Agit-Prop Records

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This article refers to the United Kingdom based record label and should not be confused with Agitprop! Records.

Agit-Prop Records was an independent record label founded in 1985 by the members of the then-peace punk band Chumbawamba.

History[edit]

Before starting the label, Chumbawamba had distributed their records and tapes using the Sky and Trees label. As well as releasing their own recordings, Agit-Prop also put out a number of records by other groups.

Agit-Prop was run in co-op form adhering to anarchist philosophy.

Agit-Prop released its last album, Shhh, in 1992. Chumbawamba felt it was too much work to maintain a band and a label. Band member Alice Nutter adds:

We realised long ago while still running Agit-Prop that we were existing within a capitalist system, and belonging to a small but pure indie ghetto wasn't going to have any effect other than making us feel holy.[1] The label was disbanded, and Chumbawamba signed onto One Little Indian Records.

Name[edit]

The term "agit prop" originates from the Soviet Union's Department for Agitation and Propaganda.

Discography[edit]

Original UK release dates for vinyl records given. Some of the following may have been re-issued in CD format.
(For full Chumbawamba discography see main Chumbawamba discography)

  • AGIT 1 - Chumbawamba, "Revolution" EP (1985)
  • AGIT 2 - Chumbawamba & A State of Mind, "We Are The World?" EP (Agit-Matter Records, 1986)
  • AGIT 3 - Chumbawamba, "Smash Clause 28!/Fight the Alton Bill" Single (1988)
  • AGIT 4 - Credit to the Nation, "Pay the Price" EP (1991)
  • AGIT 5 - Chumbawamba, "I Never Gave Up" Single (1992)
  • AGIT 666 - Chumbawamba, "Behave" Single (1992)
  • AGIT 8 - Papa Brittle, "Status Quo / Global intensified Nationalism" EP (1992)
  • PROP 1 - Chumbawamba, Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records (1986)
  • PROP 2 - Chumbawamba, Never Mind the Ballots (1987)
  • PROP 3 - Chumbawamba, English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 (1988)
  • PROP 4 - Sportchestra!, 101 Songs About Sport (1988)
  • PROP 5 - Bassa Bassa, Bassa Bassa (1991)
  • PROP 7 - Chumbawamba, Slap! (1990)
  • PROP 8 - Thatcher on Acid, Frank (1990)
  • PROP 9 - Chumbawamba, First Two (1992) (compilation of Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records and Never Mind the Ballots)
  • PROP 11 - Chumbawamba, Shhh (1992)
  • PROP 12 - Papa Brittle, Obey, Consume, Marry And Reproduce (1992)

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