Backs Records was a record shop, label and distributor.
The record shop was situated in Swan Lane, and provided a small but perfectly formed source of vinyl pleasure for hordes of the more alternative teens and twenties in the 1980s. the shop closed it's doors in the early 1990s, and Backs concentrated on its distribution commitments. Paul who worked in the shop at the time went on to create it's replacement shop in the form of Soundclash in St Benedict's Street, which is still very much there.
Originally part of The Cartel, an Independent consortium of record labels and distributors; Backs still operates as a distributor with RTM & Pinnacle, although the economic climate in 2008 caused Pinnacle Entertainment to go into administration in December of that year.
Backs also always offered support to local labels, and would often assist in distribution of records and CDs, most of Noisebox Records releases were distributed in this way by a consortium that always included Backs.
NCH 2 Popular Voice - Home for the Summer (7") 1982
12NCH 5 Popular Voice - Temptation EP (12") 1983
NCH 6 The Happy Few - Shut (7") 1983
NCH 7 Gothic Girls - Outrage (7") 1983
NCH 8 Mad About Sunday - The Drunk (7") 1983
NCH 9 European Toys - Korea EP (12") 1984
NCH 10 Testcard F - Third Stroke (7") 1984
12NCH 11 Gothic Girls - Borrowed Tongues EP (12") 1984
12NCH 101 Perfect Vision - Coincidence (12") 1985
NCH 104 Gudvil - Poot EP (12") 1985
PNCH 105 Venus in Furs - Momento Mori (12") 1985
12NCH 107 Venus in Furs - Love Lies (12") 1985
NCH 109 The Bible - Graceland (7") 1986
12NCH 110 Pigbros - Cheap Life (12") 1986
NCH 111 The Bible - Mahalia (7"&12") 1986
NCH 112 The Bridge - Shame Is a Girl (7") 1986
NCH 113 Jack the Bear - Skin and Bone (7") 1987
NCH 114 Fruitbats - Until the Money Falls Out of the Sky (7") (unreleased)
NCH 115 ?
12NCH 116 Venus in Furs - Almost (12") 1988
NCH LP1 Din-A-Test Bild - Come Into My Satisfactory (LP) 1983
NCH LP2 Gothic Girls - Lilac Dreams (LP) 1984
NCH LP4 European Toys - Nine Men Applauding (LP) 1985
NCH MLP5 Gee Mr Tracy - Shoot the Sherbert, Herbert, Straight From the Fridge Pops (LP) 1985
NCH MLP6 Venus in Furs - Strip (LP) 1985
NCH LP7 Bob Hope to Die - Shite (LP) 1985
NCH LP8 The Bible - Walking The Ghost Back Home (LP/CD) 1986
NCH MLP9 Perfect Vision - Tongues Out (LP) 1986
NCH LP10 Bob Hope to Die - The Living Embodiment of J. Hendrix (LP) 1986
NCH LP12 Venus in Furs - Real Moral Fibre (LP) 1986
NCH LP13 Jack the Bear - Bearfootin' (LP) 1988
NCH LP14 Fruitbats - Seven Sisters (LP) 1988
NCH LP15 Cas Carnaby 5 - Mr Morris' Funeral (LP) 1988
NCH LP16 Venus in Furs - Megalomania (LP) 1989
NCH LP17 Venus in Furs - The Speed of a Pun (LP) 1990
NCH CD18 The Great Outdoors - What We Did in Our Holidays (CD) 2000
NCH CD19 The Farmer's Boys - Once Upon a Time in the East (The Early Years 1981-1982) (CD) 2003