Taang! Records

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Taang! Records
Founded 1984
Founder Curtis Casella
Genre Punk rock Ska Metal Alternative Ambient Oi Power Pop Psychedelic
Location San Diego, California, United States
Official website Taang! Records website

Taang! Records is an American independent record label founded by Curtis Casella in Boston, Massachusetts, currently based in San Diego. Taang! specializes mainly in releases by hardcore punk, punk rock, oi, power pop, ska, indie rock, psychedelic, and ambient artists.

History[edit]

Taang! Records started in 1984 as a singles-only label for bands in the Boston area. Today its roster contains more than 210 releases, in formats ranging from vinyl to DVD. The label's roster is internationally distributed and has over 100 releases in circulation and 200 releases available digitally. Taang! also incorporates retail outlets direct as well as merchandise, publishing and film.

1984 to 1993[edit]

Curtis Casella (a native Bostonian) started Taang! Records by signing Boston-area bands such as Gang Green, Last Rights, Negative FX, Stranglehold, Last Stand and Kilslug. The label's first full-length release was Negative FX's self-titled album, which was recorded in 1982. Taang! also ran a store in Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts (the first of six retail outlets). The current store is in Hillcrest/Downtown, San Diego, California on 5th Ave.[1]

In 1986, Taang! released five vinyl titles: Burning in Water by Moving Targets, Back on the Map by Slapshot, Another Wasted Night by Gang Green, the 7-inch Mine Caroline by The Oysters, and a bonus 7-inch by The Lemonheads. Gang Green's Another Wasted Night spawned three videos which received MTV play, and their non-stop tour propelled their release to upwards of 30,000 units. The label achieved wide airplay on college radio stations with releases from The Lemonheads and Bullet LaVolta. Taang! went on to sign more diverse acts, such as Poison Idea, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Swirlies and Spacemen 3.

In 1992, Casella decided to produce San Diego-based band Battalion of Saints for an archival release, not realizing the band leader's plans to reform the band. By this time, Casella was dividing his time between Los Angeles and Boston. The label operated out of Boston for two more years before Casella moved its headquarters to San Diego on Mission Beach. A Taang! store opened in Hollywood. Shortly after moving to San Diego, Taang! released two albums by local ska band Buck-O-Nine and put them on tour with Stiff Little Fingers.

1994 to 2000[edit]

In the mid to late 1990s, there were no new signings, as the label focused mainly on archival releases by bands such as Cock Sparrer, The Adicts, The Business, The Exploited, The Boys, Last Resort, The Ruts & Slaughter & The Dogs for a total of 15 releases over five years.

2001 to 2006[edit]

While operating out of California, the label continued its focus on Boston-based bands. Full catalgoue releases from the PROLETARIAT, BRUISERS & The F.U.S . Bands such as Gang Green, Slapshot and Poison Idea, who previously left Taang! for other labels, had returned.

2007 to 2012[edit]

In 2007, the label started to sign more new bands, including Everybody Out! (featuring Rick Barton of Dropkick Murphys) Bill Close from The Freeze & Sweeney Todd from The Dead Pets as well as Southern California's Evacuate (led by Mike Virus of Cheap Sex and The Virus), who released their debut in 2009. TAANG! released a DVD from CHEAP SEX from San Diego

The most recent addition to the label is NEGATIVE APPROACH : marking The labels 200th release is titled "Friends of No One" (a lost six-song recording from 1984 that was discovered in 2009 in a basement in Detroit). The next release will be Nothing Will Stand In Our Way, a full album by the band that focuses on their earliest recordings ( total of 53 songs ) In 2011 the label released 2 legendary bands from the bay area (san Francisco ) Atttiude Adjustment & Part Time Christians both releases will contain the bands complete recorded works . Attitude Adjustment will be releasing a new recording titled "No Way Back" in 2012 In 2012 SLAPSHOT & GANGGREEN recorded new songs & both bands released music digitally as well as vinyl editions

2013 to present[edit]

In 2013, the label announced plans to release a series of more than 50 vinyl records from its catalogue over the span of four years. Titles include "Second Coming" from Battalion of Saints, "Cruising For A Bruising" from Bruisers, "Brotherhood" from D.Y.S., "Mob Mentality" from Dropkick Murphys, "Kill For Christ" from F.U.'s, "Another Wasted Night" from Gang Green, "Is This My World" from Jerry's Kids, "Answer The Call" from Kilslug, "Hate Your Friends" from Lemonheads, "More Noise & Other Disturbances" from Mighty Mighty Bosstones, "Olde Tyme Hardcore" from Slapshot, and "Blondertongueaudiobaton" from Swirlies. The label also announced a series of DVDs to be released by Slapshot, Lemonheads, Kilslug, Oysters, and Gang Green.

In April of 2014, the label released a box set of the first 10 titles in the series, in 7-inch vinyl and CD formats. It was limited to 2,000 numbered copies.[2]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Taang Records' Last FM page
  2. ^ Neff, Joseph. "Graded on a Curve: TAANG! Records: The First 10 Singles". The Vinyl District. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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