73 shouts

Mute Records is a record label formed in 1978 by Daniel Miller primarily to release his own single, “Warm Leatherette / T.V.O.D.”, under the moniker The Normal.

Mute Records made a name for itself as the label that was willing to sign artists like Fad Gadget (Frank Tovey’s pseudonym), Einstürzende Neubauten, Throbbing Gristle, and Cabaret Voltaire. Once music hit the British charts in the early 1980s, Mute signed artists like Depeche Mode and Erasure that utilised new technology which would eventually redefine the sound of the dancefloor in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

Mute redefined itself again to encompass modern , with bands such as Sonic Youth on their Blast First imprint.

Mute Records was famous for being the home of Depeche Mode and Erasure despite the lack of what is normally considered a contract. Moby, Nick Cave and Laibach are also Mute mainstays.

Mute Records was the first British record label to have an internet presence, entitled Mute Liberation Technologies. This started out as a dial-up BBS, then becoming a Telnet site and finally a website. They continued to be run in tandem for a number of years until all were finally shut down, with the exception of the website.

On May 10, 2002, EMI acquired Mute Records, extending an existing licensing relationship that Mute had with EMI’s Virgin Records for over 15 years. Daniel Miller, Executive Chairman, is responsible for all of the company’s global activities.

Top Albums

See more


Leave a comment. Log in to or sign up (it’s free).
  • AngryGermanKid

    4AD & Mute <3

    January 2015
  • Nekrovoor

    and NON

    August 2014
  • Jaina999

    Thank you for Throbbing Gristle, Einstürzende Neubauten, Cabaret Voltaire, Laibach and CAN.

    July 2014
  • badicek

    great label.

    May 2014
  • kostasfanMarya

    Polly Scattergood - Arrows

    October 2013
  • zhelnerovich

    Thanks to Depeche Mode for Depeche Mode

    March 2013
  • jorgefuzzo

    How come the founding fathers of industrial music are not among the top artists... ?

    February 2012
  • panSmith

    January 2012
  • firestronic

    Thank you for Depeche mode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 2010
  • dm_rules

    Thank you for Depeche mode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [7]

    November 2010
  • AlanaDevotional

    Thank you for Depeche mode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [6]

    October 2010
  • Varnish_ice

    Thank you for Depeche mode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [

    June 2010
  • bierkrug81

    I love Moby ambient music. thanks for it :)

    June 2010
  • Warwick16

    Thank you for Depeche mode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [4]

    February 2010
  • Urania28

    Thank you for Depeche mode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [3]

    February 2010
  • Magnum_44F

    Thank you for Depeche mode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [2]

    January 2010
  • Muradhanian

    Thank you for Depeche mode!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 2009
  • WerBack

    Boyd Rice FTW!!!

    November 2009
  • anakin45

    Richard Hawley, For Your Lover, Give Some Time:

    October 2009
  • ProdigySmack

    At least pick another picture from Seventh Tree dammit! (2) change goldfrapp's main pic!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 2009
See all 73 shouts