Rham!

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Rham! Records
Rham! Records logo.jpg
Founded1987–1992
Defunct1992
Distributor(s)Pinnacle
Country of originUnited Kingdom
LocationWallasey, England
Official websitehttp://rhamrecords.tumblr.com/

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).

The comic art Rham! logo was designed by Aiden Hughes of BRUTE!, who also designed cover art for KMFDM at the time for parent label Skysaw Records.

The original intended name for the label was Rockingham, inspired by the song ‘Hoots Mon!’ by Lord Rockingham’s XI. Rham! Records eventually ceased operations

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."

Discography[edit]

Singles

Artist Title Cat No. Format Year
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
The Bygraves Destiny RS9009 12" 1990
Doggy Psyche RS9010 12" 1990
Sensomilla I Believe RS9011 12" 1990
Demonik Labyrinth RS9012 12" 1990
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

Albums

Artist Title Cat No. Format Year
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

References[edit]

Chapter And The Verse at Discogs

Voodoo Economics, Champion,Sarah CUT magazine, March 1989

Voodoo Guru, Hewitt,Paolo NME, April 1989

Lord Rockingham's XI

External links[edit]

A Guy Called Gerald