Strange Fruit (British label dedicated to the distribution of BBC recordings, like Peel sessions)

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Strange Fruit Records was an independent record label in the United Kingdom.

The label, established by Clive Selwood and John Peel in 1986, was the primary distributor of BBC recordings, including Peel Sessions.

The name came from the song written by Abel Meeropol and famously performed by Billie Holiday, itself a reference to racially motivated lynchings. The label had the aim of generating sufficient revenue from recordings of 'big name' artists to allow the release of recordings by lesser-known artists. The label's first release was New Order's 1982 Peel Session, in July 1987, and was followed by sessions from some of the biggest names from the punk rock and post punk eras. Recordings from as far back as the 1960s were also released by the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band. As well as individual sessions, the label also released albums compiling several sessions by the same artist. Strange Fruit was sufficiently successful that it spawned subsidiary labels including Nighttracks (sessions from radio One's Evening Show), Raw Fruit Records (concert recordings from the Reading Festival), and Band of Joy (BBC session recordings from the 1960s and 1970s). In 1994, Peel's BBC colleague Andy Kershaw started another subsidiary label, Strange Roots, which released session recordings by world music and roots artists from his radio show.

Strange Fruit closed its doors in 2004. It was part of the Zomba Group of companies and was shut down when the label merged with BMG. The last release the label put together was an album of New Order's complete Peel Sessions, fitting seeing as the first release that came out was an EP of New Order's first Peel session. Six months later John Peel died.

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Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
The Peel Sessions New Order 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 001
The Peel Sessions The Damned Vinyl 4 SFPS 002
The Peel Sessions The Undertones 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 016
The Peel Sessions The Screaming Blue Messiahs 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 003
The Peel Sessions The Wedding Present 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS009
The Peel Sessions Joy Division Vinyl 4 SFPS013
The Peel Sessions CUD 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 045
The Peel Sessions The Fall Vinyl 4 SFPS028
The Peel Sessions New Order 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS039 [none]
The Peel Sessions The Damned Vinyl 5 SFPS040
The First Session Thompson Twins 12" Vinyl 4 SFNT 005
The Peel Sessions Stump 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS019
The Peel Sessions The Birthday Party 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 020 [none]
The Peel Sessions Spizz Oil 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS022
The Peel Sessions Yeah Yeah Noh 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 026
The Peel Sessions Joy Division 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS033
The Peel Sessions The Adverts 12" Vinyl 5 SFPS 034
Peel Sessions The Triffids 12" Vinyl 3 SFPS036
The Peel Sessions Electro Hippies 12" Vinyl 9 SFPS 042 [none]
Peel Sessions Buzzcocks 12" Vinyl 3 SFPS044
The Peel Sessions The Wedding Present Cassette 4 SFPSC 009
The Peel Sessions Siouxsie and the Banshees CD 4 SFPSCD012
The Peel Sessions Joy Division CD 4 SFPSCD013
The Peel Sessions The Birthday Party CD 4 SFPSCD 020
The Janice Long Session Danielle Dax 12" Vinyl 4 SFNT 006
The Peel Sessions Napalm Death 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS049 [none]
Radio 1 Sessions: The Evening Show Cardiacs 12" Vinyl 4 SFNT 013
Radio 1 Sessions: The Evening Show The Wedding Present 12" Vinyl 4 SFNT 016
Radio 1 Sessions: The Evening Show The Wedding Present CD 4 SFNTCD 016
The Peel Session The Smiths 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS055 5016553205569
The Peel Sessions Bolt Thrower 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 056 5016553205668
The Peel Sessions: 1985-11-20 Half Man Half Biscuit 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 057
The Peel Sessions: The Birthday Party II The Birthday Party 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 058
The Peel Sessions New Order CD 4 SFPSCD001 [none]
The Peel Sessions The Wedding Present CD 4 SFPSCD009 5017644301627
The Peel Sessions Billy Bragg CD 6 SFPS CD027
The Peel Sessions (26.1.81) New Order CD 4 SFPSCD039 [none]
The Peel Sessions (1978-12-04) The Cure CD 4 SFPSCD050 [none]
The Peel Session The Smiths CD 4 SFPSCD055 [none]
The Peel Sessions Echo and the Bunnymen CD 4 SFPSCD060 5016553206023
Hardcore Holocaust (87–88 Sessions) Various Artists CD 25 SFRCD101 5016553210129
21 Years of Alternative Radio 1 Various Artists 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 11 SFRLP 200 5016553220111
The Peel Sessions: The Second Session Siouxsie and the Banshees 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS066 5017644206663
The Radio 1 Sessions: The Evening Show The Godfathers CD 4 SFNTCD019 5017644301924
The Peel Sessions Napalm Death CD 8 SFPDCD049 5017644404922
Two Complete Sessions F.S.K. 12" Vinyl 8 SFPMA 204
Double Peel Sessions That Petrol Emotion 12" Vinyl 8 SFPMA205 5017644420519
Double Peel Sessions A Witness 12" Vinyl 8 SFPMA206 5017644420618
The Peel Sessions The Damned CD 4 SFPS 002 5013428960028
The Peel Sessions The Undertones CD 4 SFPS 016 5013428960165
The Peel Sessions T. Rex Vinyl 4 SFPS031
The Peel Sessions That Petrol Emotion CD 4 SFPS 038
The Peel Sessions New Order CD 4 SFPS 039 027726000398
Peel Sessions Carcass 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 073 5017644207363
The Peel Sessions T. Rex CD 4 SFPSCD031
The Peel Sessions The Damned CD 5 SFPS CD 040
The Peel Sessions The Go‐Betweens CD 4 SFPSCD 074 5017644207424
The Peel Sessions Buzzcocks 12" Vinyl 14 SFRLP 104 5017644510418
The Peel Sessions Album Wire 12" Vinyl 9 SFRLP108 5017644510814
The Peel Sessions The Undertones CD 12 SFRMC103 5017644510326
The Peel Sessions Joy Division CD 8 SFRCD111 5017644211124
John Peel Sessions The Chameleons CD 12 SFRCD 114 5017644211421
The Peel Sessions '87-'90 Extreme Noise Terror 12" Vinyl 14 SFPMA 208 5017644220812
The Peel Sessions Prong CD 4 SFPSCD078 5017644207820
The Peel Sessions Album Gang of Four CD 11 SFRCD107 5017644510722
Peel Sessions New Order CD 8 SFRCD 110
Hardcore Holocaust II Various Artists CD 13 SFRCD113 5017644211322
The Peel Sessions Soft Machine 2×CD 4 + 6 SFRCD201 5017644220126
The Peel Session Album Billy Bragg CD 19 SFRCD117 5017644211728
The Peel Sessions Teenage Fanclub 12" Vinyl 4 SFPS 081
The Peel Sessions Teenage Fanclub CD 4 SFPSCD081
Peel Sessions The Orb CD 3 SFRCD118 5017644211841
The Peel Session The Smiths CD 4 642203 3383006422036
The Peel Sessions: 1989 (ltd. edition green vinyl—2500 copies) Happy Mondays 12" Vinyl 3 670022 3383006700226
The Peel Sessions (Shaped Picture Disc) The Cure 12" Vinyl 4 671002 [none]
The Peel Sessions Siouxsie and the Banshees Vinyl 8 671003
The Peel Sessions 1978 The Cure CD 4 672 015 3383006720156
The Peel Sessions New Fast Automatic Daffodils CD 7 SFPMACD 209 5017644220928
The Peel Sessions The Jesus and Mary Chain CD 6 SFPMACD 210 5017644221024
The Peel Sessions The Slits CD 7 SFPS 207 4010946020723
The Peel Sessions 1988-90 Bolt Thrower CD 12 SFRCD116 5017644211629
Winters of Discontent: The Peel Sessions 77–83 Various Artists CD 25 SFRCD 204
New Season: The Peel Sessions Various Artists CD 21 SFRCD205
New Season: The Peel Sessions Various Artists 12" Vinyl 21 SFRLP205 5017644220515
The Peel Sessions Album Billy Bragg Cassette 13 SFRMC117
The Peel Sessions Joy Division CD 8 WMD 642201 3383006422012
The BBC Session Gaye Bykers on Acid CD 4
Sessions of The Damned The Damned CD 22 SFRCD 121
In Session Tonight - John Peel Show Sessions Various Artists CD 15 BOOKCD1
Kimble The Fall CD 4 SFPCD 087 5017644208728
The Peel Sessions Napalm Death CD 12 SFPS 049 017531812323
Peel Session Meat Beat Manifesto CD 4 SFPSCD088
The Peel Sessions Napalm Death CD 12 SFRCD 120 5017644212022
The Peel Sessions Unsane CD 6 SFRCD123 5017644212329
Too Pure - The Peel Sessions Various Artists CD 11 SFR CD 119 5017644211940
Peel Sessions Senseless Things CD 12 DEI8127-2 017531812729
The Peel Sessions Band of Susans CD 6 SFRCD 128 5017644212824
The Peel Sessions Thin Lizzy CD 15 SFRCD 130 5017644213029
The Peel Sessions Fluke CD 7 SFMCD 215 5017644221529
The Peel Session The Smiths CD 4 SFPSCD055 5017655320556