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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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Abbott and Costello Go To Mars (1953)

Having run out of exotic backgrounds on Earth, the duo board a spaceship and think they've landed on Mars when they're in the middle...

Nik Kershaw

Nicolas David Kershaw was born in Bristol, England, in 1958. Son of a flautist father and opera singing mother, Kershaw's first foray into the...

Goth

"Bela Lugosi's dead, undead, undead..." intoned Peter Murphy on the single that released a new genre - not to mention a fair scattering of...

Rocky Sharpe & The Replays

Rocky Sharpe & The Replays formed in 1976 from the ashes of Rocky Sharpe and The Razors. The group enjoyed a string of hit singles...

Quest, The

1 9 8 2 (USA) 9 x 60 minute episodes The tiny Mediterranean kingdom of Glendora has a problem. According to a medieval treaty, the kingdom would revert to...

Drumbeat

1 9 5 9 (UK) Drumbeat was intended as the BBC's answer to Oh Boy!. The original host was Gus Goodwin - a young DJ who had made...

I’ll Fly Away

1 9 9 1 - 1 9 9 3 (USA) 38 x 60 minute episodes In spite of attempts by critics and fans alike to keep this...

Thunder Road (1958)

A veteran comes home from the Korean War to the mountains and takes over the family moonshining business. He has to battle big-city gangsters who...