Independent label: The influential 4AD label was started in 1980 by music enthusiasts Ivo Watts-Russell and Peter Kent with financial help from Beggars Banquet, whose record store chain the pair worked for. Originally calling their label Axis, they released an initial series of four 7" singles before finding out that the name Axis was already being used by another label. Having to quickly come up with a new name, the partners noticed the following bit of typography that their graphic designer had put on a flyer announcing the Axis releases: Manufactured And Distributed By Beggars Banquet.

80 Fast Set Junction One AXIS AXIS 1
80 Bearz She'S My Girl AXIS AXIS 2
80 Bauhaus Dark Entries AXIS AXIS 3
80 Shox No Turning Back AXIS AXIS 4