May 25, 2022
John Foy is a respected artist,
business person and inspirational leader in Australian music and
culture. In part 2, we discuss Red Eye and Black Eye Records,
managing the label, working with Radio Birdman, locating the
multitrack tapes for "Living Eyes", collectable records, his new
book "Snaps, Crack, Pop" and lots more.
- The early days of Red Eye Records
- Red Eye Records’ operational challenges
- Red Eye and the Australian radio stations
- Memorable moments from Red Eye Records
- More effective marketing tactics for Red Eye
- The impact of other bands – INXS, AC/DC, Split Enz – for indie
- What John looked for in bands on Red Eye Records
- The constraints for touring Australia in the 80s & 90s
- John’s recollections of Big Day Out
- The biggest seller on Red Eye Records
- Getting back catalogs - Radio Birdman
- Finding the multitrack tapes & reissuing Radio Birdman
- Creating Black Eye Records
- The imagery of Bud Dwyer
- Tex Perkins and Thug
- Test Pressings of a Black Eye compilation – “6 Hottest
- Salamander Jim album and artwork
- “Magpie-ing” elements for artwork
- What were the biggest disappointments of Red Eye Records?
- Competing for radio & video slots
- Did Red Eye Records have a ‘sound’?
- Manufacturing multiple formats (LP, CD, Cassettes, singles,
- The battle of the barcodes
- Becoming less creative and more business-focused
- The decline of Red Eye Records
- Any hope for Red Eye reissues?
- What’s the most collectable Red Eye record?
- Selling art after leaving Red Eye
- John’s personal record collection
- John’s favourite albums / last albums
- John’s history of being fatalistic – his health
- Interview wrap up
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