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Ipecac Recordings is an independent record label based in Orinda, California. It was founded on April 1, 1999 by Greg Werckman (ex-label manager of Alternative Tentacles, ex-lead singer of Duh, ex-employee of Mercury Records and Pick-A-Winner Management) and Mike Patton (ex-Faith No More, ex-Mr. Bungle, Fantômas, Tomahawk and Peeping Tom) in Alameda, California.

Originally the label was created for the sole purpose of releasing the first Fantômas album. Currently they also distribute other artists like The Melvins, Isis, and other of Patton’s projects and collaborations.

The label is named after syrup of ipecac, an emetic, or vomit-inducing, medicine. Its tagline is “Ipecac Recordings—Making People Sick Since 1999.”

Ipecac is distinguished from most labels (independent labels included) by their policy of signing bands to only one album contracts. “Lawyers or businesspeople call us morons for only doing one-record deals,” Werckman scoffs. “They say, ‘You’re not really anything, then.’ Well, we like our catalog. We like the records we put out. Our bands aren’t rushing away. Our job isn’t to own any artist. We’re here to put out the art that people create.”

Ipecac also presses no more than twenty thousand units at a time.

Low overhead and no video or promotional cost partnered with very little distribution costs allow for hearty royalties “Every six months I send those guys the fattest royalty checks,” Werckman says. “It’s great. It’s the way it should be. Even bands that are very successful — when they get royalty checks from us, they’re stunned.”

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