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Not Lame Recordings

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Not Lame Recordings
Founded1994 (1994)
FounderBruce Brodeen
Defunct2010 (2010)
GenrePower pop
Country of originU.S.
LocationFt. Collins, Colorado
Official websitewww.notlame.com

Not Lame Recordings was a Ft. Collins, Colorado based independent record label specializing in power pop music.[1]


The label was started by Bruce Brodeen in November 1994[2] It primarily focused on power pop, a form of guitar and harmony driven retro-rock.[3] Within this genre, the label quickly became the center of a small but ever expanding cult of power pop enthusiasts.

Not Lame released over 100 albums, including the annual 3-CD compilation of the International Pop Overthrow festival from 1997 through 2010 (with later years being brought out by Brodeen privately).[4] The label also released albums for artists like Tommy Keene, Dwight Twilley,[5] Doug Powell, and Mark Helm, as well as bands such as Myracle Brah,[6] The Deal,[7] Sweet Apple Pie, Hawks, and Wanderlust; and box sets for such notables as Jellyfish and The Posies.[2] The company's online store has sold over 15,000 different CD releases.[2]

After 16 years of operation, the label shut down on November 24, 2010.[8] The reasons Brodeen mentioned for his decision were a career switch he had undertaken, combined with decreasing music sales in recent years in an already small market for CDs in the power pop genre.[2][8] Rather than running a label, Brodeen introduced Pop Geek Heaven, an online interactive social media site, as a successor to Not Lame's role within the power pop community.

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  1. ^ Cornell, Rick (10-01-2001). "Pure Pop For Now People". Indy Week.com.
  2. ^ a b c d Not Lame Recordings (2010). "About us". Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  3. ^ Dr. Bristol's Prescription (11-16-2010). "R.I.P. Not Lame Recordings".
  4. ^ Not Lame Recordings (2010). "All Not Lame label CDs still in available!" Retrieved November 17, 2010.
  5. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Review: Dwight Twilley: Between the Cracks Vol. 1". Allmusic Guide.
  6. ^ Prato, Greg. "Myracle Brah: Music Biography". Allmusic Guide.
  7. ^ Loftus, Johnny. "Review: The Deal, Goodbye September". Allmusic Guide.
  8. ^ a b Brodeen, Bruce (2010). "Not Lame goodbye". Retrieved November 17, 2010.