Stiff Records

Stiff Records

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Stiff Records was created in 1976 by Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera. Initially intending to specialize in "pub rock" by artists such as Ian Dury and Wreckless Eric, the label quickly got caught up in the punk, ska & new wave movements, and helped launch the careers of such artists as Elvis Costello, Madness, The Damned, Nick Lowe, The Pogues, Tenpole Tudor, and many others.

Name variants:
- Stiff Records
- Stiff

Ever the keen marketeers, Stiff billed themselves as "The World's Most Flexible Record Label". Other slogans were "We came. We saw. We left." and "If it ain't Stiff it ain't worth a fuck."

Riviera left Stiff in 1977 to form Radar Records, taking Elvis Costello and several other artists with him.

In 1978 the company entered into a US partnership with CBS, Inc. This created two short lived labels Stiff-Columbia and Stiff-Epic.

In 1984 the label entered a distribution deal with Island Records. Stiff was fully purchased by Island, but the deal wasn't a success and Robinson regained control in 1986 of the newly independent label.

In 1987, after a serious cashflow crisis, the label went into liquidation. ZTT, whose product Robinson had worked on when in cahoots with Island, bought the label catalogue for a reported £300,000. On ZTT's watch the label slowly petered out - several albums by the likes of the Belle Stars, Furniture and Dr Feelgood were left in limbo, unreleased.

The Stiff brand was relaunched in late 2006 by the SPZ Group (Sarm/Perfect Songs/ZTT) and included new signings and reissues. In Dec. 2017, SPZ sold the Stiff brand, parts of the Stiff recording catalog, and Perfect Songs publishing to Universal Music.

Labelcode: LC 4764
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Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
2C006 - 98925 Less Than Zero  album cover Elvis Costello Less Than Zero(7", Single) Stiff Records 2C006 - 98925 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C006-99.081 Maybe / Food  album cover Jill Read / The Takeaways (2) Jill Read / The Takeaways (2) - Maybe / Food(7", Single) Stiff Records 2C006-99.081 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C006-99.098 One Chord Wonders / Quick Step  album cover The Adverts One Chord Wonders / Quick Step(7", Single) Stiff Records 2C006-99.098 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 006-99.176 Born A Woman  album cover Nick Lowe Born A Woman(7") Stiff Records 2C 006-99.176 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 066-98867 Damned Damned Damned  album cover The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 2C 066-98867 France 1977 Sell This Version
2C 068 98 949 A Bunch Of Stiff Records  album cover Various A Bunch Of Stiff Records(LP, Comp) Stiff Records, EMI 2C 068 98 949 France 1977 Sell This Version
4S 0001 Stiffs Live  album cover Various Stiffs Live(Cass, Comp) Stiff Records, Arista, Stiff Records, Arista 4S 0001 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
5E 37452 New Toy  album cover Lene Lovich New Toy (MiniAlbum) 5E 37452 US 1981 Sell This Version
5ET 37452 New Toy  album cover Lene Lovich New Toy(Cass, MiniAlbum) Stiff-Epic 5ET 37452 Canada 1981 Sell This Version
7/NP Stateless  album cover Lene Lovich Stateless(LP, Album) Stiff Records 7/NP Portugal 1979 Sell This Version
7-THE-1 All Or Nothing  album cover Spectrum (28) All Or Nothing(7") The Phoenix Society, The Phoenix Society 7-THE-1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
8S 0002 New Boots And Panties!!  album cover Ian Dury New Boots And Panties!!(8-Trk, Album, ext) Capital Records (2) 8S 0002 Canada 1978 Sell This Version
12 BUY 38 Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick  album cover Ian & The Blockheads* Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick (Single) 12 BUY 38 UK 1978 Sell This Version
12 BUY 42 Lucky Number  album cover Lene Lovich Lucky Number(12") Stiff Records 12 BUY 42 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12-BUY 46 Say When  album cover Lene Lovich Say When(12", Single) Stiff Records 12-BUY 46 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12BUY 50 Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part Three)  album cover Ian Dury And The Blockheads Reasons To Be Cheerful (Part Three) (Single) 12BUY 50 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12 BUY 53 Bird Song  album cover Lene Lovich Bird Song 12 BUY 53 UK 1979 Sell This Version
12 BUY IT (C) 181 Wings Of A Dove  album cover Madness Wings Of A Dove(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 12 BUY IT (C) 181 South Africa 1983 Sell This Version
12E4 8368 Lucky Number  album cover Lene Lovich Lucky Number(12") Stiff-Epic 12E4 8368 Canada 1979 Sell This Version
12 GAZ 001 Ska Explosion  album cover The Potato 5* Featuring Floyd Lloyd The Potato 5* Featuring Floyd Lloyd - Ska Explosion(12") Gaz's Rockin' Records 12 GAZ 001 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 GLIT 1 Rock And Roll Part 5  album cover Gary Glitter Rock And Roll Part 5(12", Single) Priority Records (2), Stiff Records 12 GLIT 1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12GLITX1 Rock 'N' Roll Part 5 (Phil Harding Remix)  album cover Gary Glitter Rock 'N' Roll Part 5 (Phil Harding Remix)(12") Priority Records (2), Priority Records (2), Priority Records (2), Stiff Records, Stiff Records, Stiff Records 12GLITX1 UK 1987 Sell This Version
12 STRY 1 Winter Wonderland  album cover Stryper Winter Wonderland(12") Stiff Records 12 STRY 1 UK 1985 Sell This Version
12 VAIN 5 Pump It Up  album cover Makin' Time Pump It Up (Maxi) 12 VAIN 5 UK 1986 Sell This Version
14C-062-98868 Damned Damned Damned  album cover The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 14C-062-98868 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
22C 0411 Madness Al Completo  album cover Madness Madness Al Completo(Cass, Comp) Stiff Records, Victoria 22C 0411 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22 C 0534 VMC-34 The Rise And Fall  album cover Madness The Rise And Fall(Cass, Album) Stiff Records 22 C 0534 VMC-34 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22L079 La Gran Movida  album cover Various La Gran Movida(LP, Comp) Stiff Records, Victoria 22L079 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22L0270 Exitos Dury  album cover Ian Dury & The Blockheads* Exitos Dury(LP, Comp) Edigsa, Stiff Records, Stiff Records 22L0270 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22L0411 Complete Madness  album cover Madness Complete Madness (Album, Comp) 22L0411 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22LO534 The Rise & Fall  album cover Madness The Rise & Fall(LP, Album) Victoria, Stiff Records 22LO534 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22LO559 The Belle Stars The Belle Stars(LP) Stiff Records 22LO559 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22M0591 Beachparty (Guateque En la Playa)  album cover Pookie* Beachparty (Guateque En la Playa)(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22M0591 Spain 1982 Sell This Version
22MO527 Language Problems  album cover Electric Guitars Language Problems(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Victoria 22MO527 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO529 Could This Be Love  album cover Albania Could This Be Love(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Victoria 22MO529 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO533 Our House  album cover Madness Our House (Maxi) 22MO533 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO558 Sign Of The Times  album cover The Belle Stars Sign Of The Times(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Victoria 22MO558 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO565 Nearest To My Heart  album cover Evrol Campbell Nearest To My Heart(12", Promo) Stiff Records, Victoria 22MO565 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22MO0611 3 Tomorrow's Just Another Day  album cover Madness Tomorrow's Just Another Day (Maxi) 22MO0611 3 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22P0534 Our House  album cover Madness Our House(7", Single, Promo) Stiff Records 22P0534 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22S0267 It's My Party = Es Mi Fiesta  album cover Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin It's My Party = Es Mi Fiesta (Single) 22S0267 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0269 Pretend  album cover Alvin Stardust Pretend (Single) 22S0269 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0278 Throwing My Baby Out With The Bath Water = Tirando A Mi Chica Al Agua En La Bañera  album cover Tenpole Tudor Throwing My Baby Out With The Bath Water = Tirando A Mi Chica Al Agua En La Bañera (Single) 22S0278 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0302 If You Need Me = Si Me Necesitas  album cover The Equators If You Need Me = Si Me Necesitas 22S0302 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
22S0566 Maria  album cover Lene Lovich Maria(7", Single) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 22S0566 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
22 VIC 3 (BROKEN 2) S0267 1 It's My Party = Es Mi Fiesta  album cover Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin It's My Party = Es Mi Fiesta(7", Single) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 22 VIC 3 (BROKEN 2) S0267 1 Spain 1981 Sell This Version
49H 07550 It's You, Only You (Mein Schmerz) / Blue Hotel  album cover Lene Lovich It's You, Only You (Mein Schmerz) / Blue Hotel(12") Stiff-Epic 49H 07550 US 1988 Sell This Version
183 Opposites Attract  album cover The Belle Stars Opposites Attract(7", W/Lbl) Stiff Records 183 UK 1983 Sell This Version
41.00 Inbetweenies  album cover Ian Dury & The Blockheads* Inbetweenies(7", Single) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 41.00 Netherlands 1979 Sell This Version
4338 Tarzan's Nuts  album cover Madness Tarzan's Nuts (Single) 4338 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
4340 Jealous  album cover Rachel Sweet Jealous(7", Single, Mono) Stiff Records 4340 Netherlands 1980 Sell This Version
7149 New Rose / Help  album cover The Damned New Rose / Help(7", Single, Ltd, RE, Pin) Munster Records 7149 Spain 2001 Sell This Version
10007 Greenpeace Non-Toxic Video Hits  album cover Various Greenpeace Non-Toxic Video Hits(VHS, Comp, Mono) Vestron Music Video, Concorde Video 10007 Germany Unknown Sell This Version
15.504 Live Stiffs Live  album cover Various Live Stiffs Live(LP, Comp) Stiff Records 15.504 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
15505 A Bunch Of Stiff Records  album cover Various A Bunch Of Stiff Records(LP, Comp) Stiff Records 15505 Greece 1977 Sell This Version
15 507 Do It Yourself  album cover Ian Dury & The Blockheads* Do It Yourself(LP, Album) Stiff Records 15 507 Greece 1979 Sell This Version
15.511 Stateless  album cover Lene Lovich Stateless (Album) 15.511 Greece 1978 Sell This Version
15 512 The Up Escalator  album cover Graham Parker And The Rumour The Up Escalator (Album) 15 512 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
15514 New Hope For The Wretched  album cover Plasmatics (2) New Hope For The Wretched(LP, Album) Stiff Records 15514 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
15515 Laughter  album cover Ian Dury And The Blockheads Laughter(LP, Album) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 15515 Greece 1980 Sell This Version
15 516 7  album cover Madness 7 (Album) 15 516 Greece 1981 Sell This Version
15 521 The Rise & Fall  album cover Madness The Rise & Fall (Album) 15 521 Greece 1986 Sell This Version
15523 Tomorrow's Just Another Day  album cover Madness Tomorrow's Just Another Day (Maxi) 15523 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15524 The Belle Stars  album cover The Belle Stars The Belle Stars (Album) 15524 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15 526 You Broke My Heart In 17 Places  album cover Tracey Ullman You Broke My Heart In 17 Places (Album) 15 526 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15527 Ooh Wallah Wallah  album cover King Kurt Ooh Wallah Wallah (Album) 15527 Greece 1983 Sell This Version
15528 Keep Moving  album cover Madness Keep Moving (Album) 15528 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
15529 You Caught Me Out  album cover Tracey Ullman You Caught Me Out (Album) 15529 Greece 1984 Sell This Version
17 704 AT New Rose  album cover The Damned New Rose(7", Single) Stiff Records, Island Records 17 704 AT Benelux 1977 Sell This Version
17705 AT Silver Shirt  album cover Plummet Airlines Silver Shirt(7", Single) Stiff Records, Stiff Records 17705 AT Netherlands 1976 Sell This Version
17787 AT Less Than Zero  album cover Elvis Costello Less Than Zero(7", Single) Stiff Records 17787 AT Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
17 791 AT New Rose  album cover The Damned New Rose(7", Single) Stiff Records 17 791 AT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
17 845 AT Less Than Zero  album cover Elvis Costello Less Than Zero(7", Single) Stiff Records 17 845 AT Germany 1977 Sell This Version
20.339A VIC-155 Madness One Better Day (Maxi) 20.339A VIC-155 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
20.643 - VIC-202 Carried Away  album cover Yes Let's Carried Away(12") Stiff Records 20.643 - VIC-202 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
22001 Dirty Old Town  album cover The Pogues Dirty Old Town(7", Single) Stiff Records 22001 France 1986 Sell This Version
22002 Poguetry In Motion  album cover The Pogues Poguetry In Motion(7") Stiff Records 22002 France 1986 Sell This Version
22005 World Domination  album cover The Belle Stars World Domination(7", Single) Stiff Records 22005 France 1986 Sell This Version
22006 The Locomotion  album cover Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin The Locomotion(7", Single) Stiff Records 22006 France 1986 Sell This Version
22008 La Boogie  album cover Jona Lewie La Boogie(7", Single) Stiff Records 22008 France 1986 Sell This Version
22009 Brilliant Mind  album cover Furniture Brilliant Mind(7", Single) Stiff Records 22009 France 1986 Sell This Version
22012 Don't Wait Up  album cover Dr. Feelgood Don't Wait Up(7", Single) Stiff Records 22012 France 1986 Sell This Version
22014 Bossa Nova  album cover Andy Fairweather Low* Bossa Nova(7", Single) Musidisc 22014 France 1986 Sell This Version
22401 Poguetry In Motion  album cover The Pogues Poguetry In Motion(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22401 France 1986 Sell This Version
22402 Only Love Can Break Your Heart  album cover Mint Juleps Only Love Can Break Your Heart(12", Maxi) Stiff Records 22402 France 1986 Sell This Version
22403 World Domination  album cover The Belle Stars World Domination(12") Stiff Records 22403 France 1986 Sell This Version
22406 The Locomotion  album cover Dave Stewart & Barbara Gaskin The Locomotion(12", Maxi) Stiff Records, Musidisc 22406 France 1986 Sell This Version
22407 New Toy  album cover Lene Lovich New Toy(12") Stiff Records 22407 France Unknown Sell This Version
22701 Rum Sodomy & The Lash  album cover The Pogues Rum Sodomy & The Lash (Album) 22701 France 1986 Sell This Version
22702 Big Cock  album cover King Kurt Big Cock(LP) Stiff Records 22702 France 1986 Sell This Version
22703 Folksinger  album cover Phranc Folksinger(LP, Album) Stiff Records 22703 France 1986 Sell This Version
22709 The Wrong People  album cover Furniture The Wrong People(LP) Stiff Records 22709 France 1986 Sell This Version
22710 Forever (The Best Of Tracey Ullman)  album cover Tracey Ullman Forever (The Best Of Tracey Ullman)(LP, Comp) Stiff Records 22710 France 1985 Sell This Version
22711 Red Roses For Me  album cover The Pogues Red Roses For Me(LP, Album) Stiff Records 22711 France 1984 Sell This Version
22712 Brilleaux  album cover Dr. Feelgood Brilleaux(LP, Album) Stiff Records 22712 France 1986 Sell This Version
23866-1 The Belle Stars  album cover The Belle Stars The Belle Stars(LP, Album) Stiff Records 23866-1 US 1983 Sell This Version
28 619 XOT A Bunch Of Stiff Records  album cover Various A Bunch Of Stiff Records (Comp) 28 619 XOT Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
28 664 XOT Damned Damned Damned  album cover The Damned Damned Damned Damned(LP, Album) Stiff Records 28 664 XOT Netherlands 1977 Sell This Version
0-29657 Sign Of The Times  album cover The Belle Stars Sign Of The Times(12", Maxi) Warner Bros. Records, Warner Bros. Records, Stiff Records, Stiff Records 0-29657 US 1983 Sell This Version
30.080 Madness "Al Completo"  album cover Madness Madness "Al Completo"(LP, Comp, RE) Stiff Records, Victoria 30.080 Spain Unknown Sell This Version