|Crooked Beat Records|
|Genre||Punk, indie rock|
|Country of origin||U.S.|
Crooked Beat Records, based in Alexandria, Virginia, is an independent record label which puts out music by artists from the Washington, DC area. The Crooked Beat label is affiliated with a record store of the same name. Crooked Beat has produced five seven-inch records and five albums, including a two-volume tribute to The Clash. Records released by Crooked Beat Records are distributed nationally for Record Store Day.
Crooked Beat Records and the affiliated store are owned and operated by Bill Daly. Daly previously operated a record label called Crisis Discs in Raleigh, North Carolina, during the 1990s. Daly is also a member of the band Insurgence DC, previously known as Insurgence. Insurgence DC has recorded for both Crisis Discs and Crooked Beat Records.
The first releases from Crooked Beat Records were issued in 2014, and included seven-inch records by Insurgence DC and Möbius Strip. Three additional seven-inch records were released for Record Store Day 2015. Crooked Beat Records produced single LPs in 2016, 2017, 2019, and 2020; and a double LP in 2018.
In 2017, Crooked Beat Records issued "Recutting the Crap, Volume One," released for Record Store Day 2017. "Recutting the Crap, Volume One," is a tribute to The Clash, with various US artists performing songs from the Clash album "Cut the Crap," as well as two songs from the B-side of the single This Is England. The record features bands from the DC metropolitan area, and from around the U.S. The Violets, a band from Athens, Georgia, reformed after 25 years of inactivity to record a song for "Recutting the Crap, Volume One." The Violets had been active from 1988 to 1992, and had previously recorded "I Hate The Grateful Dead" for Bill Daly's first label, Crisis Discs. Other artists contributing to "Recutting the Crap, Volume One" included Don Zientara; Too Much Joy, Insurgence DC, Geisha Hit Squad, and The Scotch Bonnets.
For Record Store Day 2018, Crooked Beat Records issued "Recutting the Crap, Volume Two." "Recutting the Crap, Volume Two," like Volume One, features various U.S. artists performing newly recorded versions of songs from The Clash's "Cut The Crap" sessions. Crooked Beat Records also included a bonus record entitled "The Future Was Unwritten," with various artists covering Joe Strummer/Mick Jones compositions written after The Clash broke up.
For Record Store Day 2019, Crooked Beat Records issued "Broken In The Theater of the Absurd," the first full length album by Insurgence DC in 20 years. "Broken In The Theater of the Absurd" includes new 2018 mixes of "Poison Profits" and "Dishonor," originally issued in 2015 on Crooked Beat CB014, and "True To Life," originally issued in 2014 on Crooked Beat CB011.
For the third 2020 Record Store Day Drop on October 24, 2020, Crooked Beat Records will issue "Athens, GA 1988-1992," a collection of songs by The Violets. This release includes "I Hate The Grateful Dead," previously released by Crisis Discs. The Violets also previously contributed to the prior Crooked Beat releases "Recutting the Crap," Volumes One and Two.
Tim Hinely of Blurt Online praised Crooked Beat's first release, "True To Life / Man in Black" by Insurgence DC, citing its "rabble-rousing anthemism." The music website "Divide And Conquer" described Indiobravo's debut release for Crooked Beat, "Breakdown / Crawl Back," as sounding "live, raw and unprocessed."
The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette described "Recutting The Crap, Volume One" as "a collector's delight of various artists' versions of songs from The Clash." Steve Shafer of "Duff Guide to Ska" favorably reviewed "Recutting The Crap, Volume One," saying that "The Scotch Bonnets' terrific, stripped-down reggae take on...'Are You Red...Y' alone is worth the cost of this LP." In a subsequent review, Shafer described "Recutting The Crap, Volume Two," as "largely succeed[ing] in redeeming Strummer's Clash II legacy." Shafer described Insurgence DC's version of "This Is England" as "a truly great Clash song made even better here."
On June 29, 2019, Crooked Beat Records participated in a "D.C. Music Preservation Pop-Up" held as part of the 2019 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Crooked Beat was one of a number of independent record labels from the Washington, D.C. area to appear at a Smithsonian-sponsored Local Record Market.
Daly founded a record store called Crooked Beat Records in 1997 in Raleigh, N.C. In 2004, Crooked Beat Records moved to 18th Street in the Adams Morgan section of Washington, D.C. From 2004 until 2006, the Adams Morgan store was co-owned by Bill Daly and Neal Becton. In 2006, Becton left and opened Som Records, a competing record store still operating in Washington D.C. Crooked Beat Records remained in Washington for twelve years, until moving to Alexandria, Virginia, in 2016. Before moving to Alexandria, Crooked Beat Records was named one of the best record stores in the Washington, D.C., area in 2015. Since moving to Alexandria, the business organization Visit Alexandria named Crooked Beat Records in a list of "11 Shops That Are Worth The Trip In Old Town Alexandria."
In 1997, when Crooked Beat Records opened in Raleigh, N.C., approximately 30% of sales came from vinyl records. By 2011, vinyl records accounted for "99 percent of total sales," according to Daly. In 2011, Crooked Beat Records ceased sales of CDs, except for albums by local artists. Crooked Beat Records specializes in sales of both new and used vinyl.
Singles and EPs
|2014||CB011||Insurgence DC||"True to Life / Man in Black"|
|2014||CB012||Möbius Strip||"Palabras Podridas"|
|2015||CB013||Indiobravo||"Breakdown / Crawl Back"|
|2015||CB014||Insurgence DC||"Poison Profits / Dishonor"|
|2015||CB015||The Everymen||"Spaceship Opening (A Very Short Tribute To Eric's Trip)"|
|A Bang on the Ear|
|2017||CB017||Various Artists||Recutting the Crap, Volume One|
|2018||CB018 / CB018.5||Various Artists||Recutting the Crap, Volume Two|
|2019||CB019||Insurgence DC||Broken In The Theater of the Absurd|
|2020||CB020||The Violets||Athens, GA 1988-1992|
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Crooked Beat will be putting out three more seven-inches
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- "Various Artists-Recutting The Crap". Record Store Day. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
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They also had a song released on Recutting The Crap, a Crooked Beat Records' LP that reinterprets The Clash's swan song, Cut The Crap.
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- "Broken In The Theater of the Absurd". Record Store Day. Retrieved April 12, 2019.
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- "Athens, GA 1988-1992". Record Store Day. Retrieved October 7, 2020.
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- "D.C. Music Preservation Pop-Up". Smithsonian. Retrieved July 7, 2019.
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- "About Us". Visit Alexandria. Retrieved April 2, 2018.
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- Kuntz, Mike (June 2, 2011). "Crooked Beat Records Is Done Selling CDs". Washington City Paper. Retrieved April 23, 2018.
- "Palabras Podridas by Möbius Strip". Möbius Strip. Retrieved April 26, 2018.
- "Indiobravo". Bandcamp. Retrieved May 18, 2018.
- "Insurgence DC-Poison Profits / Dishonor". Record Store Day. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
- "The Everymen-Spaceship Opening (A Very Short Tribute to Eric's Trip)". Record Store Day. Retrieved April 28, 2018.