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Slash Records (1978)

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

The label was formed in 1978 by Bob Biggs as an outgrowth of the Los Angeles-based fanzine, Slash. 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 of the collaborations betw punk music. 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 The Misfits, Dream Syndicate, and The Gun Club. By the mid-1980s, Slash had branched out into other parts of the country, signing such acts as Violent Femmes and BoDeans and 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 acquired PolyGram, which owned London Records, in 2000 and closed Slash as an active label. When London Records president Roger Ames moved to the 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.

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