Set up in 1978 by Chris Cutler and Nick Hobbes as an independent label and distribution service, the idea of ReR was "to find and make available recordings from around the world..which embodied the most interesting, experimental or important work in the musical field I cared about...We don’t deal in a narrow genres but look for what’s unusual across a very wide field. With the..web replacing record shops and the music press, certain kinds of music have, paradoxically, become harder rather than easier to find...By being strict with our choices, we hope to earn enough trust that you try things you don’t know as well as things you do." – Chris Cutler
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The band who invented a new genre, changed music forever & carved out a permanent place in rock history. They were among the first bands signed to Richard Branson's Virgin label in 1973, on the recommendation of Soft Machine's Robert Wyatt, who described them as "my favourite band in the world." Their blend of free jazz and experimental rock make them one of the greatest British bands of all time.
English experimental rock band formed in early 1976 in Camberwell, London by multi-instrumentalists Charles Bullen (guitar, clarinet, viola, vocals, tapes), Charles Hayward (drums, keyboards, vocals, tapes) and Gareth Williams (keyboard, guitar, bass, vocals, tapes). Originally active from 1976-1982, This Heat were instrumental in the ascendancy of British punk rock and post-punk, but stood apart due to an experimental, confrontational, and politically charged approach, now widely considered 40 years ahead of their time. This heat is a link between early 1970s music styles such as krautrock & later experimental genres such as industrial music and post-rock.