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-ism Recordings started in August of 1992 when founder Dan Schlissel expanded his interest from booking bands at the University of Nebraska to releasing records for those bands. As a matter of fact the first address of the label was Schlissel's dorm room at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. The name came from a conversation between Mercy Rule drummer Ron Albertson and Schlissel. The name was to be "In Spite of Myself," but Albertson suggested calling it -ism, which would stand for all the different forms of art and thought. The name was immediately adopted.

The first release came out in November of '92 and was a CD by Such Sweet Thunder entitled "Redneck." Since this came out so late in the year, it was pretty much the only thing that happened. This first release already started to gain some national attention and distribution; not too shabby for a tiny label.

In those ancient days, the label's logo looked like this.

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