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Blast First

Blast First is a sub label of one-time independent record label Mute Records, founded in approximately 1985. It was named after a phrase taken from the first number of the radical Vorticist journal Blast, published by Wyndham Lewis in 1914. Lewis's "Manifesto" begins with the words "BLAST First (from politeness) ENGLAND".


  • History 1
  • Artists 2
  • Compilation series 3
  • Noted albums 4
  • See also 5
  • External links 6


The label was founded by Paul Smith to give UK release to albums by Sonic Youth, a US band with which he was then working closely. It went on to feature more hardcore rock bands than the master label of its synthpop-oriented parent company. Before Mute Records was sold to the EMI group, Blast First fit into the company's profile, which included labels such as the Fine Line and the Grey Area.

The label released a range of Russell Haswell and Bruce Gilbert (aka DJ Beekeeper) of the punk band Wire.


Compilation series

  • Sonic Mook Experiment
  • The Devil's Jukebox (Nothing Short Of Total War) - deleted limited edition box set; 3000 UK copies and 1500 US copies were made.

Noted albums

Albums on Blast First that either reached the UK Albums Chart or have become examples of the indie/alternative genre:

(Note: Blast First was merely the UK label for these US bands, which were all primarily signed to deals with American labels).

See also

External links

  • Radio 1
  • Mute Records
  • Blast First Petite
  • Discography listing at Rate Your Music
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