Southern Records

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Southern Records
Southern Records logo.jpg
Founded1992 (1992)
FounderJohn Loder
Allison Schnackenberg
Danielle Soto
Distributor(s)Southern Studios
Forte Music
Country of originUK
LocationLondon, England
Chicago, Illinois

Founded 1992 by John Loder,[1] Southern Records is an independent record label (Loder also ran the recording facility Southern Studios). It is based in London and until 2008 had offices in the United States, France and Berlin.

The label is closely associated with Crass Records, Corpus Christi Records and Dischord Records.



Southern Studios was a recording studio and distributor owned and operated by John Loder.[2][when?] Loder became friends with musician Penny Rimbaud and collaborated with him in an experimental band called EXIT. Rimbaud later formed anarchist punk band Crass, and Loder and his Southern Studios were chosen to record their first album The Feeding of the 5000. That records was originally released on Small Wonder Records.[2] When Small Wonder encountered problems manufacturing the release, due to the allegedly blasphemous nature of the lyrics, Crass decided they needed their own label to take full control of their output. Loder facilitated this by acting as the business manager behind Crass Records. He arranged manufacture, distribution and accounting.[2]

The success of Crass and Crass Record connected Loder with the emerging international independent record business. He formed alliances with small distributors around the world to distribute the Crass's output.[when?] He came into contact with like-minded bands and labels that inspired his passion in a similar way as Crass had.[citation needed] Circa 1984, he formed a lasting partnership with Dischord Records,[3] helping them to release Minor Threat records in Europe on their own Dischord imprint.[citation needed]

First releases[edit]

The first release on Southern Records was Babes in Toyland's album Fontanelle, in August 1992.[citation needed]


Label founder Loder died in 2005.[3] In the same year Allison Schnackenberg, label boss, set up the Latitudes imprint to record and release one sessions, in a similar spirit to the BBC's Peel Sessions.[1]

Starting in late 2008, Southern closed its international office and moved all operations to London. Chicago closed November 2008, Le Havre closed July 2009, and Berlin closed December 2012.[citation needed]


Other label imprints operated by Southern include Black Diamond, Latitudes[1] and Truth Cult.[citation needed]


Southern imprints[edit]

Black Diamond[edit]


Truth Cult[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "The Quietus | Features | Strange Navigations: The Story Of Southern Records' Latitudes Label". The Quietus. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b c Berger, George (2006). The Story of Crass. Omnibus Press.
  3. ^ a b "In Memoriam: Southern Records founder John Loder (1946-2005)". Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Why isn't anyone reissuing Karate records?".

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