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PIG RECORDS

Northwest of U.S. was from 60’s related with punk rock music, from bands like Kingsmen,Wailers, Sonics,then to the Wipers, Accused and Melvins. As the strongest fortress of punk rock music on those areas is record label PIG, continnuing the tradition of indie movement like SST, Touch And Go, Dischord and their inspiration Mystic, and has established reputation of being home of finnest NW & wider punk rock bands: Potbelly, Monobosco, Deep Throat, Porn Stars Of Horror, Accused,DI, Raw Power, Jack Endino (who is personally among my top 5 favorite guitar players), released on series of compilation singles Shut The Fuck Up & Listen.

The founder of PIG is David Ulysses Portnow, brother of Infra Ed, frontmen of NW’s hardcore legends Dehumanizers, from his love to punk rock as rock music generally, he found PIG Records after fail of two records : Subcore Records, Ever Rat Records (in Croatia, we would say third time is luckiest). From beginning, PIG was first releasing the material from David’s friend Jason Robert Rodger’s band Potbelly and Dehumanizers, but how it goes, PIG Records have been spread on other genres as well on other contries like Indonesia, selling more PIG stuff there more in their’s ground, which that makes them sort of Sugarman label,while showing the middle finger to corporate Amerika. The name PIG is given as abbreviation for Portnow Intertainment Group, Inc. but also in slang is a insult name for a cop, the servant of totalitarian regimes and also in the honor for Tom “Pig Champion” Roberts, deceased guitar player of legendary Poison Idea. Also I had to mention to people who contribute to PIG like vice president Anthony „Mylo“ Milam, his assitent Michael King, Mark Mendeza, David Larew and of course Jason „Potbelly“ Rodger, and also people who unfortunately are not among us like Chibon „Chewy“ Baterman (Accused), Giuseppe Codeluppi (Raw Power), Victor Haydon aka Mascara Snake (Captain Beefhart’s Magic Band) and Kyla Brown.

About PIG should be written a book by far,since is home of well know & respected artists like Pamela des Barres and Geoff Tate. I’ve been honored to make a interviews with people like Jason of Potbelly and Blaine of Accused,with that I am glad to introduce the PIG records in my own country Croatia, giving the chance to local bands and artists (which we got a lots of good bands and artists) to release their own stuff outside Croatia.

Hrvoje Bubić- Head of Music Department of Dadanti Associations, freelance journalist of KLFM, SolinLive and Total Croatia.

Sjeverozapad SAD-a je od 60.’ih bio povezan s punk rockom, od bendova kao što su Kingsmen,Wailers, Sonics,pa do Wipersa, Accuseda i Melvinsa. Kao najjača utvrda punk rock glazbe na tim područijima je diskografska kuća PIG Records, nastavljajući tradiciju indie pokreta kao što su SST, Touch And Go, Dischord i njihova inspiracija Mystic i uspostavili je reputaciju doma najbolje od SZ & šire punk rock bendova: Potbelly, Monobosco, Deep Throat, Porn Stars Of Horror, Accused,DI, Raw Power, Jack Endino (koji je osobno među mojim top 5 najdražih gitarista), objavljeni na seriji kompilacijskih singlova Shut The Fuck Up & Listen.

Osnivač PIG je David Ulysses Portnow, brat Infra Eda, frontmena SZ hardcore legendi Dehumanizers, iz njegove ljubavi prema punk rocku kao rock glazbi općenito, on je osnovao PIG Records nakon propasti dviju diskografskih kuća: Subcore Records, Ever Rat Records ( u Hrvatskoj bi rekli treća sreća). Od početka, PIG Records je objavljivao materijal od Davidovog prijatelja Jasona Roberta Rodgera iz benda Potbelly i Dehumanizersa, ali kako to ide, PIG Records su se proširili i na druge žanrove, kao i na druge zemlje poput Indonezije, prodavajući više PIG stvari tamo nego u svojoj zemlji, što ih čini nekom vrstom Sugarmanom od diskografske kuče, dok pokazuju srednji prst korporacijskoj Americi. Naziv PIG dano je kao kratica za Portnow Intertainment Group, Inc. ali ali i u slengu kao uvredljivo ime za policajca, slugu totalitarnih režima kao i u čast Toma “Pig Champion” Robertsa, preminulog gitaristu legendarnih Poison Idea. Također moram spomeniti ljude koji su doprinosili PIG-u kao što su dopredsjednika Anthonya „Mylo“ Milama, njegovog asistenta Michael King, Mark Mendeza, David Larewa i naravno Jasona „Potbelly“ Rodgera, kao i ljude koji nažalost nisu među nama kao što su Chibon „Chewy“ Baterman (Accused), Giuseppe Codeluppi (Raw Power), Victor Haydon aka Mascara Snake (Captain Beefhart’s Magic Band) i Kyla Brown.

O PIG-u bi trebala biti dosada napisana knjiga, pošto je dom poznatih & cijenjenih umjetnika kao što su Pamela des Barres and Geoff Tate. Imao sam čast raditi intervjue s ljudima kao što su Jason iz Potbellya i Blaineom iz Accuseda, štomi je drago što sam predstavio PIG records u svojoj zemlji Hrvatskoj, dajući priliku lokalnim bendovima i umjetnicima (pri čemu imamo puno dobrih bendova i umjetnika) da svoje stvari izdaju izvan Hrvatske.

autor: hrvoje bubić, 02/06/2020

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