Stiff Records

Stiff Records

Profile:
Stiff Records was created in 1976 by Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera. Initially intending to specialize in "pub rock" by artists such as Ian Dury and Wreckless Eric, the label quickly got caught up in the punk, ska & new wave movements, and helped launch the careers of such artists as Elvis Costello, Madness, The Damned, Nick Lowe, The Pogues and many others.

Ever the keen marketeers, Stiff billed themselves as "The World's Most Flexible Record Label". Other slogans were "We came. We saw. We left." and "If it ain't Stiff it ain't worth a fuck."

Riviera left Stiff in 1977 to form Radar Records, taking Elvis Costello and several other artists with him.

In 1978 the company entered into a US partnership with CBS, Inc. This created two short lived labels Stiff-Columbia and Stiff-Epic.

In 1984 the label entered a distribution deal with Island Records. Stiff was fully purchased by Island, but the deal wasn't a success and Robinson regained control in 1986 of the newly independent label.

In 1987, after a serious cashflow crisis, the label went into liquidation. ZTT, whose product Robinson had worked on when in cahoots with Island, bought the label catalogue for a reported £300,000. On ZTT's watch the label slowly petered out - several albums by the likes of the Belle Stars, Furniture and Dr Feelgood were left in limbo, unreleased.

Autumn 2006 saw the Stiff brand resurrected with new signings and reissues. Stiff are currently listed as a member of the SPZ group, who own Sarm Studios, Perfect Songs and ZTT.

Labelcode: LC 4764
Sublabels
Contact Info:
info@stiff-records.com
Sites:
[l11617]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
2C006 - 98925 Elvis Costello Less Than Zero(7", Single) Stiff Records 2C006 - 98925 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C006-99.081 Jill Read / The Takeaways (2) Jill Read / The Takeaways (2) - Maybe / Food(7", Single) Stiff Records 2C006-99.081 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C006-99.098 The Adverts One Chord Wonders / Quick Step(7", Single) Stiff Records 2C006-99.098 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 006-99.176 Nick Lowe Born A Woman(7") Stiff Records 2C 006-99.176 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 066-98867 The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 2C 066-98867 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 068 98 949 Various A Bunch Of Stiff Records(LP, Comp) Stiff Records, EMI 2C 068 98 949 France 1977 Sell This Version
4S 0001 Various Stiffs Live(Cass, Comp) Stiff Records, Arista, Stiff Records, Arista 4S 0001 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
5E 37452 Lene Lovich New Toy(12") Stiff-Epic 5E 37452 US 1981 Sell This Version
7/NP Lene Lovich Stateless(LP, Album) Stiff Records 7/NP Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
7-THE-1 Spectrum (28) All Or Nothing(7") The Phoenix Society, The Phoenix Society 7-THE-1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 BUY 38 Ian Dury And The Blockheads Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick(12") Stiff Records 12 BUY 38 UK 1978 Sell This Version
12 BUY 42 Lene Lovich Lucky Number(12") Stiff Records 12 BUY 42 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12-BUY 46 Lene Lovich Say When(12") Stiff Records 12-BUY 46 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12BUY 50 Ian Dury And The Blockheads Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part Three) 12BUY 50 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
12 BUY 53 Lene Lovich Bird Song(12") Stiff Records 12 BUY 53 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12 GLIT 1 Gary Glitter Rock And Roll Part 5(12", Single) Priority Records, Stiff Records 12 GLIT 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12GLITX1 Gary Glitter Rock And Roll Part 5(12") Stiff Records 12GLITX1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 STRY 1 Stryper Winter Wonderland(12") Stiff Records 12 STRY 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 VAIN 5 Makin' Time Pump It Up(12", Maxi) Countdown 12 VAIN 5 UK 1986 Sell This Version
14C-062-98868 The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 14C-062-98868 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
22C 0411 Madness Madness Al Completo(Cass, Comp) Stiff Records, Victoria 22C 0411 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22L079 Various La Gran Movida(LP, Comp) Stiff Records, Victoria 22L079 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22L0411 Madness Complete Madness(LP, Album, Comp) Stiff Records, Discos Victoria, S.A. 22L0411 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22LO534 Madness The Rise & Fall(LP, Album) Victoria, Stiff Records 22LO534 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22LO559 The Belle Stars The Belle Stars(LP) Stiff Records 22LO559 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22M0591 Pookie* Pookie Beach Party(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22M0591 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22MO527 Electric Guitars Language Problems(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Victoria 22MO527 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22MO529 Albania Could This Be Love(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Victoria 22MO529 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO533 Madness Our House (Maxi) 22MO533 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO558 The Belle Stars Sign Of The Times(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Victoria 22MO558 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO565 Evrol Campbell Nearest To My Heart(12", Promo) Stiff Records, Victoria 22MO565 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO0611 3 Madness Tomorrow's Just Another Day (Maxi) 22MO0611 3 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22P0534 Madness Our House(7", Single, Promo) Stiff Records 22P0534 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22S0267 Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin It's My Party (Es Mi Fiesta) (Single) 22S0267 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0269 Alvin Stardust Pretend (Single) 22S0269 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0278 Tenpole Tudor Throwing My Baby Out With The Bath Water = Tirando A Mi Chica Al Agua En La Bañera (Single) 22S0278 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0302 The Equators If You Need Me / So What's New?(7") Stiff Records, Stiff Records 22S0302 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0566 Lene Lovich Maria(7", Single) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 22S0566 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22 VIC 3 (BROKEN 2) S0267 1 Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin It's My Party(7", Single) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 22 VIC 3 (BROKEN 2) S0267 1 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
49H 07550 Lene Lovich It's You, Only You (Mein Schmerz) / Blue Hotel(12") Stiff-Epic 49H 07550 US 1988 Sell This Version
183 The Belle Stars Opposites Attract(7") Stiff Records 183 UK 1983 Sell This Version
1981 Any Trouble Wheels In Motion(LP, Album) Stiff Canada 1981 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
41.00 Ian Dury And The Blockheads Inbetweenies(7", Single) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 41.00 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
4338 Madness Tarzan's Nuts (Single) 4338 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
7149 The Damned New Rose / Help(7", Single, RE, Ltd, Pin) Munster Records 7149 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
15.504 Various Live Stiffs Live(LP, Comp) Stiff Records 15.504 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
15505 Various A Bunch Of Stiff Records(LP, Comp) Stiff Records 15505 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
15 507 Ian Dury & The Blockheads* Do It Yourself(LP, Album) Stiff Records 15 507 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
15.511 Lene Lovich Stateless (Album) 15.511 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
15 512 Graham Parker And The Rumour The Up Escalator(LP, Album, TP, W/Lbl) Stiff Records 15 512 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
15514 Plasmatics (2) New Hope For The Wretched(LP, Album) Stiff Records 15514 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
15515 Ian Dury And The Blockheads Laughter(LP, Album) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 15515 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
15 516 Madness 7 (Album) 15 516 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
15 521 Madness The Rise & Fall (Album) 15 521 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
15523 Madness Our House(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 15523 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15523 Madness Tomorrow's Just Another Day (Maxi) 15523 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15524 The Belle Stars The Belle Stars(LP, Album, TP) Stiff Records 15524 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15 526 Tracey Ullman You Broke My Heart In 17 Places(LP, Album, TP) Stiff Records 15 526 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15527 King Kurt Ooh Wallah Wallah(LP) Stiff Records 15527 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15528 Madness Keep Moving (Album) 15528 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
15529 Tracey Ullman You Caught Me Out (Album) 15529 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
17 704 AT The Damned New Rose(7", Single) Stiff Records, Island Records, Ariola Benelux B.V. 17 704 AT Benelux 1977 Sell This Version
17705 AT Plummet Airlines Silver Shirt(7", Single) Stiff Records 17705 AT Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
17787 AT Elvis Costello Less Than Zero(7", Single) Stiff Records 17787 AT Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
17 791 AT The Damned New Rose(7", Single) Stiff Records 17 791 AT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
17 845 AT Elvis Costello Less Than Zero(7", Single) Stiff Records 17 845 AT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
20.339A VIC-155 Madness One Better Day (Maxi) 20.339A VIC-155 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
22001 The Pogues Dirty Old Town(7", Single) Stiff Records 22001 France 1986 Sell This Version
22002 The Pogues Poguetry In Motion(7") Stiff Records 22002 France 1986 Sell This Version
22005 The Belle Stars World Domination(7", Single) Stiff Records 22005 France 1986 Sell This Version
22006 Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin The Locomotion (Single) 22006 UK 1986 Sell This Version
22014 Andy Fairweather Low* Bossa Nova(7", Single) Musidisc 22014 France 1986 Sell This Version
22401 The Pogues Poguetry In Motion(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22401 France 1986 Sell This Version
22402 Mint Juleps Only Love Can Break Your Heart(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22402 France 1986 Sell This Version
22403 The Belle Stars World Domination(12") Stiff Records 22403 France 1986 Sell This Version
22406 Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin The Locomotion(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Musidisc 22406 France 1986 Sell This Version
22407 Lene Lovich New Toy(12") Stiff Records 22407 France Unknown Sell This Version
22701 The Pogues Rum Sodomy & The Lash(LP, Album) Stiff Records 22701 France 1986 Sell This Version
22703 Phranc Folksinger(LP, Album) Stiff Records 22703 France 1986 Sell This Version
22709 Furniture The Wrong People(LP) Stiff Records 22709 France 1986 Sell This Version
22710 Tracey Ullman Forever (The Best Of Tracey Ullman)(LP, Comp) Stiff Records 22710 France 1985 Sell This Version
22711 The Pogues Red Roses For Me(LP) Stiff Records 22711 France 1984 Sell This Version
28 619 XOT Various A Bunch Of Stiff Records (Comp) 28 619 XOT Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
28 664 XOT The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 28 664 XOT Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
30.080 Madness Madness "Al Completo"(LP, Comp) Stiff Records, Victoria 30.080 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
30.238 Tracey Ullman You Broke My Heart In 17 Places(LP, Album) Stiff Records 30.238 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
31069-1 The Damned Music For Pleasure(LP, Album, RE) Frontier Records 31069-1 US 1997 Sell This Version
33 963 0 Ian Dury New Boots And Panties!!(Cass, Album) Stiff Records 33 963 0 Germany 1977 Sell This Version
38 479 2 Ian Dury New Boots And Panties!!(LP, Album, RE, Club) Stiff Records, Stiff Records, Stiff Records 38 479 2 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
69.001 Theatre Of Hate Westworld(LP, Album) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 69.001 Netherlands 1982 Sell This Version
70606 Madness Paseando En Mi Auto(12", Single) Stiff Records 70606 Mexico 1982 Sell This Version
70637 Madness Our House(12") Trebol, Stiff Records 70637 Mexico 1983 Sell This Version
101420 Ian Dury And The Blockheads Sueperman's Big Sister(7", Single) Stiff Records 101420 France 1980 Sell This Version
101421 Jona Lewie Stop The Cavalry(7", Single) Stiff Records, Vogue 101421 France 1980 Sell This Version
101430 The Equators Baby Come Back / Georgie(7") Stiff Records 101430 France 1980 Sell This Version
101446 Lene Lovich New Toy(7", Single) Stiff Records, Vogue 101446 France 1981 Sell This Version
101458 Dave Stewart What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted(7", Single) Stiff Records, Vogue 101458 France 1980 Sell This Version
101471 Madness Grey Day(7", Single) Vogue, Stiff Records 101471 France 1981 Sell This Version
101498 Jona Lewie Louise (We Get It Right)(7") Stiff Records, Vogue 101498 France 1981 Sell This Version
101535 The Hon. Nick Jones And Ian Macrae The Hon. Nick Jones And Ian Macrae - The Ballad Of Lady Di(7") Stiff Records, Vogue 101535 France 1981 Sell This Version