Fiction Records

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Fiction Records
Fiction Records Logo 2015
Parent company Polydor, a Universal Music Group company
Founded 1978 (re-started 2004)
Genre Post-punk, alternative rock
Country of origin United Kingdom
Official website fictionrecords.co.uk

Fiction Records is a British label founded by Chris Parry in 1978 that is best known for being the home of The Cure for over 20 years. Fiction became a standalone label (still owned by Universal, but no longer affiliated to Polydor Ltd) in January 2014. Fiction repertoire is now released internationally through Caroline International (ex-North America).[1][1]

History[edit]

Fiction Records was founded in 1978 by Chris Parry. In the early 1990s the label was bought by Polydor where it lay effectively dormant for a decade apart from the occasional Cure release.[1] In 1992 the imprint achieved its first #1 record in The Cure's album Wish, which reached the top of the charts in the United Kingdom.

In January 2004 Joe Munns, Paul Smernicki and Beastman decided to revive Fiction to "give Polydor a bit more of a guitar stronghold", as their roster then consisted mostly of pop acts. The first release on the "new" Fiction was the Snow Patrol single "Run",[1] which entered the UK chart at #5. The subsequent Snow Patrol album Final Straw has since gone on to sell over 2 million copies worldwide.

The current Fiction stable includes Crystal Castles, Tame Impala, Death From Above 1979, The Maccabees, Spector, HEALTH, Mini Mansions, Fryars, Kate Boy, Meanwhile, Palace and Kaiser Chiefs.

Fiction has also released records by The God Machine, The Naked And Famous, Kate Nash, Athlete, White Lies, Yuksek, Stephen Fretwell, Ian Brown, Jacknife Lee, Delays, Alberta Cross, Guillemots and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Interview with Jim Chancellor, A&R Fiction/Universal UK". HitQuarters. 26 October 2005. Retrieved 2009-10-20. 

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