The run-off groove on a record, also called dead wax, is the non-functioning portion of a vinyl record that sits between the label and grooves. This space is utilized by record manufacturers to record serial numbers and other numeric information, but it is also a free space for artists and record producers to inscribe inside jokes, hidden messages and personal tributes. These are a few of my favorites.
Fugazi – EP (Discord, 1988) : A-side “SERVED AT THE CAPTAIN’S TABLE.” B-side “WHO’S SIDE ARE YOU ON?”
Minutemen – What Makes A Man Start Fires (SST 1982) : A-side “BONES – THE LIST… THE LIST IN THE DREAM?” B-side “…AND THE GUESTS CAME IN THROUGH LITTLE FUNNELS… DRIPPING”
Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy – Summer in the Southeast (Seanote, 2005) : Side 1 “PRO LIFE”, Side 2 “PRO CHOICE”, Side 3 “THE FOOTPRINT OF THE AMERICAN CHILDREN”, Side 4 “THE GREATEST JIHAD IS THE CONQUEST OF SELF”