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Tugboat was a label set up in the late-90’s by Glen Johnson on the request of Rough Trade founder, Geoff Travis. At the time, Johnson, also of the band, Piano Magic, worked in various guises for Rough Trade.
The name for the label was chosen by Johnson and references a song by one of his favourite (Rough Trade) bands, Galaxie 500.
Rough Trade Records at that time was in the midst of legal complications which rendered Travis unable to operate as a director of a record label for a period of time. Hence, Johnson was sworn in as director of what was meant to be a temporary label, though some A&R choices were made by Travis and often were not shared by Johnson.
Johnson’s chief signings were Low, Life Without Buildings, ISAN, FortDax, Desert Hearts and Sodastream. He also licensed the first Mum album from Icelandic label, TMT and released Disco Inferno’s spectacular final radio session from BBC Radio 3’s “Mixing It” programme.
Johnson left Rough Trade in 2004 and after minor releases by Brakes and Pellumair, Tugboat fell silent.


TUG 003 Vic Godard - Long-Term Side Effect (CD)
TUG CD 004 ISAN - Beautronics (CD, Album)
TUG S 001 Low - Joan Of Arc (7”)
TUG SCD 003 Ooberman - Shorley Wall EP (CD, Maxi)
TUG CD 007 Low - Secret Name (CD)
TUG CD 009 Spring Heel Jack - Treader (CD)
TUG CD 011 Disco Inferno - The Mixing It Session (CD, Maxi)
TUG CD 014 Low - Christmas (CD, MiniAlbum, Car)
TUG LP 007 Low - Secret Name (2xLP)

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