LONDON — Stiff Records, a label concentrating on pub-rock music and limited edition collectors' recordings, has been launched in the U.K. Product is currently available via mail-order or selected record retail chains but a distribution deal with a major record company is being negotiated.
Andrew Jakeman, a director of the company, says: "We are dedicated to releasing three-chord songs lasting three minutes, as well as collector item disks and possible chart records. Our first releases will include Chillie Willie and the Red Hot Peppers and Nick Lowe, formerly with Brinsley Schwartz — all the material is previously unissued and will feature a lot of music from pub-rock acts prior to their being contracted to other record companies." Also involved in Stiff is D. W. (David) Robinson.
There are also three shareholders, Nick Lowe, Lee Brilleaux and Keith Morris. Copies of Stiff Records will he available either by mail-order at a cost of $1 including postage and packing, or from Virgin, Rock On and Bruce's stores.