Polycarbonate Lathe Cut 7"s
It's been a long process, and it might not look like much, but the article you are about to read was over 5
years in the making!
Interview with Peter King
[ Conducted in August 2003 ]
[ Image mailed to me by Peter King ]
Looking through the discography of releases created by yourself the list is massive, with some big name acts in there including Thurston Moore of Sonic Youth and the Beastie Boys. How did you get to the position of creating these releases?
We do stuff for all over the world. I'm not sure how it all happened.
There have been 2 different Beastie Boys releases made in New Zealand using the lathe process. The first was
the double 7" of 'Aglio E Olio' released by Grand Royal and Fellaheen in Australia. A lot of rumours have
passed around as to the quantity that were produced, can you give us the stats?
I don't know how many records were made here. Lost track of the whole thing 10 years ago.
The second release was one called "Some Live Bullshit" which contained two live tracks. Hand numbered and limited to 30 copies, this was released by a "Grinning Sumo Records". Are you able to shed any light on this company. (who are/were Grinning Sumo Records? did they release anything else? etc)
Made lots and lots of records for people so wouldn't have a clue.
Although referred to as clear vinyl by some people, they aren't actually made of vinyl. What are they made with?
Our records are made from the mother plastic to poly vinyl we produce here.
Is there a difference in sound quality from regular vinyl pressings?
Yes, we get less highs and more bass than the black vinyl record of the past. Only just recognisable though.
Whats the process of creating a record?
Given that the records are created in real time (ie it takes as long to create a disc as it does to play it), are you able to produce more than one at the same time?
What is the general size of each run?
Is there anyone else out there creating lathe cut records like yourself?
I'm not sure.
Do you have anything to do with the sleeves?
We don't like sleeves as the look of our records should be on display through a clear plastic bag.
A Quick Chat with Stav (ex-Fellaheen)
[ Conducted in March 2004 ]
We are trying to track down some information on this Australian 7" that came out through Fellaheen:
I left Waterfront/Fellaheen records years ago now. All documentation regarding the labels was the property of
my partner who bought me out of the business. I know for a fact that he no longer has any of the paperwork
involved in Fellaheen.
Interview with Grinning Sumo Records
[ Conducted in November 2008 ]
I assume these were lathe cut by Peter King in New Zealand?
They sure were!
Did you know that there was another official Beastie Boys release titled "Some Live Bullshit"? (it was a French promo cd)
I did find out about that promo CD (or was it another live bootleg can't remember but I guess you'd know!) a bit after doing the 7".
Why the name "Grinning Sumo"?
I was sitting around in the record store where I used to work just shooting the shit with a friend and that name came up and sounded funny to us.
Did Grinning Sumo release anything else?
Not as such. I did also release a Magic Dirt bootleg 7" and a Godstar bootleg 10", which were both lathe cut by Peter King but they didn't carry any label name, also I released a couple of limited edition official releases on polycarb 7" on my then record label at the time.
What inspired you in the first place to release this?
Just a but of fun really, you often find yourself with a lot of free time sitting behind the counter of a record store!
Was it a one-man production or were more people involved?
A co-worker at the time split the cost with me, we decided to get 'em done and split the copies.
Was it distributed in Australia or New Zealand? Was it released just for friends or was it sold through any stores?
We pretty much just gave them to some friends. We never had any intention of selling them.
Where were the tracks sourced from?
I would have to find the master cassette(!) - yes I remember sending a cassette tape over to have the 7"s cut, but they were taken from a JJJ-FM radio broadcast.
Why such a limited run?
As I mentioned it was just for a bit of fun and to give away to friends that we knew would dig them.
You know that record is one of the most expensive / sort-after beastie bootlegs out there? I remember seeing a copy a few years ago go for around $200.
I have seen that 7" for some silly money over the years maybe I should have held on to some!!