Factory (Records/Communications)

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Factory Records AKA Factory Communications Ltd.
Cult post-punk label founded by Tony Wilson in Manchester, UK, with a roster that is a who's who? of indie/dance music. Financial reasons led the once proudly independent label to form business relationships with major labels. Most of the back catalogue is controlled by London Records, which has re-issued some recordings via its London Records 90 imprint, with distribution by Warner Music.

Some of the catalogue numbers are not listed here because they were assigned to objects that weren't records. Numbers were given to buildings and posters, for example.

Annotation last modified on 2007-09-19 05:44 UTC.

Wikipedia

Factory Records was a Manchester based British independent record label, started in 1978 by Tony Wilson and Alan Erasmus, which featured several prominent musical acts on its roster such as Joy Division, New Order, A Certain Ratio, The Durutti Column, Happy Mondays, Northside, and (briefly) Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and James. Like the label 4AD Records, Factory Records used a creative team (most notably record producer Martin Hannett and graphic designer Peter Saville) which gave the label and the artists recording for it a particular sound and image. The label employed a unique cataloguing system that gave a number not just to its musical releases, but to artwork and other objects, as well.

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Releases

Release Artist Format Tracks Date Country Catalog# Barcode
A Factory Sample Various Artists 2×7" Vinyl 4 + 5 FAC 2
Electricity Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 6 [none]
All Night Party A Certain Ratio Vinyl 2 FAC 5
Unknown Pleasures Joy Division 12" Vinyl 10 FACT 10
Time Goes by So Slow The Distractions 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 12
Transmission / Novelty Joy Division 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 13
English Black Boys X-O-Dus 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 11
Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 7" Vinyl 3 FAC 23
Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 12" Vinyl 3 FAC 23-12 [none]
Komakino Joy Division 7" Flexi-disc 3 FAC 28
Closer Joy Division 12" Vinyl 9 FACT 25 [none]
Girls Don’t Count Section 25 7" Vinyl 3 FAC 18
Girls Don’t Count Section 25 12" Vinyl 3 FAC 18-12
Unknown Pleasures Joy Division 12" Vinyl 10 FACTUS 1 [none]
Sex Machine Crawling Chaos 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 17
She’s Lost Control / Atmosphere Joy Division 12" Vinyl 2 FACUS 2 [none]
Atmosphere Joy Division 12" Vinyl 2 FACUS 2/UK [none]
Flight A Certain Ratio 12" Vinyl 3 FAC 22
Transmission / Novelty Joy Division 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 13.12
The Return of the Durutti Column The Durutti Column 12" Vinyl 9 FACT 14 [none]
The Graveyard and the Ballroom A Certain Ratio Cassette 14 FACT 16
A Factory Quartet Various Artists 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 10 FACT 24
Closer Joy Division 12" Vinyl 9 FACT 25 [none]
Night Shift The Names 7" Vinyl 2 Fac 29
Dolphin Spurt / Goddess Minny Pops 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 31
Ceremony New Order 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 33/12 [none]
Ceremony New Order 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 33 [none]
It's Hard to Be an Egg John Dowie 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 19
You're No Good ESG 7" Vinyl 3 FAC 34
To Each... A Certain Ratio 12" Vinyl 9 FACT 35
Unsightly and Serene Crispy Ambulance 10" Vinyl 2 Fac Thirty Two [none]
Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division 7" Vinyl 3 FACUS 23
Always Now Section 25 12" Vinyl 10 FACT 45
Ceremony (re-release) New Order 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 33 [none]
Procession New Order 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 53 [none]
Still Joy Division 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 11 FACT 40 [none]
Still (Limited Edition: Clothbound) Joy Division 2×12" Vinyl 10 + 11 FACT 40 [none]
Little Voices / Call Me Honey / Boy Swamp Children 12" Vinyl 3 FAC 49
Movement New Order 12" Vinyl 8 FACT 50, FACT. 50 [none]
Waterline A Certain Ratio 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 52
LC The Durutti Column 12" Vinyl 10 FACT 44 [none]
Do the Du A Certain Ratio Vinyl 4
Fairy Tales Stockholm Monsters 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 41
Art - Dream - Dominion Royal Family and the Poor 12" Vinyl 3 FAC 43
Ophelia's Drinking Song Kevin Hewick 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 48
Temptation New Order 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 63 [none]
Temptation New Order 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 63
The Beast Section 25 12" Vinyl 4 FAC 66 [none]
Sextet A Certain Ratio 12" Vinyl 9 FACT 55 [none]
Happy Ever After Stockholm Monsters 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 58
Look Into My Eyes 52nd Street 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 59
Secret Story / Island Minny Pops 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 57
Knife Slits Water A Certain Ratio 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 62
Knife Slits Water A Certain Ratio 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 62
Harmony The Wake 12" Vinyl 7 FACT 60
Merry Xmas From the Haçienda and Factory Records New Order 7" Flexi-disc 2 FAC 51 B
I'd Like to See You Again A Certain Ratio Vinyl 8 FACT 65
Blue Monday New Order 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 73
Yashar Cabaret Voltaire 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 82
Power, Corruption & Lies New Order 12" Vinyl 8 FACT 75 [none]
I Need Someone Tonite ACR 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 72
Confusion New Order 12" Vinyl 4 FAC 93 [none]
Another Setting The Durutti Column 12" Vinyl 11 FACT 74
Jimone James 7" Vinyl 3 FAC 78
Love Tempo Quando Quango 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 79
Back to Wonder Section 25 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 68
Blue Monday (silver inner sleeve) New Order 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 73, RTD 10 [none]
Act On Instinct Streetlife 12" Vinyl 3 FAC 97
Blue Monday New Order 12" Vinyl 2 FACTUS 10 [none]
Power, Corruption & Lies New Order 12" Vinyl 8 FACTUS 12 [none]
Reach for Love Marcel King 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 92
Telstar Ad Infinitum 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 96
From the Hip Section 25 12" Vinyl 8 FACT 90
Thieves Like Us New Order 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 103 [none]
Thieves Like Us / Lonesome Tonight New Order 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 103
2 From Quando Quando Quango 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 102
Atom Rock Quando Quango 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 102
Tell Me Life 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 106
All at Once / National Pastime Stockholm Monsters 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 107
Looking From a Hilltop Section 25 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 108
Alma Mater Stockholm Monsters 12" Vinyl 10 FACT 80
Can't Afford 52nd Street 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 118
Can't Afford to Let You Go 52nd Street 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 118
Too Crazy Cowboys Thick Pigeon 12" Vinyl 11 FACT 85
Thieves Like Us New Order 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 103
Thieves Like Us New Order Vinyl 2 FAC 103
Life's a Scream A Certain Ratio 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 112
Without Mercy The Durutti Column 12" Vinyl 2 fact 84 [none]
Atom Rock: New York Remix Quando Quango 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 102 R
James II James 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 119
Deep Sleep Red Turns To... 12" Vinyl 3 FAC 116
No More Silence Streetlife 12" Vinyl 3 FAC 124
Feverhouse: The Soundtrack Biting Tongues 12" Vinyl 10 FACT 105
Smiling Monarchs Abecedarians 12" Vinyl 2 FAC 117
Optimism Life 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 122
Low‐Life New Order 12" Vinyl 8 Fact 100 [none]
Low-Life New Order CD 8 FACD 100
Domo Arigato The Durutti Column CD 14 FACD 114
Forty Five EP Happy Mondays 12" Vinyl 3 FAC 129
Of the Matter The Wake 7" Vinyl 2 FAC 113