The Blue Board
What is The Blue Board?
The Blue Board is a public online forum for discussion of the legendary ZTT record
label and related artists.
This message board is brother in rhythm with The Pleasureboard, a forum discussing 80's supernova band Frankie Goes To Hollywood. The Blue Board is actually the little brother, which emerged out of a thread on The Pleasureboard discussing whether in-depth ZTT coverage would be appropriate on The Pleasureboard (the historical thread can be witnessed here). Due to the nature of the two boards, the topics discussed are partly overlapping. Thus, it's highly recommended to browse both boards on a regular basis.
What is The Blue Board Introduction?
A FAQ answering questions you never asked, raising questions that never get answerd. (Thus not daring to call itself a 'FAQ'.)
What is ZTT Records?
ZTT Records Ltd. is a British record company. The kind of original record company which is usually referred to as 'label'. It was founded 1983 in London by record producer Trevor Horn, music journalist Paul Morley and studio manager Jill Sinclair.
They released a series of ground breaking pop records
in their early years by the likes of The Art Of Noise, Frankie Goes
To Hollywood, Propaganda, Grace Jones et al. It was their
unequalled fresh powerful sound, number of remixes, inspiring artwork, overall
classy-style and artistical ideas, that would largely contribute to the myth
ZTT still is. (Incidentally, they actually organized their releases in series
ZTT is part of the SPZ empire of music business companies - where 'Z' stands for ZTT, 'P' is for the publishing company Perfect Songs, and 'S' for SARM, a company operating state of the art recording studios and managing recording producers and staff on both sides of the Atlantic.
What is the Scope of Topics on the Board?
Basically everything related to ZTT. Including, but not limited to, the artists that were on the label, the production teams involved in making the records (e.g. Trevor Horn), and so on; the relation may be close or far fetched. There's not really any rules or limitations, so don't be afraid to post your thoughts.
Bear in mind though, if you have a question or message specifically dealing with Frankie Goes To Hollywood, it might be more useful to post it on The Pleasureboard. In uncertain cases, you should decide for posting on one of the boards, and send a link (or note) on the other board.
Who can Write on the Board?
As you might have seen, everyone can read the discussion threads on The Blue Board. Writing on the board ('posting') is also free to public, however the message board system, which is generously provided by fellow FGTH/ZTT fan Alex Warmerdam, requires you to register to be able to post messages. Don't be afraid, it's not a big deal, as the terms of service is kept rather short, it's completely free, the registration process is short and simple, and the only data required to be specified is an email address (which isn't even verified). So there's really no excuse not to register, if you are interested in ZTT topics.
Why 'The Blue Board'?
Because ZTT Records resides at The Blue Building, 42-46 St. Lukes Mews, London W11 1DG, United Kingdom.
Why 'The Blue Building'?
Because the building is actually painted... Blue.
OK, they painted it Blue - but why?
Sorry, I can't answer that without consulting my lawyers first!
Are there other ZTT Discussion Boards on the Web?
There used to be, and actually still is, Lazlo's Zang Tuum Tumb Mailing List
(one of numerous fantastic mailing lists and discographies organized by Lazlo Nibble).
However, it has become extremly quiet on this email distribution list in the
Furthermore there are a few specific discussion groups for some ZTT artists: Apart from the aforementioned Pleasureboard for Frankie Goes To Hollywood, there's the official 808 State Discussion Board, a mailing list for The Art Of Noise called AON-Chat, and the Mabuse egroup for Propaganda.
It should also be mentioned here, that The Blue Board as well as The Pleasureboard had originally been hosted at a different place, at a different time, having parted the Hostboard family of message boards in the 2002 escape-act series of message board movements. But there's no cause for concern, since all the old Hostboard-era messages have participated in the move and are now integrated in the special archive search facility of the new home.
Where can I find Additional Resources about ZTT?
Please try this links:
Note: Most of this sites contain lots of further links.