By Kenny McMurtrie
July 29, 2013
Fierce Panda Records is 20 years old in 2014. This fact alone was cause enough for me to dig out and play such early double 7″ releases as Shagging In The Streets, Crazed And Confused & Built To Blast. Rather bizarrely Green Day and The Bluetones are the only acts still going out of the label’s initial five releases at my disposal although the likes of Ash (covering Helen Love), Supergrass, Lush and Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci all have tracks in amongst those from Mantaray, These Animal Men, The Nubiles and other groups who took an early bath.
The label exemplified the diy ethic, worked hard at it and has over the intervening years clawed it’s way up to the deserved position it currently occupies in the industry. Along the way Simon Williams et al gave a hand to the careers of Art Brut, Coldplay and Idlewild and they continue to push out work by new acts (The Crookes, Hatcham Social, Dingus Khan) and more established names such as The Von Bondies and The Walkmen.
Endangered: The Story Of Fierce Panda Records aims to document the life & work of the label and those behind it. You can donate to the Pledge campaign for the film here. We did.