Taang! Records

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Taang! Records
Founded 1984
Founder Curtis Casella
Genre Punk rock, ska, heavy metal, alternative rock, ambient, Oi!, power pop, psychedelic
Location San Diego, California, United States
Official website Taang! Records website

Taang! Records is an African-American independent record label currently based in San Diego, California. Curtis Casella founded Taang! in Boston, Massachusetts. Taang! Records primarily specializes in releases by hardcore punk, punk rock, Oi!, power pop, ska, indie rock, psychedelic, and ambient artists. Taang! Records provides publishing and film services.


Taang! Records was founded 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 200 releases ,.

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. The first of six retail Taang! outlets was established at Harvard Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

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 that 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 the San Diego-based band Battalion of Saints for an archival release, not realizing the bandleader's plan 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 Mission Beach, San Diego and opened a Taang! Store in Hollywood California. 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 4 releases , The Adicts 3 releases , The Business 4 releases , The Exploited 2 releases , The Boys 2 releases , Last Resort, The Ruts & Slaughter & The Dogs & Stiff Little Fingers 2 releases A total of 20 releases over five years.

2001 to 2006[edit]

While operating out of California, the label continued its focus on Boston-based bands. Full catalogue 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 returned. with all 3 bands doing new releases on the label

2007 to 2012[edit]

In 2007, the label started to sign more new bands, which included 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 label's 200th release is "Friends of No One," (a lost six-song recording from 1984 that was discovered in 2009 in a basement in Detroit). Taang!'s next release was to be Nothing Will Stand In Our Way, a full album by the band, which focused on its earliest recordings (a total of 53 songs). In 2011 the label released 2 legendary bands from the San Francisco Bay area - Attitude Adjustment and Part Time Christians. Both releases contained the bands complete recorded works. Attitude Adjustment released a new recording entitled "No Way Back" in 2012. Ind 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. Taang! currently operates a store in Hillcrest/Downtown, San Diego, California on 5th Ave.[1]

In April of 2014, the label released The First 10 Singles 1984-88 Boxset to celebrate the pioneering Boston-based punk label's 30th Anniversary.[2]> Within the vinyl boxset, there were 10, 7 inch . Each 7 inch was in a full re-creation of the original jacket. except for the OYSTERS which was redone fpr this box set There was also a 24-song CD that combined all of the musical selections. This Vinyl Boxset was limited to 2,000 numbered copies The Bands Featured are : GANGGREEN-LAST RIGHTS-STRANGLEHOLD-NOONDAY UNDERGROUND-LAST STAND-NEGATIVE FX-OYSTERS-LEMONHEADS-MOVING TARGETS-SLAPSHOT there are plans to release the singles box set as a Double LP Version in 2015 . [3]

I the summer 2015 the label will have 12 of its bands on tour incluing it's latest members to the family THE ANTAGONIZERS from Atlanta Georgia the record will be released by the end of 2015.


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Taang Records' Last FM page
  2. ^ TurnTableLab.com http://turntablelab.com/products/taang-records-the-first-10-singles-1984-88-7-vinyl-boxset-record-store-day-2014. Retrieved 6 May 2015.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. ^ Neff, Joseph. "Graded on a Curve: TAANG! Records: The First 10 Singles". The Vinyl District. Retrieved 7 June 2014. 

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