Postcard Records

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Postcard Records is a Glasgow-based independent record label founded by Alan Horne in 1979, as a vehicle for releases by Orange Juice and Josef K. The label's motto was "The Sound of Young Scotland", a parody/tribute to the Motown motto; its logo featured a cartoon cat beating a drum. Although short-lived, Postcard was a key influence on the C81 and the later C86 indie-pop movements, although possibly more associated with sophisti-pop at the time.

The label's first release, in spring 1980, was Orange Juice's, Falling and Laughing, which was jointly financed by Horne and band members Edwyn Collins and bass guitarist David McClymont.[1] The label went on to sign such bands as Aztec Camera and The Go-Betweens, before winding down in 1981 shortly after Orange Juice left to sign a major deal with Polydor. Horne resuscitated Postcard in 1992, releasing various new albums and retrospectives until 1995.

The label was profiled in depth in 2015 documentary film Big Gold Dream.

Discography[edit]

Date Artist Title Type UK Indie Chart position Catalogue ref
February 1980 Orange Juice "Falling and Laughing" Single #48 80 1
August 1980 Orange Juice "Blue Boy" Single #15 80 2
August 1980 Josef K "Radio Drill Time" Single #15 80 3
November 1980 The Go-Betweens "I Need Two Heads" Single #6 80 4
December 1980 Josef K "It's Kinda Funny" Single #12 80 5
December 1980 Orange Juice "Simply Thrilled Honey" Single #5 80 6
March 1981 Orange Juice "Poor Old Soul" Single #5 81 2
March 1981 Aztec Camera "Just Like Gold" Single #10 81 3
March 1981 Josef K "Sorry For Laughing" Single 81 4
May 1981 Josef K "Chance Meeting" Single #5 81 5
1981 Orange Juice "Wan Light" (assigned serial number but never issued) Single 81 6
July 1981 Josef K "The Only Fun In Town" Album #3 81 7
August 1981 Aztec Camera "Mattress Of Wire" Single #8 81 8

Swamplands Discography[edit]

The source for the information below is the website disco's.com[2]

Singles[edit]

  • SWP 1 Paul Quinn and Edwyn Collins – "Pale Blue Eyes" 7" (1984)
  • SWP 2 Patti Palladin and Johnny Thunders – "Crawfish" 7" (1984) (unreleased)
  • SWP 3 James King and The Lonewolves - "The Angels Know" 7" (1985)
  • SWP 4 Memphis – "You Supply The Roses" 7" (1985)
  • SWP 5 Win – "Unamerican Broadcasting" 7" (1985)
  • SWP 6 Paul Quinn – "Ain't That Always The Way" 7" (1985)
  • SWP 7 James King and The Lonewolves – "Flyaway" 7" (1985) (unreleased)
  • SWP 8 Win – "You've Got The Power" 7" (1985)

Postcard Discography (1992-1995)[edit]

The source for the information below is the website discogs.com[3]

Albums[edit]

  • DUB 921 Paul Quinn And The Independent Group – "The Phantoms and the Archetypes" LP (1992)
  • DUB 922 Orange Juice – "Ostrich Churchyard" LP (1992)
  • DUB 931 The Nectarine No. 9 – "A Sea With Three Stars" LP (1992)
  • DUB 932 Orange Juice – "The Heathers On Fire" LP (1993)
  • DUB 936 Vic Godard – "End Of The Surrey People" LP (1993)
  • DUB 945 Paul Quinn And The Independent Group – "Will I Ever Be Inside of You" LP (1994)
  • DUB 951 The Nectarine No. 9 – "Saint Jack" LP (1995)

Postcard Miscellaneous[edit]

  • POSP 357 Orange Juice – "L.O.V.E. Love" 7" (1981)
  • POLS 1057 Orange Juice – "You Can't Hide Your Love Forever" LP (1982)
  • POSP 386 Orange Juice – "Felicity" 7" (1982)

The above releases all had the Postcard drumming kitten logo on sleeve and label. The 7" catalogue numbers were prefixed POS(tcard)P(olydor)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Reynolds, Simon (2005). Rip It Up And Start Again: Postpunk 1978-1984. London: Faber and Faber. p. 353. ISBN 0-571-21570-X. 
  2. ^ "Discogs / Swamplands Discography". discogs. Retrieved 2 August 2018. 
  3. ^ "Discogs / Postcard Discography". discogs. Retrieved 2 August 2018. 

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