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Touch and Go Records is an independent record label based in Chicago, Illinois, USA, which began life in 1979 in East Lansing, Michigan as a magazine put out by Tesco Vee. Tesco was bored with the punk sounds of the day, and captivated by the emerging hardcore movement in America. Inspired, he put out records by the Necros, Fix, Meatmen, and Negative Approach. Tesco's interest in the label waned around 1982 and he handed it off to Corey Rusk, the Necros' bass player. Image File history File links touch and go records logo File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... The concept of an independent record label is a record label operating without the funding of one of the major record labels, which are generally defined to be the handful of media corporations which have recently dominated the recorded music industry in the West. ... Chicago (officially named the City of Chicago) is the third largest city in the United States (after New York City and Los Angeles), with an official population of 2,896,016, as of the 2000 census. ... State nickname: Land of Lincoln, The Prairie State Other U.S. States Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Governor Rod Blagojevich (D) Official languages American English (as oppossed to Englands English) Area 149,998 km² (25th)  - Land 143,968 km²  - Water 6,030 km² (4. ... East Lansing is a city in the U.S. state of Michigan. ... State nickname: Wolverine State or Great Lakes State Other U.S. States Capital Lansing Largest city Detroit Governor Jennifer Granholm (D) Official languages English Area 250,941 km² (11th)  - Land 147,255 km²  - Water 103,687 km² (41. ... Tesco Vee (b. ... Hardcore punk (or hardcore) is an intensified version of punk rock usually characterized by short, loud, and often angry songs with exceptionally fast tempos and chord changes. ... The Necros were an early hardcore punk band from Maumee, Ohio. ... Negative Approach was one of the first hardcore punk band. ...

They are well known, partly because of the influence of their catalogue, partly for their approach to recording contracts, pioneered (probably) by Factory Records. The deal was characterised by: Factory Records was a Manchester-based record label, managed by Tony Wilson, which featured several prominent musical acts, such as Joy Division, New Order, The Durutti Column, The Happy Mondays, and (briefly) James and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. ...

  • 50/50 deals. 50% of profits to artists after label recoups promotion and production costs;
  • Oral contracts, a "handshake deal"

n.b. Currently they make bands sign a 1-2 page memo.


Dispute with Butthole Surfers

This approach to contracts was challenged in a court case, brought by the Butthole Surfers in 1999, who purported that Touch and Go was not exploiting their catalog effectively. They argued that due to the silent nature of duration in T&G's contract, it could be terminated. Touch and Go argued that existing US copyright law held that they controlled the copyright to the band's recordings for a minimum of 35 years, due to sec. 203 of the Copyright Act of 1976 which they argued gave them 35 years of ownership of the copyright. The cover of the album Locust Abortion Technician The Butthole Surfers are an American indie and punk band. ... For copyright issues in relation to Wikipedia itself, see Wikipedia:Copyrights. ... The Copyright Act of 1976 is the United States copyright law that was passed in 1976. ...

The US Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit ruled in favor of the band, determining that "when a contract is silent as to its length, it is implicit that it can be terminated by either side." And "that allowing terminations under Illinois law does not conflict with sec. 203, but rather is, in fact, in keeping with the intent of sec. 203."

This case is obviously a setback to independent labels, wishing to operate on handshake deals. Others see the case as a clarification of copyright law that benefits an artist's ability to control their work, and forces artists and labels to come to written agreements.


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See also

This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... The following is a partial list of record labels, both past and present. ... This is a list of record labels that are independent from the Big four record labels and typically specialize in different forms of indie rock, punk rock, and styles of alternative rock, electronica and hip-hop. ...

External links

  • Touch and Go's website
  • Chicago Reader article documenting the legal battle between Touch and Go and the Butthole Surfers
  • The US Court of Appeals Seventh Circuit decision of the case between Touch and Go and the Butthole Surfers

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