Strange Famous Records

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Strange Famous Records started out in 1996 as a way for Sage Francis to release music. Originally this involved tape dubbing and photocopying covers. In 1999, whilst working at the radio station 90.3 WRIU, he was allowed access to the stations computers and CDRs replaced the tapes.

The albums were sold locally, raising money to press CDs at a manufacturing plant.

The online store was soon developed and a mail order business was set into effect. This was a “cash only” snail mail service that thrived because of SFR’s exclusive catalogue and people’s trust in the company. They were rewarded and thanked by the extra goodies that were placed in the packages (usually show-related items found around the Strange Famous household). The catalogue expanded into shirts, sweatshirts vinyl, stickers, buttons and eventually other people’s projects, the first being Joe Beats’ Reverse Discourse instrumental album.

In late 2005, SFR enlisted the help of Tom Inhaler, Jared Paul, and Irena Andreic to create strangefamousrecords.com, an online webstore which accepts paypal, credit cards, money orders and cash.

In 2006, SFR added a lot to its catalogue; not only Sage Francis items (such as the Life is Easy DVD and Road Tested CD), but items from people who work closely with SFR, including Reanimator, Prolyphic, Grand Buffet, Sole, Sol.illaquists of Sound among others.

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