Fringe Product

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Fringe Product
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Founded ?
Founder Ben Hoffman
Status Defunct
Genre Punk
Heavy metal
Death metal
Electronic
Industrial
Country of origin  Canada

Fringe Product (or Fringe Records) is a defunct Canadian independent record label which was owned by Ben Hoffman.[1] Genres on the label included punk, rock, metal, hardcore, death metal, industrial and electronic music. Hoffman was also proprietor of Record Peddler Distribution (specializing in UK and US imports) and The Record Peddler from the late 1970s to the year 2000.

Acts on the Fringe Product label included Dirty Rotten Imbeciles, Dayglo Abortions, Guilt Parade, Teenage Head, A Neon Rome, Breeding Ground, Sacrifice, Slaughter, Corpus Vile, Razor, Vital Sines, UIC, TBA, Sudden Impact, YouthYouthYouth, The Demics, Change of Heart, Bunchofuckingoofs and Random Killing. Fringe Product is also noteworthy for licensing bands such as Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, Butthole Surfers, Killdozer, Rapeman, Jello Biafra, Die Kreuzen, Corrosion of Conformity, Gang Green, Swans, and Black Flag for distribution in Canada via Record Peddler Distribution.

Fringe usually released albums and mini-lps in two formats at once. First on vinyl and cassette, then on CD and cassette. The first CD's came out in the winter of 1987-1988, but they were re-releases of big sellers like Forward to Termination. The last vinyl was the Disciples of Power Powertrap LP, which was released at the beginning of April 1990.

Obscenity Charges[edit]

In 1988, obscenity charges were laid against Fringe Product and Record Peddler, on the basis of their distribution of two albums by Dayglo Abortions. It was the first time that the Canadian obscenity laws, established in 1959, were used against a record label. A jury cleared the companies of the charges in a trial in November 1990.[2][3]

Catalogue[edit]

  • FPS 1701 Dead Kennedys-Too Drunk to Fuck
  • FPE 3002 Dead Kennedys-In God We Trust, Inc.
  • FPL 3003 Diodes-Survivors
  • FPS 1704 Dead Kennedys-Bleed For Me
  • FPS 1705/3005 TBA-Love Across the Nation
  • 3006 D.O.A.-War On 45
  • 3008 Dead Kennedys-Plastic Surgery Disasters
  • 3009 UK/DK soundtrack
  • 3010 Youth Youth Youth-Sin
  • 3011 Breeding Ground-Reunion
  • 3012 Sacred Cowboys-S/T
  • 3013 Black Flag-My War
  • 3014 Alien Sex Fiend-Who's Been Sleeping...
  • 3015 BYO Compilation-Something to Believe in
  • 3016 Black Flag-Slip It In
  • 3017 Hüsker Dü-New Day Rising
  • 3018 Dead Kennedys-Frankenchrist
  • 3019 Sudden Impact-No Rest From The Wicked
  • 3020 Sacrifice-Torment In Fire
  • 3021 Dayglo Abortions-Feed Us A Fetus
  • 3022 Breeding Ground-Tales of Adventure
  • FPL 3023 Corrosion of Conformity-Animosity
  • FPL 3024 Dirty Rotten Imbeciles-Dealing With It
  • FPS 1725 Slaughter-Nocturnal Hell
  • FPL 3026 Onslaught-Power From Hell
  • FPL 3027 Raw Power-After Your Brain
  • FPL 3028 Slaughter-Strappado
  • 3029 Vital Sines-Big Dark Dreams
  • 3030 Dead Kennedys-Bedtime For Democracy
  • 3031 UIC-Our Garage
  • FPE 3032 Death Sentence-Not a Pretty Sight
  • 3033 Andrew Cash-Sticks and Stones
  • FPL 3034 Bad Brains I against I
  • 1735 The Fuse-Happy Now I Know
  • 3036 Dirty Rotten Imbeciles-Crossover
  • 3037 Corrosion of Conformity -Technocracy
  • 3038 Change of Heart-Slowdrive
  • 3039 Fuzztones-Live in Europe
  • 3040 Flamin' Groovies-One Night Stand
  • 3041 Suicidal Tendencies-Join The Army
  • 3042 Razor-Custom Killing
  • 3043 GBH-No Need to Panic
  • 3044 A Neon Rome-A New Heroin
  • 3045 Vital Sines Collage
  • 3046 Dead Kennedys-Give Me Convenience...
  • 3047 Sacrifice-Forward to Termination
  • 3048 Hype-Burned
  • ??49 (?)
  • 3050 Jello Biafra-No More Cocoons
  • 3051 M.O.D.-USA For MOD
  • 3052 Dissection-Final Genocide
  • 3053 Dayglo Abortions-Here Today, Guano...
  • 3054 Death Sentence-Stop Killing Me
  • 3055 Swans-Children of God
  • 3056 Sudden Impact-Split Personality
  • ??58 (?)
  • 3059 Gang Green-You Got It
  • 3060 Paradox-Product of Imagination
  • ??61 (?)
  • 3062 Razor-Violent Restitution
  • ??63 (?)
  • 3064 Teenage Head-Electric Guitar
  • ??65 (?)
  • ??66 (?)
  • 3067 Dag Nasty-Field Day
  • 3068 Dirty Rotten Imbeciles-DRI
  • ??69 (?)
  • ??70 (?)
  • ??71 (?)
  • 3072 Mallet Head-S/T
  • 3073 Rollins Band-Do It
  • ??74 (?)
  • ??75 (?)
  • ??76 (?)
  • 1777 Dave Rave-Pure Money
  • ??78 (?)
  • 3079 Corpus Vile-What Does it Take
  • ??80 (?)
  • 3081 Lard-The Power of Lard
  • ??82 (?)
  • 1783 Death Sentence-Danger Zone/I.W.A.W.F.T.
  • 1784 Teenage Head-Everybody Needs Somebody
  • 3085 Guilt Parade-Coprophobia
  • ??86 (?)
  • ??87 (?)
  • 3088 Breeding Ground-Obscurity and Flair
  • 3089 Rise-Joy
  • 3090 Youth Youth Youth-Repackaged
  • ??91 (?)
  • 3092 Rollins Band-Hard Volume
  • 3093 Disciples of Power-Powertrap
  • 3094 Razor-Shotgun Justice
  • ??95 (?)
  • 3096 Sacrifice-Soldiers of Misfortune
  • 3097 Terminal City Ricochet soundtrack
  • 3098 Jello Biafra/DOA-Last Scream of the missing neighbors
  • 3099 Dogs With Jobs-Shock
  • 3100 Phaedra-Jesus Lives In Vegas
  • ??01 (?)
  • 3102 Swamp Baby-Swamp Baby
  • 3103 Lard-The Last Temptation of Reid
  • ??04 (?)
  • 3105 Heretics-Mass Hysteria
  • 3106 MAD-Taboo of the Western World
  • ??07 (?)
  • 3108 DHI-Chemical Land
  • 3109 Swinghammer-Pomo-A-Go-Go
  • 3110 DHI-Machine Altar Transmission
  • ??11 (?)
  • 3112 Rocktopus-Sleestak Attack
  • 3113 dayglo Abortions-Two Dogs Fucking
  • 3114 Razor-Open Hostility
  • 3115 Bunchofuckingoofs-Carnival of Chaos...
  • 3116 Northern Vultures-Tabernak hardcore
  • 3117 Disciples of Power-Ominous Prophesy
  • 3118 Splatterpunk-This Infinite God
  • ??19 (?)
  • ??20 (?)
  • 3121 Scott B. Sympathy-Drinking With The Past
  • ??22 (?)
  • 3123 Dogs With Jobs-Payday
  • 3124 DHI-Bitter Alloys
  • 3125 A Touch of Fringe compilation
  • 3126 DHI-Pressures Collide
  • ??27 (?)
  • 3128 The Organization-S/T
  • 3129 Slash Puppet-EP
  • ??30 (?)
  • 3131 Demics-Talk's Cheap
  • 3132 Breeding Ground-Revisited
  • 3133 Razor-Exhumed
  • 3134 The Sound of Zero and One compilation
  • ??35 (?)
  • 3136 Raggadeth-The Family Worship
  • ??37-(?)
  • ??38-(?)
  • ??39-(?)
  • ??40-(?)
  • ??41-(?)
  • ??42-(?)
  • ??43-(?)
  • ??44-(?
  • ??45-(?)
  • ??46
  • ??47
  • ??48
  • ??49
  • ??50
  • ??51
  • 3052 Virus 100

12"s begin with 30, 7"s with 17 FPS-singles/12" FPE-EP's FPL-LPs FPC-cassettes FPD-CD

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Footnotes[edit]

Citations[edit]

  1. ^ Payne, Elizabeth (November 9, 1990). "Punk rock recordings not obscene, jury decides", Toronto Star, p. A1.
  2. ^ (November 10, 1990). "Record firms, rights groups laud obscenity case ruling: Impact on music industry, criminal laws still in doubt", Canadian Press. Reprinted in The Globe and Mail, p. C13.
  3. ^ Reuters (9 November 1990). "Record Company Found Not Guilty of Obscenity". latimes.com. Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 30 January 2011.  p. 10