|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
Recreational Records was a British record label set up in 1981 by the Bristol record shop and distributor Revolver Records. Originally formed as an independent record label with its own distribution as part of the Cartel.
Revolver Records and the Cartel
Revolver Records (not to be confused with Revolver Music) was a long established record store based at The Triangle, Clifton, Bristol, and in the 1970s was a hangout of Mark Stewart, Nick Sheppard, and other local musicians. It also had a distribution arm, which allowed it to distribute its own records (under the Recreational label) and those of other Indie labels (Monopause Records, etc.) via its participation in the Cartel.
The Cartel was a co-operative record distribution organisation in the United Kingdom, set up by a number of small independent record labels to handle their distribution to record shops. By pooling their resources it allowed them to compete with the larger distribution operations of the major record labels, and also to gain access to the larger shop chains. The association of regional distributors included some of the most notable labels of the 1980s UK post-punk and indie scene: Backs (Norwich), Fast Forward (Edinburgh), Native (Sheffield), Nine Mile (Leamington Spa), Probe (Liverpool), Revolver (Bristol), Red Rhino (York) and Rough Trade (London).
- Animal Magic: Were “a brassy Bristol sextet led by vocalist Howard Purse, they swiftly developed from a punk to a hardcore dancefloor sensibility.”
- Electric Guitars: Their first single was on Fried Egg Records and they had tracks on the first Bristol Recorder, before their Recreational single. They later went on to join Stiff Records and release a further two singles.
- Ivory Coasters Afro beat/Highlife band that at one time included Prince Nico Mbarga. They also released the 12” single 'Roscoe/Kinzengi Nzengi/1Z4IC’, on Politone (PT001) in 1981.
- Mouth: After their single on Recreational, this funk band went on to release records on the Y label, including the track ‘Voyage To The Bottom Of The Sea’, on the 1982 ‘Birth Of The Y’ compilation LP.
- Scream And Dance: Tribal funk band. ‘In Rhythm’ was remixed by DJ Marcelle/Another Nice Mess and released on a German double LP, ‘Meets Her Soulmates At Faust Studio Deejay Laboratory’ in 2008.
- Talisman: A multi-racial Reggae Band who provided the labels very first single and UK Indie Chart hit (#17). Dole Age also became Single of the Week and the Record Sleeve of the Year in the NME. In 1982 as well as playing the Glastonbury Festival, they were the opening act for The Rolling Stones concert at Ashton Gate, Bristol.
- The X-Certs: Started off as a Punk Band in 1978 and recorded several tracks for Heartbeat Records, had two tracks on Bristol Recorder 2, and were including reggae by the time of their 1981 Recreational single. This was to be their last recording as they split up in early 1981.
|PLAY 1||The X-Certs||Together/Untogether||1981||7”|
|SPORT 1||Talisman||Dole Age/Free Speech||1981||7”|
|SPORT 12||Talisman||Dole Age/Free Speech||1981||12”|
|SPORT 2||Talisman||Run Come Girl/Wicked Dem||1981||7”|
|SPORT 22||Talisman||Run Come Girl/Wicked Dem||1981||12”|
|SPORT 3||Mouth||Ooh, Ah, Yeah!/Ooh?||1981||7”|
|SPORT 4||Electric Guitars||Work/Don’t Wake The Baby||1981||7”|
|SPORT 52||Animal Magic||Get It Right/Grip/Crow Black/Go Funky-Doo-Lally||1982||12”|
|SPORT 6||Ivory Coasters||Mungaka Makossa/Chavakali Charlie||1982||7”|
|SPORT 62||Ivory Coasters||Mungaka Makossa/Chavakali Charlie/The Bongo That Ate Pik Botha||1982||12”|
|SPORT 7||Scream And Dance||In Rhythm/Giacometti||1982||7”|
|SPORT 72||Scream And Dance||In Rhythm/In Pink & Black/Giacometti/Giacometti (wicked mix)||1982||12”|
|SPORT 8||Animal Magic||Standard Man/Trash That Blad!||1982||7”|
Reissues on other labels
Bristol Archive Records are currently providing Recreational back catalogue tracks for download, through the usual outlets (Amazon, iTunes, etc.).
- List of Bands from Bristol
- Culture of Bristol
- List of Record Labels from Bristol
- Bristol Record Labels
- Bristol Archive Records
- Electric Guitars
- the Cartel
- List of record labels
- "(Record industry) Distribution". Pennyroyal 3.
- Young, Rob (2006). Rough Trade. Black Dog Publishing. ISBN 1-904772-47-1.
- Cox, Paul; Fawcett, Tom (2006). DIY: The Rough Trade Story. Orion. ISBN 0-7528-5358-9.
- Reynolds, Simon (2006). Rip it Up and Start Again: Postpunk, 1978-1984. Faber & Faber. ISBN 0-571-21570-X.
- Two sessions for John Peel and two singles for Recreational Records. Contributed one track to 'Touchdown' compilation on Fontana.UK Indie Charts entry for Animal Magic
- Prince Nico Mbarga at Allmusic.com
- http://www.discogs.com/Various-Birth-Of-The-Y/release/713937 Birth Of The Y at Discogs.com
- Scream and Dance at last.fm
- DJ Marcelle mix of ‘In Rhythm’ at Discogs.com
- UK Indie Charts entry for Talisman
- Talisman Discography at Bristol Archive Records
- Recreational Records at Discogs.com
- Recreational Records at Discogs.com
- Recreational Discography in Japanese at Disc Shop Zero
- Listen to Electric Guitars at last.fm
- Electric Guitars on YouTube
- Electric Guitars at Allmusic
- Electric Guitars discography at Discogs.com
- Listen to Talisman at last.fm
- Talisman Dole Age at Glastonbury on YouTube
- Talisman biography at Bristol Archive Records
- Listen to The X-Certs at last.fm
- The X-Certs website
- The X-Certs biography at Bristol Archive Records