Daily Inspiration: This Is What An Indie Label Office Looked Like In 1991
Vintage footage from inside the offices of seminal indie label Tommy Boy in New York City.
Here's a gem to start your week of music nerdery and '90s nostalgia. In 1991 a Switzerland public access station brought fuzzy VHS cameras to the 1st Avenue offices of seminal New York City indie label Tommy Boy, whose pioneering hip-hop and electronic releases included De La Soul and LFO. Soak up some style on first watch, including Wayne's side-panel stitched Stussy cap and our tour-guide's Decadent Dub Team tee, and then pick your jaw up off the floor at the vintage label job descriptions: mailroom guys shuttling together new De La releases, promotions offices complete with a "Video Guy" and a "Club Guy" (both of whom are out at the time of filming), and the giant Game Boy Pocket they used to track radio spins. The conference room gets the best intro: "This is where the big signings go on, the artists come in and put their John Hancock on a piece of paper, and we own their lives!" Some stuff never changes.