Necessary Records

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Necessary Records
Founded 2 September 2002
Founder Warren J. Clarke
Status Active
Genre Rock
Country of origin United Kingdom
Location London
Official website Necessary Records

Necessary Records is a record label based in the UK, founded by Warren Clarke, a former A&R executive at London Records and Edel, in 2003.[1] Clarke describes that the label was born out of a creative necessity. "It's an outlet for records that should and must be heard. An outlet for artists that deserve to and will, touch the widest possible audience."[2]

It is most notable for being the record label of English indie rock band Hard-Fi[3][4] and Welsh band, Dirty Goods.[5][6] The label was responsible for the release of Hard Fi's debut album, Stars of CCTV,[7][8] before the label secured a two album worldwide licensing deal with Atlantic,[9] which saw the album re-released in the UK and subsequently nominated for a Mercury Prize and two Brit Awards.[8][10] The album also peaked at #1 in the UK albums chart in January 2006, reaching sales of 1.2 million copies worldwide,[8][11] with over 830,000 in the UK alone.[12] The band's second album, Once Upon a Time in the West, released by Necessary/Atlantic, also reached #1 on the UK album charts.[12] The band's third album, Killer Sounds, released by Necessary/Atlantic went to #9 on the UK album charts.[13]

Necessary also have a publishing[14] and management company.

Artist roster[edit]

  • NIGHTS // (formerly Dirty Goods)
  • Distophia
  • Hard-Fi
  • Maupa

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Sexton, Paul (6 August 2005). "UK finds Hard-Fi hard to beat". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. p. 36. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  2. ^ "Why Necessary?". Necessary Records. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  3. ^ "Hard-Fi interview". BBC. 4 November 2005. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  4. ^ Jones, Stephen (31 May 2011). "Hard-Fi back after three years". Music Week. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "Dirty Goods". The Miniature Music Press. Archived from the original on 20 October 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2012. 
  6. ^ "Catching up with Dirty Goods". Border magazine. 14 July 2010. Archived from the original on 24 December 2011. Retrieved 8 February 2012. 
  7. ^ Ryan, Gary (31 January 2006). "Hard-Fi to hit city". City Life. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  8. ^ a b c Mackenzie, Wilson. "Hard-Fi : Biography". Allmusic. All Media Guide (Rovi). Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  9. ^ Sexton, Paul (18 March 2006). "Hard-Fi looks to 'Cash' in". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. p. 54. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  10. ^ Youngs, Ian (4 September 2005). "Hard-Fi battle to beat Mercury odds". BBC. Retrieved 5 January 2010. 
  11. ^ Petridis, Alex (31 August 2007). "Hard-Fi, Once Upon a Time in the West". The Guardian. Guardian News and Media. Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  12. ^ a b "Hard-fi - Stars of CCTV". α Retrieved 10 February 2012. 
  13. ^ "Hard-fi - Killer Sounds". α Retrieved 21 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Necessary Music Publishing". Retrieved 10 February 2012.