Red Eye Records (label)

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Red Eye Records

Red Eye Records was an independent record label started in 1985 in the rear of the pre-existing record store of the same name in Sydney, Australia. [1] It had two sub-labels Black Eye Records and Third Eye.[2] In 1990 the label entered a joint venture arrangement with [Polydor Records|to expand the label’s distribution and exposure.

The joint venture between the Red Eye Record Label and Polydor concluded at the end of 1996 with Red Eye MD John Foy retaining the label name and company structure. Polydor declined further options on most of the Red Eye recording Artists, eventually retaining only The Cruel Sea. Polydor was later absorbed by the Universal Music Group who failed to maintain much of Red Eye’s past catalogue.

From its inception in 1985 to cessation at end of 1996 the Red Eye Record Label was owned and managed by graphic designer John Foy. A detailed history of Red Eye / Black Eye Records & Foy’s graphics was published as 252 page large format book titled ‘Snaps, Crack, Pop!’ In October 2018. The logo appearing on this page is the logo for the still-existing Sydney record retailer Red Eye Records - the Label logo was differentiated by a ring of type encircling the eyeball.

According to Australian musicologist, Ian McFarlane, "Sadly, as alternative became mainstream, one-time leaders in the field like Red Eye, Volition and Dogmeat shut down operations in 1996."

Artists[edit]

See also[edit]

Red Eye Records (store)

References[edit]

General
  • McFarlane, Ian (1999). "Whammo Homepage". Encyclopedia of Australian Rock and Pop. St Leonards, NSW: Allen & Unwin. ISBN 1-86508-072-1. Archived from the original on 5 April 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018. Note: Archived [on-line] copy has limited functionality.
Specific
  1. ^ "Red Eye Records". Discogs. Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  2. ^ "PISSANT! A Story of 80's Australian Underground". Retrieved 2015-10-03.
  3. ^ McFarlane, 'Beasts of Burbon' entry. Archived from the original on 20 April 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  4. ^ McFarlane, 'The Bhagavad Guitars' entry. Archived from the original on 18 July 2002. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  5. ^ McFarlane, 'The Clouds' entry. Archived from the original on 4 June 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  6. ^ McFarlane, 'The Cruel Sea' entry. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  7. ^ McFarlane, 'The Crystal Set' entry. Archived from the original on 9 August 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  8. ^ McFarlane, 'Curios (Yellow)' entry. Archived from the original on 3 August 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  9. ^ McFarlane, 'Drop City' entry. Archived from the original on 28 August 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  10. ^ McFarlane, 'Jack Frost' entry. Archived from the original on 7 August 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  11. ^ McFarlane, 'The Johnnys' entry. Archived from the original on 9 August 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018.
  12. ^ McFarlane, 'John Kennedy's Love Gone Wrong' entry. Archived from the original on 1 October 2004. Retrieved 10 August 2018.

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