It’s Good to Be Stiff

“All the raw material from Stiff came from the pub circuit and the studio at the Hope & Anchor,” he recalls. “I did have a bit of a masterplan and a list of people we wanted to sign: Ian Dury, Elvis Costello, or rather Declan McManus as he was then, Mickey Jupp, who we eventually signed, and Nick Lowe kind of came with Jake. We were putting together what I consider to be the best songwriters of the period.”

Stiff Records founder Dave Robinson spins the tale of the label that gave us The Damned, Elvis Costello, Nick Lowe, Richard Hell and others in a recent Independent UK piece.

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