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Agit-Prop Records

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This article refers to the United Kingdom based record label and should not be confused with Agitprop! Records.

Agit-Prop Records was an independent record label founded in 1985 by the members of the punk band Chumbawamba.


Before starting the label, Chumbawamba had distributed their records and tapes using the Sky and Trees label. The band used the label to release and distribute a number of cassettes and booklets by themselves (see also Cassette Culture), including their early demo recordings Be Happy Despite It All (1983), Another Year Of The same Old Shit (1984) and the 'cassette single' "Common Ground" (1984), which was a benefit for striking miners (see UK miners' strike (1984-1985)). They also released material by other anarcho-punk performers, including their 'sister' band The Passion Killers, Antidote and an animal rights benefit compilation, The Animals Packet. The only vinyl release on Sky and Trees was Chumbawamba singer Danbert Nobacon's solo album The Unfairy Tale (1985).

Agit-Prop was run in co-op form adhering to anarchist philosophy.

Agit-Prop released its last album, Shhh, in 1992. Chumbawamba felt it was too much work to maintain a band and a label. Band member Alice Nutter adds:

We realised long ago while still running Agit-Prop that we were existing within a capitalist system, and belonging to a small but pure indie ghetto wasn't going to have any effect other than making us feel holy.[1] The label was disbanded, and Chumbawamba signed onto One Little Indian Records.


The term "agit prop" originates from the Soviet Union's Department for Agitation and Propaganda.


Original UK release dates for vinyl records given. Some of the following may have been re-issued in CD format.
(For full Chumbawamba discography see main Chumbawamba discography)

  • AGIT 1 - Chumbawamba, "Revolution" EP (1985)
  • AGIT 2 - Chumbawamba & A State of Mind, "We Are The World?" EP (Agit-Matter Records, 1986)
  • AGIT 3 - Chumbawamba, "Smash Clause 28!/Fight the Alton Bill" Single (1988)
  • AGIT 4 - Credit to the Nation, "Pay the Price" EP (1991)
  • AGIT 5 - Chumbawamba, "I Never Gave Up" Single (1992)
  • AGIT 666 - Chumbawamba, "Behave" Single (1992)
  • AGIT 8 - Papa Brittle, "Status Quo / Global intensified Nationalism" EP (1992)
  • PROP 1 - Chumbawamba, Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records (1986)
  • PROP 2 - Chumbawamba, Never Mind the Ballots (1987)
  • PROP 3 - Chumbawamba, English Rebel Songs 1381-1914 (1988)
  • PROP 4 - Sportchestra!, 101 Songs About Sport (1988)
  • PROP 5 - Bassa Bassa, Bassa Bassa (1991)
  • PROP 7 - Chumbawamba, Slap! (1990)
  • PROP 8 - Thatcher on Acid, Frank (1990)
  • PROP 9 - Chumbawamba, First Two (1992) (compilation of Pictures of Starving Children Sell Records and Never Mind the Ballots)
  • PROP 11 - Chumbawamba, Shhh (1992)
  • PROP 12 - Papa Brittle, Obey, Consume, Marry And Reproduce (1992)

See also[edit]


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 4 February 2005. Retrieved 2005-02-13.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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