Legendary independent label Factory Records is set to be honored with a massive 4-CD boxset, due to be released on January 12th.
Founded in 1978 as a clubnight in Manchester’s Russell Club, Factory grew to become one of the biggest, and certainly most important, record labels of its time. The label’s first album release was the seminal ‘Unknown Pleasures’ by Joy Division, and Factory went on to release classic material by New Order, A Certain Ratio, Section 25, Happy Mondays and many more.
A bastion of wooly logic, the label’s famous catalogue system included a poster (FAC1), a cat (FAC191) and a nightclub (FAC51). That club was The Hacienda, a modern day pleasure palace that proved to be the launchpad for Acid House and arguably changed the way British youth spent its weekend.
Of course it all ended in bankruptcy in 1993, as the label sank under its own weight. However, its legacy lives on and the new boxset comes as Factory celebrates the 30th anniversary of ‘Unknown Pleasures’. Sadly, founders Tony Wilson and Rob Gretton aren’t here to enjoy this moment, but their legacy lives on with the Factory story ingrained in the fabric of modern music.
So much so, we devoted a week’s worth of features to it. Click here to read exclusive interviews with Peter Hook, Jon Savage, Section 25, Peter Saville and more!
Factory Records boxset is released on January 12th.