Why did we name the company Oblivion Records? We weren’t particularly alienated suburban youths, probably just the opposite.
Tom Pomposello was the ultimate musical hipster of the age (OK he was a hippie), particularly when it came to blues and folk music. And one of the hippest indie labels of the age was John Fahey’s Takoma Records (eventually sold to Chrysalis) and in early 1971 he released what we thought was Leo Kottke’s first tour-de-force solo album, 6- and 12-String Guitar. In the liner notes Leo referred to his actual first album on the local Minnesota label Oblivion Records. It was so weird we thought he was kidding, and when, in early ‘72, we decided to start our label we absconded with the name.
We gleefully went on our way. When we got a letter from the Minnesotans a couple of years later asking us to cease and desist we panicked, and kids that we were, then promptly ignored it. We never heard anything from them again.0 comments Tagged: Origins,.