Zoom Records (Scotland)

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Zoom Records
Founded 11 July 1977
Founder Bruce Findlay
Defunct 1980
Genre Punk rock, new wave
Country of origin Scotland, United Kingdom
Location Edinburgh

Zoom Records was a short-lived record label established in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was founded and funded by the successful music shop owner Bruce Findlay in the summer of 1977. After the first four single releases it secured a licensing deal with Arista Records. Findlay closed the label in 1980, to dedicate time to manage one of the most successful bands who began there, Simple Minds.


Findlay was a well known man in the British music industry. He organised the first Edinburgh Pop Festival in 1973, which featured among others The Incredible String Band, Can, Planxty, The Chieftains, John Martyn, Kevin Ayers, George Melly and Procol Harum.

Zoom signed many Scottish punk and new wave bands, some of them, later well known and successful, like Simple Minds, who Findlay managed from 1978 to 1990. However, one of the first band signed was The Valves; the second band to sign were PVC2 (who featured Midge Ure). The Skids almost joined the label, but Findlay encouraged them to go to their Dunfermline record shop owner, Sandy Muir, out of which No Bad Records was formed.

The first single released by Zoom was "Robot Love" (with "For Adolfs Only" as B-side), by The Valves, on 30 August 1977, selling 15,000 copies.[citation needed]

Simple Minds signed shortly after their formation, releasing their debut album, Life in a Day and first two singles "Life in a Day" and "Chelsea Girl". Their first three albums (Life in a Day, Real to Real Cacophony and Empires and Dance) were released by Zoom and licensed to Arista Records.

Findlay now manages Aberfeldy, and has been regular host/contributor to Radio Forth and BBC Radio Scotland.

Bands and releases[edit]

Ordered chronologically:

All the below licensed to Arista Records

  • "Some Other Guy" - The Questions (1978)
  • "Love Is Blind" - Nightshift (1978)
  • "Can't Get Over You" - The Questions (1979)
  • Life in a Day - Simple Minds (10 March 1979)
  • "Chelsea Girl" - Simple Minds (1 June 1979)



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