A Bunch Of Stiff Records

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A Bunch Of Stiff Records
A Bunch Of Stiff Records.jpg
compilation by
various artists
Back cover, German Stiff/Teldec 6.23317 issue

1977 Stiff compilation includes "Less Than Zero."


Side One
TitlePerformer(s) Length
1. I Love My Label  Nick Lowe 2:58
2. (I'd Go The) Whole Wide World  Wreckless Eric 2:57
3. White Line Fever  Motörhead 2:42
4. Less Than Zero  Elvis Costello and The Shamrocks 3:04
5. Little By Little  Magic Michael 3:58
6. Back To Schooldays  Graham Parker 2:51
Side Two
TitlePerformer(s) Length
7. Jump For Joy (Martin Stone)Stones Masonry 2:28
8. Maybe  Jill Read 2:55
9. Jo Jo Gunne (Chuck Berry)Dave Edmunds 4:59
10. The Young Lords (Sean Tyla)Tyla Gang 3:28
11. Food  The Takeaways 3:31


  • For contractual reasons the backing band Clover are called The Shamrocks on this release.
  • This record was commonly known simply as A Bunch Of Stiffs.
  • This version of Less Than Zero is a slightly different mix than either the version on My Aim Is True or the single (BUY 11):
    • Like the single it doesn't have the theremin-like organ in the chorus which is on the My Aim Is True version, but where the single has those fuzz-toned/distorted chords in the chorus, this version has them softened and buried in the mix. Also, you can hardly hear the guitar fill during the fade-out.
  • Album subtitle: "Undertakers To The Industry – If They're Dead - We'll Sign 'Em"
  • The Takeaways line-up: Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Sean Tyla, Larry Wallis
  • Etched in the runoff for side 1 is: surfing with the new wave, side 2: a porky prime cut

Release info

Release date Media Catalog number Comments
1977-04-01 LP Stiff SEEZ 2 UK
1979-05-01 LP Stiff/Victor VIP-6651 Japan
1977-__-__ LP Stiff/Teldec 6.23317 Germany (Purple vinyl)


Full page ad in Melody Maker, April 2, 1977 Full page ad in New Musical Express, April 2, 1977 Full page ad in Sounds, April 2, 1977 Full page ad in Slash, June 1977

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