Attrix Records, the label, began with a single entitled Hard Times b/w Lost Lenore. This was prefixed RB01. The letters being the abbreviation of the man's name who formed the label, Rick Blair. Only 500 copies were pressed at a cost of £250, which was made up of savings and a loan from a friend. Rick had a group called Attrix, a three piece in which he was guitarist and vocalist. He also wrote the two songs on the record.
Next step was a compilation LP called Vaultage 78, made up of local bands, an innovative move at that time. A further three singles followed, again by local bands and then in December 1979 a second Brighton music compilation Vaultage 79 was released using new local bands.
Then came a 12 inch single by the Parrots, an EP by the Chefs and by the end of the year a third and final volume of local music, Vaultage 80
Attrix Records, the shop, was situated on Sydney Street in the North Laines - the throbbing heart of creative Brighton then as it is now, only it was less upmarket back then, though always ahead of its time.
You could buy all the cool albums - New York Dolls, Velvet Underground, the B52's, Dead Kennedys, Talking Heads, this was the new music from the USA and the cool stuff from the UK at the time - Sex Pistols, Stranglers, Clash, Jam, Damned, Sham 69, UK Subs, Ian Dury, etc as well as a lot of more obscure stuff that would also later go mainstream.
Attrix records sold cheaper than any other outlets, a measure of Rick and his philosophy, music for the people, by the people. For the full story read Stuart Jones' Attrix Memoirs
• Browse the complete Attrix Discography
(compiled and sent in by Weed, cheers mate)
• Download or preview the 1981 Attrix Calender
• Read a handwritten note from Rick Blair to Terry Newbery
Above: Rick is flanked by the Jones brothers as he shows
off the Piranhas' single Yap Yap Yap in the Attrix Shop.