Nude Records

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FounderSaul Galpern
Distributor(s)RED/Essential, The Orchard Sony, PIAS
GenreIndie rock
LocationLondon, England

Nude Records is an independent record label, established in August 1991 in London.[1] The label was set up and operated by Saul Galpern,[2] who had previously worked with artists such as Simply Red, The Fall, Julian Cope, The Triffids, The Slits and Au Pairs.

The label filed for voluntary liquidation in December 2001, before it was re-established by Galpern in 2016.


The label's first success was with Suede, whose debut album, Suede (1993), debuted at the top of the UK Albums Chart, and was the fastest-selling debut album since Frankie Goes To Hollywood's Welcome to the Pleasuredome almost ten years earlier.[3] The band went on to win the Mercury Prize that year,[4] and received five Brit Awards nominations. They had three No. 1 hit albums in the UK Albums Chart.[5] Other artists with chart success signed to the label included the Scottish band Geneva, who had Top 20 success with their debut album Further; Black Box Recorder who also achieved a Top 20 hit single and album with The Facts of Life (2000); plus chart album hits for Ultrasound, Lowgold, and Billy Mackenzie.

The label had a UK distribution deal with 3mv/Vital (later Pinnacle distribution) and an international licensing arrangement with Sony, which ended in 2000, before moving to PIAS. Subsequently, the label hit financial difficulties in 2000.[6] In December 2001, after losing their distribution deal with Sony. Another new label saving deal with Zomba fell through at the last minute.[7] The collapse of the label led to delays with Black Box Recorder's second album, Passionoia, which was not released until 2003.[8] It was believed Suede would be unaffected by the closure of the label as Nude's international partner label Sony[9] would release their next album, A New Morning.

.[10][11][7] The label returned briefly in 2005 via a deal with V2 which saw the release of the compilation album, Future's Burning. It featured songs from up-and-coming British bands such as Franz Ferdinand, Bloc Party, Kaiser Chiefs, The Libertines, Razorlight and others (although none of the artists had ever been signed to Nude). However, The Independent commented that it was "easily surpassed by an hour on iTunes"[12] and the label was officially dissolved in July 2007.[13]

In 2016, Saul Galpern re-established the label with a new marketing and distribution deal. The label went on to release albums by Malcolm Middleton and Lou Rhodes. Former Arab Strap member Middleton released Summer of '13, in May 2016. It was funded by a campaign on Pledge Music, and produced by Miaoux Miaoux and Lone Pigeon.[14][15] Whilst in anticipation of her fourth album release, Rhodes released the singles "All The Birds" in April, and "All I Need" in June 2016. A month later, the album theyesandeye was released through Nude Records. the eleven songs were co-produced by Simon Byrt. It included a cover of the song "Angels" originally performed by The xx. Other contributors include Ian Kellet (guitars), Nikolaj Bjerre (drums), Danny Keane (strings) and Tom Moth (harp).[16][17][18]


The following list features the notable artists and bands who released music through Nude Records. The artists appear in chronological order of their first release (single or album) for the label. This list is probably incomplete. Bands from the Future's Burning compilation are not included.

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  1. ^ "Filings for NUDE RECORDS LIMITED (United Kingdom) :: Page 2". OpenCorporates. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  2. ^ "About Saul Galpern " Un-convention Blog". 13 May 2009. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  3. ^ Bella, Todd. "Interview with Brett Anderson". The Argus. 28 March 2007
  4. ^ "The London Suede". MTV. Retrieved 10 June 2009.
  5. ^ Roberts, David (2006). British Hit Singles & Albums (19th ed.). London: Guinness World Records Limited. p. 538. ISBN 1-904994-10-5.
  6. ^ "Lowgold | Free Music Videos, News, Photos, Interviews, Lyrics, Tour Dates, Ringtones". VH1. Archived from the original on 10 May 2004. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  7. ^ a b Liquidators called in at Nude Records as 11th-hour cash injection collapses, 8 December 2001
  8. ^ "Interview – Black Box Recorder". Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  9. ^ "Nude Records Throws in the Towel". Excellent Online. 4 December 2001. Retrieved 5 March 2013.
  10. ^ "One Little Indian | Labels". Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  11. ^ "The Naked Truth!". Nme.Com. 4 December 2001. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  12. ^ Tim Perry (15 January 2005). "Pop: Album Reviews- Various Artists "Future's Burning" (Nude Records)". The Independent.
  13. ^ "Filings for NUDE RECORDS LIMITED (United Kingdom) :: Page 1". OpenCorporates. Retrieved 28 May 2012.
  14. ^ "Malcolm Middleton: Summer of '13 - album review". Louder Than War. 26 May 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  15. ^ Nicola Meighan (27 May 2016). "Malcolm Middleton's smorgasbord of pop, with extra cheese". Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  16. ^ Andy Gill (20 July 2016). "Album reviews: Lou Rhodes -Theyesandeye, Look Park - Look Park, Faun Fables - Born Of The Sun, and more". The Independent. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  17. ^ Paul Mardles. "Lou Rhodes: theyesandeye review – a fresh flavour for modern flower-children". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Lou Rhodes : theyesandeye". 29 July 2016. Retrieved 3 May 2017.

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