Rough Trade Shops: 25 Years

Rough Trade Shops: 25 Years


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Rough Trade Shops: 25 Years

Rough Trade's story began in 1976 with a shop in Notting Hill, branching out within a couple years to become a label and a distributor. Beginning with Pere Ubu and concluding with Tindersticks, Rough Trade Shops: 25 Years chronologically distills the history of the pioneering independent outlet into four discs and 56 tracks, concentrating on old and new favorites that have graced the shop's new release racks. Just about every style associated with U.K.-based independent and underground music between 1975 and 2000 is accounted for. The first half concentrates on the punk and post-punk staples of the Buzzcocks ("Boredom"), the Birthday Party ("Mr. Clarinet"), the Cocteau Twins ("Sugar Hiccup"), and the Smiths ("Hand in Glove"), throwing in the occasional pleasant surprise like the short-lived Native Hipsters ("Look There Goes Concord Again") and diversions into reggae (Lee "Scratch" Perry, the Congos). The second half does a lot more hopping around stylistically. Spacemen 3 ("Revolution"), the Pixies ("Bone Machine"), the Chills ("Pink Frost"), and Clinic ("Monkey on Your Back") represent the guitar-based efforts, while Gescom ("Sciew Spoc"), Boards of Canada ("Everything You Do Is a Balloon"), and Plastikman ("Plastique") hit upon more electronic and experimental terrain. Since this compilation includes acts distributed and sold by the like-named shop, label, and distributor, there are major gaps with the Rough Trade bands proper -- no Galaxie 500, Scrawl, AR Kane, or This Heat. Since the label itself released nearly 300 singles, no package short of complete would avoid such a pitfall. But quite successfully, 25 Years provides a fantastic skip through Rough Trade's existence. Many great artists have Rough Trade to thank for bin space, recording costs, and retail distribution. Here's hoping for 25 more years -- and here's hoping that they're less turbulent financially.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/10/2001
Label: Mute U.S.
UPC: 0401588719122
catalogNumber: 87191

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Buzzcocks   Track Performer
Chills   Track Performer
Dub Syndicate   Track Performer
Go-Betweens   Track Performer
Lydia Lunch   Track Performer
Mazzy Star   Track Performer
Scritti Politti   Track Performer
Stiff Little Fingers   Track Performer
Sugarcubes   Track Performer
Swell Maps   Track Performer
Tackhead   Track Performer
Television Personalities   Track Performer
Throbbing Gristle   Track Performer
Robert Wyatt   Track Performer
Subway Sect   Track Performer
Stereolab   Track Performer
Tindersticks   Track Performer
Plastikman   Track Performer
Lemonheads   Track Performer
Cornershop   Track Performer
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Track Performer
Huggy Bear   Track Performer
Boards of Canada   Track Performer
Jeb Loy Nichols   Track Performer
Ryan Adams   Track Performer
Lemon Jelly   Track Performer
...And the Native Hipsters   Track Performer
I Am Kloot   Track Performer
Peaches   Track Performer
In the Pooper   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Birthday Party   Producer
David Byrne   Arranger,Composer
Cocteau Twins   Producer
Jerry Harrison   Composer
Mudhoney   Producer
Sonic Youth   Producer
Talking Heads   Producer
Young Marble Giants   Producer
Jack Endino   Producer
Chris Stamey   Producer
Congos   Producer
Crass   Producer
Mayo Thompson   Producer
Steve Albini   Producer
Dave Anderson   Producer
Flood   Producer
Chris Frantz   Composer
John Fryer   Producer
Tim Gane   Composer
Green Gartside   Composer
Steve Hanley   Composer
Martin Hannett   Producer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Producer
Johnny Marr   Composer
Morrissey   Composer
Martin Phillipps   Producer
John Porter   Producer
David Roback   Producer
Laetitia Sadier   Composer
Craig Scanlon   Composer
Adrian Sherwood   Producer
Talvin Singh   Producer
Mark E. Smith   Composer
Geoff Travis   Producer
Tina Weymouth   Composer
Chris Knox   Producer
Adam Kidron   Producer
Terry Moore   Producer
Chemical Brothers   Producer
Gescom   Producer
Doug Hood   Producer
Jon Savage   Liner Notes
Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds   Producer
Studio Pressure   Producer
Harrison   Arranger
Tigre   Producer
GAK   Producer
John Bramwell   Composer
Terry King   Producer

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