'short-lived' indie record labels of yore

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'short-lived' indie record labels of yore

Post by linus » Sat Oct 09, 2010 12:17

I've started this thread just to ask one question really, but perhaps other folk will have stuff they want to ask/talk about too

does anyone know who was behind roxy records (1997/1998?) they put out the peechees 'antarticists/love is the law' 7" and sportique's 'the kids are solid gold/you didn't have to be so nice' 7" plus a single I don't know or own by the family way

I don't know if they released more stuff than this but both the peechees and the sportique singles are well loved and much played in my house and whoever was behind the label has a special place in the under the stairs cobwebby cupboard that is my heart

if anyone knows anything more about the label please tell all here, thanks

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Post by everard » Sat Oct 09, 2010 14:48

rox 001 was a 7" by the yummy fur -- "stereo girls" b/w "always crashing in the same car"

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a review in record collector included here refers to roxy as "the new label run by a wiiija records spokesperson". it came out around the time of the diana/dodi crash & since both sides mention car crashes didn't get a lot of radio play.

sorry, not much help. actually, until i saw this thread i always thought roxy was a one-off indie record label of yore, rather than a short-lived one. surprised i never ran into the other releases. discogs mentions the three you did, but nothing else.

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Post by indiansummer » Sat Oct 09, 2010 14:51

i remember that coming out! didn't that get some sort of panning for it in the sun, or something like that?
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Post by Mr Kittens » Sat Oct 09, 2010 14:59

That's a coincidence - I just started a thread on Porky Prime Cuts. The next thing I see is this...I get the record out, and yes, it's a Porky Prime Cut! I know of no other records on this label other than those already mentioned. Porky scratched "Jesus loves you...but everyone else thinks you're a [bad word]" on the runout grooves.

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Post by tonieee » Sat Oct 09, 2010 15:29

fogofideas wrote:sportique's 'the kids are solid gold/you didn't have to be so nice' 7" plus a single I don't know or own by the family way
I really like that Family Way single. The best one they did by far. And I also really, really love Sportique's version of "You Didn't Have To Be So Nice" - I've never heard the original and kind of don't want to in case it's not as good.

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Post by linus » Sat Oct 09, 2010 15:56

the only person I remember from wiija was gary walker... I wonder if, as well as being the head honcho/grand poobah of wiija, he was also the spokesperson too

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Post by everard » Sat Oct 09, 2010 16:44

indiansummer wrote:i remember that coming out! didn't that get some sort of panning for it in the sun, or something like that?
almost certainly. probably didn't help that one of the women on the sleeve looks vaguely like diana, tho of course the sun would never let the fact that it was a case of coincidence/ unfortunate timing (rather than a cash-in or cassetteboy-esque piss-take) stop them from going off on a 'ban this sick filth' tip.

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Post by linus » Sat Oct 09, 2010 19:05

it looks like a still from the film 'daisies' that's been artfully treated in some way not that a bit of reasoning has ever stopped our sun from getting itself into an outraged moral froth

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Post by graysonscolumn » Tue Oct 12, 2010 09:50

everard wrote:
probably didn't help that one of the women on the sleeve looks vaguely like diana, tho of course the sun would never let the fact that it was a case of coincidence/ unfortunate timing (rather than a cash-in or cassetteboy-esque piss-take) stop them from going off on a 'ban this sick filth' tip.
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Post by westgatestreet » Wed Oct 13, 2010 22:49

I have a nice split 7" from a label called Sickroom Gramophonic Collective, with a CATO song on one side and a KAITO song on the other one. I bought it years ago because I liked the label's name and I thought it's a brilliant idea to release a split single with two bands that play two completely different styles of music but whose names look somewhat similar. (IF this was the concept of the release.)
I wonder who run this label and what happened to it. Discogs lists a couple of releases, but surely it's dead and gone now.

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Post by humblebee » Wed Oct 13, 2010 23:19

westgatestreet wrote:I have a nice split 7" from a label called Sickroom Gramophonic Collective, with a CATO song on one side and a KAITO song on the other one. I bought it years ago because I liked the label's name and I thought it's a brilliant idea to release a split single with two bands that play two completely different styles of music but whose names look somewhat similar. (IF this was the concept of the release.)
I wonder who run this label and what happened to it. Discogs lists a couple of releases, but surely it's dead and gone now.
Oooh, we've got that as well! Cute idea, yeah.

Kaito were an amazing live band - did anyone else ever see them...? *glances meaningfully at Birmingham Anoraks*

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Post by Outcognito » Thu Oct 14, 2010 00:41

humblebee wrote: Kaito were an amazing live band - did anyone else ever see them...?
Yes - fantastic band. Saw them a couple of times and both were great - Leicester Charlotte was one gig.
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Post by indiansummer » Thu Oct 14, 2010 08:45

is that kaitO the Norwich band? i've got the albums... great stuff! saw them supporting Seafood in 2001 (i think), at the Lomax in Liverpool. really liked them, and they were lovely folk too. they gave me a stick of kaitO rock, which was ace. Thwipside is still a great song.

i've only got the albums on Fierce Panda and Blast First though, so maybe it's not entirely relevant to this thread.

still

they were great!

anyone know if any of them are still playing?
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Post by a layer of chips » Thu Oct 14, 2010 08:49

I did a really embarrassing interview with Kaito years ago. I've just cringed reading this.

http://www.tastyfanzine.org.uk/ints23.htm (Scroll to the bottom)

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Post by indiansummer » Thu Oct 14, 2010 08:59

a layer of chips wrote:I did a really embarrassing interview with Kaito years ago. I've just cringed reading this.

http://www.tastyfanzine.org.uk/ints23.htm (Scroll to the bottom)
ha! i enjoyed that

nice to see Mommy And Daddy get a mention too! i saw them with The Wannadies in the aforementioned Lomax and thought they were ace. again, nice folk too (and one of them thar Big Cat bands, Sam)
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Post by carney » Thu Oct 14, 2010 10:20

westgatestreet wrote:I have a nice split 7" from a label called Sickroom Gramophonic Collective, with a CATO song on one side and a KAITO song on the other one. I bought it years ago because I liked the label's name and I thought it's a brilliant idea to release a split single with two bands that play two completely different styles of music but whose names look somewhat similar. (IF this was the concept of the release.)
I wonder who run this label and what happened to it. Discogs lists a couple of releases, but surely it's dead and gone now.
Sickroom GC was run by some (if not all) of the members of Magoo. The Sickroom remains as a recording studio somewhere in the wilds between Kings Lynn and Swaffham.

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Post by guitarsareboring » Thu Oct 14, 2010 22:10

Alphabetty was pretty cool and I liked Lithium Records too.

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Post by westgatestreet » Fri Oct 15, 2010 08:30

indiansummer wrote:is that kaitO the Norwich band?
I think it's the same band, yes.
Just found an old EP from them in my girlfriend's record collection, it's still sounds fun.
Never saw them live though.

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Post by westgatestreet » Fri Oct 15, 2010 08:31

carney wrote: Sickroom GC was run by some (if not all) of the members of Magoo. The Sickroom remains as a recording studio somewhere in the wilds between Kings Lynn and Swaffham.
Oh, didn't know about that!

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Post by carney » Fri Oct 15, 2010 09:51

westgatestreet wrote:
carney wrote: Sickroom GC was run by some (if not all) of the members of Magoo. The Sickroom remains as a recording studio somewhere in the wilds between Kings Lynn and Swaffham.
Oh, didn't know about that!
Quite a few of East Anglia's biggest pop groups have recorded there, though Bearsuit and the Broken Family Band are the only ones that spring to mind.

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