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

Jun 25

16 Horsepower - "Derailed / My Narrow Mind (Live)" - Out Now! On June 7th 2021 the late Tucson legend Rainer Ptacek would have turned 70. To honour this outstanding musician here’s a re-release of the classic 16 Horsepower cover of “De-railed”... read more

Jun 04

Chris Eckman - Where The Spirit Rests - Out Now! The fifth solo album from Chris Eckman (The Walkabouts, Dirtmusic, Distance, Light & Sky) is a deep dive into the vagaries of these extraordinary times... read more

May 28

Chris Eckman - This Curving Track We're more than happy to show you the third single taken from the upcoming album by Chris Eckman... read more

May 14

Scott Matthew - 'White Horse (Spring Version)' Glitterhouse is extremely happy to show you the 'White Horse (Spring Version)' in celebration of the 1st Birthday of Scott Matthew's current album ADORNED... read more

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Upcoming Shows

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08/01/2021 Steiner & Madlaina · DE - Mainz - Fenster zum Hof Open Air

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08/04/2021 Steiner & Madlaina · DE - Friedrichshafen, Kultur am Ufer – Open Air

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09/03/2021 Steiner & Madlaina · DE - Konstanz - Picknick Konzerte: Support für Provinz

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10/03/2021 Steiner & Madlaina · DE - Bonn - Crossroads Festival (Harmonie)

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10/09/2021 Chris Eckman · CH-Zürich, El Lokal

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10/10/2021 Chris Eckman · D-Geislingen, Rätsche

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10/11/2021 Scott Matthew · DE - Dresden - Societaetstheater

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10/12/2021 Chris Eckman · D-Wetzlar, Kulturzentrum Franzis

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