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Go! Discs was a Hammersmith, London-based record label, launched in 1983 by Andy Macdonald after he left his job as Press Officer at Stiff Records. The first releases on the tiny 1 person label came from Sheffield band The Box , followed by releases from artists like Billy Bragg, The Housemartins and later The Beautiful South. Key staff contributors in the label's formative years included freelance record producer Lesley Symons, comedian Phill Jupitus and Cathal Smyth ( Madness' Chas Smash ). Go! Beat Records was launched as a subsidiary for dance artists like Beats International, Gabrielle and Portishead. In 1992 Paul Weller signed for the main Go! Discs label.
In 1996 Macdonald resigned when PolyGram acquired a majority stake in the label, and the label folded not too long afterwards. However, Go! Discs' dance offshoot Go! Beat Records continued and became a unit in the PolyGram group—and in 1999, Go! Discs was revived, although it is now in dormancy along with Go Beat.
Andy Macdonald and Independiente
After the purchase of Go! Discs by PolyGram, Andy Macdonald started Independiente Records, and continued his involvement with the recording career of Paul Weller. Independiente is also the home of Travis, Embrace, Aaliyah, So Solid Crew, Howling Bells and Malian desert blues band Tinariwen.