Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers

Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers

Profile:
Experimental and noise label founded in 1989 in Madeley, Cheshire, UK by Phil Todd (2). Ran until 2001, when Todd switched to Memoirs Of An Aesthete after a rest.
Betley... took its name from a road sign in the small village of Betley, Cheshire, about a mile from Todd's home. This can still be seen to this day, if you ever happen to find yourself stuck on a bus from Newcastle-Under-Lyme to Crewe.

First release was a compilation of demos Todd had been sent whilst running his fanzine Asbestosis. He selected tracks in which he heard something individualistic, quirky and out of step with the clichéd 'punkoid' fashion of the late 80s. Finding he had far more material he wanted to release than would fit on one comp, Todd realised he had a label on his hands.
The label was responsible for putting out early European releases by artists including Melt Banana, Pain Jerk, Universal Indians, Wolf Eyes, Carlos Giffoni, Birchville Cat Motel, Thirdorgan and Cock E.S.P.. Later, when Todd started making his own music, BWCD became a document of the underground groups coming out of Stoke-On-Trent in the 90s, such as Ashtray Navigations, Inca Eyeball, Dogliveroil, Green Monkey, A Warm Palindrome, Wagstaff, Subs and Tea Culture.

Betley had close links with Oska, E.F. Tapes, Giardia, Jazzassin Records, Face Like A Smacked Arse, Blackbean And Placenta Tape Club, Destroy All Music and other labels which shared Betley's absurdist, eccentric and decidedly homemade approach to music production. This led to a musical dialogue opening up with these labels and the groups surrounding them, and this was particularly strong between Betley, E.F. and Oska. Betley would often club together with these other labels to shoulder the costs of putting out more ambitious and costly releases.

As Todd deliberately set out to have no catalogue numbers and releases are often not dated, it's very difficult if not impossible to establish what order things were released in. Only the 'Are You Sane Enough To Drive?' series (So named because they all come in unusual packaging), the CD series and co-releases with other labels were given cat #s.

Betley branched out into distributing a wide range of experimental labels, and in the pre-interent era was almost the only place you could contact in the UK to obtain noise and other musical oddities (saving the mighty Fisheye). Unfortunately mounting financial pressures and an inability to secure and sustain adequate distribution from a largely disinterested independent sector brought about its premature demise. One of the last Betley releases, 'All Aboard The Good Ship Marginalia' by Jarvis/Joincey/Todd was a retort to a prominent 'independent' music retailer when soliciting them to stock his music. Showing no interest in stocking the first UK release by Wolf Eyes the shop manager dismissed him with the comment 'This stuff is all very marginal.'
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Contact Info:
(Both addresses no longer in use).
Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers
7 Woodside,
Madeley,
Crewe,
Cheshire CW3 9HA,
England

BETLEY WELCOMES CAREFUL DRIVERS
145-149 Cardigan Rd
Leeds LS6 1LJ
England

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
BWCD006 Experiment  7•3  album cover Monostadt 3 Experiment 7•3(CD, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers BWCD006 UK 1998 Sell This Version
BWCD 007 Anna Planeta  album cover Anna Planeta Anna Planeta(2xCD, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers BWCD 007 UK 1998 Sell This Version
BWCD 008 The Lotus Flower Will No Longer Blossom Upon Your Island  album cover Green Monkey The Lotus Flower Will No Longer Blossom Upon Your Island(CD, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers BWCD 008 UK 1998 Sell This Version
BWCD-SUNROOF Peach Fuzzz / Hymn  album cover Sunroof! Peach Fuzzz / Hymn(7") Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, Giardia BWCD-SUNROOF UK & US 1999 Sell This Version
CRASH 001 Nice Moist Mice Thighs Sliced 'n' Diced By Noise  album cover Dogliveroil Nice Moist Mice Thighs Sliced 'n' Diced By Noise(Cass, Ltd, Num) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 001 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CRASH-002 Bite My Hands  album cover K2 Bite My Hands(Cass, Ltd, Num, C46) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH-002 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CRASH-003 Butcher!  album cover Black Leather Jesus Butcher!(Cass, Album, Ltd, Num, C63) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH-003 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CRASH 005 Stinky Fingers In Dirty Pies  album cover Mlehst Stinky Fingers In Dirty Pies(Cass, Ltd, Num) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 005 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CRASH 006 Great Invisible Crashing  album cover Pain Jerk Great Invisible Crashing(Cass, Ltd, Num, C47) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 006 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CRASH 007 Mirrorman  album cover Thirdorgan Mirrorman(Cass, Ltd, Num, C48) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 007 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CRASH 010 Feed The Fishes  album cover Aube Feed The Fishes(Cass, Ltd, Num, C36) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 010 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CRASH 011 Cheap Whore With Glittering Tongue  album cover Adipocere Cheap Whore With Glittering Tongue(Cass, Ltd, C62) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 011 UK 1995 Sell This Version
CRASH-012H A Gift For The One You Hate  album cover Various A Gift For The One You Hate(Cass, Comp, Ltd, Num, C48) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH-012H UK 1997 Sell This Version
CRASH-012L A Gift For The One You Love  album cover Various A Gift For The One You Love(Cass, Comp, Ltd, Num, C47) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH-012L UK 1997 Sell This Version
CRASH-014 Cosmic Incapacitants  album cover Incapacitants Cosmic Incapacitants(Cass, Ltd, Num, Cle) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH-014 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CRASH 015 Two String Quartets For Amplified Toy Guitar  album cover Kapotte Muziek Two String Quartets For Amplified Toy Guitar(Cass, Ltd, Num) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 015 UK 1996 Sell This Version
CRASH 016 Non La Paix Mais L'Épée  album cover Francois Douris Non La Paix Mais L'Épée(Cass, Ltd, Num) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 016 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CRASH 017 C99  album cover Various C99(3xCass, Comp, Ltd, Num, C33) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 017 UK 1998 Sell This Version
CRASH 018 Dimorphic Multiplicity  album cover Knurl Dimorphic Multiplicity(Cass, Ltd, Num, C60) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers CRASH 018 UK 1999 Sell This Version
KIHOSK + 002 Whizzerbait  album cover Merzbow · Tea Culture Merzbow · Tea Culture - Whizzerbait(7") Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, Oska KIHOSK + 002 UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Ashtray Navigations Those Are Pearls That Were His Eyes(CDr, RE) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Ashtray Navigations / Universal Indians  album cover Ashtray Navigations / Universal Indians Ashtray Navigations / Universal Indians - Ashtray Navigations / Universal Indians(CD, Ltd) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, American Tapes none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Satan The Jesus Infekt'd Needles And Blood The Holy Elbib Acc. To(Cass, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none One Pound Fifty  album cover Inca Eyeball One Pound Fifty(Cass, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Autodecision  album cover Aube Autodecision none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Heavy Flow Traffic Or Blind Faith  album cover Ashtray Navigations Heavy Flow Traffic Or Blind Faith(CDr, Mini) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Old Bombs / Wolf Eyes  album cover Old Bombs / Wolf Eyes Old Bombs / Wolf Eyes - Old Bombs / Wolf Eyes(CDr, Ltd) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Four Raga Moods  album cover Ashtray Navigations Four Raga Moods(CD, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Mittelwinternacht '71  album cover Mittelwinternacht '71 Mittelwinternacht '71(CDr, Album, P/Unofficial) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Fifty-Nine  album cover Mamarracho Fifty-Nine none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Tristes Tropiques  album cover Ashtray Navigations Tristes Tropiques(CD) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, Blackbean And Placenta Tape Club, Rhizome none UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Monsters Of Cock  album cover Evil Moisture / Cock E.S.P. Evil Moisture / Cock E.S.P. - Monsters Of Cock(5", EP, Ltd) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, Blackbean And Placenta Tape Club, Ecstatic Peace!, Freedom From, Gameboy Records, Ignivomous, Little Mafia Records, Self Abuse Records, Sunship Records, Spite (2), Uglysound, White Tapes none UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Dogliveroil Singalonganoise(Cass, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none EP #1  album cover Transmission (6) EP #1(7") Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Split E.P.  album cover Melt-Banana / Target Shoppers Melt-Banana / Target Shoppers - Split E.P.(7", EP, Blu) Destroy All Music, Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none US 1996 Sell This Version
none If I Catch You Strolling  album cover The Strolling Ones If I Catch You Strolling(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Three Owls Six Ears  album cover A Warm Palindrome / Feverdreams / Badgerlore A Warm Palindrome / Feverdreams / Badgerlore - Three Owls Six Ears(CD) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Thee Asteroids Have Hit Our Heads  album cover The Cavities Thee Asteroids Have Hit Our Heads(7", Comp, MP) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Ceramic Hobs / To Live And Shave In L.A.  album cover Ceramic Hobs / To Live And Shave In L.A. Ceramic Hobs / To Live And Shave In L.A. - Ceramic Hobs / To Live And Shave In L.A.(7") Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none "- - - - - - -"  album cover Reynols "- - - - - - -"(CD, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, Blackbean And Placenta Tape Club none UK & US 1999 Sell This Version
none Ossification During Improvisation  album cover Archaic Braille Ossification During Improvisation(LP) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, Swill Radio none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Ashtray Navigations Like Crane Automata Cast In Blue Rust(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Noygomi 2: The 25th Anniversary Of The Summer Of Hate  album cover Various Noygomi 2: The 25th Anniversary Of The Summer Of Hate(Cass, Comp) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Noygomi 3: Lapping The Leftovers  album cover Various Noygomi 3: Lapping The Leftovers(Cass, Comp) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Simon Morris Family Series Vol. 1  album cover Simon Morris (3) Simon Morris Family Series Vol. 1(Cass, Comp) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Simon Morris Family Series Vol. 2  album cover Simon Morris (3) Simon Morris Family Series Vol. 2(Cass, Comp) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Simon Morris (3) Simon Morris Family Series Vol. 4(Cass, Comp) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Satan The Jesus Infekt'd Needles And Blood / Ceramic Hobs Satan The Jesus Infekt'd Needles And Blood / Ceramic Hobs - Simon Morris Family Series Vol. 5(Cass, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Simon Morris (3) Simon Morris Family Series Volume Six(Cass, Comp) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none You'll Wanna Blow Your Brains Out For A Fix Of Hobs Trash!  album cover Ceramic Hobs You'll Wanna Blow Your Brains Out For A Fix Of Hobs Trash!(2xCass, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Simon Morris (3) Simon Morris Family Series No. 9(Cass, Comp) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Simon Morris (3) SMFS Number 14(Cass, Comp) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Snow Over Interstate 80  album cover Inca Eyeball Snow Over Interstate 80(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none The Psychedelic Sounds Of....  album cover Smell & Quim & Tea Culture Smell & Quim & Tea Culture - The Psychedelic Sounds Of....(7", Pur) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Audio Sandwich  album cover Tea Culture Audio Sandwich(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none Tea Culture Music Is The Healing Force Of The Universe(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Split  album cover Sukora & Ashtray Navigations Sukora & Ashtray Navigations - Split(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none The Overflowing Bone  album cover Ashtray Navigations The Overflowing Bone(Lathe, 7", Ltd) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Remora Bodyglue(Cass, S/Sided, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Drain'd  album cover Ashtray Navigations Drain'd(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Hollow  album cover Ashtray Navigations Hollow(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Psychedelic Emaciator  album cover Ashtray Navigations Psychedelic Emaciator(Cass, S/Sided, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Ashtray Navigations Ramen(Cass, S/Sided) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Dirty Braille White Mugger Music(Cass, Single) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Nasal Distortion  album cover Dogliveroil Nasal Distortion(Cass, S/Sided, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Kostas D'Lary The 2nd Intermediate Nylon Theatre International (To R.R.)(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Humectant Interruption / Government Alpha Humectant Interruption / Government Alpha - Psychotropic Retre Ding(CDr, Album, Ltd) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Stopped Clock For Early Retirement  album cover Jarvis* / Joincey / Todd* Jarvis* / Joincey / Todd* - Stopped Clock For Early Retirement(CDr) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Thinnest Guitar Ever  album cover Brian Ruryk Thinnest Guitar Ever(Cass, S/Sided) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Ghostdad The Magnificent Mandarin(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none In The Club With A Big Nose  album cover Target Shoppers In The Club With A Big Nose(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none US 1995 Sell This Version
none Culver Blue Refract(Cass, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Split  album cover Remora & Tea Culture Remora & Tea Culture - Split(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Phones Vol.7  album cover Mr Say Phones Vol.7(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Class 108  album cover John Clyde-Evans Class 108(Cass, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none Coits Desire Runs From Me (+2)(CDr) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 2001 Sell This Version
none Composers Series Volume One - East Berlin  album cover Luxury Discreet Surroundings / Jürgen Eckloff Luxury Discreet Surroundings / Jürgen Eckloff - Composers Series Volume One - East Berlin(CDr) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 2000 Sell This Version
none Crawlspace (2) The Rise And Dear Demise Of Dimension 5(CDr, Ltd) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none US 2000 Sell This Version
none Temporality A Spatial Symphony In Eight Movements(Cass, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1993 Sell This Version
none When I Hear The Words Tea Culture I Reach For My Gun  album cover Tea Kulture Go-Karting Korporation* When I Hear The Words Tea Culture I Reach For My Gun(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none At 78 r.p.m.  album cover Tea Culture At 78 r.p.m.(Cass, S/Sided) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Jokes About Your Uncle's Cunt  album cover Target Shoppers Jokes About Your Uncle's Cunt(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none US 1994 Sell This Version
none Gloyed 'Til She Died  album cover Target Shoppers Gloyed 'Til She Died(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Bad Waggon Dawgies Moveen(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Das Ludicroix Moon Healing Activation(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none US 1996 Sell This Version
none Cock E.S.P. In The Mood For Love(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1994 Sell This Version
none Rock & Roll Should Have Stopped With Bill Haley  album cover The Strolling Ones Rock & Roll Should Have Stopped With Bill Haley(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none We're Going Like The Clappers  album cover Subs We're Going Like The Clappers(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Ashtray Navigations Agony Guitars(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Jungle Strap-On  album cover Target Shoppers Jungle Strap-On(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Sassprilluh Guitars  album cover Ashtray Navigations Sassprilluh Guitars(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Nautical Power Ballads  album cover Thee Electrocutionists* Nautical Power Ballads(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1998 Sell This Version
none Electrocutionists, Thee* Poissons D'Avril(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1995 Sell This Version
none I'd Sooner Have An Abortion Than Whack Off To British Porn  album cover Emil Hagstrom I'd Sooner Have An Abortion Than Whack Off To British Porn(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Emil Hagstrom Insecurity(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1997 Sell This Version
none Wagstaff Would Not Go To The Opera  album cover Wagstaff Wagstaff Would Not Go To The Opera(CDr) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1999 Sell This Version
none On  album cover Deepkiss 720 On(CDr, Album) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK Unknown Sell This Version
none Ghostdad Untitled(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Hermit (2) Violent Solitude(Cass) Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers none UK 1996 Sell This Version
none Leave The Country  album cover Inca Eyeball Leave The Country(7") Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, Kylie Productions none UK 2000 Sell This Version