I’ve often been asked about Cargo Records, the record label I set up whilst running Cargo Studios, and why it has such an unusual collection of bands and singers.
In those days I offered a record pressing service for bands and musicians who didn’t know how to go about it, because we’re talking about before the internet was around. I’d send the tapes to be cut onto a Master discs usually with George Peckham in London or as he was more widely known Porky. If you look at many of the indie singles released at that time they would have “a Porky Prime Cut” written on the run in groove at the end of the track. This Master would then be sent to a pressing plant such as Linquaphone or Allied. Allied were cheaper but the quality wasn’t quite as good as Linquaphone. Recently I’ve tried to find Allied, I know they existed because I’ve been there to pick up records, I’m sure it was South London way , but unfortunately I can’t find any reference to them at all, strange. At the pressing plant a metal Mother disc was made which had the grooves the exact reverse of the Master disc, this was used to stamp all the singles or LPs from. With the Mother disc being the reverse of the Master when the records were pressed the grooves reverted to the correct way round.
Many of the bands would provide artwork but some would not usually because they didn’t know any artists or graphic designers so I provided a generic label. The label was available to any band hence the Cargo label was created and the reason behind the rather odd assortment of artists.
Cargo records ran from 1979-1985. In the late eighties a record distribution company picked up the name Cargo Records. In 2011 I re-instated Cargo records but this time under the name of Kargo Records so as not to clash with the distribution company. This time it handled my own releases, the first being singer/songwriter Jim Cemlyn Jones.
The following are the tracks which I and Chris Connelly have managed to trace;
CRC 001 Accident on the East Lancs Shotguns and Hotshots Cassette
CRS 001 Wildespool Standing on the Outside 7″ EP
Cargo 002 Tractor No More Rock & Roll 7″
CRS 003 Oxym Music Power 7″
CRS 004 Turbo Stallion 7″
CRS 005 Rebecca Storme Let’s Spend the Night Together 7″
CRS 006 Breed Effort/Jeans 7″
CRS 007 Seven Year Itch Oo Ya Ha/ Manna Make Ya 7″
CRS 008 Terminal Hold On 7″
CRS 009 Tailormaid SallyAnne 7″
CRS 010 Heinz Just Like Eddie/ Country Boy 7″
CRS 011 Thorns of Affliction Panic Stricken 7″
CRS 012 Some Now Are Aftermath/ A to B 7″
CRS 013 Nigel Stonier (1) Still not Over You/In The Paperbacks 7″
CRS 014 The Out Better the Devil 7″
CRS 015 Nigel Stonier (1) Are You Ready for Christmas/Here Tonight 7″
CRS 016 C.J. Swarbrick Heartbreaker/Goodbye Crazy Jane 7″
CRS 017 Nigel Stonier (1) Sunshine Music 7″
CRS 018 The Erbees Smokie Medley 7″ EP
CRLP 001 Kelly Peters Going Places 7″
(1 ) Despite having 3 releases on Cargo Nigel Stonier doesn’t mention any of them on his web site. They weren’t that bad Nigel!!!
I think that there was also a pressing for the Donkeys. They came in to record with Chris Dixon of Rhesus records. Rhesus didn’t have enough money to pay for a pressing and as I thought it was a half decent track I financed them to press 500 on the understanding that I would get my money back from sales. Somehow a copy was heard by guy at MCA in the states and he rang me one morning at 0300 to ask if he could license the track. I rang Chris Dixon to tell him the good news. Apparently as soon as I put the phone down Chris was onto MCA and licensed the record from Rhesus records. I never got any thanks from the band or Chris Dixon and I never got any of my money back either.