No Pigeonholes by Don Campau – German Cassette Culture part 2 (1986-1997)

The new show by Don Campau deals again with the German Cassette Culture. As you can hear in the show, the amount of tapes sent to Don from Germany (East and West!) was enormous. This all happened last century, during the heydays of the international cassette exchange movement that got to be known as Cassette Culture. We are now witnessing a revival, or maybe better a rebirth of the cassette, be it with different characteristics, and not based on a worldwide postal network, that made packets actually cross borders and oceans to arrive on someone’s doormat.


The second part of the special on German Cassette Culture spans the years 1986 to 1997. It is music, sure. It is also a documentary, yes. But, maybe even more so, the individual tracks reflect certain lifestyles that now are history.

Here’s the Playlist.

artist/ title/ label-source-year ( all material released on cassette )

No Comment/ Mesopotamia/ Genetics II / Psyquil cassette 1991

Die Traktor/ Little Song About Life/ Fat Girl/ Ebu’s Music cassette 1996

WF & The Question/ Might Get Anything/ Trash/ IRRE cassette 1992

HITPARADE Vinyl ist Trumpf






Don Stander/ side a/ Das Gute Sonderbar/—cassette 1990

Meadow Meal/ Joy Of Today/ Eat/ SHM cassette 1987

Dauerfisch/ #11/ Tausend Ganz…/ —CD 1997







Forrest 4/ Far Away/ Crazy/ Endless Soul 1988

Sweet William/ Behind The Scenes/ 1986-1993/ Dianthus Barbathus cassette 1990

Hirn Mit Ei/ She’s A Bad Motorcycle/ Refrigeration Wurst/ cassette 1991







Solanaceae Tau / Saxon Invasion/ Outdoor Expressions/ IRRE cassette 1990

Local Scandal Do You Know/ Weed Sampler 3/ Weed cassette 1988

Idle State/ Groovy Rides/ Northern Lights/ Ebu’s Music cassette 1990?

don 6:6






Jeremy Clarke/ Glass In A Cage/ untitled /—cassette 1989?

Six And More/ Vegetative Elemente Unter Tage/ Way Out/ Archegon CD


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The No Pigeonholes radio show is a result of Don’s direct involvement with the cassette culture, the vast network of home-produced cassette exchangers that anticipated the internet, its social networks and the whole shabam of netlabels and free downloadable musicians. An attempt to archive the movement is in his Living Archive of Underground Music.

Stations that broadcast No Pigeonholes:

KKUP Edition> 2nd and 4th Sundays 3-5 PM, on KKUP, 91.5FM if you are around.

European Edition> broadcast twice monthly by Radio Marabu throughout continental Europe ( and archived for the internet).

KWTF Edition> Streaming at KWTF> community radio for Sonoma County California.

No Pigeonholes EXP> broadcast and streamed live on KOWS-FM ( 1st, 3rd, 5th Thursdays 6-8 PM Pacific Time. KOWS> all experimental music.

How to submit your music

podcasts of past No Pigeonholes
podcasts of past No Pigeonholes EXP