The Art of Packaging: LAFF Records
LAFF Records was a small independant lable based in LA specializing in adult comedy records in the early 70’s. Their galaxie of stars included Richard Pryor, Redd Foxx, George Carlin, LaWanda Page, ventriloquist duo Richard & Willie and Skillet & Leroy – to name a few. Looking back now they may seem racist or at the very least badly stereotypical of the times, but LAFF was the place to be for a young comic with blue material, black or white. The biggest sellers though were the black party records with their racy artwork and suggestive taglines – and man, they are dirty and hilarious. Whomever designed these things must have been crazy themselves, wild type, everywhere all placed over some pretty bad photography. A lot of the LAFF stars found fame, especially in the mid 70’s when TV started excepting black characters and black sitcoms. Redd Foxx, Skillet & Leroy and LaWanda Page all went on to star in Sanford & Son. Richard Pryor became one of the biggest comedians and movie stars of the 70’s-80’s. Only a bit of this stuff has made it to CD – the Pryor and Foxx stuff mostly, so the only way you’ll hear it is if you find them in the bins at your local Goodwill. Try though – it’s worth the effort.
Posted on November 29, 2011, in Graphic Design, The Art of Packaging and tagged laff records, LaWanda Page, redd foxx, richard pryor, Sanford & Son, skillet & leroy. Bookmark the permalink. 4 Comments.