Postcard Records

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Postcard Records is a Glasgow-based independent record label founded by Alan Horne in 1979, as a vehicle for Orange Juice and Josef K releases. The label's motto was "The Sound of Young Scotland", a parody/tribute to the Motown motto; its logo featured a cartoon cat beating a drum. Although short-lived, Postcard was to prove a key influence on the C81 and the later C86 indie-pop movements.

The label's first release was Orange Juice's, Falling and Laughing, which was jointly financed by Horne and band members Edwyn Collins and bassist David McClymont, and was released in the spring of 1980.[1] The label went on to sign such bands as Aztec Camera and The Go-Betweens, before winding down in 1981 shortly after Orange Juice left to sign a major deal with Polydor. Horne resuscitated Postcard in 1992, releasing various new albums and retrospectives until 1995.


Year Artist Title Type UK Indie Chart Position Catalogue ref
April 1980 Orange Juice "Falling and Laughing" Single #48 80 1
September 1980 Orange Juice "Blue Boy" Single #15 80 2
September 1980 Josef K "Radio Drill Time" Single #15 80 3
November 1980 The Go-Betweens "I Need Two Heads" Single 80 4
December 1980 Josef K "It's Kinda Funny" Single #12 80 5
December 1980 Orange Juice "Simply Thrilled Honey" Single #5 80 6
March 1981 Orange Juice "Poor Old Soul" Single #5 81 2
April 1981 Aztec Camera "Just Like Gold" Single #10 81 3
1981 Josef K "Sorry For Laughing" Single 81 4
May 1981 Josef K "Chance Meeting" Single #5 81 5
1981 Orange Juice "Wan Light" (assigned serial number but never issued) Single 81 6
July 1981 Josef K "The Only Fun In Town" Album #3 81 7
August 1981 Aztec Camera "Mattress Of Wire" Single #8 81 8

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  1. ^ Reynolds, S. (2005) Rip It And Start Again: Post-Punk 1978-1984, page 353, (London: Faber and Faber); ISBN 0-571-21570-X

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