About

It started as a fanzine, in 1981. Deep in the middle of nowhere, in a hick town in Germany, two music lovers Reinhard Holstein and Rembert Stiewe dedicated a lot of their spare time to Sixties-Garage Rock, Psychedelia, Punk, the Paisley-Underground and whatever was leftfield enough to match their taste in music. Soon after, Glitterhouse was a record label, too. And a mailorder. And suddenly, in 1984, GLITTERHOUSE RECORDS became a profession.

1987 saw the start of a license cooperation with the Seattle–based SUB POP label. All of a sudden the Glitterhouse people had acts like MUDHONEY, TAD, THE SCREAMING TREES in their artist roster. Needless to say, the label almost single-handedly brought the grunge phenomenon to the old world. At the same time Glitterhouse took care of the Minneapolis –based AMPHETAMINE REPTILE RECORDS, being responsible for acts such as the infamous HELMET, TAR, COWS and CHOKEBORE. The rest, as they say, is history: The relation to both labels remained intact – but over the years the enthusiasm for licensing product as opposed to signing new talents themselves was shrinking. The business relations to both Sub Pop and Amphetamine Reptile Records came to an end in the mid 90s. GLITTERHOUSE RECORDS decided to concentrate on their own signings again.

Over the years there’s a plethora of shining artists who recorded for Glitterhouse Records. More than 900 releases in 33 years… that alone is quite an impressive number. If one quality should be sufficient enough to describe the company, “enduring” would be a good choice since GLITTERHOUSE RECORDS celebrates its twentyfifth anniversary these days, still going strong. Only few independent labels can exhibit an artist–roster as delicate yet diverse as theirs, being the home of THE WALKABOUTS, SIXTEEN HORSEPOWER, PERE UBU, early MONSTER MAGNET, FRIENDS OF DEAN MARTINEZ, MIDNIGHT CHOIR, STEVE EARLE, BUTCH HANCOCK, WILLARD GRANT CONSPIRACY, HUGO RACE, SAVOY GRAND just to name a few. As if they weren’t busy enough running the label and the mailorder, the company organizes the annual ORANGE BLOSSOM SPECIAL open air festival in their neat hometown Beverungen.

Stagnancy is a foreign word to these cats, so it’s highly likely that you’ll hear from them in the near future, possibly on a tasty record you’ve just purchased!

Latest News

Mar 15

Hugo Race Fatalists - New Single - 'Phenomenon' Here's the 1st single from the new Hugo Race Fatalists album 'Taken by the Dream' due April 26 via Glitterhouse Records... read more

Mar 01

XIXA - The Code EP - Out Now! Can you crack The Code? XIXA, Tucson’s dark and dusty gothic overlords, aren’t even sure they can. For their new, four-track EP, they reached further into the desert... read more

Feb 21

The Strange - Echo Chamber - Out Now! A match made in heaven; made possible by the proximity between Zagreb and Ljubljana. We're more than happy to release the new The Strange album entitled Echo Chamber today on Glitterhouse Records... read more

Feb 20

Hugo Race Fatalists - New Album - Tour Following his recent excursions into world electronica meets 21st century blues, the former Bad Seed is back with a new mix of modern folk songs... read more

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Upcoming Shows

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03/24/2019 Chantal Acda · FR - Paris - Le Vent se Leve (solo show)

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03/30/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - Eisenwerk - Frauenfeld

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04/04/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - Konzerthaus Schüür - Luzern

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04/05/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - Kühltür - Bern

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04/09/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - Cervo / Zermatt Unplugged Festival

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04/10/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - Taste Village / Zermatt Unplugged Festival

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04/11/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - Taste Village / Zermatt Unplugged Festival

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04/13/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · CH - TapTab Musikraum - Schaffhausen

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Upcoming Releases

Taken By The Dream Hugo Race Fatalists Taken By The Dream

Release Date: 04/26/2019

Format: CD/LP/Digital

Cat-No: GRCD/GRLP 991

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