The Stiff Records record label
was created at the height of the punk
boom. Stiff billed themselves as The World's Most Flexible Record Label
. The label had a lot of attitude. Other slogans were "We came. We saw. We left." and "If it ain't Stiff it ain't worth a f*ck."
Barney Bubbles was responsible for the graphic art associated with Stiff Records.
Although Stiff had the punk reputation, it hosted a wide variety of players. Stiff Records artists include:
- Elvis Costello, angry young rocker
- Ian Dury and the Blockheads, blend of jazz and pub rock, creators of rock and roll anthem "Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll"
- Wreckless Eric[?], wry pub rocker
- Kirsty McColl
- Madness, ska and more
- Tracey Ullman, over the top pop
- Larry Wallis[?], on his own and with the Pink Fairies[?] and the first version of Motorhead.
- Richard Hell and The Damned, punk to be sure
- Nick Lowe, "Looking for love in the heart of the city"
- Sean Tyla[?] and the Tyla Gang, early power pop
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