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Slash Records

Slash Records is a record label in Los Angeles, originally specializing in local and punk rock bands.


  • History 1
  • Notable artists 2
  • See also 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The label was formed in 1978 by Bob Biggs. Biggs, a painter, initiated the label with a seven-inch single from the Germs in 1978. A full album from that band was released the next year, and X's Los Angeles followed in 1980. Until 1981, the label was distributed through Jem; when that company went bankrupt, Slash entered into a distribution deal with Warner Bros., a move that was among the first collaborations between a self-started indie and a major label. During the time of this arrangement, the label released albums by prominent Los Angeles punk and Rock and roll bands, including Fear, The Blasters, L7 and Los Lobos.

The label flourished even after the magazine stopped in 1980. A subsidiary, Ruby Records, was started in 1981; Ruby released albums by Misfits, Dream Syndicate, and The Gun Club. By the mid-1980s, Slash had branched out beyond Southern California, releasing albums by Robyn Hitchcock and Burning Spear.

The label was sold to London Records in 1986. From 1982 until 1996, releases from Slash Records were distributed in the United States by Warner Bros. Records, and elsewhere by Mercury Records.

Universal Music Group (the owner of American Decca) was formed through the merger of the MCA and PolyGram Records families, the latter of which owned London Records, in 2000 and closed Slash as an active label. When London Records president Roger Ames moved to Warner Music Group, he retained the rights to London and Slash, and the back catalogue of Slash was acquired by Warner. In 2003, Ames relicensed the use of the name Slash back to Bob Biggs, who then relaunched the label.[1][2]

Notable artists

See also


  1. ^ "Slash Records revived in LA and NY", The DIY Reporter, June 20, 2003.
  2. ^ "Bigg News! The Return Of Bob Biggs and the Rebirth of Slash Records" interview with Bob Briggs by Shaun Dale, Cosmik Debris Magazine #98, September 2003.

External links

  • Complete Slash discography
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