One Little Indian Records

One Little Indian Records is an English independent record label. It was set up in 1985 by members of various anarcho-punk bands, and managed by former Flux of Pink Indians bassist Derek Birkett.

One Little Indian Records
Parent companySpiderleg Records
Founded1985 (1985)
FounderDerek Birkett
GenreAlternative rock, electronic, experimental, folk
Country of originUnited Kingdom

Past artists

The label's first success came with A.R. Kane and Flux of Pink Indians in 1986. Success continued with Alabama 3,[1] Björk,[2] Chumbawamba, Kitchens of Distinction, The Shamen,[1] Skunk Anansie,[1] Sneaker Pimps, and the Sugarcubes.[2]

Beginning in 1990, One Little Indian created several autonomous satellite labels including Clean-up Records, Partisan Records, Fat Cat Records, all of which had success, with artists such as Alabama 3 (A3), Sigur Rós, and Sneaker Pimps. Elemental Records was added to the roster in 1995.

The song titles of The Shamen's 1996 album Hempton Manor form an acrostic, spelling out "Fuck Birket" in an acrimonious reference to One Little Indian founder Derek Birkett, who wanted the group to move back into more commercial territory[3].

In 1997 and 2001, One Little Indian also acquired some of the old Rough Trade Records and Nude Records labels, and the rights to several albums previously released by spinART Records.

In 2009, Paul McCartney, along with Youth, released an album called Electric Arguments under the name of The Fireman through One Little Indian.[1]

Current artists


Amazing Radio has characterised the label as "consistently brilliant" and as having "a rich musical history".[1]

See also


  1. "Interview: One Little Indian". Amazing Radio. 9 September 2014. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  2. Simpson, Dave (8 January 2015). "Björk, KUKL and Purrkur Pillnikk – the anarcho-punk roots of Iceland's music scene". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  3. "7 secret codes and ciphers hidden in music - BBC Music". 20 October 2017. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  4. "SHHE - SHHE". Retrieved 10 September 2019.
  5. Hobbs, Matt (27 November 2014). "Ásgeir at Shepherd's Bush Empire". The Upcoming. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  6. Joyce, Colin (13 October 2015). "Olga Bell Surveys Emotional Wreckage on 'Rubbernecker'". Spin. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  7. Stone, Russell Dean (15 July 2015). "Foxtrott's New Mixtape Hits All the Right Frequencies". Beat. Retrieved 25 November 2015.
  8. Lester, Paul (26 September 2016). "New band of the week: Sarasara (No 121) – gorgeous but outlandish glitchy pop".
  9. "Home town gig for folk siblings". Whitby Gazette. 25 February 2011. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
  10. Turauskis, Maria (28 October 2010). "Wild Palms Interview". More Than the Music. Retrieved 11 November 2015.
  11. Hasty, Katie (20 May 2010). "Song Of The Day: Kathryn Williams gives a 'Little Lesson' for our love". HitFix. Retrieved 26 November 2015.
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