Explanation of the mysterious disappearance of
almost all of Hot Mont Recordings…
An expose by Malcolm
technicians worked through the rubble of the mysterious sound
studio, many bits and pieces of old recordings were found. Chemical
analysis of the various shards of vinyl and bits of recording tape
showed some very strange results. It was stated in an earlier
article that many, and I would say almost all, of Hot Mont
recordings have vanished with little being remembered as to what may
have happened to whole collections.
science once again dispels a mystery. From the remains found at the
studio, chemical composition testing showed some very strange
ingredients in the recording media used at that ill-fated recording
studio. The vinyl and recording tape contained an unknown substance.
There was no idea as to the purpose of the unknown ingredient.
Through rigorous testing, the technicians came to a very strange
conclusion. Hot Mont had figured out a way to time destruct all of
his recordings, by placing a neutralized form of some very potent
acid into the base mixtures that he used to produce his recording
media. Remember the pea-green vinyls and the oddly colored tape in
his eight tracks and cassettes. This special ingredient was what
created the oddly color media.
technicians have tried to figure out how to activate this
self-destruct mechanism built into Hot Mont's recordings. The
technicians tried several different light bands to activate the
ingredients, nothing happened. They tried different sounds to try
and activate it. The technicians are positive as to the purpose of
the strange additive but have not as of yet figured out what may
have been used to activate the destruct mechanism.
we don't know exactly how, we now know the reason for the
disappearance of Hot Mont's music. But what I would like to
know is … Why? Only the Hot one knows for sure and at
this point in time …he's not talking. I think we can conclude from
this, for some unknown reason, Hot Mont was attempting to wipe his
existence from the face of the earth, sharing his insight for a
specified period of time and then…
An expose by Malcolm Drie
with permission from Rolling Rock
REBUTTAL OF THE HOT MONT RECORDINGS SELF-
by Bill Del
Malcolm Drie must have been visiting another
galaxy when he wrote his expose on "exploding vinyl"! Although some
evidence does point to the validity of "self-destructing" product,
the reasons espoused just do not add up for me!
Mont did not personally "make" his own vinyl & cassettes;
they were manufactured by SniffBrown Records, his label
throughout most of his short career. This is public knowledge. Of
note, however, is the fact that there seem to be no examples of
product remaining from any of the various other
artists from the SniffBrown catalog to be found! So, even if there
was a "self-destruct" ingredient" impregnating the records, it
probably would not have been a "Hot Mont" concept, quite simply
because the other artists would have objected to their work being
artificially deteriorated on purpose.
2: There are
several completely different components involved in a cassette or
vinyl release. The cardboard covers of the LPs, for example,
would not have been affected at all by the chemicals that have been
proven to break down vinyl. Ditto for the paper booklets of
cassettes. So where are the covers? Where are the posters , the
cassette boxes, etc? After exhaustive research, I now believe that
the complete disappearance of the Hot Mont catalog is a much
bigger story than Drie's explanation eludes. (even though Hot Mont
records and cassettes admittedly did have a strange pea-green "cast"
to them) .
3: Knowing the
propensity of the American general populous to fear what they
don't understand, I feel that the disappearance of almost all Hot
Mont products more likely then not has it's true explanation
rooted in good old dogma-driven prejudice. Yes, I now
put forth the "optional" explanation: Some sort of extremist
group may have rounded up not only Mont's works, but the works
of other "conservative" artists of the time period. It's a
much scarier explanation, but one that I can back up with hard
evidence. Deadline and space constraints will have to leave this
evidence to my follow-up article in next month's "Legends" issue.
Printed with permission of Legends of the
Heartland magazine, issue #89