corp, Disconforme, and many more. Since 1999, MVD has released over 1500 titles, and was the second largest producer of Music DVD in 2007.
In 2006, MVD entered the CD Distribution business with the formation of MVD Audio. â€œFor years our suppliers pushed us to carry CD,â€œ said Ed Seaman. â€œThey were very happy with our performance with their DVDs and in 2006 we made the leap. The CD business is still a multibillion dollar industry, and we have found a great deal of success with the format already. This new venture with Big Daddy Music shall further stake our claim in the music business, and we anticipate great things from the catalog and new releases of Big Daddyâ€™s labels. Burt Goldsteinâ€™s experience and expertise in the music business are a tremendous benefit as well; I believe that we have the opportunity together to equal a lot more than the sum of our parts.â€
Tom Seaman, CEO of MVD, says â€œGrowth is an important aspect of our business; we have grown from VHS distribution, to DVD licensing and distribution; now CDâ€™s enter our business umbrella. We are also expanding our digital sales aggressively. We welcome Big Daddy to the MVD fold!â€
By joining forces, the group will combine their diverse expertise and flexible distribution infrastructure in order to provide the labels, artists and customers with a higher level of service than ever before.