|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
Rham! Records was a British independent record label based in Wallasey, Merseyside formed by Peter Leay and Barry Lancaster-Smith in 1987. Rham! was launched as an offshoot of rock label Skysaw Records to release dance music predominantly from the north west of England, with early releases mostly from Manchester based artists.
Initially envisaged as a hip hop and street soul label. The label was most notable for discovering and releasing in 1988 early UK acid house anthem and Hacienda club classic ‘Voodoo Ray’ by A Guy Called Gerald. The single spent 18 weeks on the UK singles chart eventually reaching number 12, and was awarded best selling independently released single of 1989 by Music Week and the British Phonographic Industry. Its eventual success was despite the collapse of the record’s early distributor Red Rhino, which wiped out the label's finances.
‘Voodoo Ray’ was also licensed for release in many other world wide territories. Warlock Records licensed the single from Rham! for the U.S. - including a Paradise Ballroom remix by house legend Frankie Knuckles.
Rham! Records' de facto in house A&R and production team for many of its releases were Manchester ensemble Chapter And The Verse. Aniff Cousins (now Aniff Akinola) and Colin Thorpe also performed and wrote with A Guy Called Gerald on all Rham! releases, and on the 3 song session recorded for the BBC Radio One John Peel Show in 1989, which also achieved significant sales when released on Strange Fruit Records.They achieved a UK chart placing in 1989 as writers and producers of Kiss AMC ‘A Bit Of U2’, ground breakingly sampling legally ‘New Year’s Day’ by U2. Chapter And The Verse subsequently released two albums influenced by soul, funk, jazz, hip hop & house, a melting pot of styles which preceded the Acid Jazz scene in the early 1990s.
In 1989 the remixed version of the second A Guy Called Gerald single for Rham! featured two Youth remixes of Hot Lemonade, and was an early example of psychedelic trance house, made prominent a short time later by electronic dance music artists such as The Orb.
Two albums were recorded and released on the label: Hot Lemonade by A Guy Called Gerald produced by Gerald and Chapter, and Great Western Street by Chapter & The Verse (subsequently released for Rham! by Virgin Records).
JOHN PEEL on A GUY CALLED GERALD: Voodoo Ray, NME 22 October 1988
"This is on the Rham label and basically it's another very good dance record. I like the mystery and anonymity that surrounds a lot of these records. Plus the fact that Rham! are based in New Brighton. I spent a great deal of time there as a child and I think it's marvellous that there should be a record label there."
|Chapter And The Verse||All This And Heaven Too||RS8801||12"||1988|
|Chapter And The Verse||All This And Heaven Too (Remix)||RX8801||12"||1988|
|Grand Groove||Let's Dance||RS8802||12"||1988|
|Gary Buchanan||I Just Need Your Lovin'||RS8803||12"||1988|
|A Guy Called Gerald||Voodoo Ray EP||RS8804||12"||1988|
|A Guy Called Gerald||Voodoo Ray EP||RCD8804||CD single||1988|
|A Guy Called Gerald||Voodoo Ray||R8804||7"||1988|
|A Guy Called Gerald||Voodoo Ray (Remix)||RX8804||12"||1988|
|The Bygraves||Loving You||RS8905||12"||1989|
|Elle||Give It To Me||RS8906||12"||1989|
|Chapter And The Verse||If I Knew Then (What I Know Now)||RS8907||12"||1989|
|A Guy Called Gerald||Hot Lemonade||RS8908||12"||1989|
|A Guy Called Gerald||Hot Lemonade / Rhythm Of Life||RS808||7"||1989|
|A Guy Called Gerald||Hot Lemonade (Remixes)||RX8908||12"||1989|
|Icon||So Special / Generator||RS9113||12"||1991|
|Everything||Fire, Water, Air||RS9114||12"||1991|
|Chapter And The Verse||Black Whip||VRST 1||12"||1991|
|Chapter And The Verse||Black Whip (The R&B Mix)||VRSTX 1||12"||1991|
|Chapter And The Verse||In Another World / Stealth||VRS 2||7"||1991|
|Chapter And The Verse||In Another World / Stealth||VRST 2||12"||1991|
|A Guy Called Gerald||Hot Lemonade||RALP 1||LP||1989|
|A Guy Called Gerald||Hot Lemonade||RACD 1||CD||1989|
|Chapter And The Verse||Great Western Street||VRAM 1||LP||1991|
|Chapter And The Verse||Great Western Street||VRAD 1||CD||1991|