Lost Labels Podcast

Lost Labels Podcast

The Lost Labels Podcast is dedicated to digging into the history of seminal alternative record labels, both well-known and forgotten. It is my hope that such a podcast might shed light on unjustly overlooked gems of punk, power pop, rockabilly, psychedelic, and new wave. Many of these albums are long-out of print and do not exist in digital form, practically unheard of in today’s day and age, but still deserve to be discovered (or rediscovered) by modern listeners.

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April 10, 2021 32 min

From playing alongside Glenn Branca in seminal band Theoretical Girls to producing the first Sonic Youth album, Wharton Tiers has his fingerprints all over the late-70s/early-80s New York scene. Add to that his work with A Band and Glorious Strangers, and Tiers' discography provides the perfect entry point to the visceral world that is no wave. 

Since then, Tiers has also gone on to produce such beloved and acclaimed albums as D...

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From his college days booking artists like the Doors to his later career working with the Smiths and Pretenders at Sire Records, every chapter of Howie Klein's life is fascinating to the avid music fan. One of Howie's greatest legacies is the founding of 415 Records in 1978, one of San Francisco's seminal independent record labels. From beloved underground acts such as the Units and the Nuns to bands who would find main...

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February 28, 2021 42 min

Although they only released three singles, US Ape seemed poised to become the next Talking Heads or Knack in the late 1970s. Fronted by Tom Goodkind, later of the Washington Squares, the band played a unique blend of danceable funk-new wave that didn't quite sound like any of their contemporaries.

In this episode, we talk to keyboardist (and sometimes vocalist) Shauna Laurie about her time in the band and what it was like to be ...

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January 31, 2021 59 min

With seminal releases from Suicide, James Chance, Lydia Lunch, Was (Not Was), Kid Creole and the Coconuts, the Waitresses, and many others, ZE Records was described by John Peel as "the best independent record label in the world." UK-born Michael Zilkha founded the label alongside Michel Esteban in 1978, after running the short-lived Spy Records with John Cale. After the label closed in 1984, Zilkha left New York for Texas,...

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January 30, 2021 67 min

Rudi were the first punk rock band to form in Northern Ireland, as well as being the first release on the seminal Good Vibrations record label. Guitarist Brian Young was influenced by the likes of Marc Bolan, the New York Dolls, and the Ramones--all of whom can be heard in Rudi's exceptional first single, "Big Time." Between their touring, television appearances, and follow-up singles, Rudi established themselves as an ...

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January 24, 2021 23 min

The Outcasts were one of the most popular bands to emerge from the punk rock scene in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After releasing a single on the short-lived IT Records, the Outcasts put out two seminal singles and a full length on Terri Hooley's Good Vibrations.

Originally consisting of the Cowan brothers Colin (drums), Martin (rhythm guitar and vocals), and Greg (lead vocals and bass), as well as lead guitarist Colin "Getty...

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Stiff Little Fingers' first single, "Suspect Device," was released on Rigid Digits Records, an independent record label founded by the band and managers Gordon Ogilvie and Colin McClelland.  McClelland, an established music journalist, had corresponded with Jake Burns prior to seeing them in concert and was hugely instrumental in getting the band into the studio for the first time.

In this interview, Colin McClelland dis...

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November 23, 2020 33 min

Any Trouble's debut album on Stiff Records is as catchy and well-constructed as anything released by Joe Jackson and Elvis Costello. Led by Clive Gregson, the band would join the 1980 "Son of Stiff Tour" alongside labelmates Joe "King" Carrasco And The Crowns, the Equators, Dirty Looks, and Tenpole Tudor. Any Trouble's second album, Wheels in Motion, followed in 1981. In this episode, Clive Gregson discusses...

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November 22, 2020 57 min

Andy Murray joined the Stiff Records team in 1978 in order to oversee the "Be Stiff Tour" with Rachel Sweet, Mickey Jupp, Wreckless Eric, Lene Lovich, and Jona Lewie. Following the tour, Murray remained Stiff Records' press officer for 1979, earning accolades for his work with the label. Today Andy Murray runs 4 Tunes, a music business marketing consultancy and management company. Andy Murray was also a member of the St...

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November 21, 2020 47 min

In 1978, then-16-year-old Akron native Rachel Sweet embarked on a tour of England alongside Wreckless Eric, Lene Lovich, and others. As she was merely a solo artist, a newly-formed group called the Records served as her de facto backing band.  After supporting Sweet, the Records (including guitarist Huw Gower) went on to release their debut album for Virgin Records in 1979.

On this episode of the Lost Labels Podcast, we speak to Huw...

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November 1, 2020 24 min

Although the Adverts only issued one single on Stiff Records, that release ("One Chord Wonders"/"Quick Step") is now considered to be a seminal moment in punk history. Produced by Larry Wallis and following in the footsteps of their tourmates the Damned, "One Chord Wonders" was the first of a series of singles released by the Adverts leading up to their first full length, "Crossing the Red Sea with the A...

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October 2, 2020 53 min

Hailing from Liverpool, Yachts released their first single on Stiff Records in 1977. From there, they went on to release two full-lengths and a number of singles on Radar Records before splitting up in 1981. Known for their catchy melodies and wry lyricism, Yachts toured with everyone from Joe Jackson to the Who.

This episode is the first part of our look at Stiff Records, the infamously subversive and anarchic record label founded ...

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Although the Waitresses are best known for their 1982 single "I Know What Boys Like," the history of the band can be traced back to the late-1970s Akron musical scene. Chris Butler cut his teeth in bands such as the Numbers Band (15-60-75) and Tin Huey before transforming the Waitresses from a side-project into a fully-fledged band. The Waitresses released their debut full-length, "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?," o...

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Although the Waitresses are best known for their 1982 single "I Know What Boys Like," the history of the band can be traced back to the late-1970s Akron musical scene. Chris Butler cut his teeth in bands such as the Numbers Band (15-60-75) and Tin Huey before transforming the Waitresses from a side-project into a fully-fledged band. The Waitresses released their debut full-length, "Wasn't Tomorrow Wonderful?," o...

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As a college student in Akron, Jane Ashley created the persona of "Jane Aire" to begin her musical career. After releasing the well-received "Yankee Wheels" single on Stiff Records in 1978, she signed with Virgin Records to record her debut full-length. In this episode of the Lost Labels Podcast, we explore the origins of Jane's career, her time with Stiff, and her more recent musical endeavors.

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In this episode, we will begin our in-depth look at the influential "Akron Sound" by speaking to Nick Nicholis, founder of the Bizarros and Clone Records. The Bizarros are one of the seminal bands to arise from the Akron Sound, while Clone Records was there to document such artists as Tin Huey, The Human Switchboard, and The Waitresses.

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The New York City quartet Marbles are perhaps best remembered for having released the third single on the seminal Ork Records (following Television and Richard Hell). Although their recorded output was limited to two singles, Marbles were regular headliners at CBGBs alongside the Ramones, Blondie, and the Talking Heads. 

In this interview, guitarist and vocalist Howard Bowler not only discusses the band's history but also shares...

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Best known as the guitarist for Richard Hell and the Voidoids, Ivan Julian helped to shape the sound of punk rock as we know it. Having first toured as a teenager with British soul group the Foundations, Julian quickly became an integral member of the late-1970s New York City music scene when he appeared on the Voidoids' classic Blank Generation. After the demise of the Voidoids, Julian went on to form the Outsets and Lovelies,...

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Despite having only released one John Cale-produced EP on the short-lived SPY Records, the mark Model Citizens left on the late-1970s New York music scene is undeniable. In this two-part episode we will be speaking with Steven Alexander and Eugenie Diserio, two of the founding members of Model Citizens.

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Despite having only released one John Cale-produced EP on the short-lived SPY Records, the mark Model Citizens left on the late-1970s New York music scene is undeniable. In this two-part episode we will be speaking with Steven Alexander and Eugenie Diserio, two of the founding members of Model Citizens.

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