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

Nov 20

New Track Premiere by Punkrock Icons THE BATES! For over a decade, The Bates were Germany’s most successful Punkband besides Die Toten Hosen. They toured all over Europe and Japan... read more

Nov 13

Chris & Carla - 'Velvet Fog: The Studio Recordings' - Box Set The Box set contains 3 Double-LPs plus three CDs, carefully remastered for vinyl versions of the three studioalbums. “Life Full of Holes” (1995) and “Fly High Brave Dreamers” (2007) for the first time ever on vinyl and “Swinger 500”... read more

Oct 07

THE BATES - UNFUCKED (LIVE) - HIDDEN TREASURES Glitterhouse Records has announced the release of the iconic 'Unfucked - Live' album by Punkrock legends The Bates... read more

Sep 02

Cash Savage and the Last Drinks - Live At Hamer Hall Titans of Melbourne’s live music scene, Cash Savage and the Last Drinks, have shared a new and previously unreleased single, “Fun in the Sun”, from their forthcoming LP Live At Hamer Hall... read more

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Upcoming Shows

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

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10/13/2021 Scott Matthew · DE - Berlin - Lido

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10/14/2021 Scott Matthew · DE - Leipzig - UT Connewitz

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10/15/2021 Scott Matthew · DE - Köln - Stadtgarten

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10/16/2021 Scott Matthew · DE - Frankfurt - Nachtleben

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10/17/2021 Scott Matthew · DE - Ulm - Roxy

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10/18/2021 Scott Matthew · DE - München - Ampere

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10/20/2021 Scott Matthew · AT - Wien - Porgy & Bess

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Upcoming Releases

Live at Hamer Hall Cash Savage And The Last Drinks Live at Hamer Hall

Release Date: 11/27/2020

Format: LP/Digital

Cat-No: GRLP 1016

Unfucked - Live The Bates Unfucked - Live

Release Date: 12/04/2020

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Cat-No: GRLP 1015

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