Strange Fruit

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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 (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

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Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
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 The Damned Vinyl 5 SFPS040
The First Session Thompson Twins 12" Vinyl 4 SFNT 005
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
The Peel Sessions The Wedding Present CD 4 SFPSCD009 5017644301627
The Peel Sessions (26.1.81) New Order CD 4 SFPSCD039
The Peel Sessions (1978-12-04) The Cure CD 4 SFPSCD050 [none]
The Peel Session The Smiths CD 4 SFPSCD055 [none]
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 Undertones CD 4 SFPS 016 5013428960165
The Peel Sessions T. Rex Vinyl 4 SFPS031
The Peel Sessions That Petrol Emotion CD 4 SFPS 038
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

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