Virgin’s 21st Anniversary Sampler


01 Mike Oldfield – Tubular Bells (Excerpt)
02 Roxy Music – Love Is The Drug
03 Sex Pistols – Pretty Vacant
04 XTC – Making Plans For Nigel
05 Phil Collins – In The Air Tonight
06 Japan – Ghosts
07 Madness – Our House
08 Heaven 17 – Temptation
09 Genesis – Mama
10 Simple Minds – Waterfront
11 Public Image Limited – Rise
12 Peter Gabriel – Sledgehammer
13 Neneh Cherry – Buffalo Stance
14 Roy Orbison – She’s A Mystery To Me
15 Soul II Soul – Back To Life
16 Lenny Kravitz – Let Love Rule
17 Enigma – Sadeness
18 OMD – Sailing On The Seven Seas

INFO > Started in 1972, Virgin Records is the foundation upon which entrepreneur Richard Branson built his empire; the Virgin brand has since expanded to include airlines, retail stores, beverages, wireless communications, railway service, and… space travel. This 1993 compilation cherry-picks many of the label’s finest moments from its first two decades.

While visiting the UK last week, Mrs. Shelf and I had the good fortune to experience 40 Years Of Disruptions, a temporary multimedia exhibition created to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Virgin Records.

Found some amateur video footage of the exhibition:

And here’s a brief ITN interview with Branson:

Posted on November 4, 2013, in VARIOUS ARTISTS. Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. pretty impressive roster of artists…Virgin was one of the labels that made it through the years. I think of some of my fave labels that have folded … I.R.S., Sire (when it was good, or is it around still?) EMI (is that still around?) … Factory… and so on. Thanks as always for a great post. Your time spent on the blog is appreciated.

    • I almost forgot Enigma Records.. great label.

      • Thanks Sandman! Yeah, Virgin was very reliable in the 80s and 90s. Sire is still around, and I.R.S. was brought back to life a couple of years ago. EMI (which purchased Virgin for $1 billion in 1992) is part of Universal now. My all-time favorites include Factory, 4AD, Beggars Banquet, Mute, and Nettwerk, although the still-active labels have lost their mojo over the years.

  2. Boy George and Culture Club completely overlooked here despite, in Branson’s own words, bringing in the money to set up Virgin Atlantic Airlines. Glad to see they are acknowledging him this time round with the filming of his Koko gig for inclusion in the 40th celebrations. While many dismiss Boy George his contribution is undeniable. He remains relevant today unlike many of the artists on the list above. In 1983 when Michael Jackson ruled the earth Boy George was one of the few that could keep up… and he never needed the priority pushing that Soul II Soul, OMD or Lenny Kravitz did. The latter resulting in them being done for chart fixing. Great music brand. Bad TV/Internet/Phone provider in the UK.

    • Point well taken – quite a slap in the face to exclude Culture Club from this particular collection. However, rest assured that Boy George’s contribution to Virgin is being properly acknowledged in all facets of the 40th anniversary celebrations. Thanks for the observations.

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