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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...

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...

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Stardust (1974)

This sequel to That'll Be The Day  (1974) has Adam Faith taking over the role of Mike which Ringo Starr played in the original movie. Now set in the sixties, the movie...

Soft Machine

Soft Machine formed in Canterbury, Kent, in 1966 with a line-up of Daevid Allen (guitar), Mike Ratledge (keyboards), Kevin Ayers (bass) and Robert Wyatt...

Karen

1 9 7 5 (USA) 13 x 30 minute episodes Karen Valentine starred as Karen Angelo, a lively, intelligent and involved young woman working as a lobbyist for...

Waltz of the Toreadors (1962)

An English general finds himself with a hypochondriac for a wife, a French mistress and a penchant for buxom chambermaids. In one of his most...

Matchbox Cars

Diecast toy cars had been around almost as long as Henry Ford's original Model T, but Matchbox brought new levels of popularity to the...

Sylvia Anderson dies – Goodnight M’Lady

16 March 2016 Sylvia Anderson, best known as the voice of Lady Penelope in the TV show Thunderbirds, has died after a short illness, her...

Barlow At Large/Barlow

1 9 7 1 - 1 9 7 5 (UK) The third part of the Charlie Barlow story saw the former Z Cars and Softly Softly bully boy (Stratford Johns)...

Toxic Crusaders

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) 13 x 24 minute episodes This cartoon spin-off from the feature film The Toxic Avenger (1985) was set in Tromaville,...