Favorite Indepenent Record Labels #1 - Factory

@teamfreak16 (37056)
Colorado Springs, Colorado
January 25, 2017 3:57pm CST
#1 in my Favorite Independent Record Labels is one that was very special to me: Factory Records. Factory was started by the late BBC Television personality Tony Wilson and actor Alan Erasmus in Manchester, England in 1978. At first, Factory provided a home for guitarist Vini Reilly's band The Durutti Column (a favorite of mine,) whom Wilson also managed. Focus shifted, however, once the label signed now legendary post punk band Joy Division, which would later become New Order. With New Order, Wilson opened a Manchester nightclub, the Hacienda, in order to showcase Factory acts. The venture was a financial disaster: New Order's Factory released song "Blue Monday" is the biggest selling twelve inch single in history, yet the band never saw a dime, as all profits were invested into the club in an attempt to keep it afloat. The Wilson-Factory story was told in the film 24 Hour Party People, and plays a part in the Joy Division movie, Control. Additionally, Factory releases were known for cover art designed by artist Peter Saville. In addition to Joy Division, New Order, and The Durutti Column, Factory released albums and singles from great bands such as A Certain Ratio and Happy Mondays, as well as lesser known acts such as Crispy Ambulance. (Fun Fact: Former Joy Division and New Order bassist Peter Hook owns six basses made from wood from the Hacienda dancefloor.) I don't see myself ever loving a record label as much as I love Factory. Ever. (Info verified by Wikipedia)
The Durutti Column, "Arpeggiator" from the album "The Guitar and Other Machines" (Factory 1988)
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@FourWalls (10706)
• United States
26 Jan
It's a shame that the label robbed the artists of their money, though. Certainly not the first time: Hank Locklin told me that he never saw a penny from his #1 song "Let Me Be the One" that he recorded on the Four Star label. You'd think that indie labels wouldn't rip off the artists the way the "big boys" do, but alas. Loved the series.
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@teamfreak16 (37056)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Jan
I read an interview with Porl King of Rosetta Stone. He said he loved being on Cleopatra because they always paid when they were supposed to. A shame not every label is like that.
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@amadeo (51197)
• United States
25 Jan
Thanks Scott.
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@teamfreak16 (37056)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Jan
Oh, you're welcome. I have fun doing these.
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@Ronrybs (6971)
• London, England
26 Jan
This is one label I do know
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@teamfreak16 (37056)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Jan
I would certainly hope so! Legendary British label and all!
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@Ronrybs (6971)
• London, England
28 Jan
@teamfreak16 I've never seen the film, I really must get around to that!
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@teamfreak16 (37056)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
28 Jan
@Ronrybs - It's a pretty cool movie. Steve Coogan plays Tony Wilson.
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@LoriAMoore (8605)
• United States
26 Jan
Wow you know a lot about music and independent labels
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@teamfreak16 (37056)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
26 Jan
Most of the music I buy is on indie's, so when I find a band I like, I research the label so I can find more of their bands.
@TRBRocks420 (64450)
• Banks, Oregon
25 Jan
Great choice for the # 1 spot.
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@teamfreak16 (37056)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Jan
There was never any doubt in my mind.
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@JohnRoberts (42069)
• Los Angeles, California
25 Jan
Factory was so instrumental in 80s British new wave. The Manchester sound.
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@teamfreak16 (37056)
• Colorado Springs, Colorado
25 Jan
I have yet to hear a Manchester band I haven't liked.
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