Wednesday, 24 May 2017

From Edison to iTunes: A History Of The Record Label - 3. Episode 3

BBC Radio 6 Music broadcast: 24th April 2017

A personal portrait of the music industry, told through the many iconic and generation defining record labels that helped mould it.

Paul Morley traces the winding path taken by record labels during the 80's and 90's in the company of such label bosses as Lucian Grainge, Mike Smith, Tony Wadsworth, Geoff Travis, Alan McGee, Lawrence Bell, Jonathan Poneman, Martin Mills, Steve Beckett and Seymour Stein (the men responsible for Universal Music, Columbia, EMI, Rough Trade, Creation, Domino, Sub Pop, Beggars, Warp and Sire). Would the CD bring untold wealth and expansion or sow the potential seeds of destruction for the record industry? Or would following a more traditional artist-centred way of operating save the day?

First broadcast in 2009.

Sigur Rós - Hoppipolla [EMI]
The Clash - White Riot [Sony TV]
Neil Young - Walk On [Reprise]
Richard Hell & The Voidoids - Blank Generation [Debutante]
Buzzcocks - Boredom [Document]
Buzzcocks - Breakdown [Castle Music]
Joy Division - Digital [Centredate]
The Smiths - Hand In Glove [N/A]
The Normal - T.V.O.D. [Rough Trade]
Scritti Politti - The Sweetest Girl [Virgin]
The Smiths - This Charming Man [Warner Chappell Music Ltd]
The Strokes - Last Night [Rough Trade]
Gary Numan & Tubeway Army - Are Friends Electric? [Sony TV/Columbia]
David Bowie & TV On The Radio - Province [4AD]
Enya - Orinoco Flow [Virgin]
The Beloved - Hello [Columbia]
Madonna - Everybody [Shire]
Sinéad O’Connor - Nothing Compares 2 U [Ensign]
Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit [DGC]
The Jesus & Mary Chain - Upside Down [Castle]
Oasis - Live Forever [Virgin]
Spice Girls - Wannabe [Columbia]
The Cramps - Domino [IRS]
Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out [Domino]
Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dance Floor [Domino]

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