Friday, 14 October 2011

4 most popular British Indie Record labels

1- Rough Trade -The big daddy of British indie labels, Rough Trade has had its ups and downs since 1978  Its early roster was an embarrassment of riches: the Smiths, the Fall, and Stiff Little Fingers whose Inflammable Material, Rough Trade’s first ever album release, sold more than 100,000 copies. The label went bust in 1991, losing a decade, but soon after its relaunch in 2000, Travis happened upon a little-known New York band called The Strokes. Now owned by Beggars Group, the label manages acts as diverse as Antony & the
 Johnsons and Micachu

2- Creation - Whereas most labels attract signings with lucrative deals, Creation, according to a former label manager, “used to drink and drug the bands into submission”. This worked a treat with Oasis, its biggest success story, and Primal Scream, neck-and-neck in the debauchery stakes. However, despite a host of great names on their roster, Alan McGee’s company never got the hang of turning a profit

3- Domino- Domino Records was founded in 1993, when Laurence Bell set it up to license American records for the UK. It has yielded some very handsome returns. In 2006, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not by Arctic Monkeys, became the fastest-selling debut album in UK chart history. Before that, Domino had scored big hits with the first two albums by Franz Ferdinand, who eschewed the majors in favour of the little south London label. With the help of its star acts, Domino continues to release offbeat materials.

4 - 4AD - With the punk era in ashes, 4AD negotiated a space for atmospheric, darkly emotional music from bands such as Bauhaus and the Cocteau Twins. Later in the 1980s, it diversified, releasing M/A/R/R/S’s cut-up classic “Pump Up the Volume” and turning its attention to the US rock scene. Here it found its greatest success, the Pixies, as well as Throwing Muses and, later, the Breeders. Thirty years on, 4AD is in rude health, thanks to a new breed of US acts, notably Deerhunter, Ariel Pink and Gang Gang Dance.

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