|Founder||Miles Copeland III, Stewart Copeland, Paul Mulligan|
|Status||defunct since 1988|
|Genre||Alternative rock, punk rock|
|Country of origin||United States|
Illegal Records is a record label founded by Miles Copeland III with his younger brother Stewart Copeland and the manager of The Police, Paul Mulligan in 1977. The label released The Police's debut single, Fall Out.
Copeland went on to sign more artists and start several other indie sublabels including Deptford Fun City Records, Step-Forward Records and Total Noise Records. He also launched the foreign divisions, France & Netherlands, that released some of the same titles with different catalog numbers, and some exclusive titles as well.
In 1979, after Copeland started I.R.S. Records, Illegal became its distributor in UK & Europe. It continued its operations until 1988, when it merged its operations with I.R.S.
- Deptford Fun City Records - Outlet for Deptford bands such as Alternative TV and Squeeze. Defunct since 1980.
- Step-Forward Records - Sublabel for Punk bands such as Chelsea, The Fall & The Cortinas. Defunct since 1983.
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