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Manchester Reigns!

On 21 May 1982, a nightclub opened which would become iconic worldwide, forever associated with the music and popular culture of Manchester, and its most famous homegrown label, Factory Records. It hosted a string of local as well as UK and international artists every week and in

Getting Cozy In Bedlam

Cozy Powell was an English rock drummer who made his name with major rock acts such as The Jeff Beck Group, Rainbow, Michael Schenker Group, Gary Moore, Robert Plant, Brian May, Whitesnake and Black Sabbath. He was a major contributor to many albums and started a few groups of his

Down To Future Earth

Like many indie labels, Future Earth was born in that big bang of excitement following the punk explosion of 1977. Based in Doncaster, South Yorkshire, the label released a string of now valuable new wave and heavy metal 45s between 1979 and 1986 by acts likely to cause

Cabbage Patch Kim

Back in 1981, 'Kids In America' launched budding young singer Kim Wilde onto the world stage. A hit around the globe, the song boasted an irresistible mix of Blondie-styled new wave energy and catchy lyrics, which has endured to this day - which helps explain the ongoing demand for the

I´ll Give You My Heart

Over the past forty-five years, we've acquired thousands of masters across all manner of genres. But we never forget where it started: that fecund early period in which Cherry Red thrived as a cutting edge 'cottage industry' indie label. Driven by a spirit perhaps exemplified by Pillows And Prayers,

Meaty Hooks

In the late 1960s, with the first flowering of progressive rock and heavy rock, bands of both disciplines – and many straddling the two – began sprouting like mushrooms, some flourishing for decades and others a mere fleeting presence in rock’s back pages. One of the

Invest In Ska

Back in the Sixties, he was nicknamed 'The Godfather Of Ska' - and with good reason. Laurel Aitken was one of the most prolific, successful Jamaican musicians and writers of his day, with a prolific output. Ranging from R&B, Ska and Rocksteady to the Skinhead Reggae of the late 60s

Feeling Romantic?

Music For New Romantics is a new 3-CD compilation devoted to tunes popular at club nights in the late 70s and early 80s, when a new fashion was born. Inspired by the glamour of Bowie, the DIY energy of Punk and the dancefloor appeal of Disco, this youth cult was swiftly

Dark Wind Music

Dark Winds is a U.S. psychological thriller created by Graham Roland based on the books by Tony Hillerman. This six-part AMC TV series, which premiered in the summer, follows two Navajo police officers, Joe Leaphorn and Jim Chee, in the 1970s Southwest. One of the many period tracks heard in the series

Punk´s All The Rage

Following our acclaimed 3-CD compilations devoted to UK punk and new wave from 1977, 1978 and 1979 comes – logically enough – ‘1980’. Subtitled Brand New Rage, this 75-track box set covers that year’s punk scene of the day, including the first fruits of Oi! via the Cockney Rejects and the Angelic Upstarts and the imminent UK/82 scene spearheaded by Discharge and The Exploited, plus