Slash Records is a record label in Los Angeles, originally specializing in local and punk rock bands.
was formed in 1978 by Bob Biggs as an
outgrowth of the Los
Angeles-based fanzine, Slash.
Biggs, a painter, initiated
the label with a seven-inch single
from The Germs
in 1978. A full album
from that band was released the next year, and X
's Los Angeles
followed in 1980.
Until 1981, the label was distributed through Jem; when that
company went bankrupt, Slash entered into a distribution deal with
, a move that was among the
first of the collaborations between independent and major labels in
American punk music. During the time of this arrangement, the label
released albums by prominent Los Angeles punk and Rock and roll
bands, including Fear
, The Blasters
The label flourished even after the magazine stopped in 1980. A
subsidiary, Ruby Records
, was started
in 1981; Ruby released albums by The
, Dream Syndicate
The Gun Club
. By the mid-1980s,
Slash had branched out into other parts of the country, signing
such acts as Violent Femmes and
BoDeans (both from Wisconsin) and releasing albums by Robyn Hitchcock and Burning Spear.
The label was sold to London Records
in 1986. From 1982 until 1996, releases from Slash
Records were distributed in the United States by Warner
elsewhere by Mercury Records
Universal Music Group
owner of American Decca) acquired PolyGram, which owned London
Records, in 2000 and closed Slash as an active label. When Ames
moved to the Warner Music Group
he retained the rights to London and Slash, and the back catalogue
of Slash was acquired by Warner. In 2003, Ames relicensed the use
of the name Slash back to Bob Biggs, who then relaunched the
- "Slash Records revived in LA and NY", The DIY
Reporter, June 20, 2003.
- "Bigg News! The Return Of Bob Biggs And The Rebirth
Of Slash Records" interview with Bob Briggs by Shaun Dale,
Cosmik Debris Magazine #98, September 2003.
Complete Slash discography