Sub Pop Rock city. The finest Seattle had to offer.

Once upon a time there was a city on the North Western seaboard of the United States of America. It was to provide the world with a musical sound that was to influence and dominate the worlds alternative Rock scene. Mudhoney, Tad, Soundgarden, and the most famous export the enigma of Nirvana and Kurdt Cobain was to flow from its seemingly unending pool of talent. This was the sound of grunge, but they offered a lot of more diverse sounds later on when signing the harmonising of the Fleet Foxes and the comedy folk duo Flight of the Conchords.  There is every chance that you will find some of the examples of their artists included in playlist if you are looking for some Music for business that you might want to feature. Examples of music for business can be anything that you choose depending on what is suitable for your target customer market, and companies will work with you to make a list that you want.

Sub Pop was created in 1986 by one Bruce Pavitt. It was ten years since the start of punk and six years since its demise. Rock music was ensconced in the big hair and big stadiums of Bon Jovi and the invigorated Kiss. The Pop world became utterly saccharine with New Kids on the Block in the USA and the Hit Factory dominating the UK market. Music was safe and pedestrian and it was making certain record executives lots of money.

There was a strong alternative undercurrent. Rough Trade in the UK were still supporting indie acts as were Blast First in the USA. Pavitts put out an album called Sub Pop 100. It was a compilation of many American New wave acts and it also included some local Seattle bands. These bands carried a distinct sound that seemed to blend the raw attitude sound of punk but with the same quality and commitment that the heavy rock and metal bands had. Pavitts recognised that like the Mersey Beat movement plus the Motown and Stacks Records companies that if you kept the sound regional then you had a base to work from and promote.

Pavitts also focused on the British market more than any other record company had at the time. Seeing how well the Blast First artist had faired it was a good bet. He himself had said that he saw the British market, it’s indie/rock scene in the doldrums with the end of The Smiths, to be a great success.