Food Records

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Food Records
Parent company EMI (1994-2000)
Founded 1984
Founder David Balfe, Andy Ross
Defunct 2000 (folded into Parlophone)
Distributor(s) Rough Trade
Country of origin United Kingdom

Food Records was a record label set up in 1984 by David Balfe, who later took on Andy Ross as his partner. Originally formed as an independent record label with distribution going through Rough Trade Distribution, Food also licenced acts though WEA Records, before becoming closely associated with the EMI group's Parlophone label. EMI invested in the label and then in 1994 EMI gained complete control and folded it into Parlophone in 2000.

Artists[edit]

Food was sold to EMI by David Balfe in 1994. Andy Ross continued running Food as a sub-label of EMI, where it was the record label of Blur, Idlewild, Jesus Jones, Dubstar, The Supernaturals, Octopus and Grass Show.

Releases[edit]

The Food catalogue lists the following releases under the FOOD catalog number (12 inch vinyl singles have an added T after the number):

Singles[edit]

Cat No. Artist Title Date Configuration
FOOD 1 Brilliant "Soul Murder" June 1984
FOOD 2 The Woodentops "Plenty" July 1984
FOOD 3 Brilliant "Wait For It" October 1984
FOOD 4 Zodiac Mindwarp "Wild Child" May 1985
FOOD 5 Brilliant "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" September 1985
FOOD 6 Brilliant "Love Is War" February 1986
FOOD 7 Brilliant "Somebody" July 1986
FOOD 8 Brilliant "The End Of The World" 1986
FOOD 9 Voice of the Beehive "Just A City" March 1987
FOOD 10 Crazyhead "Baby Turpentine" July 1987
FOOD 11 Diesel Park West "When The Hoodoo Comes" July 1987
FOOD 12 Crazyhead "Time Has Taken Its Toll On You" July 1988
FOOD 14 Crazyhead "Rags" September 1988
FOOD 14 Crazyhead Have Love Will Travel EP February 1989
FOOD 15 Diesel Park West "Jackie's Still Sad" 1988
FOOD 17 Diesel Park West "All The Myths On Sunday" January 1989
FOOD 18 Jesus Jones "Info Freako" February 1989
FOOD 19 Diesel Park West "Like Princes Do" April 1989
FOOD 20 Diesel Park West Hoodoo EP August 1989
FOOD 21 Jesus Jones "Never Enough" July 1989
FOOD 22 Jesus Jones "Bring It On Down" September 1989
FOOD 23 Various The Food Christmas EP December 1989
FOOD 24 Jesus Jones "Real Real Real" 12 June 1990
FOOD 25 Jesus Jones "Right Here, Right Now" 11 September 1990
FOOD 26 Blur "She's So High" October 1990 CD, MC, 7", 12"
FOOD 27 Jesus Jones "International Bright Young Thing" January 1991
FOOD 28 Jesus Jones "Who? Where? Why?" February 1991
FOOD 29 Blur "There's No Other Way" April 1991 CD, MC, 2x12"
FOOD 30 Jesus Jones "Right Here, Right Now" (Reissue) July 1991
FOOD 31 Blur "Bang" July 1991 CD, MC, 7", 12"
FOOD 33 Sensitize "Maniac" 1991
FOOD 34 Various Food X-Mas Party 1991 1991 Cassette promo
FOOD 35 Diesel Park West "Fall To Love" January 1992
FOOD 36 Diesel Park West "Boy On Top Of The News" March 1992
FOOD 37 Blur "Popscene" March 1992 CD, MC, 7", 12"
FOOD 38 Sensitize "Falling Through" 1992
FOOD 39 Diesel Park West "God Only Knows" September 1992
FOOD 40 Blur "For Tomorrow" April 1993 2xCD, MC, 12"
FOOD 41 Jesus Jones "The Devil You Know" December 1992
FOOD 42 Jesus Jones "The Right Decision" April 1993
FOOD 44 Jesus Jones "Zeroes and Ones" July 1993
FOOD 45 Blur "Chemical World" June 1993 2xCD, Red 7", 12" w/ Print
FOOD 46 Blur "Sunday Sunday" September 1993 2xCD, Yellow 7", 12" w/ Print
FOOD 47 Blur "Girls & Boys" March 1994 2xCD, MC, Numbered 7"
FOOD 48 Skyscraper "Man Made Hell" 1994
FOOD 49 Strangelove "Time For The Rest Of Your Life" 17 June 1994
FOOD 50 Blur "To the End" May 1994 2xCD, MC, 12"
FOOD 51 Shampoo "Trouble" 1994
FOOD 53 Blur "Parklife" August 1994 2xCD, MC, 12" Poster Pack
FOOD 54 Shampoo "Viva La Megababes" 30 Sepetmber 1994
FOOD 55 Strangelove "Is There A Place?" 1994
FOOD 56 Blur "End of a Century" November 1994 CD, MC, Numbered 7"
FOOD 57 Blur "This Is A Low" 1995 Promo CD
FOOD 58 Shampoo "Delicious" 3 February 1995
FOOD 60 Dubstar An Introduction To 1995 Sampler CD
FOOD 61 Dubstar "Stars" 23 June 1995
FOOD 63 Blur "Country House" August 1995 2xCD, MC, 7"
FOOD 66 Shampoo "Trouble" 21 July 1995
FOOD 67 Dubstar "Anywhere" 15 September 1995
FOOD 68 Octopus "Magazine" March 1996
FOOD 69 Blur "The Universal" November 1995 2xCD, MC
FOOD 70 Strangelove "Living With The Human Machines" 4 April 1996
FOOD 71 Dubstar "Not So Manic Now" 7 December 1995
FOOD 73 Blur "Stereotypes" February 1996 CD, MC, Pink Gatefold 7"
FOOD 75 Dubstar "Stars" (Reissue) 22 March 1996
FOOD 76 Shampoo "Girl Power" 28 June 1996
FOOD 77 Blur "Charmless Man" April 1996 CD, MC, Gatefold 7"
FOOD 78 Octopus "Your Smile" June 1996
FOOD 79 The Supernaturals "Smile" 5 July 1996
FOOD 80 Dubstar "Elevator Song" 19 July 1996
FOOD 81 Strangelove "Beautiful Alone" June 1996
FOOD 82 Strangelove "Sway" 5 August 1996
FOOD 83 Shampoo "I Know What Boys Like" 6 September 1996
FOOD 84 Octopus "Saved" September 1996
FOOD 85 The Supernaturals "Lazy Lover" 7 October 1996
FOOD 86 Grass~Show "Out Of The Void" 12 October 1996
FOOD 87 Octopus "Jealousy" November 1996
FOOD 88 The Supernaturals "The Day Before Yesterday's Man" 20 January 1997
FOOD 89 Blur "Beetlebum" January 1997 2xCD, Red 7"
FOOD 90 Grass~Show "1962" 17 February 1997
FOOD 91 Octopus "Adrenalina" 1996 1-track promo CD
FOOD 92 The Supernaturals "Smile" (Reissue) 7 April 1997
FOOD 93 Blur "Song 2" April 1997 2xCD, Purple 7"
FOOD 94 Grass~Show "Freak Show" 19 May 1997
FOOD 95 Jesus Jones "The Next Big Thing" 30 May 1997
FOOD 96 Dubstar "No More Talk" 9 June 1997
FOOD 97 Strangelove "The Greatest Show On Earth" July 1997
FOOD 98 Blur "On Your Own" June 1997 2xCD, White 7"
FOOD 99 The Supernaturals "Love Has Passed Away" 27 June 1997
FOOD 102 Jesus Jones "Chemical #1" August 1997
FOOD 103 Grass~Show "Out Of The Void" (Reissue) 11 August 1997
FOOD 104 Dubstar "Cathedral Park" 1 September 1997
FOOD 105 Strangelove "Freak" October 1997
FOOD 106 The Supernaturals "Prepare To Land" 10 October 1997
FOOD 107 Blur "M.O.R." September 1997 CD, MC, Orange 7"
FOOD 108 Dubstar "I Will Be Your Girlfriend" March 1998
FOOD 109 Blur "Death Of A Party" December 1997 CD promo
FOOD 110 Strangelove "Another Night In" 6 February 1998
FOOD 111 Idlewild "A Film for the Future" April 1998 CD, 7"
FOOD 112 The Supernaturals "I Wasn't Built To Get Up" 1998
FOOD 113 Idlewild "Everyone Says You're So Fragile" July 1998 CD, 7"
FOOD 114 Idlewild "I'm a Message" October 1998 2xCD, 7"
FOOD 115 The Supernaturals "Sheffield Song" 20 July 1998
FOOD 116 Idlewild "When I Argue I See Shapes" February 1999 2xCD, 7"
FOOD 117 Blur "Tender" February 1999 2xCD, MC, Blue 7"
FOOD 118 Liz Horsman "Heavy High" 12 April 1999
FOOD 119 The Supernaturals "Everest" 1999
FOOD 120 Blur "Bugman" May 1999 CD promo
FOOD 121 Liz Horsman "Just Thinking" 7 June 1999 CD promo
FOOD 122 Blur "Coffee & TV" June 1999 2xCD
FOOD 123 Blur "No Distance Left to Run" November 1999 2xCD, MC, DVD
FOOD 124 Idlewild "Little Discourage" September 1999 2xCD, 7"
FOOD 125 Fungus "Rebel" 4 October 1999
FOOD 126 Fungus "A Fanclub Would Be Nice" March 2000
FOOD 127 Idlewild "Actually It's Darkness" March 2000 2xCD, 7"
FOOD 128 Dubstar "I (Friday Night)" 24 April 2000
FOOD 130 Fungus "Real Me" 22 May 2000
FOOD 131 The Supernaturals "Smile" 2000 CD promo
FOOD 132 Idlewild "These Wooden Ideas" June 2000 2xCD, 7"
FOOD 133 Dubstar "The Self Same Thing" August 2000
FOOD 134 Idlewild "Roseability" October 2000 2xCD, 7"
FOOD 135 Blur "Music Is My Radar" October 2000 2xCD, MC, 12"
FOOD 136 Tenner Last Chance EP 13 November 2000
FOOD 137 Matthew Jay "Let Your Shoulder Fall" March 2001
FOOD 138 Matthew Jay "Please Don't Send Me Away" June 2001

Albums[edit]

Cat No. Artist Title Date
BITE 1 Various Artists Imminent Episode One 1985
BITE TWO Various Artists Imminent Two 1986
BITE THREE Various Artists Imminent Three 1986
BITE FOUR Various Artists Imminent 4 1986
BITE FIVE Various Artists Imminent 5 1987
FOOD LP 1 Crazyhead Desert Orchid 3 October 1988
FOOD LP 3 Jesus Jones Liquidizer October 1989
FOOD LP 5 Jesus Jones Doubt 29 January 1991
FOOD LP 6 Blur Leisure 26 August 1991
FOOD LP 8 Jesus Jones Perverse February 1993
FOOD LP 9 Blur Modern Life Is Rubbish 10 May 1993
FOOD LP 10 Blur Parklife 25 April 1994
FOOD LP 11 Strangelove Time For The Rest Of Your Life August 1994
FOOD LP 12 Shampoo We Are Shampoo 20 October 1994
FOOD LP 13 Dubstar Disgraceful October 1995
FOOD LP 14 Blur The Great Escape 11 September 1995
FOOD LP 15 Strangelove Love And Other Demons 17 June 1996
FOOD LP 18 Octopus From A To B 16 September 1996
FOOD LP 19 Blur Blur 10 February 1997
FOOD LP 20 Grass~Show Something Smells Good In Stinkville 6 June 1997
FOOD LP 21 The Supernaturals It Doesn't Matter Anymore 5 May 1997
FOOD LP 22 Jesus Jones Already 9 June 1997
FOOD LP 23 Dubstar Goodbye 22 September 1997
FOOD LP 24 Strangelove Strangelove 6 October 1997
FOOD LP 28 Idlewild Hope Is Important 19 October 1998
FOOD LP 29 Blur 13 22 March 1999
FOOD LP 30 Dubstar Make It Better 28 August 2000
FOOD LP 31 Fungus Rookie Season 5 June 2000
FOOD LP 32 Idlewild 100 Broken Windows 9 May 2000
FOOD LP 33 Blur Blur: The Best Of 30 October 2000
FOOD LP 34 Matthew Jay Draw 9 April 2001

The Food Christmas EP[edit]

The Food Christmas EP
EP by Various
Released December 1989
Recorded 1989
Genre Indie-rock
Length 11:27
Label Food
Producer Mike Edwards, Rick Wilson, John Butler

In December 1989, Food Records released The Food Christmas EP (FOOD 23) that featured Food artists covering each other's songs. Crazyhead covered Diesel Park West's "Like Princes Do", Jesus Jones covered Crazyhead's "I Don't Want That Kind Of Love" and Diesel Park West covered Jesus Jones' "Info-Freako". The EP was released on CD, 7" vinyl, 12" and a limited gatefold sleeve 12" vinyl.

The EP charted at #63 on the UK Singles Chart.[1]

Track listing (7" and 12")
  1. "I Don't Want That Kind Of Love" (Reverb) – 4:10 performed by Jesus Jones
  2. "Like Princes Do" (John Butler) – 3:25 performed by Crazyhead
  3. "Info Freako" (Mike Edwards) – 3:52 performed by Diesel Park West
    • CD versions reverse the track order to begin with "Info Freako".
Credits
  • Mike Edwards - producer ("I Don't Want That Kind Of Love")
  • Rick Wilson - producer ("Like Princes Do" and "Info Freako")
  • John Butler - producer ("Info Freako")

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Official Charts Company - Food Christmas EP". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2015-07-04.