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Sub Pop Records, the short name from Subterranean Pop was founded by Bruce Pavitt and Jonathan Poneman in 1988.
Sub Pop Records is a medium-sized independent record label based in Seattle, WA. With early releases by Nirvana, Mudhoney, Soundgarden, and TAD, the label is often associated with something called “the grunge movement.” Exploitation of this association has frequently proven financially fruitful.
The label was an outgrowth of Bruce Pavitt's Olympia, WA based (PRINT) fanzine, which became the well respected cassettezine of the same name.
After his move to Seattle he ran a MUSIC column in the Seattle Rocket also called Sub Pop.
After initial forays into the record label world with a Green River 7" (not officially on Sub Pop) and the Sub Pop 100 LP, the label exploded onto the indie scene with four influential colored vinyl 7"s which includedMudhoney's "Touch Me I'm Sick" which made the year-end top 10 playlist of nearly every music journalist in the world.
Subsequent hyping of the label in the English music press put them on the map, and grunge was born.
Later years saw record album releases from such moderately-to-somewhat-well-known artists as: Sebadoh, Sunny Day Real Estate, The Murder City Devils, Hot Hot Heat, The Shins, Iron and Wine, The Postal Service, Band of Horses, David Cross, Flight of the Conchords, Fleet Foxes, Beach House,Washed Out, and The Head and the Heart, among many other very talented and deserving artists whose managers will be contacting us shortly about inclusion in the preceding list.
Of course, the label is perhaps best known for unintentionally ending the recording careers of such longstanding and excellent bands as Sleater-Kinney, Dead Moon and The Jesus and Mary Chain.
Sublabels: Hardly Art, Sub Pop Singles Club V.2, Sub Pop Songs, Vuv Records.