This week THE TINDER DIARIES is hosting a birthday party as unbelievably Monday 31st October 2016 marks the 20th anniversary of the birth/inception of GRINGO RECORDS. Somehow it was 20 years ago today that Urusei Yatsura and Eska (with Hugo Sanchez opening) performed at the Colchester Arts Centre. That fateful night I met the people from Damn You fanzine that I would join forces with to begin a record label based in Colchester, Essex. For the next six years it was a true whirlwind rollercoaster rubbing shoulders with the great and good, getting angry and going on amazing adventures. It should have lasted forever.

In that time we went on tour, got played on the radio, got national music press when music press was a thing. We got distribution and didn’t make a penny. We met our heroes, interviewed our heroes, published fanzines. We saw more gigs than you can shake a stick at, even put some on. John Peel liked us (we think) and our releases were shipped and heard across the globe. Indeed it often felt we were more popular in Scotland than our home town. All in all it was a different time, a better time. The workings were analogue and tangible. GRINGO RECORDS was part of the final batch of indie labels that came before the digital revolution and the internet smashed up the music industry. Then again we were never industry (well, I wasn’t until 2005). Regardless kids making music today will never get to know what it is like to have a packing party.

Please indulge me as, with errors and omissions accepted, I draw on my autistic like memory, meticulous journal keeping and hoarding to present what was the most exciting period of my life (until now). It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. Yes I will be talking about you.

The episode plays on the anniversary day at 4PM London and 11AM Austin with repeat performances on Tuesday 1 November at 4PM London and 11AM Austin and Thursday 3 November at 9PM London and 4PM Austin.

Proud Of Your Boy. I like you more than a friend.

Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1293754420643297

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