Missing Link Records

Melbourne, Australia

Missing Link Records

Missing Link Records was an Australian-based independent record label established in 1977. The Missing Link label was created by Keith Glass (singer-guitarist ex-Cam-Pact) and David Pepperell (journalist and vocalist, ex-The Union) who were the owners of a Melbourne record store of the same name. The name was taken from a 1960s Australian rock band, The Missing Links. The label's initial releases were two retrospective 7-inch singles, "The Ultimate Garage Band" by The Union and "Living in the 60's" by Cam-Pact, both of which band from the 1960s that the owners had respectively performed with. Following a few more releases Pepperell departed and the label took on a new contemporary release program to reflect the punk-new wave movement of the late 1970s. According to rock music historian, Ian McFarlane, "[it] was a cornerstone organisation on Melbourne's independent scene of the late 1970s". The label became influential through the release of both Australian and overseas material, scoring a top 20 hit single with the local release of The Flying Lizards kitchen electronic version of "Money" (1979), when it was passed over by Festival Records.

In 1978 the label signed The Boys Next Door, a punk band featuring Nick Cave, Mick Harvey, Phill Calvert and Tracy Pew for whom Glass was also the manager. In 1980, the band renamed themselves as The Birthday Party. They became the flagship of the label, recording three albums and being licensed all around the world, with the single "Release the Bats" reaching #1 on the UK Alternative charts. Other notable local artists released by Missing Link Records include Bleeding Hearts, The Go-Betweens, Whirlywirld, The Laughing Clowns and Dynamic Hepnotics. The label continued to release 1960s retrospectives, local Australian contemporary punk and new wave, and licensed material from overseas. International licensed releases included those by Snakefinger, The Residents and Dead Kennedys.

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