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Encyclopedia > Fire Records (uk)

Fire Records is a legendary independent record label set up by club entrepreneur Clive Solomon in 1986. Solomon also helped set up Creation Records with small publishing deals brokered with Alan McGee's early acts. An independent record label is variously described as a record label operating without the funding (or outside the organizations) of the major record labels, and/or a label that subscribes to indie philosophies such as DIY and anti-corporate art. ... At least two different record labels called Creation Records have existed. ... Alan McGee is a British music industry mogul famed for founding the independent Creation Records label which ran from 1983 to 2000. ...

From 1986-1994 Fire Records was on the cutting edge of indiedom, gaining a reputation for inspired A&R. It released records regardless of prevailing musical trends like: Pulp before they were famous, Spacemen 3 and Teenage Fanclub. Solomon launched the careers of A&R geniuses Dave Barker (later to work for Creation), Lawrence Bell (later to set up Domino Records - home of Franz Ferdinand and the Arctic Monkeys) and musician Billy Reeves (who launched Sophie Ellis Bextor's career). Pulp are a British Britpop band, formed in Sheffield, England, in 1978 by then 15-year-old school-boy Jarvis Cocker (vocals, guitar). ... Spacemen 3 were an English space rock band of the 1980s. ... Teenage Fanclub is a Scottish pop-rock band from Bellshill Glasgow, formed in 1989. ... Lawrence D. Bell (aka Larry Bell) was born in 1894 in Indiana. ... Domino Records is an independent record label based in London, United Kingdom. ... Franz Ferdinand is the name of: Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria, the presumptive heir to the throne of Austria. ... Arctic Monkeys are a four-piece indie rock band from High Green, a suburb of Sheffield, England and home of the infamous Harris the natural King. ... Sophie Ellis Bextor (b. ...

The label changed tack in the mid-90s, releasing influential albums by American multi-platinum grunge band Everclear, 'post-rock' pioneers the Telstar Ponies as well as lo-fi nutters Supermodel and Neutral Milk Hotel. However the prevailing wind towards 'corporate' indie rock in the shadow of Blur and Oasis jarred with the label's 'boutique' (and cheap 'n' cheerful) image. An image which was also tarnished by a very public dispute over the terms of Pulp's release from their contract. Everclear is a rock band formed in Portland, Oregon, USA, in 1992. ... Telstar Ponies are a rock band from Glasgow, Scotland. ... This article or section may contain external links added only to promote a website, product or service – otherwise known as spam. ... Neutral Milk Hotel was an American indie rock band, centering around its chief lyricist and songwriter, Jeff Mangum, who, on the bands two full-length albums, played with a number of other musicians, notably Jeremy Barnes (drums), Scott Spillane (horns), Julian Koster (banjo/bass guitar/saw) and producer-instrumentalist... Blur is an English rock band. ... Oasis in the Libyan part of the Sahara In geography, an oasis is an isolated area of vegetation in a desert, typically surrounding a spring or similar water source. ...

Fire moved from London to smaller premises in Nottingham in 2004 and continues to release wonderfully maverick records.

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