SUMMERHOUSE
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 Independent label: Summerhouse was formed in 1986 in Stockton-on-Tees, Cleveland.  Its original aim was to tap into the flow of leading independent bands passing through the area's Dovecot Arts Centre, where label founder William Jones was working as Music Officer, and provide an outlet for some of the region's own bands, centring on those of Jones and collaborator Carl Green. Securing distribution deals initially with Probe Plus and then Red Rhino, Summerhouse launched with a batch of three singles, from Friends, Whirlpool Guest House and highly tipped Lincoln band 4,000,000 Telephones. The Telephones, who had already released a home-produced album on their own Bunker label, were particularly successful in Germany, where they had built a reputation through touring. The early Summerhouse house style was decidedly pop, with the exception of 4,000,000 Telephones, whose avant-garde funk was accompanied by a manic performing style. Whirlpool Guest House did not perform live at all, presenting instead taped performances of their music to the accompaniment of films shot by songwriter Carl Green. Distributed By Red Rhino Records the Cartel.

    
86 Friends It'S Getting Louder SUMMERHOUSE SUMS 1
87 4,000,000 Telephones French Girls SUMMERHOUSE SUMS 2
87 Whirlpool Guest Houst The Changing Face SUMMERHOUSE SUMS 3
87 Friends Far And Away (12") SUMMERHOUSE SUMS 4
88 Rumblefish Medicine (12") SUMMERHOUSE SUMS 5
88 Rumblefish Don'T Leave Me (12") SUMMERHOUSE SUMS 6
88 Four Million Telephones Save You (12", Maxi) SUMMERHOUSE SUMS 7
88 Friends The First Day Of Spring (Cd, Ep) SUMMERHOUSE SUMS 8
94 Friends Foreign Money SUMMERHOUSE SUMS 9