-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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