Walking through the doors of Cleveland’s Boddie Recording Company last year was an instant time-warp rush. Sure, we’ve gasped at our first glimpse of a major find before, but this was something else: a complete custom operation, sealed since the last note was tracked and packed, with studio, pressing plant, distribution warehouse–even an organ dealership–intact and ripe for the picking.
Among the mountains of ephemera was this:
Yesterday while working on the design for our 2011 Record Store Day release, Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie (a compilation of tracks pressed via the Boddie’s custom operation, bot not issued on their in house labels), we had a thought: what if Numero was a struggling mid-seventies label in need of the kind of services Thomas Boddie’s operation had to offer? Like say, a label design?
We’d like you to answer that question. Here’s how:
1. Download the above form
2. Print it out
3. Get the Hell away from your computer
4. Using no electronic means, design a 45 label with the following information:
A Numero logo of your making
Local Customs: Pressed At Boddie
Produced by Tom Lunt, Rob Sevier and Ken Shipley
5. To reiterate: Use no computer generated anything. Pencil, pen, scotch tape, glue, rub-off letters if you’ve got them squirreled away in a drawer somewhere, but NO COMPUTERS.
7. Fill out the whole form, just as though you were doing business with the Boddies
8. Okay, turn on your computer. Scan that thing.
9 . Send it to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
The winner will receive a copy of the album in THREE formats:
Pressed At Boddie – LP
Burned At Boddie – CD
Dubbed At Boddie – Cassette
Plus, an original Boddie 45, hand selected by the Numero gang from our private stash.
The final design will be the actual label for the cd version of the release and the form for the design of all three formats. Quantities on the day of release will be extremely limited. We plan to sell out fast.
If you’ve been with us for awhile, you’ve seen examples of the period style. If not, have a look at some examples here. Clearly, NO TALENT REQUIRED.
Entries must be received by January 21st, 2011. Get your ball point pen, go to Kinkos, make some copies, and get to work.
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