|Distributor(s)||Lookout Records (In the US)|
|Genre||Mostly punk rock and alternative rock|
|Country of origin||US|
Larry Livermore and David Hayes formed the label in 1987. From the start, Lookout released punk rock records, but over time expanded its scope to include various types of pop rock, reggae fusion, acoustic rock, pop punk, and indie rock. Former Lookout bands that have since achieved major label success include Green Day and The Donnas.
Lookout became famous for releasing albums that featured a very distinctive pop punk sound including bands such as Screeching Weasel, The Mr T Experience, The Queers, Crimpshrine, Green Day, Sweet Baby, Squirtgun, The Wanna-Bes and others.
Eventually, a number of Lookout recording artists ended their dealings with the label, rescinding their master rights from the label and re-issuing albums on other labels. These bands cited various reasons including non-renewal of licensing agreements, distribution problems, and breach of contract over unpaid royalties. Among the bands that took their masters from Lookout and reissued them on other labels were Screeching Weasel (on Asian Man, then Recess Records), Avail (on Jade Tree), Pansy Division (on Alternative Tentacles), Blatz and Filth (on Alternative Tentacles), The Dollyrots (on Blackheart Records), The Riverdales (on Asian Man), The Queers (on Asian Man), The Lillingtons (on Red Scare Industries), Enemy You (also on Red Scare), and The Groovie Ghoulies (on Springman Records). On August 1, 2005, Green Day became the biggest former Lookout act to rescind their masters from the label, forcing Lookout to lay off its staff and halt new releases for the remainder of the year. Operation Ivy rescinded their masters on May 4, 2006 and their album was reissued on Hellcat Records in November 2007.
In 2005, Green Day pulled its catalog from Lookout! Records over complaints about not getting paid back royalties for their first two albums, 1990′s ’39/Smooth’ and 1992′s ‘Kerplunk’. Due to their exiting, it provided the most damaging towards the label.
On September 13, 2009 Larry Livermore commented on the name of the label on his blog, noting that the name is often erroneously spelled with an exclamation point.
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- "Lookout Loses Operation Ivy". Aversion.com. 2006-05-04. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
- "That Damned Exclamation Point". Larrylivermore.blogspot.com. 2009-09-13. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
- Hicks, J. Rush Jr. (2000). "Should a Record Company Be Alarmed When an Artist Files for Bankruptcy?". MEIEA Journal (Meiea.org) 1 (1): 84–117. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
- Chris Appelgren (2012-01-16). "Hard to say goodbye". Lookout Records official blog. Retrieved 2012-06-23.
- "Alkaline Trio - Hell Yes 7" Vinyl". Lookout Records official website. Retrieved 2010-02-03.
- The official Lookout site
- Lookout! Records publishing catalog at MusicBrainz
- Harvilla, Rob. "Kerplunk: The rise and fall of the Lookout Records empire.", East Bay Express, September 14, 2005. Accessed April 20, 2008.