|Founder||Joe Sib & Bill Armstrong|
|Distributor(s)||RED, ADA, Fontana|
|Genre||Punk, ska, hardcore, folk|
|Country of origin||U.S.|
|Location||Los Angeles, California|
SideOneDummy Records is a 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.
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, rent a small office space on Melrose Avenue, and Side One Dummy Records was born.
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.
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.
2002 saw the release of Flogging Molly’s second studio album Drunken Lullabies. The album debuted at No. 104 on the Billboard Top 200 chart and No. 8 on the Billboard Top Independent albums chart. In 2009, the album was certified Gold by the RIAA in the United States.
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.
2004 saw more chart debuts. 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 2006, Side One Dummy celebrated their ten-year anniversary with three nights of performances at the Key Club in West Hollywood, CA. The lineup included Flogging Molly, The Briggs, Gogol Bordello, ZOX, 22 Jacks and MxPx. That year saw the release of 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 2008, The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band and The Gaslight Anthem joined the Side One Dummy 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.
2008 also saw the release of Flogging Molly’s fourth studio album, Float, which Debuted at No. 4 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Independent Album Chart.
2010 marked more chart activity with The Wages by The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Top Blues Album Chart and American Slang by The Gaslight Anthem debuting at No. 16 on the Billboard Top 200 and No. 1 on the Billboard Independent Album chart. In the UK, the album debuted at No. 18 and was subsequently certified Silver by the BPI. In 2011 Side One Dummy began working with The Sounds and Title Fight. The label also began releasing a series of vinyl and digital releases under the title the Complete Control Recording Sessions.
- Audra Mae
- The Briggs
- Brothers of Brazil
- Chuck Ragan
- The Dan Band
- Dusty Rhodes and the River Band
- Erik Griffin
- Go Betty Go
- The Horrible Crowes
- Trapper Schoepp and the Shades
- Nathen Maxwell & The Original Bunny Gang
- Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band
- Title Fight
- The Sounds
- We Are The Ocean (US only)
- 7 Seconds
- American Eyes
- Avoid One Thing
- Bedouin Soundclash
- Broadway Calls
- The Black Pacific
- Big D and the Kids Table
- The Casualties
- Fake Problems
- Flogging Molly
- Gogol Bordello
- The Gaslight Anthem
- Kill Your Idols
- The Mighty Mighty Bosstones
- Slick Shoes
- The Suicide Machines