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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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Wanted: Dead Or Alive

1 9 5 8 - 1 9 6 1 (USA) 94 x 26 minute episodes Bounty hunters were common in the Old West during the latter half...

Finian’s Rainbow (1968)

Although it ran for 725 performances on Broadway, it's tempting to suggest that the reason this satirical musical took 21 years to make it...

Keep It Up, Jack! (1973)

Jack is a failing music hall impersonator and quick change artist. When his aunt dies leaving him a brothel, Jack decides to impersonate his...

Bitter Lemons, The

Self-taught student group The Bitter Lemons (originally known as The Orgasms) formed in Canberra, Australia, in March 1965 to play at ANU (Australian National...

Divinyls

Led by provocative singer Christina Amphlett, whose songwriting with guitarist Mark McEntee was the basis of the band, the Australian band Divinyls recorded a wealth...

Adventures of Sir Prancelot, The

1 9 7 2 (UK) 19 x 5 minute episodes The Adventures of Sir Prancelot follows the exploits of the heroic but somewhat eccentric Sir Prancelot and his...

Scene At 6.30

1 9 6 3 - 1 9 6 6 (UK) Mike Scott, Peter Eckersley, James Murray, Brian Truman, Bill Grundy, Michael Parkinson, Bob Greaves and Chris...

Jimmy Cliff

Jimmy Cliff left Jamaica, where he was the #1 local star, to try and make it in Britain in 1964. He spent five years playing...