Friday, 25 April 2008

The demise of Morgan Khan's Street Sounds label




It was a sad day when Streetsounds closed down, or to quote from Morgan Khan, "it ceased trading, in a word". Numerically incorrect wording aside, Morgan looks like a broken man putting on a brave face and who can blame him when there were probably scores of debt collectors knocking on the Streetsounds office door.
I found a stash of The Street Scene mags at a car boot once. That was a nice find as prior to that I had only ever bought one copy and that was the one with Doug E Fresh on the cover. Well I say Doug E Fresh, it was a crudely drawn sketch of him like something off Crimewatch. C'mon Khan, no wonder your company went down the drain if you can't even afford to buy a camera.

Check out the clip above which features some very rare footage of the legendary Groove Records in London.

And Terry Jervis. Nice jumper and tie combo, son. Like it.

10 comments:

m71 said...

I have never heard of Morgan Khan until I read the credits off the mega mix record: NY vs. LA Beats (which I still think is one of the best mega mixes on wax) back in 1986 or so. As a record buyer/music lover, Mr Khan is a cool dude because to make compilations with all the top joints on it saves one from buying all the separate joints. I mentioned the one joint that I bought back when I was a teen but I wish Street Sounds were more readily available in the US when I was growing up because I couldn't buy all the records I wanted with my little paper boy job so I had to tape stuff off the radio.

Benzini said...

Yes m71, I hear you. When I was a teenager the Streetsounds albums were all I could afford - but such a choice of quality tracks!
And I totally agree that NY vs LA Beats is one of the best mixes ever - completely fluid and just right. I would have to say that the LA side wins for me though!

Anonymous said...

I wonder what happened to Morgan? I'm sure he's still in business somewhere.

Thiswas my Youtube clip BTW. Glad you enjoyed it.

- RTC

Tim said...

Streetsounds is about to relaunch in the UK on CD and Limited Vinyl in 2009 more than 25 years later.

The new series will focus on and be entitled "Electro Breaks - Volume 1"

Check out the new website http://www.streetsoundsmusic.co.uk/

Morgan Khan was an innovator, and i admired his early packaging and marketing campaigns for the Electro Series very much. I had a working relationship with and licensed lots of house tracks to his Streetsounds / Westside Group after he moved to Haven Green Ealing.

Tim Raidl

Tim said...

Streetsounds is about to relaunch in the UK on CD and Limited Vinyl in 2009 more than 25 years later.

The new series will focus on and be entitled "Electro Breaks - Volume 1"

Check out the new website http://www.streetsoundsmusic.co.uk/

Morgan Khan was an innovator, and i admired his early packaging and marketing campaigns for the Electro Series very much. I had a working relationship with and licensed lots of house tracks to his Streetsounds / Westside Group after he moved to Haven Green Ealing.

Tim Raidl

Benzini said...

Thanks Tim. I suspect you are on the Streetsounds staff but that's all good!

Looking forward to this.

Tim said...

no i am not on the staff but knew the company well back in the eighties

Big Teddy Ted said...

Just a totally irrelevant hip hop fact, I used to be the dj for the guys who rap n beatbox at the end of that clip. Shoutout to Mission 2 Kill aka Karl (K Ski) and Rodney. Peace

Ben The Ageing B-Boy said...

Hey Ted, how's things? You still knocking around with Shortee Blitz?

peas,

Ben

Anonymous said...

This makes for interesting Reading.

http://www.electroempire.com/forum/showthread.php?t=6850&page=9

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