Blonde Vinyl records started as imprint for two of Michael Knott’s independent releases in 1984 and 1989. Sometime in 1990 or 1991, Michael decided to turn Blonde Vinyl into a full music label. The Christian music industry had started to grow a little stale during this time, so Knott decided to focus on developing bands that were creative and edgy. Blonde Vinyl released albums by bands that played styles of music that weren’t very popular with the pop crowd, from punk to grunge, gothic to industrial, and synthpop to spoken word. In all, 32 albums and 3 compilations were released by Blonde Vinyl Records and/or one of the 3 official sub-labels, all of which were released on cassette and compact disc. There were also at least 15 low-budget music videos created for various bands (see list below). When Blonde Vinyl’s distributor (Spectra) went under in 1993, Michael attempted to resurrect Blonde Vinyl under the name of Siren records. This was a very short-lived attempt. Blonde Vinyl paved the way for the much more successful Tooth & Nail records, who inherited many unreleased Blonde Vinyl bands in 1993.
|Band / Artist Name||Genre / Style||Years Active||Other Names|
|Acoustic Shack||acoustic, folk, light alternative||1991-2002||Dear A19|
|Black and White World||alternative, funky, quirky||1989-1992|
|Black Carnation||modern rock, alternative||1988-1992|
|Breakfast With Amy||echo, feedback, alternative, psychedelic||1988-1995|
|Dance House Children||dance, techno, sythpop, house||1990-1993||Morella’s Forest, Love Children|
|Dead Artist Syndrome||gothic, rock||1990-2003||D.A.S., Brian Healy|
|Fluffy||punk, alternative, psychedelic, modern rock||1991-1996||Duraluxe|
|Hounds of Heaven||gothic, metal||1992|
|Idle Lovell||gothic, alternative||1983?-1986?|
|Michael Knott||alternative, heavy, singer-songwriter, folk||1978-present|
|L.S.U.||alternative, gothic, heavy||1978-present||Lifesavers Underground, Lifesavers|
|Lifesavers||punk, surf rock||1981-present||The Lifesavors, L.S.U.|
|Love Life||hard rock, hair metal||1991-1992||Fear Not|
|Lust Control||punk rock||1988-1994|
|Windy Lyre||alternative pop, acoustic||1991, 2008|
|N Side Out||contemporary worship||1991|
|Passion to Pass||power pop||1983|
|Plague of Ethyls||post-punk, garage, grunge||1991, 1995|
|Rainbow Rider||dance, techno, sythpop, house||1993||Dance House Children|
|Shelley Rogers||adult contemporary pop||1991|
|Sass O’Frass Tunic||blues, gospel||1992|
|Sincerely Paul||gothic, alternative||1988-1993|
|Steve Scott||spoken word, alternative, avante-guard||1980-present|
|Tribe of Dan||cult greb goth, swamp rock||1991-1998||Dan Donovan|
|Veil of Ashes||alternative, modern rock||1987-1992||Veil|
|Writ On Water||droning, ambient, college rock||1990-present|
|* other bands were signed to Blonde Vinyl, but never released albums. See the music page for more details on these bands.|
Blonde Vinyl Sub-Labels
Three sub labels were created to further classify the diverse musical styles that were being released on Blonde Vinyl. They were Voice of the Youth, SLAVA Music, and Blonde Vinyl Inspirational.
Voice of the Youth was created for the edgier alternative releases on Blonde Vinyl. Six albums were released under this imprint: product # bvcd 3482 (love gift) by Breakfast with Amy, Go, Fluffy, Go! by Fluffy, Screaming Brittle Siren by Michael Knott, The Grape Prophet by L.S. Underground, Plague of Ethyls, and As Blue as the State Allows by Sass O’ Frass Tunic.
SLAVA Music existed as an underground industrial music-focused label before joining with Blonde Vinyl for distribution. Three albums were released under this imprint: Digital Priests – the remixes by Deitiphobia, Revelation 1921 by Wigtop, and the SLAVA compilation.
Blonde Vinyl Inspirational was created for praise and worship music. The only release on this imprint was Quiet Assurance by N Side Out.
Blonde Vinyl Videos
Several low-fi but interesting videos were created for a few Blonde Vinyl artists. All videos are owned by Michael Knott and posted here by his permission for use on KnottHeads.com only.
Blonde Vinyl Propaganda
A collection of various magazine advertisements used by Blonde Vinyl to promote bands through the years.