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Rough Trade Records

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Rough Trade Records was a British record company. It was started by Geoff Travis as a West London record shop in 1976, but evolved in 1978 into a record label. Rough Trade specialized primarily in European post-punk and otherwise alternative rock of the late 1970s and early 1980s. In the late 1980s Rough Trade branched out by issuing an (eponymous) album by Lucinda Williams. Geoff Travis later launched Blanco y Negro Records in partnership with Warner Bros. Records. In the early nineties Rough Trade's fortunes began to fade and in the late nineties Zomba Records acquired the label, while the Rough trade catalogue was acquired by One Little Indian Records. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rough_Trade_Records [Aug 2005]

Simon Reynolds on Rough Trade Records

Rough Trade was just one of the first-wave of post-punk indies, alongside Industrial, Small Wonder, Fast Product, New Hormones, Industrial, Cherry Red, and more. But it became the movement's unofficial leader, the universal enabler: encouraging other people to set up labels, advancing them money, even providing a base of operations. "I was really close to Rough Trade", says Daniel Miller, founder of Mute. "I didn't have an office, so they let me have the records delivered to their premises, do my mail-outs from there...." Even more vital was Rough Trade's efforts to build a independent distribution network in alliance with regional retail/label/distribution outfits like Probe, Revolver, and Red Rhino. Without effective distribution, the do-it-yourself ethos was just shouting into the void. Nationwide independent distribution held out the possibility of genuine communication: reaching a scattered audience of likeminds, recouping your costs, carrying on. --Simon Reynolds, http://members.aol.com/blissout/postpunk.htm

Rough Trade Shops - Post Punk Vol.1 (2003) - Various Artists

  1. Rough Trade Shops - Post Punk Vol.1 (2003) - Various Artists [Amazon.com] [FR] [DE] [UK]
    Disc: 1 1. I Found That Essence Rare - Gang Of Four 2. Georges Five - Les Georges Leningrad 3. We Are All Prostitutes - The Pop Group 4. Die Matrosen - Liliput 5. Out Of The Races And Onto The Tracks - The Rapture 6. Mind Your Own Business - Delta 5 7. Shoplifting - The Slits 8. Delayed Reaction - The Rogers Sisters 9. Sunny Day - Pigbag 10. You're No Good - ESG 11. Another Song - Swell Maps 12. You - The Au Pairs 13. Fade Away - New Age Steppers 14. Careering - Public Image Ltd 15. You And You - DNA 16. The Leanover - Life Without Buildings 17. For My Country - UK Decay 18. Skank Bloc Bologna - Scritti Politt 19. Sex Machine - The Flying Lizards 20. Disco Pope - The Prats 21. Groupmegroup - Liquid, Liquid 22. Ex Lion Tamer - Wire Disc: 2 1. Too Many Creeps - Bush Tetras 2. Robot - The Futureheads 3. Contort Yourself (Original Version) - James White And The Blacks 4. Asbestos Lead Asbestos - World Domination Enterprises 5. The Fish Needs A Bike - Blurt 6. Debbie Harry - Family Fodder 7. Like You - Gramme 8. Definitive Gaze - Magazine 9. Lola - The Raincoats 10. Sink - bIG flame 11. Last Words - 23 Skidoo 12. Yes I Do - Chicks On Speed 13. Tongue Tied - Erase Errata 14. I Bloodbrother Be (4,000 Love Letter) - Shockheaded Peters 15. Industrial Estate - The Fall 16. Searching For Mr Right - Young Marble Giants 17. Deaf - Crispy Ambulance 18. This Is Pop? - XTC 19. White Mice - Mo-Dettes 20. Bop Bop - Fats Comet And The Big Sound 21. Aerosol Burns - Essential Logic 22. Stretch (Disco Mix/Rap) - Maximum Joy

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