Red's Tapes

Background: Red's Tapes was a video retailer, music store and record label founded in late 1981 by Vic Dolan and Stanley Tenner and owned by Charon Communications. The firm was notable for releasing rare titles and helping independent musicians by recording their music and selling copies of them. The company was liquidated after Charon filed for bankruptcy.
1st Logo
(1981-1999)

Logo: On a black background, we see a pair of lips. The lips bear their teeth in a smile and the black text "Red's Tapes" fades in on the teeth. The mouth swoops toward the top of the screen.

FX/SFX: The mouth swooping.

Music/Sounds: A dramatic triumphant orchestrated theme.

Availability: Appeared mostly on music video compilations for bands that work under them, as well as the start of independent films they distributed. Used in tandem with the next logo below.
2nd Logo
(1982-2003)

Logo: Set in what appears to be a factory, we see a rising platform containing stands that hold two discs. A metallic claw grabs the platform and moves it forward. We pan toward a steel bucket getting filled with hot liquid. The bucket pours into a vat, and the lid of the vat gets lifted, revealing the logo from before. Everything but the logo fades away, which is left on a cloudy grey background with searchlights.

FX/SFX: Everything.

Music/Sounds: A dramatic orchestrated theme, ending with a triumphant one, along with the corresponding machinery noises.

Availability: Same as before. Their releases are best identified by their psychedelic covers.

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