99 Records

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99 Records
Founded 1980
Defunct 1984
Genre Post-punk, no wave
Country of origin United States
Location Greenwich Village, New York

99 Records (pronounced Nine Nine) was an American independent record label, active from 1980-1984. The label was home to several seminal musical artists in the no wave, post-punk, post-disco and avant garde scenes in New York City.

99 was operated out of a record store with the same name, located at 99 MacDougal Street in New York's Greenwich Village, and owned by Ed Bahlman.[1] Terry Tolkin, who ran the label No.6 Records, also worked there before becoming a VP of A&R at Elektra Records.

Since its demise, the reputation of the label and that of its groups has steadily grown. 99 artist Glenn Branca rose to prominence as a composer during the 1980s, and with new popularity in post-punk and post-disco, labelmates ESG and Liquid Liquid re-formed and have been featured guests at international music festivals.[1]

The label has been cited as a major influence of The Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand, Futureheads and LCD Soundsystem.

Complete discography[edit]

  • 99-01 12" (1980) Glenn Branca - Lesson No. 1
  • 99-02 7" (1980) Bush Tetras - Too Many Creeps//Snakes Crawl/You Taste Like The Tropics (also on Fetish UK)
  • 99-03 7" (1980) Y Pants - Off The Hook/Beautiful Food//Favorite Sweater/Luego Fuego
  • 99-04 12" (1981) ESG - You're No Good/Moody/UFO//Earn It/ESG/Hey! (B side live at Hurrah 12/80)
  • 99-05 12" (1981) Vivien Goldman- Dirty Washing EP
  • 99-06 12" (1981) The Congos ("Ashanti" Roy) - At The Feast EP
  • 99-07 12" (1981) Liquid Liquid - Group Me Group//New Walk (live)/Lub Dupe (live)//Bell Head (live)/Rubbermiro
  • 99-08 12" (1981) Maximum Joy - Stretch/Silent Street/Silent Dub (licensed from UK label Y Records)
  • 99-09 12" (1981) Liquid Liquid - Successive Reflexes EP (Lock Groove (in) /Lock Groove (out)//Push/Zero/Eyes Sharp)
  • 99-001LP LP (1981) Glenn Branca - The Ascension
  • 99-002LP LP (1981) Singers & Players - War of Words (also released on On-U Sound UK)
  • 99-11EP7 7" (1981) Liquid Liquid - Bellhead//Push (extremely rare 7" 45 of re-recordings by Liquid Liquid, recorded, mixed & mastered in one day - Nov. 24, 1981. The band destroyed most copies and it was never made available, but some still exist.)
  • 99-10 12" (1982) ESG - Dance//The Beat/Moody
  • 99-11 12" (1983) Liquid Liquid - Optimo/Cavern//Scraper Out
  • 99-003LP LP (1983) ESG - Come Away With ESG
  • 99-LL1 12" (1984) Liquid Liquid - Dig We Must/Flextone/D.D.Dig We Must (Remix)

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Spear, Justin. "Punk-Funk-Adelic". Mojo, September 2006.

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