Red Rhino Records

Red Rhino Records, also known as Red Rhino, was a British independent record label which was developed by the independent record shop and wholesaler of the same name, all formed and run by "Tony K" (Tony Kostrzewa)[1] and his wife Gerri.[2] It was part of the Cartel, a co-operative record distribution organisation in the United Kingdom, set up by a number of small independent record labels to handle their distribution to record shops.


Set up at the end of the 1970s, it maintained its base in York (with a shop, originally in Gillygate and later in Goodramgate) and through the early 1980s, with the growth of independently produced music, expanded its business to a point where the wholesale side became the separate entity, Red Rhino Distribution Limited. It also developed, in parallel with the main record label, a small music publishing company called Screaming Red Music and the subsidiary labels Ediesta and Red Rhino Europe (RRE), the latter notable for releases by Front 242 and Butthole Surfers. The label was closed down with the financial collapse of Red Rhino Distribution in 1988,[3][4] while its subsidiary label Red Rhino Europe continued under the name RRE Records (or simply RRE) as a subsidiary of Play It Again Sam.[5] The most notable artists featured in the main label's catalogue were The Mekons, Skeletal Family, :zoviet*France: and the first record releases by Pulp.

Notable releases

Year Artist Release UK
1982 Zoviet France Untitled album by :$OVIET:FRANCE:
1983 Pulp It
1984 Skeletal Family Burning Oil 1
1985 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Talk about the Weather 3
1985 Zoviet France Popular Soviet Songs and Youth Music
1986 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Paint Your Wagon 3



Catalog No. Artist Title Format
RED 1 The Odds "Saturday Night" 7" single
RED 2 Akrylykz "Spiderman" 7" single
RED 3 Deadbeats "Choose You" 7" single
RED 4 Michael Switzerland "Marilyn Monroe's Sister" 7" single (unreleased)
RED 5 The Distributors "Lean On Me" 7" single
RED 6 Rhythm Clicks "Short Time" 7" single
RED 7 The Mekons "Snow" 7" single
RED 8 Normil Hawaiians "Gala Failed" 12" single
RED 9 The Distributors "Hold" 12" single
RED 10 Soul On Ice "Underwater" 12" single
RED 11 unreleased
RED 12 Soviet France Untitled album by :$OVIET:FRANCE: vinyl album
RED 13 Time In Motion "Quiet Time" 7" single
RED 14 1919 "Caged" 7" single
RED 15 Xpozez "10,000 Marching Feet" 7" single
RED 16 Nod "Dad" 7" single
RED 17 Steve Dixon "Talking Candy Blues '82" 7" single
RED 18 Hula "Black Pop Workout" 12" single
RED 19 Time In Motion "I Wanna Be Your Telephone" 7" single
RED 20 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Beating My Head" 7" single
RED 21 Darkness & Jive "Hooked On You" 7" single
RED 22 1919 "Repulsion" 7" single
RED 23 Soviet France Norsch vinyl album
RED 24 Soul On Ice "Widescreen" 7" single
REDLP 25 1919 Machine vinyl album
RED 26 Zoot and the Roots "I Ate the Little Red Rooster" 7" single
RED 27 Darkness & Jive "Furnace" 7" single
RED 28 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Take It All" 7" single
REDLP 29 Pulp It vinyl album
RED 30 See You In Vegas "Work" 7" single
RED 31 Tronics "Wildcat Rock" 7" single
RED 32 Pulp "My Lighthouse" 7" single
RED 33 Punilux "Hold Me (Never Mould Me)" 7" single
REDLP 34 Punilux 7 vinyl album
REDLP 35 Hula Cut from Inside vinyl album
RED 36 Skeletal Family "The Night" 7" single
RED 37 Pulp "Everybody's Problem" 7" single
REDLP 38 Native Europe Searching for an Orchestration vinyl album
RED 39 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "He's Read" 7" single
REDLP 40 Soviet France Mohnomishe vinyl album
RED 41 Skeletal Family "She Cries Alone" 7" single
REDT 41 Skeletal Family "She Cries Alone" 12" single
REDT 42 Skeletal Family Recollect 12" EP
REDT 43 Skeletal Family "So Sure" 12 inch single
REDLP 44 Skeletal Family Burning Oil vinyl album
REDLP 45 Soviet France Eostre vinyl album
REDLP 46 Punilux Feels Like Dancing Wartime vinyl album
REDT 47 Hula "Fever Car" 12 inch single
RED 48 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "This Today" 12 inch single
RED 49 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Monkeys on Juice" 7 inch single
REDT 49 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Monkeys on Juice" 12 inch single
REDLP 50 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Talk About The Weather vinyl album
RED 51 La Muerte "Surrealist Mystery" 12 inch single
RED 52 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Hollow Eyes" 7 inch single
REDLP 53 Hula Murmur vinyl album
RED 54 Skeletal Family "Promised Land" 7 inch single
REDT 54 Skeletal Family "Promised Land" 12 inch single
RED 55 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Chance" 7 inch single
REDT 55 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Chance" 12 inch single
RED 56 Hula "Get the Habit" 7 inch single
REDT 56 Hula "Get the Habit" 12 inch single
REDLP 57 Skeletal Family Futile Combat vinyl album
REDC 58 Zoviet France Popular Soviet Songs and Youth Music 2 x audio cassette
joint release with Singing Ringing
REDT 60 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Spinning Round" 12 inch single
RED 62 Hula "Walk on Stalks of Shattered Glass" 7 inch single
REDT 62 Hula "Walk on Stalks of Shattered Glass" 12 inch single
REDLP 63 Hula 1,000 Hours vinyl double album
RED 64 Hula "Freeze Out" 7 inch single
REDT 64 Hula "Freeze Out" 12 inch single)
REDC 65 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Paint Your Wagon audio cassette
REDCD 65 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Paint Your Wagon compact disc
REDF 65 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Paint Your Wagon" limited edition 7 inch single
RED 66 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Walking on Your Hands" 7 inch single
REDT 66 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Walking On Your Hands" 12 inch single)
REDLP 67 Zoviet France Misfits, Loony Tunes and Squalid Criminals vinyl album
REDLP 67A Zoviet France Gesture Signal Threat audio cassette
REDLP 68 Zoviet France A Flock of Rotations vinyl album
REDLP 68A Zoviet France Assault and Mirage audio cassette
REDLP 71 Hula Shadowland vinyl album
REDT 72 Hula "Black Wall Blue" 12 inch single
REDT 73 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry "Cut Down" 12 inch single)
REDT 74 Hula "Poison" 12 inch single
REDLP 75 Hula Voice vinyl album
REDC 75 Hula Voice audio cassette
REDD 76 The Lorries "Crawling Mantra" 2 x 7 inch single
REDT 76 The Lorries "Crawling Mantra" 12 inch single
REDLP 77 Brendan Croker Boat Trips In The Bay vinyl album
REDT 79 The Creepers "Brute (Terminally Ill Mix)" 12 inch single
REDT 80 Hula "Cut Me Loose" 12 inch single
REDLP 82 The Creepers Rock 'n' Roll Liquorice Flavour vinyl album
REDCD 83 Hula Threshold compact disc
REDLP 83 Hula Threshold vinyl album
REDC 83 Hula Threshold audio cassette
REDCD 84 The Gun Club Mother Juno compact disc
REDLP 84 The Gun Club Mother Juno vinyl album
REDC 85 Hula Cut From Inside/Murmur audio cassette
REDCD 86 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Smashed Hits compact disc
REDLP 86 Red Lorry Yellow Lorry Smashed Hits vinyl album
REDLP 87 The Rhythm Sisters Road To Roundhay Pier vinyl album
REDCD 88 Various Artists Til Things Are Brighter...A Tribute to Johnny Cash compact disc
REDLP 88 Various Artists Til Things Are Brighter...A Tribute to Johnny Cash vinyl album
REDCD 91 Zoviet France Shouting at the Ground compact disc
REDLP 91 Zoviet France Shouting at the Ground 2 x vinyl album
RED1B3 81 Red Army Choir Schizophrenic vinyl EP
TACKLP 1 Gary Clail's Tackhead Sound System Tackhead Tape Time vinyl album
TAP 1 The Distributors "Wireless" 7 inch single


  1. Perrone, Pierre (9 May 2008). "Obituaries: Tony Kostrzewa - Founder of Red Rhino Records". London: The Independent. Retrieved 2008-05-25.
  2. Countdown, Channel 4, 7 March 2012.
  3. New Musical Express 17 December 1988
  4. "Dead Rhino - indie distributor in receivership" Sounds 17 December 1988
  5. So stated on RRE's Front 242 releases in 1990-1995
  6. based substantially on the published catalogue, summer 1985

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