SideOneDummy Records

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SideOneDummy Records
Sideonedummy Records logo.png
Founded 1995
Founder Joe Sib & Bill Armstrong
Distributor(s) ADA
Genre Alternative, Punk
Country of origin U.S.
Location Los Angeles, California
Official website [2]

SideOneDummy Records is an independent record label based in Los Angeles, CA. Founded in 1995 by Bill Armstrong and Joe Sib, the label began as a way for the two to help release music from their friends' bands. Over the last 19 years, SideOneDummy has blossomed into a leading alternative/punk label, launching the careers of iconic bands like The Gaslight Anthem, Flogging Molly, Gogol Bordello, Title Fight and many more.



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, and rented a small office space on Melrose Avenue and thus SideOneDummy Records was born.[1]

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.

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.[2] In 2009, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA in the United States.[3] 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.[4]

SideOneDummy Records and Atticus Clothing, which was founded by Blink-182 members Mark Hoppus and Tom DeLonge entered into a partnership in 2002.[5] 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.[6] 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 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 released a series of vinyl and digital recordings under the title the Complete Control Recording Sessions.[citation needed]

In 2013, the label released its first comedy album from Erik Griffin.[7]

Today, SideOneDummy has a burgeoning roster of up and coming bands like PUP, Restorations, Violent Soho, Andrew Jackson Jihad, JAWS, The Smith Street Band, Chuck Ragan, The Lees Of Memory and more.


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  1. ^ "Billboard". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  2. ^ "Drunken Lullabies - Flogging Molly - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  3. ^ [1][dead link]
  4. ^ "A Jackknife to a Swan - The Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  5. ^ "Atticus: Dragging the Lake - Various Artists - Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards - AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  6. ^ "SideOneDummy 10th anniversary shows". Retrieved 19 September 2014. 
  7. ^ . Retrieved 16 January 2013.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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