Axis (2)

Axis (2)

Profile:
The influential 4AD label was started in 1980 by music enthusiasts Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent (3) with financial help from Beggars Banquet, whose record store chain the pair worked for.

Originally calling their label Axis, they released an initial series of four 7" singles before finding out that the name Axis was already being used by another label. Having to quickly come up with a new name, the partners noticed the following bit of typography that their graphic designer had put on a flyer announcing the Axis releases:

1980 FORWARD
1980 FWD
1984 AD
4AD

Kent left 4AD in 1980 and started another Beggars-affilated label, Situation Two.
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
AD3 Dark Entries  album cover Båuhåus* Dark Entries (Single) AD3 UK 1980 Sell This Version
AXIS 1 Junction 1  album cover The Fast Set Junction 1(7", Single) Axis (2) AXIS 1 UK 1980 Sell This Version
AXIS 2 She's My Girl  album cover Bearz She's My Girl(7", Single) AXIS (2) AXIS 2 UK 1980 Sell This Version
AXIS 3 Dark Entries  album cover Båuhåus* Dark Entries (Single) AXIS 3 UK 1980 Sell This Version
AXIS 4 No Turning Back  album cover Shox (3) No Turning Back(7", Single) AXIS (2) AXIS 4 UK 1980 Sell This Version
BEG 33 No Turning Back  album cover Shox (3) No Turning Back(7", Single, RE) Beggars Banquet, Beggars Banquet BEG 33 UK 1980 Sell This Version
BEG 37 Dark Entries  album cover Båuhåus* Dark Entries (Single) BEG 37 UK 1980 Sell This Version