Above photo taken by Tim Paton.
In 1989 myself, Danny Hagan and our friends John Andrews and Sally Agarwal decided to start a record label. We felt between the four of us we had the skills needed to make it work. I was employed as band booker for the Rock Garden in Covent Garden (and still doing The Buzz Club) so I would do the A&R and organise gigs, Danny was working at cd, vinyl and tape manufacturer Mayking Records in Battersea, he would do production, John was working at Concert & Tour Advertising/Music Business Advertising as a Media Buyer he would take care of the PR and finally Sally was working at The Leisure Process she would design the sleeves. The experience was obviously a good one, as I ended up working at Ultimate Records, Danny at Cherry Red and John at Creation soon afterwards.
Here’s a photo of John Andrews, Clare P., me, Matt, Danny Hagan and Sally Agarwal at a party at our friend Henry Weinreich‘s flat in Ladbroke Grove in 1990.
Our first signing (and it actually it turned out, our only signing) was The Ruby Tuesdays from Stoke on Trent, again, thats to Tim Paton for taking this brilliant photo.
We released the wonderful ‘That Doesn’t Go There’ e.p. on 12″ in the summer of 1989. It was the time of indie going baggy and people like us going clubbing.
I’m really excited to be re releasing the full e.p. on this ITTLG label on Monday 20th January.
I’ll write more about the band and share some stories of our time working together very soon.
In the mean time, I found this brilliant footage of Shelley’s nightclub in Stoke from 1992, (the club night was called Amnesia), to go with the title track. I’m really happy with how it has turned out….a little bit of an edit at the beginning and then it plays in realtime and I think matches the track perfectly! Check out those moves!
Here is ‘That Doesn’t Go There‘ by The Ruby Tuesdays….more soon….