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

Oct 08

16 Horsepower - „All Access“ - Box Set Coming Nov 8 at Glitterhouse Records: 16 Horsepower „All Access“. 4-LP Box set... read more

Oct 07

XIXA - Summer Wine A tribute to Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood's ethereal classic showcases XIXA’s passion for dreamy Americana alongside their very own melodic symbiosis of Latin, Psychrock and Goth... read more

Jul 05

Tiny Wolves - "Free Fallin'" - Out Now! Glitterhouse Records is more than happy to show you the first single by the Tiny Wolves... read more

Jul 04

Trixsi joins the family of music! A pinch of dirt, punk, rock and pop. Hamburg based 5-piece Trixsi played their 1st festival show ever in front of 3.500 people at the annual Orange Blossom Special... read more

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Upcoming Shows

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10/15/2019 XIXA · CH - Zürich - Ziegel Oh Lac

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10/15/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · DE - Kassel - Schlachthof

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10/16/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · DE - Hamburg - Molotow Info Tickets
10/17/2019 XIXA · FR - Paris - Boule Noir (MaMa Festival)

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10/17/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · DE - Rostock - Helgas Stadtpalast

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10/18/2019 XIXA · FR - Saint-Nazaire - Le Vip

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10/19/2019 XIXA · FR - Chelmsford - Hot Box

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10/19/2019 Steiner & Madlaina · DE - Bayreuth - Kneipenfestival

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Upcoming Releases

All Access (Vinyl Box Set) 16 Horsepower All Access (Vinyl Box Set)

Release Date: 11/08/2019

Format: 4LP-Box Set plus DL Codes

Cat-No: GRBOX 1000

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