Mute Vinyl, CD & tapes from this label at Norman Records
It’s Mute by name, not by nature. Indeed, since it was booted up by Daniel Miller in 1978 to flog copies of ‘T.V.O.D.’/‘Warm Leatherette’, the single he released as The Normal, Mute has never gone about its business quietly. As a result, it has released some of the most caustic, transgressive and daring music of the past few decades, becoming one of the world’s vital independent record labels in the process.
The Mute roster reads like a ‘who’s who’ of pioneering underground musicians: Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds were with Mute for decades; several Throbbing Gristle’s tomes bear the label’s name; dig deeper than ‘Pink Flag’ and you’ll find some of Wire’s most underrated records with Mute catalogue numbers; then there’s Liars, The Knife, Einstürzende Neubauten, SWANS...
What’s particularly impressive about Mute is that, despite a consistent commitment to challenging work, it’s grown in size over the years. Indeed, it is now one of the biggest independent imprints out there - acts like Depeche Mode, Yazoo, Goldfrapp and Erasure have shifted bucketloads of records for the label, giving us some iconic pop songs in the process.