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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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Behind The Green Door (1972)

Behind The Green Door starred former cheerleader and Junior Olympic diver Marilyn Chambers, whose credit as the ex-Ivory Snow Girl gave her virtually mythic...

Stone Wash/Acid Wash Jeans

While the 1970's saw surface embellishments in painting, gem studding (exhibit 1: The Bedazzler), and fabric reconstruction, chemical distressing was an 80's invention that...

Brazil (1985)

Terry Gilliam has a warped mind. We all knew he was a tad bizarre when we saw his animation on Monty Python's Flying Circus in the...

Life Is Worth Living

1 9 5 2 - 1 9 5 7 (USA) The star of this early prime-time US television show was a bishop in the Catholic church,...

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...

Kiss Me, Stupid (1964)

Dean Martin, portraying himself, is stranded in Climax, Nevada, and becomes the subject of a plot to have him buy the songs of service...

Circles, The

Fronted by singer and guitarist Mick Walker, this Wolverhampton based mod revival four-piece quickly built up a strong local following. The band signed to Graduate Records...

Rumblefish (1983)

In the second of Francis Ford Coppola's youth problem pictures adapted from SE Hinton's popular novels, Matt Dillon stars as a vulnerable teenager who...