Chiswick Records

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Chiswick Records
FounderTed Carroll
Roger Armstrong
Country of originUnited Kingdom
LocationLondon, England

Chiswick Records was a British independent record label. Established in 1975, Chiswick was the "first true 'indie' label to be established in Britain for nearly a decade".[1] The label has been described as "significant" in the "punk era".[2] It released some of the earliest records recorded by The Hammersmith Gorillas, The Count Bishops, Motörhead,[3] Joe Strummer’s The 101ers, The Damned, Skrewdriver, Billy Bragg, Kirsty MacColl, and Shane MacGowan.


The label was started by Ted Carroll and Roger Armstrong in 1975 as a subsidiary of Rock On Records. Shortly after Trevor Churchill joined, it was incorporated into Swift Records Ltd. Two years later it entered into a licensing deal with EMI. Subsidiary Ace Records was started in 1978, and Chiswick Records closed in 1983; its back catalogue is still owned by Ace Records Ltd.[4]

The label released a number of sampler compilation albums showcasing their bands. These included Submarine Tracks & Fool's Gold (Chiswick Chartbusters Volume One) (1977) and Long Shots, Dead Certs And Odds On Favourites (Chiswick Chartbusters Volume Two) (1978).

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  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (2000). Alternative Rock. San Francisco: Miller Freeman Books. p. 748. ISBN 9780879306076.
  2. ^ Joynson, Vernon (2001). Up Yours! A Guide to UK Punk, New Wave & Early Post Punk. Wolverhampton: Borderline Publications. p. 11. ISBN 1-899855-13-0.;
  3. ^ "Anchor deal for Chiswick Distribution" (PDF). Music Week. 2 July 1977. pp. 1, 4. Retrieved 8 August 2022. Chiswick Records has finalised a two-and-a-half year pressing and distribution agreement with Anchor, just in time to handle this week's release of a limited edition 12-inch single from Motorhead.
  4. ^ "'It's about the desire to disseminate the knowledge, to turn people on to interesting records'". Archived from the original on 11 August 2019.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u "The Chiswick Story". Ace Records. Archived from the original on 23 April 2013. Retrieved 8 August 2022.
  6. ^ "Edith Nylon". Discogs. Retrieved 7 January 2020.

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