Rude Records

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Rude Records
GenrePop punk, hardcore punk, alternative rock
Founded2000; 22 years ago (2000)
  • Ilich Rausa
  • Gianluca Amendolara
Area served
Key people
  • Ilich Rausa, President
  • Federico Croci, General Manager
  • Filippo Falconi, Project Manager
  • Martina Decina, Financials
  • Gaia Ponzoni, Communications Manager
  • Paola Picaro, Promotions
  • Stephanie Van Spronsen, Label Manager
  • Davide Storelli, Graphic Design[1]
ServicesRecord label, music publishing
Number of employees

Rude Records is an independent and international record label founded in 2000 and based in Milan, Italy. The label's artists are generally considered to fall under the genres of punk rock, pop punk, post-hardcore, and alternative rock.[2] Over the years the company has signed agreements with various record labels, especially from the US, to handle promotion, marketing, and distribution of their releases in Europe.[3] It has published over 150 albums by more than 60 artists.[4]


The name Rude Records takes inspiration from "rude boys", ska fans: when was the time to decide the label's name Gianluca Amendolara was producing an album by Franziska, a band that followed that genre.[5]


The first logo (2000)

Rude was founded in 2000[6] by Ilich Rausa and Gianluca Amendolara, in order to publish two bands of friends (Kevlar HC and No Comply).[7]

The success came in 2001, when a song by Sun Eats Hours was included in a Rock Sound compilation and they were contacted to support the Offspring on tour.[7]

In 2005, a collaboration with Nitro Records (label owned by the singer Dexter Holland) was established[8] and, in the following year, a new deal was signed with Side One Dummy Records to promote their catalog in Southern Europe. Agreements with Punk Core, Bad Taste Records and Hopeless Records followed.[7][9] In 2007, Rude Records licensed the back catalogue of Gogol Bordello from Rubric Records for the world outside the US. The following year they released a documentary movie of Gogol Bordello, in Europe, titled The Pied Piper of Hutzovina. In 2011, Zebrahead joined the Rude roster, with their album "Get Nice!", and were followed by Bedouin Soundclash, Less Than Jake and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones by the end of the year. In 2013, the label expanded its network into South East Asia, Japan, Australia, and New Zealand.

Over the years it has developed an international network with teams in North America, the UK, Asia, Japan, Australia and Europe which further increases the label's global presence. Rude Records in recent years has signed many young artists that it has launched internationally such as Stand Atlantic, Blood Youth, Homebound, Sundressed and many others.[10] From 2020 Rude Records signed a worldwide agreement with Sony Music for digital and physical distribution operated by The Orchard and a deal with Sony ATV America for the management of publishing.[6]

In March 2022 Rude Records gained the B Corp certification.[11]




Labels represented[edit]

Bands represented[edit]


  • 2001 – Stay Rude, Stay Rebel
  • 2002 – Mad for Ska
  • 2003 – Punk It!
  • 2003 – Anti-Tour - The Combat Compilation
  • 2004 – Punk It! Vol.2
  • 2007 – Think Punk Vol. 1
  • 2014 – PGA - Italian Punks Go Acoustic: Stay Together For The Kids
  • 2016 – Music for Boobies
  • 2016 – PGA - Italian Punks Go Acoustic: If the Kids Are United
  • 2020 – It'd Be Rude Not To

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rude Records Retrieved 5 January 2022. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Blog | Rude Records, il crowdfunding è rock and roll: corsa a investire sull'etichetta (italiana) dei Sum 41" (in Italian). 28 October 2019. Retrieved 17 August 2020.
  3. ^ "Ilich Rausa - President - Rude Records". LinkedIn. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  4. ^ "Rude Records | Crowdfunding Opportunity | Seedrs". Seedrs (in Italian). Archived from the original on 11 October 2020. Retrieved 15 October 2020.
  5. ^ Rock Talks - Rude Records on YouTube
  6. ^ a b "ABOUT US". Rude Records. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  7. ^ a b c "Fare Scena, Fare Dischi: con Ilich Rausa di RUDE Records" (in Italian). 18 March 2013. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  8. ^ "RUDE RECORDS". Punkadeka - Punk web Magazine (in Italian). 30 May 2005. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  9. ^ "Le ultime news dalla Wynona Records". Punkadeka - Punk web Magazine (in Italian). 10 May 2009. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  10. ^ Michael Heath (5 August 2018). "GETTING INTO: Rude Records, As Chosen By Homebound". DEAD PRESS!. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  11. ^ "Rudenetworks Srl Società Benefit". Retrieved 17 May 2022.

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