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, Tenpole Tudor, and many others.

Name variants :
- Stiff Records
- Stiff

Company related to :
- Stiff Recordings

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.

The Stiff brand was relaunched in late 2006 by the SPZ Group (Sarm/Perfect Songs/ZTT) and included new signings and reissues. In Dec. 2017, SPZ sold the Stiff brand, parts of the Stiff recording catalog, and Perfect Songs publishing to Universal Music.

UK distribution:
1976- January 1977: self
January - December 1977: Island Records
December 1977 to October 1979: EMI via Island Records' deal with EMI
Early October 1979: Virgin sales force with EMI manufacture and distribution
Late October 1979 to 1984: Virgin sales force with CBS manufacture and distribution.

Labelcode: LC 4764
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title ( Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
Binky Baker & The Pit Orchestra - Toe Knee Black Burn Binky Baker & The Pit Orchestra Toe Knee Black Burn(7", Promo, Plu) Stiff Records UK 1978 Sell This Version
2C006 - 98925 Elvis Costello - Less Than Zero Elvis Costello Less Than Zero(7", Single) Stiff Records 2C006 - 98925 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C006-99.081 Jill Read / The Takeaways (2) - Maybe / Food Jill Read / The Takeaways (2) Jill Read / The Takeaways (2) - Maybe / Food(7", Single) Stiff Records 2C006-99.081 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 006-99.098 The Adverts - One Chord Wonder The Adverts One Chord Wonder(7", Single) Stiff Records 2C 006-99.098 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 006-99.176 Nick Lowe - Born A Woman 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 The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 2C 066-98867 France 1977 Sell This Version
2 C 068-98949 Various - A Bunch Of Stiff Records Various A Bunch Of Stiff Records(LP, Comp) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 2 C 068-98949 France 1977 Sell This Version
4S 0001 Various - Stiffs Live Various Stiffs Live(Cass, Comp) Stiff Records, Arista, Stiff Records, Arista 4S 0001 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
4XT-73225 The Pogues - Red Roses For Me The Pogues Red Roses For Me(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XT-73225 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
5E 37452 Lene Lovich - New Toy Lene Lovich New Toy (MiniAlbum) 5E 37452 US 1981 Sell This Version
5ET 37452 Lene Lovich - New Toy Lene Lovich New Toy(Cass, MiniAlbum) Stiff-Epic 5ET 37452 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
7/NP Lene Lovich - Stateless Lene Lovich Stateless(LP, Album) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 7/NP Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
7-THE-1 Spectrum (28) - All Or Nothing Spectrum (28) All Or Nothing(7") The Phoenix Society, The Phoenix Society 7-THE-1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
8S 0002 Ian Dury - New Boots And Panties!! Ian Dury New Boots And Panties!!(8-Trk, Album) Stiff Records, Arista 8S 0002 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
12 BUY 38 Ian & The Blockheads* - Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick Ian & The Blockheads* Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Single) 12 BUY 38 UK 1978 Sell This Version
12 BUY 42 Lene Lovich - Lucky Number Lene Lovich Lucky Number(12") Stiff Records 12 BUY 42 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12-BUY 46 Lene Lovich - Say When Lene Lovich Say When(12", Single) Stiff Records 12-BUY 46 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12BUY 50 Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part Three) Ian Dury And The Blockheads Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part Three) (Single) 12BUY 50 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12 BUY 53 Lene Lovich - Bird Song Lene Lovich Bird Song 12 BUY 53 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12 BUY IT (C) 181 Madness - Wings Of A Dove Madness Wings Of A Dove(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 12 BUY IT (C) 181 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
12E4 8368 Lene Lovich - Lucky Number Lene Lovich Lucky Number(12") Stiff-Epic 12E4 8368 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
12E4-8521 Lene Lovich - It's You, Only You (Mein Schmerz) Lene Lovich It's You, Only You (Mein Schmerz)(12") Stiff-Epic 12E4-8521 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
12 GAZ 001 The Potato 5* Featuring Floyd Lloyd - Ska Explosion The Potato 5* Featuring Floyd Lloyd The Potato 5* Featuring Floyd Lloyd - Ska Explosion(12") Gaz's Rockin' Records 12 GAZ 001 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 GLIT 1 Gary Glitter - Rock And Roll Part 5 Gary Glitter Rock And Roll Part 5(12", Single) Priority Records (2), Stiff Records 12 GLIT 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12GLITX1 Gary Glitter - Rock 'N' Roll Part 5 (Phil Harding Remix) Gary Glitter Rock 'N' Roll Part 5 (Phil Harding Remix)(12") Priority Records (2), Priority Records (2), Priority Records (2), Stiff Records, Stiff Records, Stiff Records 12GLITX1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 STRY 1 Stryper - Winter Wonderland Stryper Winter Wonderland(12") Stiff Records 12 STRY 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 VAIN 5 Makin' Time - Pump It Up Makin' Time Pump It Up (Single, Maxi) 12 VAIN 5 UK 1986 Sell This Version
14C-062-98868 The Damned - Damned Damned Damned The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 14C-062-98868 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
22C0279 5 Various - La Gran Movida Various La Gran Movida(Cass, Comp) Stiff Records, Victoria 22C0279 5 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
22C 0411 Madness - Madness Al Completo Madness Madness Al Completo(Cass, Comp) Stiff Records, Victoria 22C 0411 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22L079 Various - La Gran Movida Various La Gran Movida(LP, Comp) Stiff Records, Victoria 22L079 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22L0270 Ian Dury & The Blockheads* - Exitos Dury Ian Dury & The Blockheads* Exitos Dury (Comp) 22L0270 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22L0411 Madness - Al Completo Madness Al Completo (Comp) 22L0411 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22LO534 5 Madness - The Rise & Fall Madness The Rise & Fall(LP, Album) Stiff Records, Discos Victoria, S.A. 22LO534 5 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22LO559 The Belle Stars - The Belle Stars The Belle Stars The Belle Stars(LP) Stiff Records 22LO559 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22M0591 Pookie* - Beachparty = Guateque En la Playa Pookie* Beachparty = Guateque En la Playa(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 22M0591 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22MO527 Electric Guitars - Language Problems Electric Guitars Language Problems (Maxi) 22MO527 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO529 Albania - Could This Be Love Albania Could This Be Love(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 22MO529 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO533 Madness - Our House Madness Our House (Maxi) 22MO533 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO558 The Belle Stars - Sign Of The Times 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 Evrol Campbell Nearest To My Heart 22MO565 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO0611 3 Madness - Tomorrow's Just Another Day Madness Tomorrow's Just Another Day (Maxi) 22MO0611 3 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22P0534 Madness - Our House 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 Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin It's My Party = Es Mi Fiesta(7", Single, Promo) Edigsa 22S0267 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0269 Alvin Stardust - Pretend Alvin Stardust Pretend(7", Single) Stiff Records 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 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 = Si Me Necesitas The Equators If You Need Me = Si Me Necesitas 22S0302 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0566 Lene Lovich - Maria Lene Lovich Maria (Single) 22S0566 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
49H 07550 Lene Lovich - It's You, Only You (Mein Schmerz) / Blue Hotel 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 The Belle Stars Opposites Attract(7", W/Lbl) Stiff Records 183 UK 1983 Sell This Version
1637 Theatre Of Hate - Do You Believe In The West World Theatre Of Hate Do You Believe In The West World(7", Single, Promo) Burning Rome Records, Stiff Records 1637 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
41.00 Ian Dury & The Blockheads* - Inbetweenies Ian Dury & The Blockheads* Inbetweenies(7", Single) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 41.00 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
4338 Madness - Tarzan's Nuts c/w Night Boat To Cairo Madness Tarzan's Nuts c/w Night Boat To Cairo (Single) 4338 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
4340 Rachel Sweet - Jealous Rachel Sweet Jealous(7", Single) Stiff Records 4340 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
7149 The Damned - New Rose / Help The Damned New Rose / Help (Single) 7149 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
10007 Various - Greenpeace Non-Toxic Video Hits Various Greenpeace Non-Toxic Video Hits(VHS, Comp, Mono) Vestron Music Video, Concorde Video 10007 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
15.504 Various - Live Stiffs Live Various Live Stiffs Live(LP, Comp) Stiff Records 15.504 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
15505 Various - A Bunch Of Stiff Records 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 Ian Dury & The Blockheads* Do It Yourself(LP, Album) Stiff Records 15 507 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
15.511 Lene Lovich - Stateless Lene Lovich Stateless (Album) 15.511 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
15 512 Graham Parker And The Rumour - The Up Escalator Graham Parker And The Rumour The Up Escalator (Album) 15 512 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
15514 Plasmatics (2) - New Hope For The Wretched Plasmatics (2) New Hope For The Wretched (Album) 15514 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
15515 Ian Dury And The Blockheads - Laughter Ian Dury And The Blockheads Laughter (Album) 15515 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
15516 Madness 7 (Album) 15516 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
15 521 Madness - The Rise & Fall Madness The Rise & Fall (Album) 15 521 Greece 1982 Sell This Version
15523 Madness - Tomorrow's Just Another Day Madness Tomorrow's Just Another Day (Maxi) 15523 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15524 The Belle Stars - The Belle Stars The Belle Stars The Belle Stars (Album) 15524 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15525 Jona Lewie - Acropolis Now Jona Lewie Acropolis Now(LP, Comp) Stiff Records 15525 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15 526 Tracey Ullman - You Broke My Heart In 17 Places Tracey Ullman You Broke My Heart In 17 Places (Album) 15 526 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15527 King Kurt - Ooh Wallah Wallah King Kurt Ooh Wallah Wallah (Album) 15527 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15528 Madness - Keep Moving Madness Keep Moving (Album) 15528 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
15529 Tracey Ullman - You Caught Me Out Tracey Ullman You Caught Me Out (Album) 15529 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
17 704 AT The Damned - New Rose The Damned New Rose(7", Single) Stiff Records, Island Records 17 704 AT Benelux 1977 Sell This Version
17705 AT Plummet Airlines - Silver Shirt Plummet Airlines Silver Shirt(7", Single) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 17705 AT Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
17787 AT Elvis Costello - Less Than Zero Elvis Costello Less Than Zero(7", Single) Stiff Records 17787 AT Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
17 791 AT The Damned - New Rose The Damned New Rose(7", Single) Stiff Records 17 791 AT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
17 845 AT Elvis Costello - Less Than Zero Elvis Costello Less Than Zero(7", Single) Stiff Records 17 845 AT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
20.339A Madness - One Better Day Madness One Better Day(12", Maxi, Promo) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 20.339A Spain 1984 Sell This Version
20.339A VIC-155 Madness - One Better Day Madness One Better Day(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 20.339A VIC-155 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
20.643 Yes Let's - Carried Away Yes Let's Carried Away(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 20.643 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
21 605 The Dubliners - Irish Rover The Dubliners Irish Rover(CD, Comp) LaserLight Digital, LaserLight Digital 21 605 Germany 2001 Sell This Version
22001 The Pogues - Dirty Old Town The Pogues Dirty Old Town(7", Single) Stiff Records 22001 France 1986 Sell This Version
22002 The Pogues - Poguetry In Motion The Pogues Poguetry In Motion(7") Stiff Records 22002 France 1986 Sell This Version
22003 Mint Juleps - Only Love Can Break Your Heart Mint Juleps Only Love Can Break Your Heart(7", Single) Stiff Records 22003 France 1986 Sell This Version
22004 Kirsty MacColl - A New England Kirsty MacColl A New England(7", Single) Stiff Records 22004 France 1986 Sell This Version
22005 The Belle Stars - World Domination The Belle Stars World Domination(7", Single) Stiff Records 22005 France 1986 Sell This Version
22006 Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin - The Locomotion Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin The Locomotion(7", Single) Stiff Records 22006 France 1986 Sell This Version
22008 Jona Lewie - La Boogie Jona Lewie La Boogie(7", Single) Stiff Records 22008 France 1986 Sell This Version
22009 Furniture - Brilliant Mind Furniture Brilliant Mind(7", Single) Stiff Records 22009 France 1986 Sell This Version
22012 Dr. Feelgood - Don't Wait Up Dr. Feelgood Don't Wait Up(7", Single) Stiff Records 22012 France 1986 Sell This Version
22014 Andy Fairweather Low* - Bossa Nova Andy Fairweather Low* Bossa Nova(7", Single) Musidisc 22014 France 1986 Sell This Version
22401 The Pogues - Poguetry In Motion The Pogues Poguetry In Motion(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22401 France 1986 Sell This Version
22402 Mint Juleps - Only Love Can Break Your Heart Mint Juleps Only Love Can Break Your Heart(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22402 France 1986 Sell This Version
22403 The Belle Stars - World Domination The Belle Stars World Domination(12") Stiff Records 22403 France 1986 Sell This Version
22406 Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin - The Locomotion Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin The Locomotion(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Musidisc 22406 France 1986 Sell This Version
22407 Lene Lovich - New Toy Lene Lovich New Toy(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22407 France Unknown Sell This Version
22409 MU 111 Furniture - Brilliant Mind Furniture Brilliant Mind(12", Maxi, Single) Stiff Records 22409 MU 111 France 1986 Sell This Version
22415 The Belle Stars - World Domination The Belle Stars World Domination(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22415 France 1986 Sell This Version
22701 The Pogues - Rum Sodomy & The Lash The Pogues Rum Sodomy & The Lash (Album) 22701 France 1986 Sell This Version
22702 King Kurt - Big Cock King Kurt Big Cock(LP) Stiff Records 22702 France 1986 Sell This Version