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Almost Better Than The Real Thing

From 1968 to 1982, studio-based musicians in the employ of Pickwick Records in Britain mimicked everyone from The Sex Pistols to Roxy Music. Eight albums were...

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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Stone The Crows

Formed around Scottish singer Maggie Bell the band worked initially in clubs and air bases around the UK and Europe before arriving in London in...

Soldier Soldier

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 7 (UK) 82 x 50 minute episodes Soldier Soldier followed the trials and tribulations of the soldiers of The...

Brady Kids, The

1 9 7 2 - 1 9 7 3 (USA) 22 x 30 minute episodes   This animated children's series featured the six young stars of ABC's series The...

Johnny Gentle

John Askew was born on 8 December 1936 in Liverpool. After leaving school he performed at local clubs with friend Bobby Crawford, singing Everly Brothers songs, before...

Meet The Wife

1 9 6 4 - 1 9 6 5 (UK) 20 x 30 minute episodes 19 x 25 minute episodes Classic BBC1 comedy which was immortalised by The Beatles in...

Replacements, The

The 1980s gave rise to five outstanding US alternative bands: R.E.M, The Pixies, Sonic Youth, Hüsker Dü and The Replacements. In common with Hüsker Dü, The Replacements hailed from Minneapolis...

Danger

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 5 (USA) 239 x 30 minute episodes This live half-hour CBS dramatic anthology series debuted on 19 September 1950...

Richard Allen Books

For any kid attending a British comprehensive school between 1971 and 1977, Richard Allen's Skinhead books were required reading. 'Richard Allen' was actually a pseudonym used by...
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