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Indie crib-sheet - Sub Pop
"Sub Pop’s legacy? It’s one of the greatest indie labels out of the Pacific Northwest. World domination is an afterthought."
Jonathan Poneman - Sub Pop co-founder

Sub Pop as a label grew out of a fanzine called Subterranean Pop started by Bruce Pavitt in 1979.  He met Jonathan Poneman in a mattress store in 1987 and together they decided to release the debut LP by Soundgarden.

Sub Pop was home to most of the Seattle grunge bands of the early 90s and they went through a tough time around then when they did a deal with Warners and Pavitt left to do something completely different.

Nowadays, the label is more diverse and has an impressive roster of artistes.
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After Nevermind was released, Sub Pop got a much needed cash injection as sales of Nirvana's first album 'Bleach' sky-rocketed.

The same thing happened after Kurt Cobain committed suicide.

About 25 people currently work at Sub Pop.
• Key releases:
Nirvana - Bleach (1989)
The Shins - Wincing The Night Away (2007)
The Postal Service - Give Up (2003)
Sebadoh - Bake Sale (1994)
Mudhoney - Superfuzz Bigmuff (1990)
• Key artists:
The Postal Service
The Shins

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