Electric Honey (label)
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|Parent company||Glasgow Kelvin College|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Official website||Electric Honey|
Electric Honey, founded in 1992, is Glasgow Kelvin College's in-house record label run by Ken McCluskey (The Bluebells), Douglas MacIntyre (Creeping Bent) and formerly Alan Rankine (The Associates) along with students from the HNC/D Music Business course. The label is celebrating its 25th year in 2017 with many events including the release of the debut album "Any Joy" from Scottish six piece indie rock band; "Pronto Mama."
The label was described by Uncut magazine as being "The most successful student-run label in the world", thanks to the history of artists having releases with the imprint, including Belle & Sebastian, Snow Patrol and Biffy Clyro.
Affiliate labels were also run under Electric Honey for a period of time. Gdansk, which released electronic based artists and Root 8 which specialized in world music.
The label was founded by staff at Stow College with the idea of creating a platform for students in the HNC/D Music Business course, to gain the experience of working first hand with record company operations, while also having a hand in the creation of a thriving music scene within Scotland by releasing local artists. The first release was in 1993 with Baby Chaos, later known as Deckard, and their Buzz EP. Baby Chaos would then go on to receive considerable recognition from their releases with their 1996 album Love Your Self Abuse, being named one of Kerrang!'s 100 Greatest British Rock Albums Ever. The 1995 release of The Moondials, featured Stevie Jackson on guitar, who would go on to join Belle & Sebastian alongside Stuart Murdoch later that year.
Electric Honey's first success came with the release of the label's first album release in 1996, Belle & Sebastian's Tigermilk, named after a track originally written for, but left out from, the album. Formed by Stuart Murdoch and Stuart David, later joined with Stevie Jackson, Belle & Sebastian formed in Glasgow in early 1996, recording their first demos in Stow College. Murdoch was involved early on with the University of Glasgow's Subcity Radio. Originally limited to 1000 copies on Electric Honey, the album was picked up by Jeepster Records who re-released it in 1999, and is now often cited as a classic influential album, with "The State I Am In" being placed at number 17 on Pitchfork Media's top 200 tracks of the 1990s. Belle and Sebastian recently played a special gig at Winfield House- the London residence of the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom.
Originally called Polarbear, Snow Patrol are the most successful of Electric Honey's signings having sold ten million albums worldwide. The band formed in Glasgow while front-man Gary Lightbody worked in the Glasgow venue Nice 'n' Sleazys. Starfighter Pilot came five years before their big selling album Final Straw, and featured Belle & Sebastian's Stuart Murdoch on piano and backing vocals.
Biffy Clyro were signed to the label while they were students at Stow College. In 2000, they released their debut EP Thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow through Electric Honey, featuring the tracks "57" and "Justboy". Both tracks reappeared on the band's debut album release, Blackened Sky, through Beggars Banquet Records.
|Baby Chaos||1993||Buzz EP|
|Eight Miles High||1993||Go Single|
|The Moondials||1995||Can You See? Single|
|Belle and Sebastian||1996||Tigermilk Album|
|Polar Bear (Snow Patrol)||1997||Starfighter Pilot Single|
|Flow||1998||I Can Love You Single|
|Rob (Rayon) Alexandra||1999||Crystal Ball Single|
|Biffy Clyro||2000||Thekidswhopoptodaywillrocktomorrow EP|
|Pupkin||2001||Morning Light EP|
|Policechief||2002||Coup De Grace Single|
|Odeon Beatclub||2003||Behind My Eyes Single|
|Poor Old Ben||2004||Another Day EP|
|How to Swim||2006||The Little Orgasm EP|
|Various Artists||2007||Thank you for being you Album|
|Wake The President||2007||Sorry for clothes Single
Mail Alice Single
|State Broadcasters||2008||The Ship and the Iceberg Album
Let's Male T-shirts Single
|Je Suis Animal||2008||Fortune Map Single|
|The Kingfishers||2008||Make Me Sad Single|
|Woodenbox with a Fistful of Fivers||2010||Home and the Wildhunt Album
Besides The point Single
|White Heath||2010||7.38am Single
Take No Thought for Tomorrow'
|French Wives||2011||Numbers Single
Dream of the Inbetween
|Miniature Dinosaurs||2011||Fight or Flight Single|
|Young Aviators||2012||The Question Is? Single
|Alex Hynes||2013||Slow Your Breath EP|
|Harry and the Hendersons||2013||Give Me Proof Single|
|Schnarff Schnarff||2014||Schnarff Schnarff EP|
|Apache Sun||2015||Apache Sun EP|
|Finn Le Marinel||2015||Love is Waves EP|
|Yacouba Sissoko||2015||Ti Mangala Ki Album|
|Be Charlotte||2016||Discover Single|
|Sunshine Social||2016||Reduce to Dust Album|
|The Claramassa||2016||Being Alive EP|
|Pronto Mama||2017||Arabesque Single|
- Lato 001 (2003)
- Lato 002 (2004)
- Lato 003
- Lato 004
- Lato 005 (2006)
- Mellow Sub Machine - Los Machinos Mellos (2005)
- Mungo's Hi-Fi
- Lee Patterson
- Red Road Global Music Collective
- Roddy Hart
- Welcome (2005)
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- "Kerrang! - 100 British albums by the readers". Muzieklijstjes.nl. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
- "Tigermilk". Belle and Sebastian. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
- "Staff Lists: The Top 200 Tracks of the 1990s: 20-01 | Features". Pitchfork. 2010-09-03. Retrieved 2013-03-02.
- "Final Straw | Get Snow Patrol". Getsnowpatrol.wordpress.com. 2003-08-04. Retrieved 2013-03-02.