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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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Hannay

1 9 8 8 - 1 9 8 9 (UK) 6 x 60 minute episodes A prequel of John Buchan's novel The Thirty-Nine Steps, in which his officer-adventurer...

Neighbors (1981)

Neighbors was the John Belushi/Dan Aykroyd show, with the famous Saturday Night Live team swapping personas for this bizarre excursion into the outer reaches of manic comedy. In...

Snakes & Ladders

The game of Snakes and Ladders actually began as a game called Moksha-Patamu in ancient India, where it was used to teach Hindu children...

Your Show Of Shows

1 9 5 0 - 1 9 5 4 (USA) As television was coming of age in the 1950s, it was important for the networks...

New Faces 

1 9 7 3 - 1 9 7 8 (UK) 1 9 8 6 - 1 9 8 8 (UK) Derek Hobson introduced the acts while...

Unisexers, The

1 9 7 5 (Australia) The Unisexers was an Australian series about eleven young people who lived in a commune (in an old terrace house in Paddington, Sydney)...

Porno for Pyros

Pop star provocateur and entrepreneur Perry Farrell (real name Bernstein) started Jane's Addiction in Los Angeles in 1986, dissolving the band shortly after 1990s Ritual...

1989

January 01 - Fidel Castro completes 30 years in power in Cuba. 02 - The US and Canada sign a comprehensive free trade agreement which eliminates...