Dindisc

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Dindisc
Parent company Virgin Records
Founder Carol Wilson
Genre Various
Country of origin UK

Dindisc (often rendered DinDisc) was a UK record label, an imprint of Virgin Records but operated semi-independently, which issued new releases from mid-1979 through early 1982. It is no longer active, but CD reissues on Virgin still mention the label and have Dindisc catalogue numbers.

The imprint was founded and run by Carol Wilson,[1] who had previously discovered Sting and signed him to Virgin's music publishing company. Talking about the signing of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark to Dindisc, she later said: "OMD were a perfect fit for what I had in mind for DinDisc — they had a serious, artistic side with real depth, as well as a commercial, pop side. That duality was reflected in all the early DinDisc signings, like Martha and the Muffins, and then the Monochrome Set."[2]

Many of the company's sleeves were designed by the in-house designer Peter Saville. Saville had started at Factory Records, but came to Wilson's attention when she signed Factory band OMD; she had been particularly interested by Saville's thermographic paper sleeve for the Factory release of "Electricity".[2] Saville delivered the artwork for the Dindisc release of "Electricity" and asked Wilson if Dindisc needed an art director.[3] Saville and Ben Kelly won a Designers and Art Directors Award for their work on the album Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark.[4]

The label's first release (DIN-1) was "Where's The Boy For Me" by the Rezillos, released in September 1979. The label's most notable chart successes included Martha and the Muffins' "Echo Beach" (UK #5 in 1980) and several early singles by OMD, including "Enola Gay", "Souvenir", "Joan of Arc" and "Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc)" all of which hit the UK top 10 in 1980/81.

The label ceased operations after the release of Hot Gossip's "I Don't Depend On You" (DIN-39) in February 1982, after Wilson failed to obtain a shareholding.[5] The dissolution of Dindisc led to Saville and Brett Wickens establishing their own studio, Peter Saville Associates.[6]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

No. Artist Title Format Date Notes
DID-1 Martha and the Muffins Metro Music LP, cass 1980-02 [7]
DID-2 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark LP, cass 1980-02-22 Multiple sleeve colours[8]
DID-3 The Revillos Rev Up LP 1980-03 [9]
DID-4 The Monochrome Set Strange Boutique LP, cass 1980-02-19 [10][11]
DID-5 Martha and the Muffins Trance and Dance LP, cass 1980-09 [12]
DID-6 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Organisation LP, cass 1980-10-24 Initial copies with 33rpm 7"EP DEP-2[13]
DID-7 Dedringer Direct Line LP 1981 [14]
DID-8 The Monochrome Set Love Zombies LP 1980-10-17 [15]
DID-9 Nash the Slash Children of the Night LP, cass 1981 [16]
DID-10 Martha and the Muffins This Is the Ice Age LP, cass 1981 [17]
DID-11 Modern Eon Fiction Tales LP 1981 [18]
DID-12 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Architecture & Morality LP, cass 1981-11-08 Initial pressings in die-cut sleeves[19]
DID-13 Arlene Phillips' Hot Gossip Geisha Boys and Temple Girls LP 1981 Produced by Heaven 17 as the British Electric Foundation[20]
DONE-1 Various Artists Dindisc 1980 LP 1980 Initial copies with a poster-sized game[21]

Singles[edit]

No. Artist Title Format Date Notes
DIN-1 The Revillos Where's The Boy For Me? (2:00) / The Fiend (1:59) 7" 1979-09-07 [22]
DIN-2 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Electricity (3:33) / Almost (3:50) 7" 1979-09-28 Both tracks as recorded by Martin Hannett[23]
DIN-2 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Electricity (3:32) / Almost (3:40) 7" 1980-03-31 Both tracks album versions, remixed from Hannett recordings; same catalogue number, same sleeve front, different sleeve back[24]
DIN-3 Duggie Campbell Enough To Make You Mine / Steamin' 7" 1979 Produced by Sting[25]
DIN-4 Martha and the Muffins Insect Love (4:10) / Cheesies And Gum (3:05) 7" 1979-10 [26]
DIN-5 The Revillos Motor Bike Beat / No Such Luck 7" 1980 [27]
DIN-6 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Red Frame/White Light (3:15) / I Betray My Friends (3:50) 7", 12" 1980-02-01 7" and 12" identical[28][29]
DIN-7 The Brians My Brother's Famous / Brian's Sister Sue 7" 1979 Fictitious group; all members are allegedly brothers of famous musicians and celebrities, all named Brian[30]
DIN-8 Bardi Blaise Trans Siberian Express (3:40) / Competition Side 7" 1980 B-side instrumental of A-side[31]
DIN-9 Martha and the Muffins Echo Beach (3:38) / Teddy The Dink (3:32) 7" 1980-01 [32]
DIN-10 Dedringer Sunday Drivers (3:22) / We Don't Mind (3:23) 7" 1980-01 [33]
DIN-11 Dedringer Maxine / Innocent 'Til Proven Guilty // Took A Long Time / We Don't Mind (Re-recorded Version) 2×7" 1981 [34]
DIN-12 Dedringer Direct Line / She's Not Ready 7" 1981 [35]
DIN-13 Laura Warman Impossible To Love You (3:30) / Pick Up The Pieces (3:25) 7" 1981 [36]
DIN-14 The Name Forget Art Let's Dance (2:46) / Misfits 7" 1980 [37]
DIN-15 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Messages (4:01) / Taking Sides Again (4:20) 7" 1980-05-02 Rerecorded from album version[38]
DIN-15-10 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Messages (4:48) // Waiting For The Man / Taking Sides Again 10" 1980-05-02 Multiple coloured sleeves. Album version, withdrawn from sale over band objections.[39]
DIN-Z-16 The Revillos Scuba Scuba / Scuba Boy Bop 7" 1980 [40]
DIN-17 Martha and the Muffins Saigon (3:52) / Copacabana 7" 1980-05 [41]
DIN-18 The Monochrome Set The Strange Boutique (2:40) / Surfing S.W.12 (2:39) 7" 1980 [42]
DIN-19 Martha and the Muffins About Insomnia (3:10) / 1 4 6 (4:46) 7" 1980-07 [43]
DIN-Z-20 The Revillos Hungry For Love / Voodoo 2 7" 1980-08 [44]
DIN-21 Martha and the Muffins Suburban Dream / Girl Fat 7" 1980-08 [45]
DIN-22 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Enola Gay (3:36) / Annex (4:32) 7", 12" 1980-09-26 7", 12" identical tracks[46][47]
DIN-23 The Monochrome Set 405 Lines (3:00) / Goodbye Joe (2:42) 7" 1980 [48]
DIN-24 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Souvenir (3:37) // Motion & Heart (Amazon Version) (3:07) / Sacred Heart (3:27) 7" 1981-08-04 [49]
DIN-24-10 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Extended Souvenir // Motion & Heart (Amazon Version) / Sacred Heart 10" 1981-08-04 [50]
DIN-25 Carolynne Beale Lack Of Money (2:49) / Stuck On A Sad Pill (3:08) 7" 1981 [51]
DIN-26 The Monochrome Set Apocalypso (3:37) / Fiasco Bongo (3:47) 7" 1980-10-03 [52]
DIN-27 Martha and the Muffins Was Ezo / Trance And Dance 7" 1980-11 [53]
DIN-28 Nash the Slash Dead Man's Curve / Reactor No.2 7" 1981 [54]
DIN-29 Nash the Slash 19th Nervous Breakdown (3:28) / Danger Zone (4:14) 7" 1981 [55]
DIN-30 Modern Eon Euthenics / Cardinal Signs 7" 1981 [56]
DIN-31 Modern Eon Child's Play / Visionary 7" 1981 [57]
DIN-32 Martha Ladly & Scenery Club Finlandia (3:50) / Tasmania (2:59) 7" 1981-06 [58]
DIN-33 Nash the Slash Novel Romance (3:18) / In A Glass Eye (4:38) 7" 1981 [59]
DIN-34 Martha and the Muffins Women Around The World At Work (3:59) / Twenty Two In Cincinnati (4:16) 7" 1981-08 [60]
DIN-35 Modern Eon Mechanic (3:13) / Splash! (5:09) 7" 1981 [61]
DIN-36 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Joan Of Arc (3:46) / The Romance Of The Telescope (Unfinished) (3:17) 7", 12" 1981-10-09 7", 12" identical tracks. First 1000 12" in textured sleeve.[62][63]
DIN-37 Hot Gossip Criminal World / On The Road 7", 12" 1982-02 12" extended A-side 7:45[64][65]
DIN-38 Hot Gossip Soul Warfare / Soul Warfare (Instrumental) 7", 12" 1982-02 [66][67]
DIN-39 Arlene Phillips' Hot Gossip I Don't Depend on You / Depend On Us 7", 12" 1982 [68][69]
DIN-40 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Maid of Orleans (The Waltz Joan of Arc) (4:09) / Navigation (3:26) 7" 1982-01-15 [70]
DIN-40-12 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark Maid Of Orleans (The Waltz Joan Of Arc) (4:09) // Of All The Things We've Made (3:31) / Navigation (3:26) 12" 1982-01-15 [71]
DEP-1 Martha and the Muffins 1980 Tour Live EP (Indecision / Cheesies And Gum // Primal Weekend / Paint By Number Heart) 7"EP 1980-09 [9]
DEP-2 Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark The Unreleased '78 Tapes (Introducing Radios / Distance Fades Between Us // Progress / Once When I Was Six) 7"EP 1980-10 Bonus EP with DID-6 Organisation[9]

See also[edit]

Sources[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.omd-messages.co.uk/carol-wilson-interview/
  2. ^ a b Shadowplayers, p.66.
  3. ^ Shadowplayers, p.80.
  4. ^ Shadowplayers, p.99.
  5. ^ Shadowplayers, p.211.
  6. ^ Shadowplayers, p.212.
  7. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-Metro-Music/release/59814
  8. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark/release/97891
  9. ^ a b c http://m.fonorama.cz/firmy/D/Din%20Disc.htm
  10. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Monochrome-Set-Strange-Boutique/release/837270
  11. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Monochrome-Set-Strange-Boutique/release/4455170
  12. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-Trance-And-Dance/release/125815
  13. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Organisation/release/490297
  14. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dedringer-Direct-Line/release/2531474
  15. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Monochrome-Set-Love-Zombies/release/1703180
  16. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Nash-The-Slash-Children-Of-The-Night/release/141913
  17. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-This-Is-The-Ice-Age/release/98076
  18. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Modern-Eon-Fiction-Tales/release/80509
  19. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Architecture-Morality/release/150403
  20. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Arlene-Phillips-Hot-Gossip-Geisha-Boys-And-Temple-Girls/release/186211
  21. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Various-Dindisc-1980/release/1013163
  22. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Revillos-Wheres-The-Boy-For-Me/release/1523133
  23. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Electricity/release/97905
  24. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Electricity/release/522754
  25. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Duggie-Campbell-Enough-To-Make-You-Mine/release/2531427
  26. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-Insect-Love/release/186203
  27. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Revillos-Motor-Bike-Beat/release/913681
  28. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Red-FrameWhite-Light/release/186214
  29. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Red-FrameWhite-Light/release/186195
  30. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Brians-My-Famous-Brother/release/1514733
  31. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Bardi-Blaise-Trans-Siberian-Express/release/574826
  32. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-Echo-Beach/release/186224
  33. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dedringer-Sunday-Drivers/release/2531441
  34. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dedringer-Maxine/release/2531450
  35. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Dedringer-Direct-Line/release/2531454
  36. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Laura-Warman-Impossible-To-Love-You/release/1534420
  37. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Name-Forget-Art-Lets-Dance/release/1870301
  38. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Messages/release/186220
  39. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Messages/release/4383681
  40. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Revillos-Scuba-Scuba/release/1057179
  41. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-Saigon/release/186210
  42. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Monochrome-Set-The-Strange-Boutique/release/663557
  43. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-About-Insomnia/release/186221
  44. ^ http://www.45cat.com/record/din20
  45. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-Suburban-Dream/release/186207
  46. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Enola-Gay/release/99647
  47. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Enola-Gay/release/19005
  48. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Monochrome-Set-405-Lines/release/1882070
  49. ^ http://www.discogs.com/OMD-Souvenir/release/55815
  50. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Extended-Souvenir/release/81694
  51. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Carolynne-Beale-Lack-Of-Money/release/4715919
  52. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Monochrome-Set-Apocalypso-/release/441197
  53. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-Was-Ezo/release/186217
  54. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Nash-The-Slash-Dead-Mans-Curve/release/158223
  55. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Nash-The-Slash-19th-Nervous-Breakdown/release/186200
  56. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Modern-Eon-Euthenics/release/186226
  57. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Modern-Eon-Childs-Play/release/186225
  58. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-Ladly-Finlandia-Tasmania/release/186199
  59. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Nash-The-Slash-Novel-Romance/release/186209
  60. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Martha-And-The-Muffins-Women-Around-The-World-At-Work/release/186201
  61. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Modern-Eon-Mechanic/release/186197
  62. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-In-The-Dark-Joan-Of-Arc/release/97900
  63. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Orchestral-Manoeuvres-Joan-Of-Arc/release/1813543
  64. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Hot-Gossip-Criminal-World/release/2531457
  65. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Hot-Gossip-Criminal-World/release/2035553
  66. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Hot-Gossip-Soul-Warfare/release/186216
  67. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Hot-Gossip-Soul-Warfare/release/186202
  68. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Arlene-Phillips-Hot-Gossip-I-Dont-Depend-On-You/release/186215
  69. ^ http://www.discogs.com/Arlene-Phillips-Hot-Gossip-I-Dont-Depend-On-You/release/186198
  70. ^ http://www.discogs.com/OMD-Maid-Of-Orleans-The-Waltz-Joan-Of-Arc/release/5271919
  71. ^ http://www.discogs.com/OMD-Maid-Of-Orleans/release/70636