Factory Records


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Factory Records was a Manchester based British independent record label, started in 1978, which featured several prominent musical acts on its roster such as Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, and (briefly) James and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark. Like the label 4AD Records, Factory Records used a creative team (most notably record producer Martin Hannett and graphic designer Peter Saville) which gave the label, and the artists recording for it, a particular sound and image. The label employed a unique cataloguing system that gave a number not just to its musical releases, but to artwork and other objects.


Factory’s genesis was in January 1978, when Tony Wilson, a TV presenter on Granada Television, formed a partnership with Alan Erasmus, an unemployed actor and band manager. The Factory name was first used for a club in May of that year, which featured local bands including The Durutti Column (managed at the time by Erasmus and Wilson), Cabaret Voltaire from Sheffield and Joy Division. Advertising for the club was designed by Peter Saville, and in September the trio decided to release an EP of music by acts who had played at the club (The Durutti Column, Joy Division, Cabaret Voltaire and comedian John Dowie). Rob Gretton, manager of Joy Division, decided he didn’t want the band to sign to a London record label, preferring to do it all in Manchester; At that time there was a fairly successful punk label in Manchester called Rabid records, run by Tosh Ryan, formerly of music collective Music force and run with Martin Hannet.

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  • Tahula

    Synthesizer fans & lovers & addicts are all welcomed! http://www.last.fm/group/Synthesizer

    Luglio 2013
  • rodrix007

    Well, if you like Unknown Pleasures by Joy Division, join... http://www.last.fm/group/Unknown+Pleasures ;)

    Gennaio 2009
  • StewartIsMe

    helped some bands become as famous as they were. i salute factory!

    Novembre 2008
  • Gconscious

    One of the first branded labels. They set a standard that will be emulated forever.

    Ottobre 2008
  • Chucklebuck

    It's a shame he died before I could get to meet him. Having watched and read a fair few things on Factory Records, the man has become a hero/idol to me. The music world's not the same without him.

    Aprile 2008
  • peteypoo

    R.I.P. Mr Wilson. Another dead hero.

    Agosto 2007
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