When we reached SARAH 99, it was obvious what we should do next: announce that the label was over, release a retrospective CD/booklet (There And Back Again Lane, SARAH 100), throw a big party on board The Thekla (an old German coastal trader moored in Bristol harbour) with as many of the bands as we could, and take out half-page ads in the music papers to let everyone know what we’d done (A Day For Destroying Things). Below are various related artefacts, reviews etc.
I know we’ve posted the original A Day For Destroying Things advert elsewhere, but it’s also good to see it in its original context, so here’s a copy of Melody Maker from 26th August 1995. Big stories that week were clearly the release of another appalling record by Oasis, Babylon Zoo and True Noise, whose new single Hanging in Mid Air had just been issued by Blanc Records. You’re probably whistling it right now.
Back in the days before computer design (1995), all artwork was done as paste-ups; we’d enlarge or reduce text on the photocopier in Hatcher’s tobacconists in Clifton, stick it down and obscure the edges with white paint, then take the paste-up back to Hatcher’s to enlarge it to the right size. This poster was for use in Revolver Records (The Triangle) and Replay Records (St James Barton roundabout, by the bus station).
To announce the end of Sarah, the release of Sarah 100, and the end-of-Sarah party on the Thekla, we produced this newsletter – click to download a pdf! (6 pages, 4.2Mb – those of you with a keen interest in geometry and the four-times table might suspect that the original newsletter had 8 pages, and you’d be right; but the centrefold was a photo of Stewart Boyracer posing coquettishly in nothing but an apron from his baked potato stall, and that would have had to go the other way round on the scanner. Or possibly it was a discography, which isn’t really that interesting.)
At the start of 1996, we produced a very sombre (i.e. photocopied on a black and white copier) newsletter to let people know what had happened at the final Sarah party and to bring them up to date on some of the bands’ future plans. The obituary also announced the launch of Shinkansen Recordings and the birth of Trembling Blue Stars. Click to download a pdf (4 pages, 2.5Mb).
We took out half-page adverts in NME and Melody Maker to announce SARAH 100 and the end of Sarah. It was also the first time we’d used the Clifton Suspension Bridge, Bristol’s most famous landmark, on artwork. Given the price of half-page ads, you’d think it would have stopped people saying we’d gone bust… sadly, it didn’t. Clare was nineteen when we started Sarah, in case you’re wondering.