Sarah Records


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Sarah Records was a UK independent record label active between 1987 and 1995, best known for its recordings of twee pop.

The label was formed in Bristol in 1987 by Clare Wadd and Matt Haynes, and grew out of the fanzine scene at the time, Haynes having previously edited Are You Scared To Get Happy?,and Wadd Kvatch. Both these fanzines had given away flexidiscs - indeed, AYSTGH had been part of the Sha-la-la organisation, a record label set up solely to produce flexidiscs. Several Sarah releases were fanzines and flexi-discs, as it was felt this summed up the aesthetic of the label better than 12” singles and albums.

Sarah Records was usually seen as being grounded in the C86 jangly indie-pop sensibility, though the late Seventies DIY scene and independent yet stylish and imaginative labels such as Postcard Records, Factory and Creation, plus the mid-Eighties fanzine culture, were bigger influences. It ceased operation with the release of There and Back Again Lane, the hundredth release in the main catalogue sequence - a booklet telling the story of the label, along with a CD of representative tracks. Half-page adverts entitled “A Day For Destroying Things” in both NME and Melody Maker marked the release. “We don’t do encores”, the advert announced, and the label has stuck by this sentiment, with no further releases. Bands on the label included Heavenly, East River Pipe, The Orchids, The Hit Parade, Even As We Speak, Boyracer, Brighter, Blueboy, The Field Mice, Another Sunny Day, Shelley and St. Christopher.


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  • joemcmaster


    March 2014
  • jumpcontest

    brighter and blueboy <3

    August 2013

    I love you

    June 2013
  • elaiho

    Amazing Label with some of my favorite music!

    September 2011
  • cheekychives

    One of the most enigmatic, iconic labels from the early 1990's indie-pop scene. The time wouldn't have been the same without this label. Brilliant

    May 2011
  • wppss


    December 2009
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