He also managed Brinsley Schwarz and was behind their ill-fated publicity stunt when he flew journalists to New York to see their gig at the Fillmore East. Read about Jake Riviera and Dave Robinson. A horrific situation where you are daydreaming in your trench, waiting for the next period before you have to go out and fight again for another 10 yards. However, the slapstick antics which left the band and the studio dripping with whipped cream were pre-planned. They had it printed on badges.
As it turned out, the American who took it from him was Huey Lewis, and within a few minutes both Lowe and Riviera had played Whole Wide World and loved it, taking to the streets to try and find the artist, who was already on his way home. Read this fascinating book and remember when rock was fun. Hits by The Pogues and helped Stiff to survive another twenty months, but the underlying causes for the failure of the Island deal finally became too burdensome for Stiff and it was sold to in December 2017. Undertaken by bus, this European tour was not successful. Granted the label was reborn in 2006, but the late 70s and early 80s wa A very well researched look at the rise and fall of Stiff Records. The label was started with a loan of £400 from of Dr.
The version Lewie came back with was a resounding triumph that combined old fashioned storytelling with a glorious melody, and has become as much part of Christmas in Britain as the Queen's Speech. In 1979, Robinson signed , whose considerable commercial success, both in Britain and abroad, would keep Stiff afloat for several years. And we inspired Rough Trade and the whole picture sleeve revolution, thanks to our graphic department, headed up by Barney Bubbles, who was mad as a fruitcake but a genius designer. It may have been my first time on a film, but it was an experience I can chalk up as one of the best. Dave Robinson was once a roadie to Jimi Hendrix.
Stiff Records was my favorite record label coming out of high school. It all began in a small west London shop before going global during an eleven-year rollercoaster ride of rock 'n' roll excess, fights, package tours and smash hit records. Frustrated that such a melting pot of original of songs should be left gathering dust, they took it downstairs to the small independent label which rented the space below them, ironically named Stiff — the industry term for a flop. You may know that one, but there will be other stories new to you. They turned pub rockers such as Nick Lowe, Elvis Costello and Ian Dury into hip new wavers. Right from the start, they championed musical underdogs, and the way Stiff Records marketed their acts using badges, coloured vinyl, promotional stunts and more, left the established music business staggering in their wake. Rat Scabies sounds like he is using rolling pins as he batters out the intro before Brian James joins in with a four-chord riff that burns straight into the memory.
Why they lost Elvis Costello and Nick Lowe. It's hard to argue with a label that took washed up pub rockers like Nick Lowe, Ian Dury, and Elvis Costello and made them cutting edge new wave stars. Established at the outset of the boom, Stiff signed various and acts such as , , , , , and. For years she had been a huge fan of Simple Minds and had been nagging them to let her sing on one of their records. Here we get further illustrations of that epic undertaking, from the underlying tensions to the marathon drinking sessions involving Lowe, Wallis, Dave Edmunds, Pete Thomas, Kosmo Vinyl and Terry Williams. Not for all of it, but for some of it.
The only person who came to tend to my wounds was Robinson, and so we signed to him by default. Gave me incentive to get out and see The Damned at The Fillmore in San Francisco which was a great show. James was going out with Judy Nylon at the time and her best friend Patti Palladin was married to Gravelle. Bad gigs, get arrested before an important gig Elvis Costello. Originally penned as an anti-war song and not Christmas one, it was played on a piano and there wasn't a tuba or trombone in sight.
Stiff Records were intertwined with the history of punk and derived from the same disaffection with the complacent, bloated mid-70s music business. This article needs additional citations for. In just three frenetic minutes, The Damned bottled the bubbling insurgency of punk and probably made their finest record. Different times also meant different drugs. What the director failed to mention was that I would be rocking out to the same song for the same scene for nearly 14 hours. Why give it to 2 Tone? As one of the most prominent disabled figures in the country, he got letters from people living in sheltered homes telling him how lonely it was when the staff went home for weekends, and tapes of songs they had written about the Year of the Disabled. Besides, a fair amount of the full story is here as far as I can tell, not least the background of the key players — from Riviera and Robinson to Nick Lowe, Graham Parker and beyond.
Convinced it had promise, Lewie went away and tried again using an eight-track recorder he had at home. It then released a string of well-received albums of new work from legacy Stiff artists, including as , , , and. The hapless Elvis is promptly arrested for causing an obstruction and spends the night fuming in the cells. Jake Riviera had been road manager for Chilli Willi And The Red Hot Peppers and later Dr Feelgood. We had a single out with a picture sleeve, and people are still impressed by that. According to Robinson Dury was fine in one-to-one relationships, but feed him with hashish and brandy and the demons emerged. The label also helped launch the Dammed, Madness, Rachel Sweet, Devo, the Go-Go's and dozens of others who may never would have seen the light of day without a label dedicated to the cause and owners who were just as crazy and more driven as the artists.