Nude Records

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Founded 1991
Founder Saul Galpern
Status Defunct
Filed for voluntary liquidation in December 2001[1][2][3]
Dissolved 2007
Distributor(s) Sony, PIAS
Genre Indie rock
Location London, England

Nude Records was a London based independent record label, set up in August 1991[4] by Saul Galpern,[5] who had previously worked with artists such as Simply Red, The Fall, Julian Cope, The Triffids, The Slits and Au Pairs.


The label's first success was with Suede, whose debut album, Suede (1993), debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart, and was the fastest-selling debut album since Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Welcome To The Pleasuredome almost ten years earlier.[6] The band went on to win the Mercury Prize that year,[7] and received five Brit Awards nominations. They had three No. 1 hits in the UK Albums Chart.[8] Other artists with chart success signed to the label included the Scottish band Geneva, who had Top 20 success with their debut album Further; Black Box Recorder who also achieved a Top 20 hit single and album with The Facts Of Life (2000); plus chart album hits for Ultrasound, Lowgold, and Billy Mackenzie.

The label had a UK distribution deal with 3mv/Vital (later Pinnacle distribution) and an international licensing arrangement with Sony, which ended in 2000, before moving to PIAS. Subsequently, the label hit financial difficulties in 2000.[9] In December 2001, the label filed for voluntary liquidation after losing their distribution deal with Sony. Another new label saving deal with Zomba fell through at the last minute.[3] The collapse of the label led to delays with Black Box Recorder's second album, Passionoia, which was not released until 2003.[10] It was believed Suede would be unaffected by the closure of the label as Nude's international partner label Sony[11] would release their next album, A New Morning.

Nude Records returned briefly in 2005 via a deal with V2 which saw the release of the compilation album, Future's Burning. It featured songs from up-and-coming British bands such as Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, The Libertines, Razorlight and others (although none of the artists had ever been signed to Nude). However, The Independent commented that it was "easily surpassed by an hour on iTunes"[12] and the label was officially dissolved in July 2007.[13]

In 2010, Galpern continued the Nude brand by establishing a management company, Nude Music Group,[14] after securing a management role with the American band, Mona.[15]


The following list features artists and bands who released music through Nude Records. The artists appear in chronological order of their first release (single or album) for the label. This list is probably incomplete. Bands from the Future's Burning compilation are not included.

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  1. ^ "One Little Indian | Labels". Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  2. ^ "The Naked Truth!". Nme.Com. 2001-12-04. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Liquidators called in at Nude Records as 11th-hour cash injection collapses. | HighBeam Business: Arrive Prepared". 2001-12-08. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  4. ^ "Filings for NUDE RECORDS LIMITED (United Kingdom) :: Page 2". OpenCorporates. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  5. ^ unconvention (2009-05-13). "About Saul Galpern « Un-convention Blog". Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  6. ^ Bella, Todd. "Interview with Brett Anderson". The Argus. 28 March 2007
  7. ^ "The London Suede". MTV. Retrieved 10 June 2009. 
  8. ^ "Suede". Chart Stats. Archived from the original on 22 July 2012. Retrieved 7 November 2008. 
  9. ^ "Lowgold | Free Music Videos, News, Photos, Interviews, Lyrics, Tour Dates, Ringtones". VH1. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  10. ^ "Interview - Black Box Recorder". Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  11. ^ "Nude Records Throws in the Towel". Excellent Online. 2001-12-04. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  12. ^ Tim Perry (2005-01-15). "Pop: Album Reviews- Various Artists "Future's Burning" (Nude Records)". The Independent. 
  13. ^ "Filings for NUDE RECORDS LIMITED (United Kingdom) :: Page 1". OpenCorporates. Retrieved 2012-05-28. 
  14. ^ "Nude Music Limited". Creditgate. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 
  15. ^ "Featured Band (8): Dubbed "Princes of Leon," Nashville-Based Mona Want To Be "Bigger Than Bono" - Indie Rock and Roll Radio - 24/7". Indie Rock and Roll Radio. 2010-12-15. Retrieved 2013-03-05. 

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