ZTT

ZTT

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ZTT Records was founded in 1983 by NME journalist Paul Morley, record producer Trevor Horn and his wife Jill Sinclair. The label was named after Italian futurist FT Marinetti's "Zang Tumb Tuum", a book describing war where zang tumb tuum is an onomatopoeic description of the sound of a machine gun.

Early ZTT releases, distributed via Island Records between 1983-1988, gained cult, commercial and critical acclaim alike. ZTT's early iconic status derived from Horn's big productions and Morley's mad / maddening marketing of the label. Horn and his in-house studio team (including Art Of Noise members Gary Langan, J.J. Jeczalik, Anne Dudley as well as Stephen Lipson and Bob Kraushaar) created endless 'diversions' (aka remixes) of every track produced, a pioneering concept back then.

"ZTT's business is the puzzle, not the explanation", said Morley in '84. To this end he wrote oblique wordy sleevenotes, referencing the likes of JG Ballard and Goethe. Sometimes remixes were issued in the same sleeve as the original mix, with identical catalogue numbers or identical mix names. To further the confusion, catalogue numbers were divided into four groups - the Action Series, Incidental Series, Perfect series and Certain Series. However some releases such as cassette singles (known as "Singlettes") and each different album format, would also be given unique Incidental series numbers. 'Zang Tumb Tuum' itself would be spelt differently on each release. Insanity reigned. Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Grace Jones, The Art Of Noise and Propaganda were all chart successes.

By the late 80s both Propaganda and Frankie Goes To Hollywood frontman Holly Johnson were taking the label to the courts, and winning. Morley moved on, and in 1988 ZTT entered a new phase. It signed a distribution deal with WEA and started reinventing itself as a more conventional electronic/dance label. Between 1989 and 1997 it had chart hits with 808 State and Seal as well as underground success with Shades Of Rhythm. It released a string of dance records by the likes of Adamski (recording both as L.a.z.y. and Adamski's Thing), General Max, Hoodlum Priest and an early incarnation of All Saints named All Saints 1.9.7.5.. ZTT squandered chances too, such as Sun Electric only making it to promo. The first of its short-lived dance-only offshoots, Seven Records (UK), appeared in 1994.

ZTT split from WEA in 1997 and went independent. Morley returned to ZTT for a year or two to oversee marketing again, and with Horn and Dudley reformed The Art Of Noise. As an independent ZTT tried to recapture their edgier past, but bad / rockist A&R choices and lower budgets meant that many projects passed unnoticed. Two more dance sub-labels, Paral.lel Records ("an experimental echo of ZTT") and Vision, came and went.

ZTT entered the new millennium primarily focussed on exploiting its extensive catalogue of landmark 80s and 90s releases.

ZTT is owned by Horn and Sinclair's SPZ group. The group also owns Sarm Studios, Perfect Songs and Stiff Records (who ZTT bought in 1987 when the label stiffed…)

Common cat# prefixes, Island era (1983-1988):
ZTAS - singles, Action series
ZTIS - singles, Incidental series
ZTPS - singles, Perfect series
CERT - singles, Certain series
CTIS - cassette singles
ZTTIQ - albums
ZCIQ - cassettes
CID/ZCID/ZCIDQ - CDs / CD singles

Common cat# prefixes, WEA era (1988 - 1997):
ZANG - singles
ZTT - albums (ZTT1 to ZTT12, thereafter albums use generic WEA codes)
SAM - promos (part of WEA's generic promo catalogue)

Common cat# prefixes, indie era (1998 - present):
ZTT - used for both singles and albums, from ZTT98 upwards

Common cat# prefixes, indie era (2010 - present):
Element - used for reissues in the “Element Series”, released in partnership with Salvo.

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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A 006-20 0889 7 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm (Single) 1A 006-20 0889 7 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
1A 006-20 1058 7 Grace Jones Jones The Rhythm(7", Single) Manhattan Records, Manhattan Records 1A 006-20 1058 7 Netherlands 1985 Sell This Version
1A 062-24 0447 1 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm (Album) 1A 062-24 0447 1 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
1A K060-20 0890 6 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm (Single) 1A K060-20 0890 6 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 0889 7 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(7", Single) Manhattan Records, Manhattan Records 1C 006-20 0889 7 Germany 1985 Sell This Version
1C 016-20 1058 7 Grace Jones Jones The Rhythm(7", Single) Manhattan Records 1C 016-20 1058 7 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
5CS-30 Seal Future Love Paradise / Crazy / Killer(CD, Promo) ZTT, WEA 5CS-30 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
7SI-117 Frankie Goes To Hollywood = フランキー・ゴーズ・トゥ・ハリウッド* Frankie Goes To Hollywood = フランキー・ゴーズ・トゥ・ハリウッド* - リラックス = Relax(7", Single) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar 7SI-117 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
7SI-120 Propaganda = プロパガンダ* Propaganda = プロパガンダ* - Dr. Mabuse = マブーセ(ショート・ヴァージョン) (Single) 7SI-120 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
7SI-122 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes (Single) 7SI-122 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
7SI-127 Frankie Goes To Hollywood The Power Of Love (Single) 7SI-127 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
7SI-130 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Single) 7SI-130 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
10ZTAS4A/B Frankie Goes To Hollywood Lovers & Haters (Studio Sessions) (EP) 10ZTAS4A/B UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
10ZTAS4E/F Frankie Goes To Hollywood Doctors & Nurses (Mix/Remix)(10", EP, Ltd) ZTT, Salvo 10ZTAS4E/F UK & Europe 2014 Sell This Version
12 CERT 1 Anne Pigalle Hé Stranger 12 CERT 1 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
12 CERT 2 Anne Pigalle Why Does It Have To Be This Way?(12") ZTT 12 CERT 2 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12GLOBE1167 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Frankie Say Relax(12", Ltd, Num) Universal Music TV, All Around The World, ZTT 12GLOBE1167 UK 2009 Sell This Version
12IS 206 Grace Jones Jones The Rhythm(12") ZTT 12IS 206 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12IS 206 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm (Single) 12IS 206 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ISP 206 Grace Jones Slave To The Rhythm(12", Single, Pic) ZTT, Island Records 12 ISP 206 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ISX 273 DJ Grace Jones Re-Mix Re-Mask(12", Promo) Island Records 12 ISX 273 DJ UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 PROP 1 Propaganda Bejewelled(12", Promo, W/Lbl) ZTT 12 PROP 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 PZTAS 1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax(12", Single, Pic) ZTT 12 PZTAS 1 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 PZTAS 5 Frankie Goes To Hollywood The Power Of Love(12", Single, Pic) ZTT 12 PZTAS 5 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 PZTAS 12 Propaganda p: Machinery (p: Plastic)(12", Single, Ltd, Cle) ZTT, ZTT 12 PZTAS 12 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12PZTPS01 Art Of Noise* Edited(12", Single, Pic) ZTT 12PZTPS01 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12TAS 5 Frankie Goes To Hollywood The Power Of Love(12", Single, Ltd) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 12TAS 5 Australia & New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
12 XACT 28 Act Snobbery & Decay(12", Single) ZTT 12 XACT 28 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 XZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (The Alternative)(12", Single) ZTT, ZTT 12 XZTAS 7 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 XZTAS 12 Propaganda p: Machinery β (Single) 12 XZTAS 12 New Zealand 1985 Sell This Version
12ZACT 28 Act Showtime(12", Single, Ltd, Gat) ZTT 12ZACT 28 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 ZTAK 25 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Warriors (Attack)(12", Single, W/Lbl) ZTT 12 ZTAK 25 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 ZTAQ 22 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Rage Hard (+)(12", Single, Pos) ZTT, ZTT 12 ZTAQ 22 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax (Single) 12 ZTAS 1 UK 1983 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 2 Propaganda Presents The Nine Lives Of Dr. Mabuse (Maxi, Single) 12 ZTAS 2 Australia 1984 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 2 Propaganda / The Art Of Noise Propaganda / The Art Of Noise - Femme Fatale / Moments In Love(12", MP) ZTT, ZTT 12 ZTAS 2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 2 A3 DJ Propaganda Dr. Mabuse(12", Promo) ZTT 12 ZTAS 2 A3 DJ UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 3 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes (Single) 12 ZTAS 3 New Zealand 1984 Sell This Version
12ZTAS 5 Frankie Goes To Hollywood The Power Of Love (Single, Maxi) 12ZTAS 5 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12ZTAS 7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Maxi, Single) 12ZTAS 7 Ireland 1985 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 8 Propaganda Duel (Maxi, Single) 12 ZTAS 8 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 9 Roy Orbison Wild Hearts (...And Time Again)(12", Single) ZTT 12 ZTAS 9 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 12 Propaganda p: Machinery (Polish) (Single) 12 ZTAS 12 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12ZTAS15 Glenn Gregory And Claudia Brücken Glenn Gregory And Claudia Brücken - When Your Heart Runs Out Of Time(12", Single) ZTT, ZTT 12ZTAS15 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 21 Propaganda p: Machinery (Reactivate) 12 ZTAS 21 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 22 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Rage Hard (+)(12", Single) ZTT 12 ZTAS 22 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 24 Das Psych-Oh! Rangers The Essential Art Of Communication(12") ZTT 12 ZTAS 24 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 25 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Warriors (Twelve Wild Disciples Mix) (Maxi, Single) 12 ZTAS 25 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
12 ZTAS 26 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Watching The Wildlife (Hotter) (Maxi, Single) 12 ZTAS 26 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
12ZTAS 28 Act Snobbery & Decay(12", Single) ZTT 12ZTAS 28 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 ZTAX 22 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Rage Hard (++) (Single, Maxi) 12 ZTAX 22 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 ZTAX 25 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Warriors (Turn Of The Knife Mix)(12", Single, Ltd) ZTT 12 ZTAX 25 UK 1986 Sell This Version
12 ZTAX 26 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Watching The Wildlife (Movement 2)(12", Single) ZTT 12 ZTAX 26 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 ZTE 26 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Beobachtungen Im Wilden Leben (Die Letzten Tage Der Menschheit Mix)(12", Maxi) ZTT, Island Records, Island Records 12 ZTE 26 UK & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
12ZTPS01 The Art Of Noise Close-Up (Single) 12ZTPS01 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12ZTPS 02 Art Of Noise* Moments In Love 12ZTPS 02 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ZTPS 03 Andrew Poppy The Amusement(12") ZTT 12 ZTPS 03 UK 1986 Sell This Version
13S-200 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax 13S-200 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
13SI-237 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise (EP) 13SI-237 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
13SI-238 Propaganda Dr. Mabuse (Single) 13SI-238 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
19SI-256~7 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Album) 19SI-256~7 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25SI-248 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise!(LP, Album) ZTT, Island Records, Polystar 25SI-248 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
0094-2 808state* Don Solaris(CD, Album) Hypnotic, ZTT 0094-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
162-VG 71403/4 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome(2xLP, Album) ZTT, Virgin 162-VG 71403/4 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
808 IiI FGTH Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes 808 IiI FGTH UK 1993 Sell This Version
1257-2 Lisa Stansfield The Moment(CD, Album) Som Livre 1257-2 Brazil 2008 Sell This Version
6753-2 808 State Utd. State 90(CD, Album) Tommy Boy, ZTT, Sum Records (2) 6753-2 Brazil 2002 Sell This Version
35 098 3 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Bang!... The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood(CD, Comp) ZTT, ZTT 35 098 3 Europe 1993 Sell This Version
0-40230 Seal Killer(12", Maxi) Sire, Warner Bros. Records, ZTT 0-40230 US 1991 Sell This Version
0-41003 Seal Crazy(12", Maxi) Sire, Warner Bros. Records, ZTT 0-41003 US 1990 Sell This Version
041 453 2 Various ZTT: The Value Of Entertainment (Time Capsule Version)(VHS, PAL) PolyGram Music Video, ZTT 041 453 2 UK 1986 Sell This Version
74557-4 Seal Seal(Cass, Album) ZTT, Milletlerarası Müzik Yayınları Ltd. 74557-4 Turkey Unknown Sell This Version
82587-1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Bang!...The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood(LP, Comp) Atlantic, ZTT 82587-1 US 1994 Sell This Version
82587-4 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Bang!... The Greatest Hits Of Frankie Goes To Hollywood(Cass, Comp) ZTT, Atlantic 82587-4 US 1994 Sell This Version
90179-1 The Art Of Noise (Who's Afraid Of?) The Art Of Noise(LP, Album, Bla) Island Records 90179-1 US 1984 Sell This Version
90288-4 Propaganda A Secret Wish(Cass, Album, AR,) Island Records, ZTT 90288-4 US 1985 Sell This Version
90546-1 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Liverpool(LP, Album) Island Records, Island Records 90546-1 US 1986 Sell This Version
94744-4 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Liverpool(Cass, Album) ZTT, Milletlerarası Müzik Yayınları Ltd. 94744-4 Turkey 1986 Sell This Version
0-96799 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Warriors Of The Wasteland(12", Single) Island Records 0-96799 US 1986 Sell This Version
0-96806 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Rage Hard(12") Island Records 0-96806 US 1986 Sell This Version
0-96835 Propaganda p: Machinery(12", SP) Island Records, ZTT 0-96835 US 1985 Sell This Version
0-96839 Trevor Horn, Paul Morley , With The Art Of Noise Trevor Horn, Paul Morley , With The Art Of Noise - Moments In Love 0-96839 US 1985 Sell This Version
0-96859 Art Of Noise* Beat Box / Close (To The Edit)(12", Single) Island Records, ZTT 0-96859 US 1985 Sell This Version
0-96931 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes (Annihilation)(12", Single) Island Records, ZTT 0-96931 US 1984 Sell This Version
0-96974 The Art Of Noise Into Battle With The Art Of Noise 0-96974 US 1984 Sell This Version
0-96975 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax (Maxi) 0-96975 US 1983 Sell This Version
97004 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes(7") Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 97004 Canada 1984 Sell This Version
97015 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (Single) 97015 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
97048 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Rage Hard(7", Single) Island Records, ZTT 97048 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
98057 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax(7", Single) Island Records, ZTT 98057 Canada 1983 Sell This Version
106 104 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Relax(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 106 104 Europe 1983 Sell This Version
106 281 Propaganda Dr. Mabuse(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT, ZTT 106 281 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
106 495 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Two Tribes(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT, ZTT 106 495 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
107 007 Frankie Goes To Hollywood The Power Of Love(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT 107 007 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
107 199 EP Frankie Goes To Hollywood Welcome To The Pleasuredome (EP) 107 199 EP Europe 1985 Sell This Version
107 282 The Art Of Noise Moments In Love(7", Single) ZTT, Island Records 107 282 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
107 296 Anne Pigalle Hé Stranger(7", Single) ZTT, Island Records, ZTT, Island Records 107 296 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
107 606 Propaganda p: Machinery(7", Single) Island Records, Island Records, ZTT, ZTT 107 606 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
108 434 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Rage Hard (Single) 108 434 Europe 1986 Sell This Version
108 615 Frankie Goes To Hollywood Warriors (Of The Wasteland)(7", Single) Island Records, ZTT 108 615 Europe 1986 Sell This Version

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RandomTox

RandomTox

August 22, 2003
Just to make our jobs even more difficult, ZTT also had a nasty habit of releasing several different singles with the same catalog number. Not to mention half the time they would name a certain mix something different for a different release... oh and if you can manage to wrap your brain around that, then you probably won't have the mental power leftover to make sense of their often cryptic and certainly verbose liner notes. This was all part of the modus operandi of ZTT. But, damn they had some great music!
rev.robert

rev.robert

November 8, 2002
the golden years of zang tuum tumb had to be from '83 to about '89, because they had not only great music, but great graphic design as well. look @ all those art of noise, fgth, act and propagana covers, photographed by the likes of anton corbijn, and a.j. barrat, and the countless # of remixes, picture discs, etc.

zang also took chances: frankie, the art of noise, 808, seal, propaganda. zang pissed away chances: see above and sun electric.

in their heyday, they were great.