The Lost Labels Podcast is dedicated to digging into the history of seminal alternative record labels, both well-known and forgotten. It is my hope that such a podcast might shed light on unjustly overlooked gems of punk, power pop, rockabilly, psychedelic, and new wave. Many of these albums are long-out of print and do not exist in digital form, practically unheard of in today’s day and age, but still deserve to be discovered (or rediscovered) by modern listeners.
Episode 21: Wharton Tiers (Theoretical Girls)
From playing alongside Glenn Branca in seminal band Theoretical Girls to producing the first Sonic Youth album, Wharton Tiers has his fingerprints all over the late-70s/early-80s New York scene. Add to that his work with A Band and Glorious Strangers,...
Episode 20: Howie Klein (415 Records)
From his college days booking artists like the Doors to his later career working with the Smiths and Pretenders at Sire Records, every chapter of Howie Klein's life is fascinating to the avid music fan. One of Howie's greatest legacies is the founding...
Episode 19: Shauna Laurie (U.S. Ape)
Although they only released three singles, US Ape seemed poised to become the next Talking Heads or Knack in the late 1970s. Fronted by Tom Goodkind, later of the Washington Squares, the band played a unique blend of danceable funk-new wave that didn't quite sound like any of their contemporaries.
In this episode, we talk to keyboardist (and sometimes vocalist) Shauna Laurie about her time in the band and what it was like to be a part of the late-1970s scene.
To see US Ape in action, watch their music video for 1979's "Ignorance Is Bliss":
Episode 18: Michael Zilkha (ZE Records)
With seminal releases from Suicide, James Chance, Lydia Lunch, Was (Not Was), Kid Creole and the Coconuts, the Waitresses, and many others, ZE Records was described by John Peel as "the best independent record label in the world." UK-born Michael Zilkha...
Episode 17: Brian Young (Rudi)
Rudi were the first punk rock band to form in Northern Ireland, as well as being the first release on the seminal Good Vibrations record label. Guitarist Brian Young was influenced by the likes of Marc Bolan, the New York Dolls, and the Ramones--all of...
Episode 16: Martin Cowan (The Outcasts)
The Outcasts were one of the most popular bands to emerge from the punk rock scene in Belfast, Northern Ireland. After releasing a single on the short-lived IT Records, the Outcasts put out two seminal singles and a full length on Terri Hooley's Good...