Burn Money – Become A Patron of Iron Man Records

March 3, 2016

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Iron Man Records wants to make all new record releases available on Vinyl.

23 Patrons currently support the record label. You are invited to become a Patron to ensure the insanity continues.

The journey from 1996, when Iron Man Records began, has been back-breaking. The record label has generated a mountain of debt and a serious Class “A” drug habit would have probably worked out a lot cheaper. Everything I earn, working as a Tour Manager, goes into keeping Iron Man Records moving and your support would be much appreciated at a critical time.

Iron Man Records continues to release records by some of the most interesting and talented artists, writers, and musicians. There has to be something that opposes the “reality” that we are surrounded by every day.

I don’t expect everyone to like what the record label releases, but at least you have a choice.

Musicians have to go to band practice, pay for their rehearsals, record their music, and work out a way to release their music. Many musicians have to plan and finance the costs of touring to promote their music by themselves. Musicians also need to eat and have a roof over their head, and I do too. It’s a tough time for musicians and artists, and you have to be mad to carry on sometimes.

I want to return to making every release on Iron Man Records available on Vinyl, as well as via streaming, downloads and on CD. It’s madness in the current economic climate, but a little bit of madness is just what is required. Are you still with me on this?

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I’m not asking anyone to pay for everything, nor am I asking anyone to pay me to run Iron Man Records, I can look after all that myself. What I want to do is invite people to contribute to reducing the costs of producing albums on Vinyl in exchange for a number of rewards to make it all worth while.

Patrons will get a copy of everything the label produces, as it becomes available. Patrons will also get access to digital files of everything, so you can listen on portable electronic devices, and you will get all sorts of other benefits. For example: free stuff from the Iron Man shop, stickers, email updates, free tickets, and whatever else I can think up as I go along. There is method to the madness, all you have to do is join in.

If you want to support struggling musicians who are up against it on a daily basis, then please consider offering your support to the cause.

I have put a page together on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/ironmanrecords which appears to be an interesting way to raise money. This will help produce Vinyl in small quantities and to the highest standards. Patreon lets you make recurring monthly donations and helps to reduce the upfront costs of producing music on vinyl. Anything from £1 a month or more is actually really helpful.

Iron Man Records is not in the pop business. The Label’s debts are what it’s worth. The label is trying hard, during a tough time in the history of recorded music, to help musicians and artists develop a sustainable future. To me, the simple way to do that, is to give the bands and artists a record to sell at gigs, that people would love to buy.

Iron Man Records wants to create Vinyl, something special, something that presents music in a format that people want to keep and enjoy. Life isn’t just about computers, mobile phones and social networking. There has to be an alternative. So if you want to join in and Burn Money, become a Patron and let’s make something happen. You have to make the world you want to live in.

Have a look here and any comments, good or bad are invited.

Immanentize

 

Your Insanity Will Do – Become A Patron Of Iron Man Records

February 8, 2016

I bought a copy of “The Manual” by Jimmy Cauty and Bill Drummond in 1996. I’d been looking for a copy for years. Some of it made sense, some of it didn’t. I liked the writing style and the advice given. I sent my receipt as proof of purchase to the PO BOX printed in the book and requested The Guarantee.

This is the reply that Bill Drummond sent back on headed paper. By reply Bill Drummond became the first Unaware Patron of Iron Man Records. Blame him for everything. A lot has happened since 1996. Your Insanity will do.

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Your Insanity could help Iron Man Records to release more music on Vinyl via Patreon. There are 21 Patrons currently supporting the record label, you are invited to become a Patron too.

Iron Man Records has been running since 1996. The label has released over 30 records and continues to work hard on a daily basis. Iron Man Records wants to make all new record releases available on Vinyl. The label will continue to make everything available through digital channels. You are invited to get involved.

Why help Iron Man Records? Here’s a quote from Detroit Poet John Sinclair, who released an album called “Mohawk” through the label in recent times. This sums up the sort of thing going through my head when I started out trying to bring people together to do something under the label name of Iron Man Records at the start of it all in 1996.

“One of the most important things to young, formative artists is having a group of one’s peers that one can be a part of, can talk to, work with, work out ideas, etc and can give crucial support.

Modern society has succeeded to a frightening degree in alienating artists from one another (and of course from people in general; or at least vice versa) and atomizing what could be a vital, active community into a group of lone, defensive, hung-up people who are afraid to talk to and/or work with anyone but themselves and (maybe) three or four friends.

A community of artists means that a group of highly conscious people can help each other in very real ways. Artists working alone are cutting themselves off from sources of inspiration and influence that can help them immeasurably in their work.

The lone artists have no one to listen to their work, no one to offer criticism and ideas that would bring their work into sharper focus with itself. Hard to get as excited, as completely involved in one’s work by oneself; when you can talk about it with/to others who are trying to do the same thing as yourself and communicate it to others, you can achieve and maintain the state of consciousness Henry James called “perception at the pitch of passion.” And who better to communicate to than those few people who are operating at the same level of awareness and involvement as oneself?

We are now in a period of expanded consciousness in all the arts. NOW is the time to find out what’s wrong with your work, NOW, at least get an inkling of what other real people will think of it and how it communicates.

So: what we want is a place for artists—musicians, painters, poets, writers, film-makers—who are committed to their art and to the concept of community involvement to meet and work with one another in an open, warm, loving, supportive environment—a place for people to come together as equals in a community venture whose success depends solely upon those involved with it.”

In reality, the journey from 1996 has been back-breaking, and the record label has generated a mountain of debt. Everything I earn working as a Tour Manager goes into keeping Iron Man Records moving forward, and in doing so, I try to provide a platform and focal point for everyone involved with the label.

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I manage to ensure that new records come out every year and during difficult times perhaps every two years. Without fail, Iron Man Records continues to release records by some of the most interesting and talented artists, writers, and musicians. The label seeks to share what resources it has, and provides an alternative to the onslaught of pop culture and everything that goes with it. There has to be something that opposes the nonsense that we are surrounded by every day, there has to be a meeting place and platform for those that demand an alternative. There has to be a mechanism to share contacts, resources and ideas.

I don’t expect everyone to like what the record label releases, but at least the label gives you a choice. You don’t have to buy everything from “the man” and you don’t have to work for “the man” either. As the saying goes: “We may never defeat these swine, but we don’t have to join them.” There’s always another way, and for Iron Man Records and the musicians, artists and writers it works to support “the show must go on, by any means necessary…..or until we are all eliminated”

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I can handle the logistics of running Iron Man Records by myself but I could use some help in releasing more Vinyl. At a time when “ownership” of music is becoming less important, and digital services are making “access” a much easier way of listening to more music than ever before, we have been left with a problem to solve.

How can the record label continue to release physical records by artists for people to “buy,” at a time when anyone, with any money left, can “access” more music for free, or at a fraction of the price, using streaming digital services?

We all know how to google an album, or a song, and find it for free. We’ve all done it. We all know how to access music on social networks for free, and through Streaming services like Spotify. Some of us buy our music from download sites. I think its fair to say some of us listen to more music than ever before, and choose to only spend our money on music from our favourite groups.

Iron Man Records has invested a lot of time and effort into making every release available through as many digital services as possible ensuring all the artists get a chance to be heard.

You can find all releases from Iron Man Records on iTunes, Apple Music, YouTube Music Key, Spotify, Amazon Music, Google Play, Deezer, Groove, Rhapsody, eMusic, Simfy Africa, iHeartRadio, MixRadio, MediaNet, VerveLife, Tidal, Gracenote, Shazam, 7Digital, Juke, JB Hi-Fi, Slacker, Guvera, KKBox, Akazoo, Anghami, Spinlet, Neurotic Media, Yandex, Target Music, ClaroMusica, Zvooq, Saavn, 8tracks, NMusic, Q.Sic and others.

From the stats, it is clear that plenty of people want to listen to the music Iron Man Records produces, but they don’t always want to pay for it. Many people want music as cheap as possible, and ideally for free. They would rather have access to music, than ownership of music. Fair enough, I can accept that, enjoy the music the way you want it. But how can the artists be supported to produce more work if people want “access” rather than “ownership?”

It makes me laugh when you hear people talking about how they won’t buy music from Amazon because Amazon doesn’t pay its workers a fair wage, and then get drawn into a discussion about what sites to use to find music for free without having to use Amazon.

People forget that starving musicians have to go to band practice, pay for their rehearsals, record their music, and work out a way to release their music. Many musicians have to plan and finance the costs of touring to promote their music by themselves. Musicians also need to eat and have a roof over their head, and I do too. Some of the more popular releases on Iron Man Records might achieve 23,000 streams over a five year period but only sell about 60 downloads. In the same period they may only sell about 150 physical copies on cd and even less on vinyl. I read recently that 1,500 streams can equal one album sale. If that statistic is correct, in order to sell 1,000 albums, you need to generate 1,500,000 streams. That sounds ridiculous to me. It’s a strange time for music if you are operating independently. There’s not much money coming in from sales here at Iron Man Records yet more people are listening to the music Iron Man Produces than at any time previously.

These days, it’s interesting to note that many musicians would probably earn more per hour, packing boxes and packages for Amazon, even on the poor wages that Amazon pays, than at most gigs they end up playing. But lets move on, you get the point. It’s a tough time for musicians and artists, and you have to be mad to carry on against such odds that are always stacked against you.

Where does Iron Man Records find itself in the digital world?

Streaming is taking off and I have always loved vinyl as a format. I want to return to making every release on Iron Man Records available on Vinyl, as well as via streaming, downloads and on CD. It’s madness in the current economic climate, but a little bit of madness is just what is required.

It is clear to me that if you can produce anything of value in terms of your music, a digital version is necessary so people can access and even download your music on their mobile devices. But if you are serious about your music, you must release it on Vinyl so the really passionate fans of your music, can get a copy to add to their collection and enjoy when they are at home.

Iron Man Records is capable of releasing records and making them available worldwide across pretty much every digital platform. Producing CDs of each release is also affordable within the context of selling physical copies, sending out to press and radio and keeping things ticking over. Vinyl however, is a little bit tricky.

Producing a record on Vinyl is about three times more expensive than producing a cd, which means you have to sell three times more records to recover the upfront costs. So something has to give.

This year has been tough for Iron Man records, income from selling physical sales has continued to decline. In fact physical sales of everything both CD, Vinyl and DVD has steadily declined year on year since 2004 when I started keeping a record. Habits are changing all the time and the market is choosing to access music rather than own music. Times are changing and either Iron Man Records changes too, or it’s game over.

Where am I going with this? I want you to sign up or subscribe to insanity.

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I want to start releasing records on Vinyl again and I need help reducing the front end costs. I’m not asking anyone to pay for everything, nor am I asking anyone to pay me to run Iron Man Records, I can look after all that myself. What I want to do is invite people to contribute to reducing the costs of producing albums on Vinyl. In exchange for help and support, you will get a copy of everything the label produces, as it becomes available. Supporters will get access to digital files of everything, so you can listen on portable electronic devices, and you will get all sorts of other benefits. For example: free stuff from the Iron Man shop, stickers, email updates, free tickets, and whatever else I can think up as I go along. There is method to the madness and all you have to do is join in.

I would like to think that if you like what Iron Man Records does, if you would like to encourage the label to produce all releases on Vinyl, and if you would like to support struggling musicians who are up against it on a daily basis, then please consider offering your support to the cause.

I have put together a page on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/ironmanrecords which I think is an interesting way to raise money. This will help produce Vinyl in small quantities and to the highest standards with regards to artwork and packaging. Patreon lets you make recurring monthly donations and thereby helps to reduce the upfront costs of producing music on vinyl.

Anyone who donates will get a copy of the vinyl produced and a number of other benefits. Anything from £1 a month or more is actually really helpful, and knowing a small regular sum is coming in each month allows me to plan more effectively.

Everything the label produces is accessible for free online anyway so you can have anything, anytime if you look for it. Offering a small monthly donation means that regardless of what goes on, Iron Man Records can keep releasing music on vinyl and keep helping the bands and artists to survive, and to make more music.

Let me be clear: Iron Man Records is not in the pop business. In fact it’s just not in business. The debts are what it’s worth. The label is trying hard, during a particularly tough time in the history of recorded music, to help musicians and artists develop a sustainable future. And to me, the simple way to do that, is give the bands and artists a Record to sell, at their gigs, that people would love to buy.

Iron Man Records wants to create Vinyl, something really special, something that presents music in a format that people want to keep and enjoy. That’s it really. Life isn’t just about computers, mobile phones and social networking. There has to be an alternative.

Have a look here and any comments, good or bad are invited.

Mark – Iron Man Records

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Become A Patron of Iron Man Records

October 23, 2015

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Support Iron Man Records creating Record Releases on Vinyl.

As a Patron we invite you to be the first to hear new releases and you will be sent special updates and news. You will have unlimited access to the Iron Man Records Sound Cloud account and you will be able to choose any T-shirt, CD, or vinyl of your choice from the Iron Man Shop.

WAV files of all new releases will be sent out using a file transfer service.

Stickers, artwork and any other limited items of interest will be offered to you first as they become available. You will also get free tickets to special events.

You may also be first to get an invite to be driven round the M25 for 25 hours on the weekend of Gimpo’s M25 25 hour spin. Fuel and Vehicle included but sanity is up to you.

As a patron, you will join a highly valued group, committed to supporting the future release schedule of Iron Man Records, and will enjoy a copy of everything produced on Vinyl with your support.

Your donation as a Patron will directly support our creative programme of releasing music on Vinyl and will allow us to work with and champion artists, music, ideas and creativity.

To Become a Patron of Iron Man Records go here

Thank You

Mark – Iron Man Records, 23rd October 2015

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Iron Man Records would like to release more music on Vinyl. You are invited to get Involved.

October 16, 2015

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I want to invite you to support Iron Man Records releasing more music on Vinyl via Patreon.

A small donation of something like $1 a month could help Iron Man Records release some of the recent CD and Digital releases on Vinyl.

Here is a list of recent releases that could be made available on Vinyl with your help:

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IMB6020 POLICE BASTARD – Dead To The World – Digital Release (23rd November 2015)

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IMB6021 POLICE BASTARD – Confined CD / Digital 2013

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IMB6022 JOHN SINCLAIR – Mohawk CD / Digital 2014

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IMB6023 DEATH TO FANATICS – Iron Man Records 1999-2014 compilation CD 2014

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IMB6027 T.C. Lethbridge – Moon Equipped – Digital Release (23rd November 2014)

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IMB6028 T.C. Lethbridge – 2000 TC – Digital Release (23rd November 2014)

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IMB6029 T.C. Lethbridge – Mina – Digital Release (23rd November 2014)

Iron Man Records invites you to contribute to reducing the costs of producing albums on Vinyl. In exchange for your help, you will get a copy of everything the label produces, as it becomes available. Supporters will get digital files of everything, so they can also listen on portable electronic devices. You will also get all sorts of other benefits like free stuff from the iron man shop, stickers, email updates, free tickets, and whatever else I can think up as I go along.

If you like what Iron Man Records does, if you would like to encourage the label to produce new releases on Vinyl, and if you would like to support struggling musicians who are up against it on a daily basis, then please consider offering your support to the cause.

I have put a page up on Patreon here https://www.patreon.com/ironmanrecords

I think it is an interesting way to raise additional sums of money. This will help produce Vinyl in small quantities and to the highest standards. Patreon lets you make recurring monthly donations and helps to reduce the upfront costs of producing Vinyl.

Anyone who donates will get a copy of the Vinyl produced and a number of other benefits. Anything from $1 a month or more is actually really helpful. Knowing a small regular sum is coming in each month allows me to plan more effectively.

Everything the label produces is accessible for free online anyway so you can have anything, anytime if you look for it. Offering a small monthly donation means that regardless of what goes on, Iron Man Records can keep releasing music on vinyl and keep helping the bands and artists to survive.

Iron Man Records is trying hard, during a particularly tough time in the history of recorded music, to help musicians and artists develop a sustainable future. And to me, the simple way to do that, is give the bands and artists a good record to sell.

Iron Man Records wants to create Vinyl, something really special, something that presents music in a format that people want to keep and enjoy. That’s it really, life isn’t just about computers and social networking. There has to be an alternative. You have to make the world you want to live in.

A small donation could help Iron Man Records to release more music on Vinyl

October 5, 2015

I want to invite you to support Iron Man Records releasing more music on Vinyl via Patreon.

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I have been running Iron Man Records since 1996. I have never earnt anything, of any significance, from the work I have done so far, and neither have the bands. In fact the debts are what the label’s worth. It has been a true labour of love, and I like to think the music has made a lot of people happy. The label has released over 30 records by some fantastic bands and artists and continues to work hard on a daily basis. Iron Man Records wants to make all new releases from the label available on Vinyl and you are invited to help.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 7" singles

The journey has been back-breaking, and the label has generated a mountain of debt too. Everything I earn as a Tour Manager goes into keeping Iron Man Records moving forward. I manage to ensure that records come out every year and during difficult times perhaps every two years. But without fail, Iron Man Records continues to release records by some of the most interesting and talented artists, writers, and musicians. The label seeks to provide an alternative to the onslaught of pop culture and everything that goes with it. There has to be something that opposes the nonsense that we are surrounded by every day, in every format.

I don’t expect everyone to like what the record label releases, but at least the label gives you a choice. You don’t have to buy everything from “the man” and you don’t have to work for “the man” either. There’s always another way, and for Iron Man Records and the musicians, artists and writers it supports “the show must go on, by any means necessary, or until we are all eliminated”

I can handle running Iron Man Records by myself but I could use some help with releasing Vinyl. At a time when “ownership” of music is becoming less important, and digital services are making “access” a much easier way of listening to more music than ever before, I have been left with a problem to solve.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 12" and 10" LPs

How can I continue to release physical records for people to “buy,” at a time when anyone, with any money left, can “access” more music for free, or at a fraction of the price, using streaming digital services?  

We all know how to google an album or a song and find it for free. We’ve all done it. We all know how to access music on social networks for free, and through Streaming services like Spotify. Some of us buy our music from download sites. I think its fair to say some of us listen to more music than ever before, and choose to only spend our money on music from our favourite groups.  

Iron Man Records has invested a lot of time and effort into making every release available through as many digital services as possible. From the stats, it is clear that plenty of people want to listen to the music Iron Man Records produces, but they don’t want to pay for it, they want it as cheap as possible and ideally for free. Fair enough, I can accept that.

It always makes me laugh when you hear people talking about how they wont buy music from Amazon because Amazon doesn’t pay its workers a fair wage and then get drawn into a discussion about what sites to use to find music for free without having to use Amazon.  

People forget that starving musicians have to go to band practice, pay for their rehearsals, record their music, and work out a way to release their music. Many musicians also have to plan and finance the costs of touring to promote their music all by themselves. Musicians also need to eat and have a roof over their head, and I do too.   These days, it’s interesting to note that many musicians would probably earn more per hour packing boxes and packages for Amazon, even on the poor wages that Amazon pays, than at most gigs they end up playing. But lets move on, you get the point.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 12" and 10" LPs

Where does Iron Man Records find itself in the current digital world?

Streaming is taking off and dominating everything, people want “access” to more music and are very choosey about what music they actually want to “buy.” The CD in my view will be around for a while yet but, if you can already access the music as a digital file online either as a download, or a stream, why buy a CD as well? I have always loved vinyl as a format and I have reached the stage now where I want to start making every release on Iron Man Records available on Vinyl, as well as via streaming, downloads and on CD. To be fair, in the UK, not many people will buy the vinyl I produce, the real market for Vinyl is in places like Germany, or Czech Republic and other places in Europe who can’t get enough of it. Vinyl provides a good incentive for any band with Vinyl for sale to go and tour. And that’s what most of the bands on the label do when given the chance.

Some years ago I was talking with a friend in Czech Republic, while on tour with Police Bastard. He was talking about the state of music and he summed it up like this. “I google new bands and their music, and listen for free. If I find a band I like, I will find out where they are playing and go and see them live. If I like the concert I will buy their album on Vinyl even though I already have it as a digital file on my computer at home. The digital files are for listening to on my phone or sending to friends, the Vinyl is for my collection and I listen to it on my record player when I’m at home.

This friend was also the same person who booked Police Bastard to play, organised the promotion of the concert, cooked the food for the band and gave us a place to have a wash and sleep after the show. People like this are what makes being in a band worthwhile, they actually care enough about the music to do something to help.

It is clear to me that if you can produce anything of value in terms of your music, a digital version is necessary so people can access and even download your music. But if you are serious about your music, you must release it on Vinyl so the really passionate fans of your music, like our friends in Czech Republic, can get a copy to add to their collection and enjoy when they are at home.

Iron Man Records is capable of releasing records and making them available worldwide across pretty much every digital platform. Producing CDs of each release is also affordable within the context of selling physical copies, sending out to press and radio and keeping things ticking over.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 12" and 10" LPs 

Vinyl however, is a little bit tricky. Producing a record on Vinyl is about three times more expensive than producing a cd, which means you have to sell three times more records to recover the upfront costs. I don’t think any of the bands are expanding their fanbase faster than the costs of producing their music on vinyl and no one wants to start putting prices up. So something has to give. Either the records are released as digital only, or the releases come out on CD first to test the market, or I have to find three times as much money upfront to release a record on Vinyl.  

This year has been a tough year, income from selling physical sales has continued to decline. In fact physical sales of everything both CD, Vinyl and DVD has steadily declined year on year since 2004 when I started keeping a record. Its not my fault or anything to do with the bands, the physical sales are declining because the market has a greater choice of music than ever before and what I am selling is becoming a smaller and smaller part of that market. Habits have changed and the market is increasingly choosing to access music to listen to via platforms like spotify rather than owning music via buying records to take home and play. Times are changing  and either Iron Man Records changes too or it’s game over.  

So where am I going with all this? Let me explain.  

Digital – I make every release through Iron Man Records available in a digital format and that is relatively cost effective and easy to do. From the stats at this end this is something people want, and a format that makes all the music the label has produced to date easy to access across digital platforms worldwide. As a record label that’s at least one job done that the bands don’t need to worry about themselves. I have yet to generate enough money through digital services to pay the bands any meaningful sum, but month by month the situation seems to be getting better. I remain hopeful for the future.  

CD – I have made every release through Iron Man Records available on CD right up to recent years and the boxes and boxes of unsold stock tell me that there is still a market for CDS but interest in physical CDs is steadily declining. Once I’ve sold the stock I’ve already got I doubt it will be replaced by more cds. 

Vinyl – I started out releasing records on Vinyl when I first started the label, over 18 years ago. To be honest I have still got half the stock of Vinyl I pressed all those years ago but that is probably more to do with the fact I pressed too many records in an enthusiastic, naive and hopeful state of mind.   What I am proposing to do is this. I want to start releasing records on Vinyl again but I need some help and support in reducing the front end costs of producing the Vinyl. I’m not asking anyone to pay for everything, nor am I asking anyone to pay me to run Iron Man Records, I can look after all that myself.

What I want to do is invite people to contribute to reducing the costs of producing albums on Vinyl. In exchange for help and support, they will get a copy of everything the label produces, as it becomes available. Supporters will get digital files of everything, so they can also listen on portable electronic devices, and they will get all sorts of other benefits. For example: free stuff from the iron man shop, stickers, email updates, free tickets, and whatever else I can think up as I go along.  

I would like to think that if you like what Iron Man Records does, if you would like to encourage the label to produce all releases on Vinyl, and if you would like to support struggling musicians who are up against it on a daily basis, then please consider offering your support to the cause.

Iron Man Records - Vinyl 12" and 10" LPs

I have put together a page on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/ironmanrecords which I think is an interesting way to raise additional sums of money. This will help produce Vinyl in small quantities and to the highest standards with regards to artwork and packaging. Patreon lets you make recurring monthly donations and thereby helps to reduce the upfront costs of producing music on vinyl.

Anyone who donates will get a copy of the vinyl produced and a number of other benefits. Anything from £1 a month or more is actually really helpful, and knowing a small regular sum is coming in each month allows me to plan more effectively.

Everything the label produces is accessible for free online anyway so you can have anything, anytime if you look for it. Offering a small monthly donation means that regardless of what goes on, Iron Man Records can keep releasing music on vinyl and keep helping the bands and artists to survive, and to make more music.

Let me be clear: Iron Man Records is not in the pop business. In fact it’s just not in business. The debts are what it’s worth. The label is trying hard, during a particularly tough time in the history of recorded music, to help musicians and artists develop a sustainable future. And to me, the simple way to do that, is give the bands and artists a Record to sell, at their gigs, that people would love to buy. Iron Man Records wants to create Vinyl, something really special, something that presents music in a format that people want to keep and enjoy. That’s it really, life isn’t just about computers and social networking. There has to be an alternative.

Have a look here and any comments, good or bad are invited.

Mark – Iron Man Records 5th October 2015.

Last Under The Sun gigs 2014

December 30, 2013

Fri Jan 24 2014 The Adam and Eve, Birmingham, UK with The Members + Deadflowers + Last Under The Sun
Wed Jan 29 2014 The Adam and Eve, Birmingham, UK with The Duel
Sun Feb 16 2014 The Flapper and Firkin, Birmingham, UK
Sat Feb 22 2014 The Stanley, Norwich, UK With Ziplock
Sun Mar 2 2014 The Sitwell Tavern, Derby, UK With Black Cop and Prolefeed
Sat Mar 8 2014 Bastards on Beer Festival, Groningen, NL
Sat Apr 19 2014 The Intake Club, Mansfield, UK
Sat Jun 14 2014 The Intake Club, Mansfield, UK

“On this EP, Last Under The Sun deliver five songs of terror and the harsh realities of life. In that same apocalyptically bleak way that bands like the Subhumans and Crass have done in the past. But they are singing about our current day in a direct way “how many people die, for a worthless cause… I dont wanna die in some desert war”. It is all about our politically violent world, but at times it’s done with some humor like on the song ‘Hooligan Jihad’. How can you forget the lyrics “You can’t play crust in fucking flip-flops…”. Frantic and pissed off, members also make up Birmingham’s infamous Police Bastard, who had a split with War//Plague on Profane Existence last year. Which is no surprise as you could draw parallels in the style they play. Very much a no excuses crust styled hardcore with it’s roots firmly in DIY hardcore punk. There certainly is great production and tight musicianship on this too, without losing a raw punk sound.”

You can buy Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad in The Iron Man Shop here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

All Gig Bookings: Email (tel: 07974 746810)

Video: Last Under The Sun – Beautane

September 19, 2013

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Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad 5 song CD EP (Released through Iron Man Records, Birmingham)

The band has been described as “Fast Chaotic Hardcore Punk Rock” from Birmingham England. Last Under The Sun includes members of Police Bastard, Jilted Generation and Lokey.

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD Review October 2012

– Review from Ryan’s Gig Guide October 2012

Buy Hooligan Jihad CD EP here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD artwork

Mark Badger – Vocals / Guitar

Seano Porno – Vocals / Guitar

Hassan Sabbah – Bass

Vic Flange – Drums

Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios, Musoplex, Birmingham, England.

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD artwork

Samuel Fry Obituary

Neil Farrington Obituary

The press kit including what people have said about the band so far is here: http://www.sonicbids.com/lastunderthesun

The band have a website here: http://www.reverbnation.com/lastunderthesun

Free full download of tracks available here: http://lastunderthesun.bandcamp.com/

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD artwork

Discography:

“All Agents Defect” 30 song Demo 2001 (Digital Download only on Last.FM)

“Windfall” 8 Song Album recorded 2001 released May 2004 (Iron Man Records)

“All Empires Crumble” 5 song EP recorded 2004 released May 2005 (Iron Man Records)

“Gone” 17 Song Album recorded Sept 2005 released 2010 (Iron Man Records)

“Hooligan Jihad” 5 song EP recorded August 2010 released 2011 (Iron Man Records) as digital download only.

“Hooligan Jihad” 5 song CD EP recorded August 2010 released 2012 (Iron Man Records)

Reviews worth mentioning:

Hooligan Jihad reviewed by:

Mike Brown, Kemptation

Ed Dyer, Green Man Music

The Bottom Rung Of The Ladder

Hooligan Jihad played by:

Old Man and Bitter Girl Podcast 74

Homegrown Podcast 186

Videos

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 28, 2013

Iron Man Records - shop a5 advert 150 dpi

The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 21, 2013

Iron Man Records - shop a5 advert 150 dpi
The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Iron Man Records – Online Shop

January 14, 2013

Iron Man Records - shop a5 advert 150 dpi

The Iron Man shop sells Punk, Dub, Rock, Metal, Acoustic and Alternative music on CD, Vinyl, DVD, and Video. The shop also stocks books, comic books and rare or hard to find items.

I only sell what I listen to, I like, and I recommend. Every item is brand new and undamaged, no second hand or damaged goods.

Try it, you might like what you find. http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad 5 song CD EP released 23rd November 2012

August 30, 2012

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad

Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad 5 song CD EP (Released through Iron Man Records, Birmingham 5th September 2012)

The band has been described as “Fast Chaotic Hardcore Punk Rock” from Birmingham England. Last Under The Sun includes members of Police Bastard, Jilted Generation and Lokey.

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD Review October 2012

– Review from Ryan’s Gig Guide October 2012

Buy Hooligan Jihad CD EP here: http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD artwork

Mark Badger – Vocals / Guitar

Seano Porno – Vocals / Guitar

Hassan Sabbah – Bass

Vic Flange – Drums

Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios, Musoplex, Birmingham, England between July and August 2010

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD artwork

Samuel Fry Obituary

Neil Farrington Obituary

The press kit including what people have said about the band so far is here: http://www.sonicbids.com/lastunderthesun

The band have a website here: http://www.reverbnation.com/lastunderthesun

Free full download of tracks available here: http://lastunderthesun.bandcamp.com/

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad CD artwork

Discography:

“All Agents Defect” 30 song Demo 2001 (Digital Download only on Last.FM)

“Windfall” 8 Song Album recorded 2001 released May 2004 (Iron Man Records)

“All Empires Crumble” 5 song EP recorded 2004 released May 2005 (Iron Man Records)

“Gone” 17 Song Album recorded Sept 2005 released 2010 (Iron Man Records)

“Hooligan Jihad” 5 song EP recorded August 2010 released 2011 (Iron Man Records) as digital download only.

“Hooligan Jihad” 5 song CD EP recorded August 2010 released 2012 (Iron Man Records)

Reviews worth mentioning:

Hooligan Jihad reviewed by:

Mike Brown, Kemptation

Ed Dyer, Green Man Music

The Bottom Rung Of The Ladder

Hooligan Jihad played by:

Old Man and Bitter Girl Podcast 74

Homegrown Podcast 186

Videos

Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad 5 song EP for review / airplay

December 15, 2011

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad

The most recent release on Iron Man Records for immediate free download in full audio for review or airplay.

Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad 5 song EP (Released through Iron Man Records, Birmingham 2011)

The band has been described as “Fast Chaotic Hardcore Punk Rock” from Birmingham England. Last Under The Sun includes members of Police Bastard, Selfless, Jilted Generation and Lokey.

Free full download of all tracks available here: http://lastunderthesun.bandcamp.com/

Simon Reeves – Bass
Mark Badger – Vocals / Guitar
Seano Porno – Vocals / Guitar
Simon James – Drums

Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios, Musoplex, Birmingham, England between July and August 2010

The presskit including what people have said about the band so far is here: http://www.sonicbids.com/lastunderthesun

The band have a website here: http://www.reverbnation.com/lastunderthesun

Discography:

“All Agents Defect” 30 song Demo 2001 (Digital Download only on Last.FM)

“Windfall” 8 Song Album recorded 2001 released May 2004 (Iron Man Records)

“All Empires Crumble” 5 song EP recorded 2004 released May 2005 (Iron Man Records)

“Gone” 17 Song Album recorded Sept 2005 released 2010 (Iron Man Records)

“Hooligan Jihad” 5 song EP recorded August 2010 released 2011 (Iron Man Records) as digital download only.

Reviews worth mentioning:

Hooligan Jihad Reviewed by Mike Brown, Kemptation

Videos

Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad 5 song EP for review / airplay

December 15, 2011

Last Under The Sun - Hooligan Jihad

The most recent release on Iron Man Records for immediate free download in full audio for review or airplay.

Last Under The Sun – Hooligan Jihad 5 song EP (Released through Iron Man Records, Birmingham 2011)

The band has been described as “Fast Chaotic Hardcore Punk Rock” from Birmingham England. Last Under The Sun includes members of Police Bastard, Selfless, Jilted Generation and Lokey.

Free full download of all tracks available here: http://lastunderthesun.bandcamp.com/

Simon Reeves – Bass
Mark Badger – Vocals / Guitar
Seano Porno – Vocals / Guitar
Simon James – Drums

Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios, Musoplex, Birmingham, England between July and August 2010

The presskit including what people have said about the band so far is here: http://www.sonicbids.com/lastunderthesun

The band have a website here: http://www.reverbnation.com/lastunderthesun

Discography:

“All Agents Defect” 30 song Demo 2001 (Digital Download only on Last.FM)

“Windfall” 8 Song Album recorded 2001 released May 2004 (Iron Man Records)

“All Empires Crumble” 5 song EP recorded 2004 released May 2005 (Iron Man Records)

“Gone” 17 Song Album recorded Sept 2005 released 2010 (Iron Man Records)

“Hooligan Jihad” 5 song EP recorded August 2010 released 2011 (Iron Man Records) as digital download only.

Reviews worth mentioning:

Hooligan Jihad Reviewed by Mike Brown, Kemptation

Videos

The Nightingales & Ted Chippington October & November Tour Dates 2011

October 2, 2011

The Nightingales – THE LOST PLOT EP

Limited Edition 10″ Vinyl 45
Available only at shows or mail order from http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Side 1
The Dishwater Kid (4’55”)
Don’t Harsh My Buzz (2’25”)
Side 2
Rocket Pool #2 (7’00”)

***NEW ALBUM TO BE RELEASED ON COOKING VINYL IN APRIL 2012***

THE LOST PLOT TOUR 2011 – Part Two

THE NIGHTINGALES with special guest Ted Chippington

October

Fri 21 – NOTTINGHAM, Bodega Social Club
www.thebodegasocialclub.co.uk

Sat 22 – CARDIFF University, Great Hall, supporting The Fall
www.swnfest.com
www.tickettailor.com/checkout/view-event/id/1077/chk/cc4d

Sun 23 – CHEMSFORD, Bitterscene @ Bassment Club w/ Mandeville
www.bitterscene.co.uk
www.wegottickets.com/event/131678

Mon 24 – NORWICH Arts Centre w/ Brothers
www.norwichartscentre.co.uk
www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk/events/the-nightingales–24-10-11-.aspx

Tue 25 – LONDON, 100 Club w/ David Cronenberg’s Wife + Tender Trap + Nathaniel Kidd And His Praying Guitar
www.the100club.co.uk
www.wegottickets.com/event/130142

Wed 26 – Live radio session on Marc Riley’s BBC 6 Music show at 7.00pm
www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00c72y1

Wed 26 – MANCHESTER, Gullivers w/ Frazer King
www.facebook.com/pages/Gullivers-Manchester/108140529240138

Thu 27 – HULL, The Adelphi
www.theadelphi.com

Fri 28 – LEICESTER, The Soundhouse w/ Evil Dick & The Banned Members + Talking With Ghosts
www.soundhouseleicester.co.uk
www.musicglue.net/soundhouseleicester/gigdetails/28-oct-11-the-nightingales-soundhouse-leicester/

Sat 29 – PRESTON, The Continental – Unpeeled: Tribute To John Peel All Dayer w/ Clinic + Lovely Eggs + The Bent Moustache + Float Riverer and many others
www.newcontinental.net
www.wegottickets.com/event/133282

Sun 30 – BIRMINGHAM, Wagon & Horses (Digbeth) w/ Betty & The Id + Micronormous
www.myspace.com/wagonhorses

November

Thu 3 – MUNICH, Sunny Red @ Feierwerk
www.feierwerk.de

Fri 4 – EBENSEE, KINO Kulturverein
www.kino-ebensee.at

Mon 7 – INNSBRUCK, Weekender
www.weekender.at

Tue 8 – VIENNA, B72
www.b72.at

www.mojo4music.com/blog/2011/05/the_nightingales_amazing_retur.html

AVAILABLE PRODUCT

Books

Robert Lloyd – THIS HAPPENED, THEN THIS (Nightingales Lyrics 2004 – 2010)
www.thenightingales.org.uk

Robert Lloyd – WELL DONE, UNDERDOG (Nightingales Lyrics 1981 – 1983)
www.lulu.com/leethacker

Robert Lloyd – ONLY MY OPINION (Nightingales Lyrics 1983 – 1985)
www.lulu.com/leethacker

Recent CDs

Nightingales – INSULT TO INJURY
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Nightingales – WHAT’S NOT TO LOVE?
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

Nightingales – OUT OF TRUE
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

WALKING DOWN THE ROAD – A HISTORY OF… Ted Chippington 4CD box set
http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop

CD Reissues

Nightingales – PIGS ON PURPOSE, HYSTERICS and PISSED & POTLESS
www.cherryred.co.uk/cherryred/artists/nightingales.php

Nightingales – IN THE GOOD OLD COUNTRY WAY
www.carolinetruerecords.co.uk

LINKS

www.thenightingales.org.uk

www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nightingales/8860762012

www.myspace.com/revtedchippington

Police Bastard – "Dedicated" (Live At AU, Frankfurt 16th October 2006)

August 29, 2009

Police Bastard - Dedicated (Front Cover)

Police Bastard – Dedicated (Live At AU, Frankfurt 16-10-2006) – Buy it here

Label: Not On Label
Catalog#: none
Format: CD, Album
Country: Germany
Released: 2009
Genre: Rock
Style: Punk

Credits:
Bass – Trog
Drums – Max
Guitar – Gizz Butt
Vocals – Pid

Notes:
Recorded at the AU squat in Frankfurt, Germany on September 16 2006.
This release has been released by the people of the AU as a tribute to Trogg.

Tracklisting:

Intro (The Lie)
Who’s Side?
Smash The Face
Payback
Major Label Control
Mind Siege
Traumatized
Exploitation  Written-By – Doom
Dance, Be Happy!
Enslaved
Regression
Kept Down
No Justice, No Peace
Inferior
Race Hate
Police Bastard  Written-By – Doom
Kept Down

more info on line-ups past and present:

Current Line Up:-

Stu-Pid – Vocals (1994-1999) (2006-Present) (Contempt/English Dogs/Sensa Yuma)
Seano Porno – Guitar (2007-Present) (Jilted Generation/Depth Charge/Sensa Yuma/Dogshit Sandwich/Fatal Impact/Freebase/Set Against/Hardcore(That Became Mangled)/The Dangerfields)
Mark Badger – Guitar (2007-Present) (Last Under The Sun/Iron Man Records)
Chris Crass – Bass (1994-1997) (2007-Present)
Simon James – Drums (2008-Present) (Rivers Edge)

Past Members:-
John Doom – Guitar/Vocals (1994-2003) (Doom/Sore Throat/Cain/Spineless/
Haxan)
Clive – Drums (1994-2003) (Grovelhog/Filthkick/Cain/Spineless/Sensa Yuma)
Trogg – Bass (R.I.P. 1964-2008)
(1994) (2006-2007) (Contempt/The Tenants)
Dee – Bass (1997-2003) (LD50/Endless Torment/Haxan)
Dan – Guitar (1997-2003) (Spineless)
Gizz Butt – Guitar (2006) (English Dogs/Janus Stark/The Prodigy/The More I See/Doom Day)
Mad Max Evilsen – Drums (2006) (Sensa Yuma)
Si Reeves – Bass (European Tour 2008) (Last Under The Sun/Damn Dirty Apes)
Pixie – Drums (2007-2008) (POA/H8 Target/Kaya/Sensa Yuma/Last Under The Sun)

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