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

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. Formerly independent, the label is now owned by Polydor, a subsidiary of Universal Music Group.[1]


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, Ian Brown, Snow Patrol, The Maccabees, Kate Nash, Athlete, Elbow, White Lies, Yuksek, Spector and Filthy Dukes.

Fiction has also released records by The God Machine, Stephen Fretwell, Jacknife Lee, Delays, Alberta Cross, Guillemots and Yeah Yeah Yeahs.

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

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