Friday, August 26, 2011

"I Love My Label ..." (Pt. 3: Beggars Banquet)

Good morning my beauties,

another one in the 'I Love My Label' - series, this time we'll have a closer look at the Beggars Banquet back catalogue. A label I was very fond of in the eighties as they had quite an immense volume of great artists under contract. Here's some historical background for you, friends:

Beggars Banquet is a legendary UK indie label launched by Martin Mills in 1977 with two 7" singles by punk band The Lurkers. Over the years, Beggars has released music in nearly every genre imaginable - punk, goth, synth-pop, folk-rock, indie and more. They have launched several spin-off labels (4AD, Situation Two, City Beat, XL Recordings...) and bought out/invested in many others (Too Pure, Mo Wax, Matador...), creating Beggars Group, one of the largest networks of indie record labels in the world.

In April 2008 the Beggars Group, chaired by Martin Mills, opted to retire the Beggars Banquet imprint, moving key artists to the Beggars Group owned 4AD label.

So here come my choices: songs by bands, as I said above, I always admired:

Bauhaus - 'Ziggy Stardust' ["The Singles 1981 - 1983" - EP, BEG 100 E, '83]

The Bolshoi - 'Fly' ["Giants" - EP, SITUM 15, '85]

Buffalo Tom - 'Birdbrain' ["Birdbrain" - LP, SITU 31, '90]

The Cult - 'Nirvana' ["Love"  - LP, BEG A 65, '85]

Dream City Film Club - 'Fuck It Up'
["In The Cold Light Of Morning" - LP, BBQ LP 207, '99]

The Fall - 'Oh! Brother' [12", BEG 110 T, '84]

   ["Rodeo Radio" - LP, SITU 16, '85]

["7th Dream Of Teenage Heaven" - LP, BEG A 66, '85]

The Lurkers - 'Ain't Got A Clue' [7", BEG 6, '78]

The Mighty Wah! - 'Come Back' [7", BEG 111, '84]

The Ramones - 'I Wanna Live' [12", BEG 201 T, '87]

Well, not THAT much of information included in today's post, I admit. But then again you have a bulk of killer tunes to download and everyone of them's a winner if you ask me! So have fun, enjoy .... and leave comments, please!

All the best,


1 comment:

Tricia said...

LOVED these songs. Excellent.