Rough Trade

Rough Trade

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Rough Trade was started by Geoff Travis in 1976 as a London record-shop and began releasing as an independent label in 1978. They quickly grew as a label and an independent distributor during the 1980s, collaborating with labels such as 4AD, Factory Records and One Little Indian to name a few.

Catalog numbering used by the first incarnation of the label:

Singles/EPs were numbered sequentially (001 to 247) with following prefixes:

RT###: 7" singles, early 12" singles and some 10" singles
RTT###: later 12" singles and some 10" singles
RTT###CD: CD singles
RTM###: 12" EPs/mini-albums

There were also five early 7" singles numbered RTSO1 through RTSO5. These are all by the group Spizz Oil and related projects.

Albums:

ROUGH###: numbered sequentially (1-159), with extensions such as CD, MC, etc. for different formats
RUFCD####: used only for four CD releases in 1989, numbered sequentially (6001-6004)
COPY###: used for some early cassette releases issued under the label name Rough Tapes, numbered sequentially (001-???)

After overstretching on the US market the label/distribution group ran into financial difficulty around 1990. The US branch was shut down and the German branch ended up in the Zomba Music Group where the name was eventually abandoned. In the UK One Little Indian provided financing and took over the label with original owner Geoff Travis initially in charge, but he soon left to start the Trade 2 label with Island Records. A result of this arrangement One Little Indian has retained ownership of some key catalogue releases, such as the early A.R. Kane albums. Dave Boyd was the label manager

Catalog numbering used by the second incarnation of the label:

R###x: numbered sequentially (starting around 250) with x indicating format (0 = 12", 1 = LP, 2 = CD, 3 = CD Single, 4 = Cassette, 5 = mini-album, 6 = CD mini-album, 7 = 7" single, 8 = double LP)
45REV##: singles club 7" series, numbered sequentially (01-??)

Finally, Geoff Travis regained control of the Rough Trade label name around 1999-2000 and re-launched the label alongside Tugboat Records.

Catalog numbering being used by the third incarnation of the label:

RTRADES###: 7" singles, 12" singles & vinyl EPs
RTRADESCD###[X]: CD singles & CDEPs - 'X' is appended when two versions of the single are released
RTRADESDVD###: DVD singles
RTRADELP###: vinyl LP albums
RTRADECD###: CD albums

On some releases, the E in RTRADE is missing, leaving RTRAD as the prefix.

In July 2001, Sanctuary Records joined forces with Rough Trade, including its imprint Tugboat. The relationship with Sanctuary was intended to support Rough Trade's growth plans by enabling the label to utilise the well-established Sanctuary infrastructure with a particular emphasis on the international sector.

In July 2007, a struggling Sanctuary announced, as part of its preamble to being bought by Universal, the sale of its 49% interest in the loss-making Rough Trade for a cash sum of £800,000 to the Beggars Group. Rough Trade continues to operate from its Golborne Road offices in London, with Beggars assuming central office functions. The Rough Trade specialist retail chain did not figure in the deal.
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
Old Nobody  album cover Blumfeld Old Nobody(CD, Album) Big Cat, Zickzack, Rough Trade Germany 1999 Sell This Version
Echt gute böse Lieder  album cover Sir Tralala Echt gute böse Lieder(LP, Album, Ltd + CD) Schallter, Schallter Austria 2018 Sell This Version
D Glaub Wie Haus  album cover Einstellung D Glaub Wie Haus(CDr, Single) Powerkraut Records, Rough Trade UK 2011 Sell This Version
- Synthetic Unity  album cover Nape (3) Synthetic Unity(CD, Album) Setalight Records - Germany 2011 Sell This Version
001 Occult You  album cover Vanity (22) Occult You(CD, Album) Church Independent 001 Italy 2013 Sell This Version
1MFRec0012-90 The Experience Of Horror  album cover Assorted Heap The Experience Of Horror (Album) 1MFRec0012-90 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
002 Candy Queen Speedway  album cover Jay Phlitman & Kim Kang* Candy Queen Speedway(10", Ltd, Ora) Bananafishin' Records 002 Belgium 2012 Sell This Version
2DIY4-16 Everything Is Wrong (Solomun Remix)   album cover Interpol Everything Is Wrong (Solomun Remix) (12", Maxi) 2Diy4 2DIY4-16 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
2DIY4_17 Moby Remixes  album cover Moby Moby Remixes(12") 2Diy4 2DIY4_17 Germany 2016 Sell This Version
2DIY4_18 No Age  album cover Lunar Plane Feat. October's Child Lunar Plane Feat. October's Child - No Age(12") 2DIY4 2DIY4_18 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
004-2 Kölsche Jung  album cover Hans Süper (2) Kölsche Jung(CD, Album) GMO - The Label 004-2 Germany 2012 Sell This Version
4AD0008LPRT Party  album cover Aldous Harding Party(LP, Album, Ltd, Whi) 4AD 4AD0008LPRT UK 2017 Sell This Version
7 BONG 1 Leave In Silence  album cover Depeche Mode Leave In Silence(7", Single) Mute 7 BONG 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 IMAGE 002 When The Loving Comes  album cover Kicking The Image When The Loving Comes(7", Single) Big Bus Records 7 IMAGE 002 UK 1990 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 014 New Life  album cover Depeche Mode New Life (Single) 7 MUTE 014 UK 1981 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 016 Just Can't Get Enough  album cover Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough (Single) 7 MUTE 016 UK 1981 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 017 Saturday Night Special  album cover Fad Gadget Saturday Night Special(7", Single) Mute 7 MUTE 017 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 018 See You  album cover Depeche Mode See You (Single) 7 MUTE 018 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 020 Only You  album cover Yazoo Only You (Single) 7 MUTE 020 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 021 King Of The Flies  album cover Fad Gadget King Of The Flies(7", Single) Mute 7 MUTE 021 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 022 The Meaning Of Love  album cover Depeche Mode The Meaning Of Love (Single) 7 MUTE 022 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7 MUTE 023 Los Niños Del Parque  album cover Liaisons Dangereuses Los Niños Del Parque(7", Single) Mute, Mute 7 MUTE 023 UK 1982 Sell This Version
7S-CD0023 Mindcraft  album cover Bonsai Kitten (2) Mindcraft(CD, Album) 7star Music 7S-CD0023 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
7S-LP0023 Mindcraft  album cover Bonsai Kitten (2) Mindcraft(LP, Album) 7star Music 7S-LP0023 Germany 2017 Sell This Version
7S-PR0001 Sun  album cover Schiller Sun(CD, Album, Mixed, Promo, Car) 7star Music, Sleepingroom 7S-PR0001 UK & Europe 2013 Sell This Version
7 YAZ 001 Don't Go  album cover Yazoo Don't Go (Single) 7 YAZ 001 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 BONG 1 Leave In Silence  album cover Depeche Mode Leave In Silence (Single) 12 BONG 1 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 CHAP 52 Until You Find Out  album cover Ned's Atomic Dustbin Until You Find Out(12") Chapter 22 12 CHAP 52 UK 1990 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 014 New Life (Re Mix) / Shout! (Rio Mix)  album cover Depeche Mode New Life (Re Mix) / Shout! (Rio Mix) (Single) 12 MUTE 014 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 016 Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix)  album cover Depeche Mode Just Can't Get Enough (Schizo Mix) (Single) 12 MUTE 016 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 018 See You  album cover Depeche Mode See You (Single) 12 MUTE 018 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 020 Only You   album cover Yazoo Only You (Single) 12 MUTE 020 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 022 The Meaning Of Love  album cover Depeche Mode The Meaning Of Love (Single) 12 MUTE 022 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 024 Life On The Line (Version II)  album cover Fad Gadget Life On The Line (Version II)(12") Mute 12 MUTE 024 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 MUTE 026 For Whom The Bells Toll  album cover Fad Gadget For Whom The Bells Toll(12") Mute 12 MUTE 026 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 NMA 10 Vengeance 1994  album cover New Model Army Vengeance 1994(12", Single) Abstract Sounds 12 NMA 10 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 POS 003 Mothmath  album cover Pressure Of Speech Mothmath(12") North South 12 POS 003 UK 1995 Sell This Version
12RAD1 Boomtown  album cover Mute Drivers Boomtown(12", Ltd) Irradiated Records, Irradiated Records 12RAD1 UK 1988 Sell This Version
12RAD2 Impossibilities  album cover Mute Drivers Impossibilities(12", Single) Irradiated Records 12RAD2 UK 1989 Sell This Version
12 RE 7 2 X 2  album cover Two 2 X 2(12") Reflex Records (9) 12 RE 7 UK 1984 Sell This Version
12 RE 8 A Room Lives In Lucy  album cover And Also The Trees A Room Lives In Lucy(12", Single) Reflex Records (9), Reflex Records (9) 12 RE 8 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 RE 9 Mummy You're A Wreck  album cover The Very Things Mummy You're A Wreck(12") Reflex Records (9) 12 RE 9 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 RE 10 The Land Of The Giants  album cover The Cravats DCL* The Land Of The Giants(12") Reflex Records (9) 12 RE 10 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 ROUGH 101 The World Won't Listen  album cover The Smiths The World Won't Listen(LP, Comp) Rough Trade, Rough Trade 12 ROUGH 101 Portugal 1987 Sell This Version
12 RT 106 Pagan Lovesong  album cover Virgin Prunes Pagan Lovesong (Single) 12 RT 106 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12-RTRADES-190 I Wish I Was Single Again  album cover The Fiery Furnaces I Wish I Was Single Again(12", W/Lbl) Rough Trade 12-RTRADES-190 UK 2004 Sell This Version
12STUMM398 Xfm X-Posure Session 17/07/2001  album cover Lift To Experience Xfm X-Posure Session 17/07/2001(12", Ltd) Mute 12STUMM398 UK 2017 Sell This Version
12XU 107-1 Charnel Ground  album cover Charnel Ground Charnel Ground(LP, Album) 12XU 12XU 107-1 US 2018 Sell This Version
12" Y 11 Stretch  album cover Maximum Joy Stretch(12") Y Records 12" Y 11 UK 1981 Sell This Version
12" Y 15 White And Green Place  album cover Maximum Joy White And Green Place (Single) 12" Y 15 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 Y 24 The Big Bean  album cover Pigbag The Big Bean (Single) 12 Y 24 UK 1982 Sell This Version
12 YAZ 001 Yazoo Don't Go (Re-Mixes) (Single) 12 YAZ 001 UK 1982 Sell This Version
15 RTL-1 Live At Ronnie Scott's  album cover Weekend With Keith Tippett Weekend With Keith Tippett - Live At Ronnie Scott's (MiniAlbum) 15 RTL-1 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
15RTL-2 Oblivious  album cover Aztec Camera Oblivious(12", Single) Rough Trade 15RTL-2 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
15RTL-3 This Charming Man  album cover The Smiths This Charming Man(12", MiniAlbum) Rough Trade 15RTL-3 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
15RTL-4 What Difference Does It Make?  album cover The Smiths What Difference Does It Make? (MiniAlbum) 15RTL-4 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
15RTL-5 Hand In Glove  album cover Sandie Shaw Hand In Glove (MiniAlbum) 15RTL-5 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
15RTL-6 Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now  album cover The Smiths Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now (MiniAlbum) 15RTL-6 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
15RTL-3009 The Boy With The Thorn In His Side  album cover The Smiths The Boy With The Thorn In His Side (MiniAlbum) 15RTL-3009 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25J-5 High Land, Hard Rain  album cover Aztec Camera High Land, Hard Rain(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 25J-5 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25J-103 The Smiths  album cover The Smiths The Smiths(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 25J-103 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-1 ... If I Die, I Die  album cover Virgin Prunes ... If I Die, I Die (Album) 25RTL-1 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25RTL-3 Radio Twelve  album cover Various Radio Twelve (Comp) 25RTL-3 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25RTL-6 The Smiths  album cover The Smiths The Smiths (Album) 25RTL-6 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-8 Viva! Zimbabwe = ビバ! ジンバブエ  album cover Various Viva! Zimbabwe = ビバ! ジンバブエ(LP, Comp) Rough Trade 25RTL-8 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-9 Perverted By Language  album cover The Fall Perverted By Language(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-9 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-10 Ndangariro = ダンガリロ  album cover Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited = トーマス・マフモ* ・アンド・ ザ・ブラックス・アンリミテッド* Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited = トーマス・マフモ* ・アンド・ ザ・ブラックス・アンリミテッド* - Ndangariro = ダンガリロ(LP, Album, Promo) Rough Trade, Earthworks 25RTL-10 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-13 Midnight Shift  album cover Dislocation Dance Midnight Shift(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-13 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-15 The Days Of Wine And Roses  album cover The Dream Syndicate The Days Of Wine And Roses (Album) 25RTL-15 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-16 Ezintabeni  album cover Amaswazi Emvelo Ezintabeni(LP, Promo) Earthworks, Rough Trade 25RTL-16 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-17 Violent Femmes  album cover Violent Femmes Violent Femmes (Album) 25RTL-17 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-18 Part Time  album cover James "Blood" Ulmer* Part Time (Album) 25RTL-18 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL19 Gravity Talks  album cover Green On Red Gravity Talks(LP, Album, Promo) Rough Trade 25RTL19 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
25RTL-20 1982-1984  album cover Robert Wyatt 1982-1984 (Comp) 25RTL-20 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-21 Hatful Of Hollow  album cover The Smiths Hatful Of Hollow(LP, Comp, Gat) Rough Trade 25RTL-21 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-22 Everybody Is Fantastic  album cover Microdisney Everybody Is Fantastic(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-22 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-3001 Meat Is Murder = ミート・イズ・マーダー  album cover The Smiths Meat Is Murder = ミート・イズ・マーダー (Album) 25RTL-3001 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3002 Slow To Fade  album cover Red Guitars Slow To Fade (Album) 25RTL-3002 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3003 Rainy Day  album cover Rainy Day Rainy Day(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3003 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-3004 Mabasa  album cover Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited Thomas Mapfumo And The Blacks Unlimited - Mabasa(LP, Album, Promo) Rough Trade, Earthworks 25RTL-3004 Zimbabwe 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3005 A Retrospective (1977-81)  album cover Vic Godard & The Subway Sect* Vic Godard & The Subway Sect* - A Retrospective (1977-81)(LP, Comp) Rough Trade 25RTL-3005 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
25RTL-3006 George Washington & The Cherry Trees  album cover Various George Washington & The Cherry Trees (Comp) 25RTL-3006 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3007 Bad Moon Rising  album cover Sonic Youth Bad Moon Rising (Album) 25RTL-3007 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3010 In Concert With The Dub Band  album cover Linton Kwesi Johnson In Concert With The Dub Band(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3010 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3011 Old Rottenhat  album cover Robert Wyatt Old Rottenhat(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3011 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3012 Straight Eight Bushwaker   album cover The Woodentops Straight Eight Bushwaker 25RTL-3012 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3013 The Clock Comes Down The Stairs  album cover Microdisney The Clock Comes Down The Stairs (Album) 25RTL-3013 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25RTL-3014 Kill Me In The Morning  album cover Float Up CP Kill Me In The Morning(LP, Album) Rough Trade 25RTL-3014 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25RTL-3015 The Queen Is Dead  album cover The Smiths The Queen Is Dead (Album) 25RTL-3015 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25RTL-3016 Giant  album cover The Woodentops Giant (Album) 25RTL-3016 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25RTL-3017 Contenders  album cover Easterhouse Contenders (Album) 25RTL-3017 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
27JC-190 Meat is Murder / The Smiths  album cover The Smiths Meat is Murder / The Smiths(CD, Album + CD, Album + Comp) Rough Trade 27JC-190 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
27JC-193 Giant / Straight Eight Bushwaker  album cover The Woodentops Giant / Straight Eight Bushwaker(2xCD, Comp) Rough Trade, Rough Trade 27JC-193 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
30RGH20508 The Queen Is Dead  album cover The Smiths The Queen Is Dead(Cass, Album) CGD, Rough Trade 30RGH20508 Italy 1986 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20697 Strangeways, Here We Come  album cover The Smiths Strangeways, Here We Come(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 30 RGH 20697 Italy 1987 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20743 Wooden Foot Cops On The Highway  album cover The Woodentops Wooden Foot Cops On The Highway(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 30 RGH 20743 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20859 Rank  album cover The Smiths Rank(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 30 RGH 20859 Italy 1988 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20898 The Smiths  album cover The Smiths The Smiths(Cass, Album) Rough Trade 30 RGH 20898 Italy 1984 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20900 Meat Is Murder   album cover The Smiths Meat Is Murder (Cass, Album) CGD, Rough Trade 30 RGH 20900 Italy 1985 Sell This Version
30 RGH 20933 Waiting For The Redbird  album cover Easterhouse Waiting For The Redbird(Cass) Rough Trade 30 RGH 20933 Italy 1989 Sell This Version

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