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Factory Records

Factory was founded in 1978 with an esoteric roster of artists which included A Certain Ratio, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark, X-O-Dus, The Distractions,...

Chess Records

Brothers Leonard and Phil Chess immigrated to America in 1928 from Poland. In 1947 they bought out Aristocrat Records in Chicago, which they renamed...

Stiff Records

Memorably described by Pete Waterman as "a crepe soles and roll-ups operation" Stiff Records was set up by industry managers Jake Riviera and Dave...

Stax

Founded in an old movie theatre in Memphis (originally as Satellite Records) by Jim Stewart and Estelle Axton, Stax had been carving out a...

Motown

With an $800 loan from his family and a roster of unknown young Detroit singers, former record shop owner Berry Gordy Jnr (pictured below) started...

Atlantic Records

Atlantic Records has introduced the world to some of the most influential musicians this planet has ever produced; Jazz icons such as John Coltrane,...

Embassy Records

Kids today want designer names, the genuine thing. But in the 1950's and 1960's when money was in short supply, they were happy to...

Stock, Aitken & Waterman

In the late 1980s the pop charts were awash with songs written and produced by Mike Stock, Matt Aitken and Pete Waterman. They worked...

Rough Trade

A music-obsessed Cambridge graduate, Geoff Travis hitch-hiked across America in his mid-twenties, where he picked up "literally hundreds of records by the time I got...

2 Tone

The independent 2 Tone Records label was founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials in 1979. Dedicated to dance-floor music performed by racially mixed...

Almost Better Than The Real Thing

From 1968 to 1979, studio-based musicians in the employ of Pickwick Records in Britain mimicked everyone from The Sex Pistols to Roxy Music. Eight albums were issued every...

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Harvey (1950)

Fantasy comedy starring James Stewart as tippler Elwood P Dowd whose constant companion, Harvey, just happens to be a six-foot white rabbit who's invisible...

Doo-wop

1955 saw the rise to prominence of several black vocal groups in the USA. Amongst them were; The Orioles (their 1948 hit It's Too Soon...

Arthur 2 : On the Rocks (1988)

The perpetually intoxicated millionaire must find work after losing his fortune to his ex-fiancée's vengeful father. This sequel is no match for the effervescent 1981...

Dream On

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 6 (USA) 120 x 30 minute episodes Martin Tupper (Brian Benben) was a 36-year-old New York publishing executive (working...

Sinead O’Connor

Sinead O'Connor grew up in a turbulent household marred by divorce and abuse. By the time she was a teenager, she had been expelled...

Shrinky Dinks

Shrinky Dinks entered the toy and craft scene in 1973. Inside the boxes were sheets of plastic - they came with either outlined drawings...

Amen

1 9 8 6 - 1 9 9 1 (USA) 110 x 30 minute episodes Screened as part of NBC's Saturday evening offering for over five years, Amen was...

ER

1 9 9 4 - 2 0 0 9 (USA) From the moment it premiered in 1994, ER had 'hit' written all over it. Which had everything...