Menu, Menu 2, Menu 3, Menu 4. Salem, MA: EAT Records, [1980-1983].
A presumed complete set of four tri-fold catalogs (11”x6”) from the early 80s post-punk/new wave rock label EAT Records, all with perforated order forms still attached.
EAT put out records for Human Sexual Response, Men & Volts, Rubber Rodeo, The Tweeds, and others. The label shut down in 1983, with label head Don Rose going on to become a principal founder of Rykodisc, the music industry’s first CD-only label.
In addition to write-ups of the records on offer and news about the label’s bands, the catalogs include local restaurant recommendations, favorite record lists, and “Ken’s Corner,” which consists of brief verbatim reviews of EAT recordings by Ken Eglin, a nursing home resident, “longtime music enthusiast,” and frequent contributor to David Greenberger’s The Duplex Planet zine series.
A charmingly designed set of catalogs, seldom encountered in the trade and unaccounted for in OCLC records.