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Stiff Records

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The Stiff Records record label was created in 1976, at the height of the punk boom by Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera.

The label entered a distribution deal with Island Records. Riviera left Stiff in 1977 to form Radar Records. In 1984 Stiff became part of Island Records. The deal wasn't a success and Robinson regained control in 1986 of the newly independent label. After a serious cashflow crisis, ZTT Records bought the label for a reported £300.000.

Stiff billed themselves as The World's Most Flexible Record Label. The label had a lot of attitude. Other slogans were "We came. We saw. We left." and "If it ain't Stiff it ain't worth a fuck."

Barney Bubbles was responsible for the graphic art associated with Stiff Records.

Although Stiff had the punk reputation, it hosted a wide variety of players. Artists who recorded on Stiff include:

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