Go-Kart Records

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Go-Kart Records
Genre Punk rock
Country of origin United States
Location New York City, New York
Official website www.gokartrecords.com

Go-Kart Records is an independent record label specializing in punk rock located in New York City that was most active from 1995 to 2005. It also has a European division in Mannheim, Germany.

The label is an outspoken critic of the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), arguing that the association uses ineffective and heavy-handed business tactics and does not fulfill its claims to represent the music industry.[1] In contrast to the RIAA, the label promotes music downloads, arguing that they help consumers sample music before buying. It has released five albums and numerous single songs for free download on its webpage.

In its May 1999 issue, Guitar World magazine listed Go-Kart as one of the "twelve most influential forces in punk rock today" along with Epitaph Records, Ian MacKaye, Jello Biafra and NOFX.

The label has been referred to[by whom?] as one of the last true punk labels.

In 2003 the label released the first commercially available MP3 CdD entitled the "Go-kart MP300 Raceway." All-music called the release a, "revolution in a jewel case." [2] It contained 300 songs from 150 bands and included an MP3 player and instructions on how to burn the songs to CD.

In 2004,the company opened an office in Los Angeles and started an offshoot division to release independent films under the moniker Go-kart Films. The Los Angeles office closed in 2008.

From 2006–2007, label owner Greg Ross hosted a show entitled Radio Free Greg on Punk Radio Cast (punkradiocast.com) that was the station's most popular show and one of the most listened to shows on the Internet.

As of 2012, the label has slowed down, occasionally releasing music under the Go-Kart imprint as well as its pop-punk imprint Kid Tested Records.

Artists that appeared on Go-kart releases (full-lengths, EPs and 7"s --- does not include artists that appeared only on compilations)[edit]

46 Short
4Ft Fingers
Amazombies
Anti-Flag
Bambix
Banner Pilot
Berserk
Black Army Jacket
Black Velvet Flag
Boris The Sprinkler
Brothers Of Conquest
Buttsteak
Buzzcocks
Candy Snatchers
Canned Travolta
Capture The Flag
Conflict
Cougars
Daycare Swindlers
Doc Hopper
Down By Law
GBH
Guff
Hagfish
Hemlock
I Farm
Icons Of Filth
INDK
IRA
Jett Brando
Lunachicks
Manda And The Marbles
The Menzingers
Misery
Parasites
Pigmy Love Circus
Pinkerton Thugs
Plan A Project
Pseudo Heroes
Randy's Ripcord
RIFU
Sexpod
Shake Appeal
Sick On The Bus
Southport
Star Strangled Bastards
Stress Magnets
Sweet Diesel
Ten Foot Pole
The Control
The Meatmen
The Shocker
The Spades
The Templars
The Voluptuous Horror of Karen Black
Token Entry
Toxic Narcotic
Transmission0
Trick Babys
Two Man Advantage
Underdog
Varukers
Vision of Disorder
Weston
Wives

Artists Released on Go-kart Europe (full-lengths, EPs and 7"s --- does not include artists that appeared only on compilations)[edit]

Bambix
Dr. Norton
Duesenjaeger
Go Faster Nuns
Jupiter Jones
Malkovich
Nervous Nellie
Olehole
Rifu
The Shocker
The Very Job Agency
World/Inferno Friendship Society

Compilations Released on Go-kart Records[edit]

Brats On The Beat: Ramones for Kids
Destroy Television VHS
Double Exposure
Expose Yourself
Go-Kart vs. the Corporate Giant
Go-Kart vs. the Corporate Giant 2
Go-Kart vs. the Corporate Giant 3
Go-Kart vs. the Corporate Giant 4
NY's Hardest 3
Over Exposure
Pop Punk's Not Dead
Punk Uprisings 2
Skippy Zine/ CD
Soundtrack to Troma's Terror Firmer
Step on a Crack Vol.2
The Go-kart MP300 Raceway
Twisted TV DVD
Welcome To The Altamont Speedway 7"
Your Scene Sucks

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ An Open Letter from Go-Kart Records to the RIAA
  2. ^ Jeffries, David. "Various Artists Go-Kart MP300 Raceway". Allmusic.com. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 

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