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STIFF
UK Labels and Company Sleeves 1976-1980

Labels

Large perimeter print
Samll perimeter print
Large perimeter print
Large perimeter print
BUY 1 - 1976
to
BUY 18 - 1977
Later occasionally 
BUY 5 - 1976
to
BUY 7 - 1976
BUY 9 - 1978
BUY 19 - 1977
to
BUY 24 - 1977
BUY 24
(first 5000)
Stiff was set up in 1976 by Jake Riviera, Dave Robinson and Nick Lowe. The label earned itself a place in history by releasing the first Punk single, the Damned's, 'New Rose' (BUY 6 - 1976), and brought a breath of fresh air to the music business with its tongue-in-cheek attitude to promotion and publicity.  Stiff was also responsible for introducing Elvis Costello & the Attractions to the world. 
Riviera left in 1978, to start the Radar label, and Lowe and Costello went with him. 
In 1984, the label hit financial difficulties and was sold to Island Records.
Stiff Records enjoyed another brief period of independence in 1986, again under Dave Robinson, but soon closed down. 
BUY 25 - 1978
to
BUY 33 - 1978
Later occasionally
BUY 36 - 1978
to
BUY 41 - 1978
BUY 42 - 1979
to
BUY 47 - 1979
BUY 61 - 1979
to
BUY 85 - 1980
OFF 1 - 1978
to
OFF 4 - 1978
BOY 1 - 1977
to
BOY 2 - 1978
BUY 34 - 1978
"Stiff Wrecords"
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Sleeves
Range
Front
Back
Details
No 1
1976
to
1977
Curved notch
 Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 2
1977
to
1978
Delga Press
.  Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 3
1978
to
1980
No Delga Press
Later issues in picture sleeves
 Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
No 4
BUY 20 - 1977
to
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   Cut straight/notch  Glued left/right  
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Thanks to Ade Macrow, England for scans in this section
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