Heyday Records

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Heyday Records
Logo of Heyday Records
Founded 1988 (1988)
Founder Pat Thomas
Distributor(s) Rough Trade Records
Country of origin U.S.
Location San Francisco
Official website www.heyday.com

Heyday Records is an independent record label founded in 1988 by Pat Thomas.[1] Rolling Stone has called Heyday "one of the ten most adventurous small labels in the world."[2]

The label, later run by Ron Gompertz and Robert Rankin Walker, has released music of various genres over the course of its existence.[3] Some of the early artists that helped Heyday evolve were Steven Roback of Rain Parade, Jack Waterson of Green on Red, Barbara Manning, Miles Corbin of the Aqua Velvets, and label founder Pat Thomas as a recording artist.[4]

Over the years, Heyday has released works by artists such as Roback's Viva Saturn, Penelope Houston (of The Avengers), Chris Von Sneidern, Club Foot Orchestra, Connie Champagne, Buck Naked and the Bare Bottom Boys, The Dave and Deke Combo (featuring Deke Dickerson), Baby Snufkin, The Aquamen, and Aqua Velvets.[2] The label's artists also include Marty Willson-Piper, Tommy Tutone, David J. (of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets) and Jay Aston.[3][5] The label's releases in 2014 included albums by Noctorum (featuring Marty Willson-Piper of The Church), Gino and the Lone Gunmen, and The Forty Nineteens.[5]

Heyday Records continues to operate as an arm of Heyday Events, a company based in Southern California which stages special events, including provision of audio, video, lighting, and stage rentals for concerts and festivals, fashion shows, car shows, and movie nights.[6]


  1. ^ Thomas, Pat. "A&R Labels". Archived from the original on 2015-12-01. 
  2. ^ a b Tudor, Silke (March 4, 1998). "Riff Raff: Another Roll in the Hey". SF Weekly. San Francisco. Archived from the original on 2015-09-19. 
  3. ^ a b Walker, Robert Rankin. "Heyday Celebrates 26 Years". Heyday Records. Archived from the original on March 25, 2015. 
  4. ^ Laurence, Alexander (February 19, 2012). "Pat Thomas Interview: Remembering the Golden Age of SF Indie". The Portable Infinite. Archived from the original on 2015-12-01. 
  5. ^ a b "The Record Label". Heyday Records. Archived from the original on 2015-02-14. 
  6. ^ "Heyday Events". Archived from the original on 2016-01-20.