And being able to help some remarkable artists and musicians along the way. After signing with independent record label Rough Trade, the Smiths began preparations to record their first album in mid 1983. “‘The Greatest Story Never Told’ / ‘Nothing To Declare But Their Genius’, a retrospective of the Smiths’ career, put together by David Cavanaugh with interviews of Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce, Geoff Travis, John Porter, Stephen Street, and many other people who were involved. Geoff Travis, sorely tried boss of the illustrious independent label, remarked waspishly that Morrissey seemed to believe “he had a divine right to a higher chart position.” 25 on the UK Singles Chart and No. Geoff Travis, who founded firstly the Rough Trade record shop, and then the label which has been home for the likes of The Smiths, Antony & The Johnsons, Lucinda Williams and Warpaint, is no hoarder and barely even a collector. Whether it be Warp or Hyper Dub or Mute or Full Time Hobby or Bella Union. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about The Smiths - This Charming Man at Discogs. Geoff Travis opened the Rough Trade record shop in Ladbroke Grove, west London, in 1976 and established the independent label of the same name three years later. Smiths ephemera to include: unused RT 193 stickers, , four Rank postcards, Rank window sticker, Kill Uncle programme, large Morrissey promo label inner, Shoplifters plastic bag, two handwritten notes pertaining to Smiths artwork. Geoff Travis, for instance, got on far better with Morrissey than with Marr, whom he is said to have found distant. I refer you to them. Johnny Marr: Can you explain, for those who might not know, how you started the Rough Trade shop and why you started the label? Harmonica – Johnny Marr Music By – Johnny Marr Producer – The Smiths Words By – Morrissey: 2:53: This Charming Man 2A: This Charming Man Executive-Producer – Geoff Travis Music By – Johnny Marr Piano – Johnny Marr Producer – John Porter Words By – Morrissey: 2:41: 2B: Jeane Geoff Travis: Inspired by City Lights in San Francisco, I started the shop in order to be able to listen to music all day and to provide a community-based environment where hopefully people could discover good and interesting music that perhaps they would not find in a mainstream shop. It peaked at No. I have no persepctive though – all I do is listen to loads of records and try to keep up with the programme. : 136 The first of these is reputed to have been addressed to Geoff Travis, head of the Smiths' record label Rough Trade. "Hand in Glove" is a song by the English rock band the Smiths, written by singer Morrissey and guitarist Johnny Marr. The condition is very good plus. I want that thrill I got when I heard the opening chords of I Can See For Miles as often as possible. It’s humorous. On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. So he wrote a song making fun of Geoff Travis, and disguised it as a letter to the fictional “Mr Shankly”. [11] Obviously I had been training my whole life for this particular job. JM: Do you think MySpace has any value for bands or labels? Categories: Music Memorabilia But Moz’s performance made it gel and make sense. The Sherlockian mind of Morrissey suffers no such fog when it comes to forensic minutiae. Our first record was French, our second Jamaican, our third was from Sheffield, our fourth was from London. Call it folly or call it what differentiates us from many other labels. [4 I would save my pocket money and the highlight of the week would be going to the records shop to buy a single. Archive / Ex+ condition. It is an impossible dream, but worth a try. Another fundamental reason for opening a shop was to avoid the fate of having to work in the real world. Geoff Travis in Conversation Pop Recs Sunderland August 8th 2013. [6] Travis studied English at Churchill College, Cambridge. Geoff Travis, Self: Young Guns Go for It. I heard the poetry bit was about Geoff Travis, and it was like taking the piss out of the headmaster. The item was originally part of Geoff Travis’ Rough Trade archive and comes complete with our COA stating this. O Morrissey. Tag: Geoff Travis. No chance of that. Dai Davies, who was at Sanctuary at the time, asked us if we wanted to start a modern label with their backing. If you are starved of music, an old transistor will still work. JM: Who was the first band or artist on Rough Trade from outside London? Everyone kept praising the Rough Trade ethos/ spirit/ thingand it had an effect on us, galvanising us to increase our efforts to get the name back, which we did. Rough Trade Records is an independent record label based in London, England. GT: I feel a real kinship with all the independent labels that came after us. I was at the Isle of Wight to see The Band and Bob Dylan, at the Saville Theatre to see Brian Epstein's promotion of The Action, The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band and Cream. I was one of those kids who listened to Radio Luxembourg and Radio London under the cover of darkness late at night with the signal frustratingly fading in and out. 26 years later, guitarist Johnny interviews the label boss for the Cribs' takeover of guardian.co.uk/music, Geoff Travis, centre, hard at work at Rough Trade in 1977. Wichita as well, of course. JM: How do you feel personally about digital music? Travis discovered and nurtured The Smiths, whom he signed for the princely sum of £4,000, and the label has continued to break the musical mould and achieve commercial success in … Youthful arrogance at play. This is a breakthrough for The Smiths.’ It must have still been relatively early on the Sunday evening, because I remember I called Geoff Travis up and said, 'You should come down to the studio, we've got something really exciting.' The song "Frankly Mr Shankly" from The Queen is Dead was reportedly a jibe at Travis. And the list goes on – you get the idea. “Frankly Mr. Shankley” off The Queen is Dead was written about Geoff Travis. Complete your The Smiths collection. The Smiths thank: Joe Moss, Geoff Travis, Scott Piering (promotion), Grant Showbiz (sound), Oliver May, Richard Boon (art), Jim Shelley, Joelle Depont, Troy Tate, Nick Robbins Track A5 - Quotation from Sonny Boy (De Sylva, Henderson, Brown, Jolson) courtesy CAMPBELL-CONNELLY/CARLIN MUSIC/REDWOOD MUSIC [10] Travis was also instrumental in the foundation of the independent distribution network The Cartel. The label's distribution arm went bankrupt in 1991 and the label folded, only to be relaunched in 1999. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free! [9] While Rough Trade was a key independent label, Travis also co-ran labels with major record companies, including Blanco y Negro in 1983 (with WEA) and Trade2 (with Island Records). JM: What is the state of the independent scene – how have things changed? Geoff Travis To Be Honoured By AIM Laurie Tuffrey , ... Travis went on to set up Rough Trade Records, signing The Smiths, The Fall and Cabaret Voltaire among others. the geoff travis archive - the smiths - rank usa promotional poster: £100 - £150: £260: 493: the geoff travis archive - the smiths german promotional poster: £100 - £150: £360: 494: the geoff travis archive - the smiths german promotional poster: £100 - £150: £260: 495: the smiths shoplifters of the world poster: £200 - £300: £600: 496 JM: Do you think the convenience of hearing music and being able to immediately own it is a good thing? Was this song aimed at Geoff Travis? JM: It seemed to me that Rough Trade and the other small labels would've turned down some of today's bigger bands on account of their blatant commercialism. My sister took me to see The Beatles at the NME poll winners' concert at the Empire Pool Wembley in whenever it was, 1966 or 1967, and it was incredible, although you could not hear a note they played because of the screaming. GT: Jeannette and I continued to work together after the demise of the first incarnation of Rough Trade and there was a time when we thought the Rough Trade name was a thing of the past. You realise that as much as you know about music there are always worlds and worlds to discover – that is the exciting part for me. GT: The model for a label was the knowledge of all the independent labels, and in particular our neighbours Chiswick Records and Stiff Records, who were already doing it in our backyard. GT: There is a lot to be said in favour of instant gratification and a lot to be said for having to search out the secret places where you can find your fellow travellers. He is Jewish, his ancestors emigrated from Romania and Ukraine. I still have my record player and like playing vinyl – it has made a revival and it is important, especially for the independents. One of my favourite-ever concerts. I believe a lot of the greatest music is to be found on independent labels and the spirit and acumen of its operations are much better suited to the nurturing of art and music and mayhem and beauty. We don't make judgements on the basis of commercial potential. GT: To name favourites is always a bit pernicious – I usually say the next record that we will be releasing. I liked the fact that you could sit in the basement of City Lights and read the Beats' work and the Black Mountain poets without anyone threatening to throw you out. Geoff Travis född 2 februari 1952 är en brittisk skivbolagsdirektör som är känd för att ha grundat skivbolaget Rough Trade Records och skivaffärskedjan Rough Trade. GT: In whatever form it comes, music is still music, good and bad. Leave a comment. I buy CDs all the time so I am not against digital music, but I don't really love listening to music on the computer – I much prefer to hear the air in the room assaulted by the sound of some good speakers. I saw Tim Buckley at Knebworth and Davey Graham at Les Cousins. 3 on the UK Indie Chart but did not make the top 75 of the UK Singles Chart, settling outside at No. They came close with The Queen Is Dead, but were let down by two lyrics in particular – Frankly Mr Shankly, Morrissey’s spiteful dig at Geoff Travis, and Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others. [5] He is Jewish, his ancestors emigrated from Romania and Ukraine. Knowing the principles of these operations gave us the feeling we could do that as well. Posts about geoff travis written by Craig McAllister. Johnny Marr interviews Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis In 1983, Geoff Travis signed the Smiths to Rough Trade. Geoff Travis to receive top industry honour The man who discovered THE SMITHS and THE STROKES is to be honoured with a leading music … [1] A former drama teacher[2] and owner of a punk record shop,[3] Travis founded the Rough Trade label in 1978. Travis studied English at Churchill College, Cambridge. Frankly Mr Shankly is about the head of Rough Trade Records, Geoff Travis. [7] He worked as a drama teacher before opening the original Rough Trade record shop in Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London on 23 February 1976, setting up the record label two years later. We just have to love the music and what it embodies. I had hitchhiked to Woburn Abbey to see Jimi Hendrix and seen the Rolling Stones play two consecutive nights at the Roundhouse. ‘You Just Haven’t Earned It Yet, Baby’ is the sound of The Smiths at their chiming, ha-ha-ho-ho-hollering, twin guitar attack peak. From the archive of Rough Trade founder Geoff Travis. Amazing piece of Smiths history with this fascinating 14 track demo cassette, this artefact coming from Geoff Travis' Rough Trade archive. We may not have known as much about great rock and roll as Ted Carroll but we certainly knew a bit about music compared to Dave Robinson. [8][9] He claimed that he chose the location because it was close to Powis Square, where Performance, one of his favourite films, was made. These things are hard to quantify. When The Smiths (also signed to Rough Trade) were looking for a producer for their debut album, Tate was chosen based on recommendations from Geoff Travis (head of Rough Trade), although after the album was recorded, the band decided to reject these recordings and re … Posted by vintagerock in Geoff Travis. From Geoff Travis… Travis was born on 2 February 1952 in Stoke Newington, London, and was raised in Finchley. A sleeve only (no record) for The Smiths - What Difference Does It Make (RTT 146), signed clearly in blue ink by Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Andy Rourke, Mike Joyce. Morrisey was upset about the deal the band were on, and the basic fact that they weren’t making any money. He worked as a drama teacher before opening the original Rough Trade record shop in Kensington Park Road, Notting Hill, London on 23 February 1976, setting up the record label two years later. We were asked to DJ at an event at the Victoria and Albert museum celebrating the shop's anniversary. Would you agree? So opening a record shop and then starting a label – when a French group called Metal Urbain came into the shop and asked for help with a new track they had recorded – seemed like the right thing to do. Due to the suggestion of Rough Trade head Geoff Travis, the band selected Troy Tate (former guitarist of The Teardrop Explodes) as … This may not be the best policy in terms of running a business, but who said we were trying to just run a business. I am, I suppose, just an addict who has found a harmless way of inflicting their taste on the world. Our criterion is one million per cent selfish. Tagged: music, new wave, punk. Circumstance contrived to give us another chance. The display is printed on cloth and has been attached to a wooden form. This is funny because Morrissey grew to loathe the man and blamed him for The Smiths’ commercial and professional underacheivement. 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