About Jungle Records.
- Martin Aston, from the ‘Mint Humbucker’ notes.
Jungle Records (Bravour Limited trading as) began back in the vinyl days of 1982, founded by music fanatics who had been working at Fresh Records and Distribution.
Philosophically and emphatically independent, Jungle continues be excited about new music as well as cataloguing the past.
Alan Hauser formed his first indie label Parole in 1977, with a background in band management, live promotion and collector’s records.
Graham Combi worked for The Who’s trucking company before joining Fresh. Responsible for the Mint label and much more.
In the beginning, the Fresh Records catalogue was bought and an indie distribution service established. Jungle became an ‘unofficial’ member of ‘The Cartel’ indie network and the sole supplier of all indie product to Our Price Records (including hits by New Order, Depeche Mode & The Smiths) until 1986. The company then concentrated on the label and now has a digital catalogue of over 2,500 tracks.
Steve Brown started Red Records in 1979, and managed The Lines. He left Jungle in the late 80’s to manage Fields of the Nephilim full time. John Knight headed Jungle’s distribution until we were squeezed out by Rough Trade's. He went on to create SRD Distribution. Many others have been part of Jungle over the years, our thanks go out to them all.
Jungle Records is sometimes erroneously listed as 'Freud Records', due to our album catalogue number prefix of FREUD. In 1982 we first released 7" and 12" vinyl singles, with a catalogue number prefix of JUNG. Needing to differentiate albums, we word-associated the psychotherapists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud and chose the latter for our album prefix, hoping that most would get it. We didn't envisage databases like Amazon and Allmusic, let alone them getting it wrong decades later.
The catalogue itself tells the story of the artists we've worked with. A short 2010 film of Jungle and our old Camden premises, made by Key Production, can be seen here. More background than you probably need to know can be heard in a lengthy and unedited interview with Alex Ogg, here, or on Youtube in five 10-minute chunks. Some day we’ll post up a business school video analysis of Jungle circa 1984 – far more entertaining!