Since one Record Store Day clearly wasn’t enough, they’ve got another fall edition coming up on November 29, and those cheeky bastards went and named it “Back to Black Friday,” to lure in any Black Friday shoppers who still know what a “record store” is. A label that sure as shoot knows from records—Stiff Records—has a killer Back to Black Friday release all set to go.
The groundbreaking British label that’s been doing the nifty packaging thing since 1975 built its musical name on being a proto-punk progenitor, cementing that rep with what some say is the first British punk release, the Damned’s debut single, New Rose, in October, 1976. But they’ve since gone on to release all kinds of pub rock, power pop, new wave, and what not ever since. And you can get a load of that all in one heavy slab with the Back to Black Friday limited edition special, Ten Big Stiffs, a beauty of a box set featuring amazing 7” reissues from the label’s early-80s new wave heyday including Wreckless Eric, Tenpole Tudor, the Untouchables, Tracey Ullman, the Plasmatics, and more. Mostly unavailable for decades, the singles all come in reproductions of their original artwork, and one of them—the Mint Julips’ Docklands—has never been out 7”-wise.
Stiff have also finally printed up some of their classic t-shirt designs, featuring such urbane British utterances as “If It Ain’t Stiff, It Ain’t Worth a F*ck.” In the U.S. it’ll all be handled through Razor & Tie.
And to hype this set, in the indubitably creative Stiff manner of hawking, they’ve created some promo video clips featuring mini-docs of bands from the box set, and we’ve got the exclusive premiere of the clip for the Pink Fairies below! So check it, then start saving those quarters for Back to Black Friday!