Capitol Records, USA 1991
A music promo menu from Capitol Records in 1991. This would have been sent out to radio stations and record store owners to promote some of the record company's new releases. It shows a chef with the famous Capitol Records Tower in one hand and a slice of hot pie in the other.
Built after the British music company EMI acquired Capitol Records in 1955, the circular office building was completed in April 1956 and is a Los Angeles Historic-Cultural Monument.
It is a clever take on a restaurant menu and plays on the word platter, which was slang for a vinyl record.
Inside, there are various music and food jokes - there’s ‘always something hot cookin’ at Capitol’ and ‘dee-licious’ to name a few.
Numbered items on the 1991 menu are the names of bands like the Cocteau Twins and singers such as Lou Rawls, with reviews for each.
The little red light atop the tower’s 82-foot spire has spelled out H-O-L-L-Y-W-O-O-D in morse code all night for nearly seven decades. The dot-dot-dot-dash-dash-dash.. has only been briefly switched off when the tower was being earthquake retro-fitted.
The Capitol Music Group, part of Universal Music Group, still has its HQ there. Famous Capitol recording artists have included Nat King Cole, Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, the Beatles and the Bee Gees right up to Sam Smith and Katy Perry.
Each order includes a print of the interior menu.
All printed in USA.