Episode 1366: What Was First: Factory Records

We had so much fun with What Was First last week that we just had to do one more! Thanks to listener Nick Optus who wrote in to suggest we investigate the first release on the legendary Factory Records. There is a twist to the “first release” tale on this episode you won’t want to miss, dear listener.

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    Episode 1366: What Was First: Factory Records

    We had so much fun with What Was First last week that we just had to do one more! Thanks to listener Nick Optus who wrote in to suggest we investigate the first release on the legendary Factory Records. There is a twist to the “first release” tale on this episode you won’t want to miss, dear listener.

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    Episode 1365: What Was First: Alternative Tentacles

    We wrap up What Was First week with a suggestion from our friend and community member Mike Kohli. Reminding us that “there is always room for Jello” Mike suggests we investigate what was first on Alternative Tentacles Records.

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    Episode 1364: What Was First: Jagjaguwar Records

    Our What Was First series stops in Charlottesville, Virginia today to pick up the story of Jagjaguwar Records. Along the way, Dungeons and Dragons, Tokyo Rose and Bloomington, Indiana will feature. The first release is by The Curious Digit and yeah, we hadn’t heard it either.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1363: What Was First: Merge Records

    Episode 1363: What Was First: Merge Records

    Our series What Was First continues today with a trip down North Carolina way to learn about the first release on Merge Records. Listener Mark Neese wrote in to suggest this one and it turns out that the first release on Merge is not a 7″, 12″ or a compact disc. No, it’s a cassette!

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    Episode 1362: What Was First: Rhino Records

    An email from beautiful Cornucopia, Wisconsin leads us to investigate the first release on Rhino Records. The story will take us back to Westwood, California and touch on buying records at flea markets, Hassle the Salesman Day and even include a number one single.

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    Episode 1361: What Was First: Creation Records

    Welcome to a week of What Was First episodes! We got a pile of suggestions for this series, so we decided to dive right in. We begin with a suggestion from Steven Routledge, who thought the first release on Creation Records would make a good episode and we think he’s right!

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1360: What Was First: Twin/Tone Records

    Episode 1360: What Was First: Twin/Tone Records

    Based on listener suggestions, Patrick takes a peek into the historical record to locate the first release on influential Minneapolis label Twin/Tone Records.

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    Episode 1359: Book Nook: The Real Story of the Clash

    Today we turn the tables as Jim opens up the Book Nook to give his take on a volume he recently finished: Passion Is a Fashion: The Real Story of the Clash by Pat Gilbert.

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    Episode 1358: Fan Mail: The Kinks, Record Guides, Frank Ocean

    We open up the neglected Suburbs Pod Mailroom for some responses to episodes on the Kinks, Record Guides and Frank Ocean.

  • Thumbnail for Episode 1357: What Was First: Slash Records

    Episode 1357: What Was First: Slash Records

    On a second-straight suggestion from listener David Leedy, Patrick takes a look at the first record released on Slash Records, a highly influential label born out of the Los Angeles punk boom.