Fat Wreck Chords

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Fat Wreck Chords
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Founded 1990
Founder Michael Burkett
Distributor(s) Fontana (US), RED (US), ADA (US), PIAS (Europe), eOne Music (Worldwide)
Genre Punk rock
Country of origin U.S.
Location San Francisco, California
Official website http://www.fatwreck.com/

Fat Wreck Chords (pronounced as if spelled "Fat Records", /fæt ˈrɛkɜrdz/) is a San Francisco, California-based independent record label, focused on punk rock. It was started by Fat Mike (lead singer and bassist of the punk rock band NOFX) and his wife at the time, Erin, in 1990.

They have released material for bands such as his own, NOFX, Good Riddance, Descendents, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, The Loved Ones, Screeching Weasel, Propagandhi, Rise Against, Lagwagon, Strung Out, No Use for a Name, Less Than Jake, Against Me! and Anti-Flag.

One somewhat uncommon and defining characteristic of Fat Wreck Chords is that they only sign one-record deals with bands. This allows the bands working with Fat Wreck Chords to have a choice as to if and when they want to put a record out on the label.[1] In some cases, bands have released albums on Fat Wreck Chords but also on other labels. Many bands on this label participated in the campaign Punkvoter, which was started by Fat Mike and attempted to encourage the youth in the U.S. to vote in the 2004 U.S. presidential election for John Kerry and against George W. Bush.

The label has never been a member of the Recording Industry Association of America as indicated on the frequently asked questions portion of the label's website:

"Are we a member? Not only no, but FUCK NO! We spent three years having our label's name (which was misspelled) removed from their members list. A year went by, then our name showed up again on their fucking list! Who are these sonsabitches [sic]?! Needless to say, we're in the process of having our name removed again, but they aren't being too cooperative."[2]


Imprints[edit]

The label has had two subsidiaries over the years, Honest Don's and Pink & Black. Honest Don's released records from Chixdiggit and Teen Idols amongst others, while Pink & Black released albums from female-fronted bands like Fabulous Disaster and Dance Hall Crashers.

Fat Mike also advanced $50,000 to Chris Hannah and Jord Samolesky of Propagandhi which he recouped within months from sales of Propagandhi records to help them start up their own label, G7 Welcoming Committee,[3] though G7WC is independent from Fat Wreck.

Compilation albums[edit]

See also: Fat Music

Fat Wreck Chords regularly releases compilation albums, often to promote bands signed to the label, but also, since 2003, to raise funds for various charities. The earliest Fat Wreck Chords compilations all have titles with some reference to fatness:

Shortly after Fat Music Volume IV was released, Fat Wreck Chords released a similarly titled album, Short Music for Short People, which features 101 songs, all averaging approximately 30 seconds. The shortest song ("Short Attention Span" by the Fizzy Bangers) is only eight seconds, and the longest ("Out of Hand" by Bad Religion) is 40 seconds. Some of the songs were commissioned and recorded specifically for the album, while others were from the bands' pre-existing repertoires.

Since the last Fat Music album has been released, the Fat Wreck Chords compilations have been explicitly for charitable causes. Liberation: Songs to Benefit PETA is a benefit album for the animal rights organization PETA, and PROTECT: A Benefit for the National Association to Protect Children is a benefit album for the children's rights group PROTECT. Between Liberation and PROTECT, two other compilation albums were released in protest of President George W. Bush and his administration: Rock Against Bush, Vol. 1 and Vol. 2.

To celebrate 20 years of business Fat Wreck Chords released the 3-disc Wrecktrospective compilation on December 8, 2009. Disc 1 is composed of the label's greatest hits, disc 2 is composed of unreleased demos and rarities, and disc 3 is composed the Fat Club 7" series in its entirety.[4]

Album series[edit]

Live in a Dive[edit]

Live in a Dive is a series of live albums recorded by Fat Wreck Chords.[5] In order of release:

Title Artist Release date
Live in a Dive No Use for a Name September 11, 2001
Live in a Dive Bracket February 26, 2002
Live in a Dive Sick of It All August 13, 2002
Live in a Dive Strung Out June 22, 2003
Live in a Dive Subhumans February 10, 2004
Live in a Dive Swingin' Utters June 29, 2004
Live in a Dive Lagwagon February 8, 2005

Fat Club Series[edit]

Main article: Fat Club

In addition to the Live in a Dive series, Fat Wreck Chords also released the Fat Club series of 7" vinyl records during 2001. The series was only available to mail-order subscribers which received one single every month. Fat Wreck Chords did not publish any information on the upcoming releases so subscribers would not know what they were about to receive until the record arrived in the post.

Although the Fat club series was limited to 1,300 copies for each single, the songs contained on the records were later released as the third disc of the Wrecktrospective collection. The following 7" singles were released:

Catalog Band Release date
FAT201 The Real McKenzies January 2001
FAT202 American Steel February 2001
FAT203 Strike Anywhere March 2001
FAT204 Randy April 2001
FAT205 The Vandals May 2001
FAT206 Enemy You June 2001
FAT207 Swingin' Utters July 2001
FAT208 MXPX August 2001
FAT209 NOFX September 2001
FAT210 Strung Out October 2001
FAT211 The Lawrence Arms November 2001
FAT212 One Man Army December 2001

Artists[edit]

Current bands[edit]

Former bands[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ BBC Jan-16-2003: Fat Mike on The Lock Up - NOFX Wiki
  2. ^ http://www.fatwreck.com/community/faq
  3. ^ Robertshaw, Steven (2005-10-13). "NOFX: The State of Punk to Come". Alternative Press Magazine. Archived from the original on 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2008-02-26. 
  4. ^ "Records: Fat Wreck Chords". Fatwreck.com. 2009-12-08. Retrieved 2012-10-17. 
  5. ^ Fat Wreck Chords: "Live in a Dive"

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