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Title (Record Album) Social Climbers. Hoboken Records, 104 Jefferson St., Hoboken, N.J. Released 1981. Hobo 101.
Object Name Record, Phonograph
Catalog Number 2011.005.0167
Collection Hoboken Commerce Collection
Credit Museum Collections. Gift of a friend of the Museum.
Description (Record Album) Social Climbers. Hoboken Records, 104 Jefferson St., Hoboken, N.J. Released 1981. Hobo 101. 12 inch 33rpm record with sleeve.

Only issue of this record label. The recording was a trio: Jean Seton Shaw (bass, vocals); Mark Bingham (guitar, vocals); A. Leroy (Farfisa organ, Korg machine [synthesizer]). The nine tracks were a compilation from 3 7-inch flexi disks (GULCH 301A/B/C) issued by independent label Gulcher Records in the same year.

The genre of the music is classified as Electronic, Rock and the style as New Wave, Synth-pop, Minimal.


A1 Domestic 2:44
A2 Chicken 80 3:55
A3 Western World 5:00
A4 Chris & Debbie 6:56

B1 Palm Springs 4:02
B2 That's Why 2:40
B3 Ernie K 3:07
B4 Hello Texas 2:52
B5 Taipei 4:57

Photo of Shaw on front of album; Bingham and Leroy are shown on back.
Recorded by Mark Hood; Photos by Patti Perret.

See notes regarding a 2011 re-issue with two additional tracks.
Date 1981
Year Range from 1981
Year Range to 1981
People Shaw, Jean Seton
Bingham, Mark
Leroy A.
Perret, Patti
Hood, Mark
Search Terms Hoboken Records
104 Jefferson St.
Caption album sleeve front Social Climbers (photo Jean Seton Shaw)
Imagefile 103\20110050167.TIF
Notes Information below about a 2011 re-release is as found posted on July 14, 2011 at:

James Chance and the Contortions. DNA. Teenage Jesus and the Jerks. Glenn Branca. MX-80. ESG. Suicide. All great bands of the No-Wave movement of New York City during the first four years that the esteemed Ed Koch held the mayoral office.

But who was the alternative to all of those acts? The answer: The Social Climbers, a trio consisting of Jean Seton Shaw (bass, vocals), A. Leroy (farfisa organ, korg machine) and Mark Bingham (guitar, vocals) whose unique style of hockey rink dub-funk-punk ruled the periphery of the periphery alongside the likes of such other forgotten figures of the era as Jean-Michel Basquiat's Gray and MX-80 Sound.

But on September 20th, the Social Climbers will finally get their long overdue day in the modern sun when Drag City reissues their sole LP, originally issued on Hoboken Records and consisting of the sum of a trio of shitty 7-inch flexi-discs privately pressed by the band themselves plus two bonus tracks exclusive to this particular edition.

This album is the core definition of DIYwith a sound that helped put bands like Tortoise and Stereolab on the map, and if you have any kind of taste you should go right to the Drag City website and preorder this mug straightaway.
Classification Music
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