“If it ain’t Stiff, it ain’t worth a fuck.” It might not be the most famous advertising slogan of all time, but it’s most likely the coolest.
From their first single, Nick Lowe’s “So It Goes” in 1976, through their acquisition by Island Records in 1983, England’s Stiff Records racked up one of the greatest streaks in music history. These were the guys who released The Damned’s “New Rose,” for example. They were home to Elvis Costello and Ian Dury. Even Motorhead released some material on Stiff.
When Ten Big Stiffs was released on Record Store Day back in 2013 I wanted it; however, I can also be a practical (or cheap) bastard, and if I remember right the beast retailed for around 70 bucks. That’s a lot to spend for 10 singles I knew I’d never spin, so I waited. And waited. And waited.
Eventually the price dropped down into territory that I could justify, and it’s remained there ever since. As I write this, you can pick up a new copy on Amazon for $32.99, and you can find used copies for half that. I’m not sure whether those copies are numbered editions like this copy, but wouldn’t it look great on your shelf anyway? Happy hunting.
Categories: From the Stacks