Probe Plus

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Probe Plus is a record label based in Liverpool, England. It was founded by Geoff Davies, an enthusiastic promoter of small, unsigned bands, who describes the label as "Music to drive you to drink".[1]

The label was started in May 1981, its first release being the self-titled debut EP by Ex Post Facto.[1] For years the label was based in an office above the Probe shop in Rainford Gardens. Due to a change in building ownership both the shop and label were forced to move and Davies set up office in his house. After marrying Anne in 1999, they moved house and he continues to run the label from there.

Probe Plus has a number of bands to their name including Kelso, Dead Poppies and Marlowe. In 1990, the label released "Colours", the first single by No-Man, who later signed to One Little Indian and Epic/Sony.

The label is perhaps best known for Half Man Half Biscuit, who have been signed to the label since 1985. Davies signed the group on the basis of a tape they gave to him, saying "I thought that if the tape was half as good as the titles then I'd want to record this group".[1] The band's debut album sold over 50,000 copies, enabling Davies to plough money back into the label.[1]

Probe Plus were later home to a number of Welsh bands, including Fflaps who released a Welsh-language album on the label.[1]

Many of the label's releases are produced by Davies and Sam Davis under the pseudonym 'The Bald Brothers'.[1]

Probe Plus artists[edit]

Probe Plus have released records by artists including: [1]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g De Burgh, Simon (1991) 'Probe Plus Records', Spiral Scratch, Issue 12, July 1991

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