their very first single in 1976, Nick Lowe’s Heart Of The City/So it Goes,
to its debt ridden demise in 1986, Stiff Records discovered, nurtured and
promoted a succession of seminal acts, including Ian Dury, Elvis Costello,
Madness, Kirsty MacColl, Devo and The Pogues.
It wasn’t Britain’s first independent record company, but it was
undoubtedly something of a trailblazer, exerting an over-riding influence on
the dozens of DIY set-ups (such as Factory and Mute) that emerged in its wake
during the punk and new wave musical revolution of the mid-late 70s.
label was reactivated in the 21st century, issuing great records by
the likes of Chris Difford and Wreckless Eric and Amy Rigby, which nicely
complimented the treasures of the glory years - such as the very first punk
single (The Damned’s New Rose), Number One smashes like House Of Fun
by Madness and curiosities like Max Wall’s highly amusing England’s Glory.