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Founded in 1984 by Clive Solomon and the late journalist Jonny Waller the label trailblazed through the late 80s and 90s before burning brightly and burning out, right before the indie revival.

The fire was restarted by James Nicholls and through a series of acclaimed reissues and new releases, revitalising the careers of indie royalty along the way, the label has a raft of new releases from the outer reaches of the sonic spectrum.

To celebrate 33 years of Fire Records we have a selection of their catalogue in-store, check out some of our favourites below.


Blank Realm – Illegals In Heaven

Blank Realm’s transformation across the Australian mystic from sprawling spaced out psychotic punk blues, through the startling maverick pop psychedelia of ‘Go Easy’ to the widely acclaimed ‘Grassed Inn’, continues in its unrelenting quest for that quintessential synergy of chiming pop anthems.

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Pulp – It: 2012 Reissue

As one of their most honest recordings, It captures a band at the very beginning of their startling career. It is a gentle, mainly acoustic album, hinting at the musical directions Pulp would later pursue. The record touches on the majestic, theatrical ballads of Scott Walker as well as the stark, folky song-poems of Leonard Cohen. Produced by a young band in the process of pinpointing their direction, the album has aged beautifully into a charming collection.

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Guided By Voices – Motivational Jumpsuit

It speaks in several silvery tongues, and like the album English Little League takes many routes to the same shimmery, elusive destination: rock greatness. Its twenty songs (in thirty-eight minutes!) range from the shaggy Who Sell Out pot-pourri of “Evangeline Dandelion” to the lurching, rifferific “Planet Score,” breezing briskly through every worthwhile rock und roll style sheet along the way.

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Wreckless Eric – Donovan Of Trash

The Donovan Of Trash is a truly punk record; a DIY, lo-fi milestone containing some of Wreckless Eric’s finest songs, a fact sadly overlooked at the time of its original release in 1993 by fans and critics unable to get beyond the harsh, weird and often dissonant sound to discover the beauty within.

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Pere Ubu – Dub Housing

Mesmerising critics, fans and musicians along the way, their follow up has been repeatedly regarded as one of their best and captures Pere Ubu in one of their earliest incarnations. ‘Dub Housing’s assaultive noises and melodic rock still annihilates the senses setting Pere Ubu apart from their peers with vision and an inimitable ability to push boundaries.

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Lemonheads – Lick: Deluxe Edition

Before the 90s. Before the internet. Before Nevermind. Back when something called independent music first began reaching a wider audience, through college radio, word-of-mouth, and that small underground record store you seem to find in every town there was a band from Boston called Lemonheads.

An odd mixture of brand-new, and considerably older, sounds, 1989s Lick brings together the output of several distinct recording sources: six brand new songs recorded with Minneapolis-based band friend and producer Terry Katzman, and a collection of older, B-side and never-released material originally overseen by producer and engineer Tom Hamilton.

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The Bevis Frond – Miasma

The long out of print debut album by The Bevis Frond from 1987 featuring seven additional tracks.

Acclaimed in Rolling Stone by David Fricke as “a Hendrix devotee every bit as tough and contemporary as the serrated guitar chorales of Sonic Youth and Pixies.”

Covered by the likes of Teenage Fanclub and Dinosaur Jr among many others, this is a psychedelic pop masterpiece with gorgeous pop overtones.

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Mark Mulcahy – Dear Mark J. Mulcahy, I Love You

Mark Mulcahy is the former singer of Miracle Legion, an American rock band of the late 80s, early 90s who were signed to Rough Trade. Following the demise of the band, Mark’s solo career began with Fathering, an album that received universal praise including Album Of The Month in Uncut and Album Of The Week in The Guardian and featured the track “Hey Self Defeater” which was featured in Nick Hornby’s book 31 Songs.

“A set of lean and seductively freewheeling, vaguely alt-country toned pop songs with a knockabout cool and great arrangements, that show off the singer’s trademark, wryly reflective lyrics to a T.” – Uncut

“It appears Mulcahy’s been busy reinventing himself as a Lou Reedesque street poet. Rich with broken yet proud hustlers, it’s gritty urban dramas never became too heavy-hearted, the breezy tunes blowing through like prime Jonathan Richman.” – Mojo

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Boys – Alternative Chartbusters: Deluxe Edition

Along with the Sex Pistols, Clash and the Damned, The Boys were part of the first wave of the mid-1970’s UK punk explosion. Armed with an arsenal of killer Steel/Dangerfield songs The Boys became the first UK punk band to sign an album deal in January 1977 and subsequently released two albums, their self-titled debut and the follow-up “Alternative Chartbusters” in quick succession.

Highly regarded by the music press and their contemporaries, their well-crafted songs, together with Steel and Dangerfield’s layered harmonies, even led to them being described as ‘The Beatles of Punk’.

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Neutral Milk Hotel – On Avery Island

Jeff Mangum’s songs are cryptic and crazed, his ideas fast and furious, and together they force the home-recording concept out of the basement and into a brave new world, a fuzzy masterpiece of experimental lo-fi recording.

Full of rapid-fire wordplay with true and heartfelt experimentation, both ambitious and eclectic, it’s not hard to see why this has been such an influential album. Part of the fabled Elephant 6 collective, Neutral Milk Hotel won over many a music critic with this cult classic.

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