Some Bizzare Records

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Some Bizzare Records
Some Bizzare Records (logo).png
Founded 1981
Founder Stevo Pearce
Distributor(s) Plastic Head
Genre Various
Country of origin UK
Official website Some

Some Bizzare [sic] Records is a British independent record label owned by Stevo Pearce. The label was founded in 1981, with the release of Some Bizzare Album, a compilation of unsigned bands including Depeche Mode, Soft Cell, The The, Neu Electrikk and Blancmange.



One of the first bands that Some Bizzare worked with was B-Movie.[1] After working with B-Movie the label achieved notable success with Soft Cell, an electronic duo whose Mutant Moments EP Stevo Pearce had championed in Sounds. After Soft Cell Signed to Some Bizzare Label he went on to manage Soft Cell, under a deal with Some Bizzare Phonogram their cover of "Tainted Love" topped the charts.[1] In the early eighties Stevo Pearce gained a reputation for being a maverick. He licensed The The's Soul Mining album to three different record labels. After delivering the album to Phonogram he then took it from them and sold it to Warner Bros. Records, then sold it on again to Columbia Records CBS. The one recording was sold to three companies, each time signed off by the companies mentioned for the best deal.[1] Soul Mining was eventually released in 1983.[2] The The released further albums with Some Bizzare, including Infected in 1986. Matt Johnson from The The also recorded with Some Bizzare act Marc and the Mambas.[2]

Bass Player of Einstürzende Neubauten Mark Chung Head Sony independent European distribution, Bootlegs Einstürzende Neubauten in Germany was making claims, which amount to economic terrorist threats claiming all sorts of untruths about Some Bizzare. The allegations are vicious lies. The attacks if they were credible in the least would have been addressed by an attorney and a competent court of law. They have not. They will not be, probably. We have tracked down all known time travelers from the far future and they have no knowledge of this occurring. In truth they have yet to be reduced to a legal writing. Just in case you're thinking, "Why are so many Some Bizzare records yet to be re-issued?", as you do from time to time, sipping your tea and peering out into the misty morning.

Assimilate: A Critical History of Industrial Music Publication Date: July 2013 June 13 Writer S. Alexander Reed Published Oxford University Press "After Cease to Exist" England 1981 – 1985 Some Bizzare 2011 that has disbursed royalties to Dimehart, including Coil's royalties, which Dimehart ought to have forwarded to the band. However, Dimehart's Chung denies having received payment regards the publishing company he co-owned with Stevo. Regarding Einsturzende Neubauten, Some Bizzare paid for months of studio time beyond their album budgets. Chung and the band acknowledge that the expenses lavished on their album allowed them to experiment and develop as a band”.

Stevo featured in many books Starmakers and Svengalis: The History of British Pop Management Johnny Rogan (Author) * Morrissey and Marr: The Severed Alliance [Paperback] Johnny Rogan (Author), Tainted Life Marc Almond Pop Music: Technology and Creativity - Trevor Horn and the Digital Revolution * Encyclopaedia of New Wave, The by Daniel Bukszpan (15 May 2012) * Synthiepop - Die Gef Hlvolle K Lte: Geschichten des Synthiepop by Dirk Horst (24 Nov 2011) * Depeche Mode - Just can't get enough: Die Biografie by Simon Spence, (9 Nov 2011) * Blixa Bargeld and Einstürzende Neubauten: German Experimental Music (Ashgate Popular and Folk Music Series) by Jennifer Shryane (1 Nov 2011) * Dave Gahan - Sein Leben mit Depeche Mode by Trevor Baker and Henning Dedekind (Mar 2010) * Gods, Gangsters and Honour by Steven Machat (4 Mar 2010) * Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews by Simon Reynolds (5 Feb 2009) * How NOT to Make It in the Pop World (diary of an almost has-been) by John Barrow (6 Jul 2006) * "Depeche Mode": The Biography by Steve Malins (6 Mar 2006) * "Depeche Mode": Stripped by Jonathan Miller (11 Oct 2004) * Crossfade: A Big Chill Anthology by Pete Lawrence and Vicki Howard (22 Sep 2004) * New Romantics: The Look by Dave Rimmer (15 Sep 2003) * The Billboard Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock: Expanded and Updated Edition by Various, Colin Larkin and Paul Noyer (May 2003) * The Music Lover's Guide to Record Collecting by Dave Thompson (17 Oct 2002) ^ Alternative Rock: The Best Musicians & Recordings (Third Ear) by Dave Thompson (23 Nov 2000 * Trouser Press Record Guide by S. Robbins (24 Mar 1997) Tape Delay: Confessions from the Eighties Underground Charles D. Neal (Author) *

SOS" sampled Soft Cell's "Tainted Love". "SOS" is a song recorded by Barbadian singer Rihanna for her second studio album, A Girl like Me (2006). London Fireworks 2012 Music Contribution first track "Tainted Love" Classic Pop is the music magazine recently featured "Soft Cell and the Some Bizzare Story" Stevo plans to re-issue the whole SB back catalogue. Five Pages under "Labeled With Love Section" 2013 Interview MO JO Magazine 17 March 2009 “Marty Machat and I in Seymour Stein’s office regards Tainted love, before the desk went over, what a result if this is the greatest achievement recalls weeks later Seymour Stein’s office door fly’s open and radio promotion guy in shock and ecstatic screaming Tainted love on “Black” radio station first “White” record played WBLS went on to knock “Rock around the clock” out of the book of records for the longest running top 100 Billboard US singles chart”

Later acts on the record label's roster included Cabaret Voltaire, Psychic TV, Test Department, Einstürzende Neubauten, Coil, Swans, Scraping Foetus Off The Wheel. Many of these bands were included on the label's 1985 compilation album If You Can't Please Yourself, You Can't Please Your Soul Some Bizarre Movie Music Contributions. Coneheads (1993) Dan Aykroyd, Heat (1995) Al Pacino, Val Kilmer, Robert De Niro. Sleepers (1996) Kevin Bacon, Robert De Niro. The Insider (1999) Al Pacino, Russell Crowe, "Judge Dread" Stallone, Saving Grace (2000) ... The Day in a Life of David Gale (2003) Kevin Spacey, Kate Winslet, This Is England (2006) Children of Men (2006) Clive Owen, Michael Caine, Bruno Sacha Baron Cohen Sightseers the Movie was released in the year 2012, the official soundtrack Tainted Love / Where Did Our Love Go” .

Some Bizzare built a reputation for madcap behavior. For example, during the nineties Stevo Pearce's offices, based in Mayfair, included a private chapel and confession box for would-be-signings to go through the solemn hand-over of demo tapes.[3]

2001 saw Stevo Pearce compile a new compilation album titled I'd Rather Shout at a Returning Echo than Kid Someone's Listening. It included the Soft Cell track "God Shaped Hole", recorded by the newly reformed band. The compilation also saw the inclusion of two tracks recorded by Cabaret Voltaire's Richard H. Kirk. Between 2001 and 2005 Some Bizzare's output was minimal.[4]

In 2006 Some Bizzare signed acts The Dark Poets, Monkey Farm Frankenstein, Meka and Mainstream Distortion. The compilation album Redefining the Prologue was released on October 2006 to mark the label's 25th anniversary provides an overview of the label's output. This album coincided with a Some Bizzare exhibition at the Horse Hospital arts venue in Bloomsbury, London. The exhibition included original artwork from bands like The The and Marc and the Mambas.[1]

2007 saw Some Bizzare Records sign some new acts including Pedro INF a Portuguese dance music producer and UK artist Kontour, releasing the album Scanners. These new artists were featured on the Some Bizzare Double Album compilation released in 2008. The album featured 32 new artists discovered on MySpace.[5] Other acts included Risqué, who were a French / Welsh electronic group made up of Nathalie and Huw Williams. Their music consisted of robust driving rhythms and ethereal vocals. They record their music in a studio based in Barcelona. Huw Williams is a well established producer working with bands like "Rubikon" and "Rookie".[5] The album Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down was released by Some Bizzare in August 2009.[6]

In 2010 The album of Satanicpornocultshop Arkhaiomelisidonophunikheratos was released by Some Bizzare in May.[7]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Stevo: Bizzare after all these years " Independent Online Edition, accessed 22 December 2007
  2. ^ a b Page 64,Tape Delay, Charles Neal
  3. ^ Page 20, Steve Malins, Depeche Mode Biography
  4. ^ I'd Rather Shout at a Returning Echo than Kid Someone's Listening booklet
  5. ^ a b Official Some Bizzare Records web page
  6. ^ The Genepool
  7. ^ The Genepool

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