Independent label: Stiff Records was created in 1976 by Dave Robinson and Jake Riviera. Initially intending to specialize in "pub rock" by artists such as Ian Dury and Wreckless Eric, the label quickly got caught up in the punk, ska & new wave movements, and helped launch the careers of such artists as Elvis Costello, Madness, The Damned, Nick Lowe, The Pogues and many others. Ever the keen marketeers, Stiff billed themselves as "The World's Most Flexible Record Label". Other slogans were "We came. We saw. We left." and "If it ain't Stiff it ain't worth a fuck." Riviera left Stiff in 1977 to form Radar Records, taking Elvis Costello and several other artists with him. In 1978 the company entered into a US partnership with CBS, Inc. This created two short lived labels Stiff-Columbia and Stiff-Epic. In 1984 the label entered a distribution deal with Island Records. Stiff was fully purchased by Island, but the deal wasn't a success and Robinson regained control in 1986 of the newly independent label. In 1987, after a serious cashflow crisis, the label went into liquidation. ZTT, whose product Robinson had worked on when in cahoots with Island, bought the label catalogue for a reported 300,000. On ZTT's watch the label slowly petered out - several albums by the likes of the Belle Stars, Furniture and Dr Feelgood were left in limbo, unreleased. Autumn 2006 saw the Stiff brand resurrected with new signings and reissues. Stiff are currently listed as a member of the SPZ group, who own Sarm Studios, Perfect Songs and ZTT. Distributed By Stiff Records.

81 Otway John & Wild Willy Barrett Headbutts STIFF STIN 1
81 Hon. Nick Jones And Ian Macrae Ballad Of Lady Di STIFF WED 1
81 Dave Stewart [Guest Vocals Colin Blunstone] What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted STIFF BROKEN 1
81 Stewart Dave & Barbara Gaskin It'S My Party STIFF BROKEN 2
82 Stewart Dave & Barbara Gaskin Johnny Rocco STIFF BROKEN 3
83 Stewart Dave & Barbara Gaskin Siamese Car Song STIFF BROKEN 4
83 Stewart Dave & Barbara Gaskin Busy Doing Nothing STIFF BROKEN 5
84 Stewart Dave & Barbara Gaskin Leipzig STIFF BROKEN 6
84 Stewart Dave & Barbara Gaskin I'M In A Different World STIFF BROKEN 7
86 Stewart Dave & Barbara Gaskin The Locomotion STIFF BROKEN 8
81 Mickey Jupp  Don't Talk To Me   STIFF  GFR 1
81 The Snowmen  Hokey-Cokey  STIFF ODB 1
81 The Save The Children Fund Choir Little Star STIFF SAVE 1
82 Children Of Seven Solidarity STIFF SOL 1
82 The Ensemble  Viva Scotland, Ireland, England!   STIFF WIN 1
82 The Chaps Rawhide  STIFF RAW 1
83 Plum Too Much Ain'T Enough STIFF FAT 1
85 Dawn Chorus And The Bluetits  Teenage Kicks  STIFF DAWN  1
85 Dawn Chorus & The Blue Tits I'm Going Down  STIFF DAWN  2
85 The Sinfonia Of London with Peter Auty Walking In The Air STIFF  LAD 1
85 Winter Babies Bossanova Suicide STIFF WINTER 1