SideOneDummy Records

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SideOneDummy Records
Sideonedummy Records logo.png
Founded 1995
Founder Joe Sib & Bill Armstrong
Distributor(s) ADA, Fontana
Genre Punk, ska, hardcore, folk
Country of origin U.S.
Location Los Angeles, California
Official website

SideOneDummy Records is an American, Los Angeles-based, independent record label whose roster focuses mostly on punk and related genres. Founded in 1995 by Joe Sib and Bill Armstrong, who continue to run it today. The label has built a reputation for its diverse roster of artists ranging from third wave ska to Celtic punk to Country blues. In 2011, the label started The Complete Control Sessions a series of live recordings by punk bands.[1]



SideOneDummy Records started in 1995 when roommates Bill Armstrong and Joe Sib were both looking to start their own separate record labels. Instead they decided to pool their money together, about $5,000 each renting a small office space on Melrose Avenue and thus Side One Dummy Records was born.[2]

Early releases consisted of compilations featuring punk and ska bands; How To Start A Fight and Steady Sounds from the Underground, a compilation of early recordings from the Swingin' Utters, More Scared as well as releases from co-founder Joe Sib’s band 22 Jacks.

In 1998 SideOneDummy teamed up with Kevin Lyman to release an annual compilation CD featuring acts from the Warped Tour. The 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006 editions have been certified Gold in the US by the RIAA. The 2003 compilation debuted at No. 21 on the Billboard Top 200 and at No. 1 on the Billboard independent album chart. The highest chart position for the Warped Tour Compilation series occurred in 2004 when the album debuted at No. 8 on the Billboard Top 200 and at No. 1 on the Billboard Independent album chart.

In 1999 the label added three veteran acts to the roster: 7 Seconds, Suicidal Tendencies and Royal Crown Revue.


On March 7, 2000 the label released the first studio album from Flogging Molly, Swagger. In 2001, the label added New York hardcore veterans Kill Your Idols and street punk band The Casualties to the roster.

Flogging Molly’s second studio album, Drunken Lullabies was released in 2002. The album debuted at No. 104 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Top Independent albums chart.[3] In 2009, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA in the United States.[4] In 2002 The Mighty Mighty Bosstones signed to SideOneDummy and released A Jackknife to a Swan. The album debuted at No. 131 on the Billboard Top 200.[5]

SideOneDummy Records and Atticus Clothing, which was founded by Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge entered into a partnership in 2002.[6] The partnership produced three compilations, Atticus:...Dragging the Lake, Atticus:...Dragging the Lake Vol. 2, and Atticus:...Dragging the Lake Vol. 3. In 2003, Atticus:...Dragging the Lake Vol. 2 debuted at No. 51 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Independent Albums Chart.

In 2004, The Casualties' On the Front Line debuted at No. 7 on the Billboard Heatseakers Chart and Flogging Molly’s third studio album Within a Mile of Home debuted at No. 20 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Independent album chart.

In 2005, the label began working with Gogol Bordello, Bedouin Soundclash, MxPx and The Dan Band.

SideOneDummy celebrated their ten-year anniversary in 2006 with three nights of performances at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California. The lineup included Flogging Molly, The Briggs, Gogol Bordello, ZOX, 22 Jacks and MxPx.[7] Also in 2006, the label released Flogging Molly’s DVD/album Whiskey on a Sunday (album). In 2008, the release was certified Platinum in the US by the RIAA for long form video.

In 2007 Chuck Ragan of Big D and the Kids Table and Hot Water Music joined the label's roster.

In 2008, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and The Gaslight Anthem joined the SideOneDummy Roster. The Gaslight Anthem release, The ’59 Sound, debuted at No. 70 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 7 on the Billboard Independent album chart. The album was certified Silver in the UK by British Phonographic Industry. Flogging Molly’s fourth studio album, Float was also released in 2008 and the release debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart.

In 2009 and 2010, SideOneDummy began working with Fake Problems, Anti-Flag, Audra Mae, Jesse Malin and The Black Pacific.


Further chart activity occurred in 2010, with The Wages by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band debuting at number 2 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart. The Gaslight Anthem's American Slang debuting at number 16 on the Billboard Top 200 and number 1 on the Billboard Independent Album chart. In the UK, American Slang debuted at number 18 and was eventually certified "silver" by the BPI.[citation needed]

In 2011 SideOneDummy began working with The Sounds and Title Fight. During the same year, the label also began releasing a series of vinyl and digital releases under the title the Complete Control Recording Sessions.[citation needed]

In late June 2014 New Noise Magazine reported that Hungry Ghost, the third album by Australian band Violent Soho had reached the sixth position on the Australian album chart. The band had signed with SideOneDummy for a September 2014 release of the album in the US.[8]


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  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ "Billboard". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ "Drunken Lullabies - Flogging Molly - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  4. ^ [2][dead link]
  5. ^ "A Jackknife to a Swan - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "Atticus: Dragging the Lake - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  7. ^ "SideOneDummy 10th anniversary shows". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  8. ^ Shrum (24 June 2014). "Australia’s Violent Soho Signs To SideOneDummy Records". New Noise Magazine. New Noise Magazine, LLC. Retrieved 10 July 2014. 

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