ABOUT

The Outatune label was run by Minimalist musician Bob Giddens. Its first release, ‚Spiv‘ by Surplus Stock (OUT-7911; 1979) was recorded in Cargo Studios and appears to have been issued in Britain, but Giddens moved to Germany and subsequent records were released over there. The label kept going until at least 1984. The catalogue numbers seem to have consisted of the last two figures of the year of issue, followed by the month of issue. Gisbert Wegener later became Bob’s partner and did most of the marketing and promotion for the label.

Bob Giddens was born in London, was a writer for the famous UK music magazine ZIG ZAG and became the manager and producer of the first recordings by DAF (Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft).

Outatune released records by the following artists: SURPLUS STOCK, VERY INC., FORMA TADRE, THE OTHOTONICS, DIAGRAM BROTHERS, CLIFF BARNES AND THE FEAR OF WINNING

The state of art is in your head!

Bob – Mission statement from OUTATUNE

OUTATUNE started by making their own records. Getting them pressed at Pallas in Diepholz, Germany. Cutting and glueing the record covers. Distribution started with local record shops, until Rough Trade came in and did the job. Also Art Attack in Düsseldorf was very helpful at the beginning, artist Moritz Rrrr designing the label artwork.