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- 1985 - C/Z is born (a year prior to the launching of the Sub Pop
label) with the release of the DEEP SIX compilation featuring the
first available recordings from Soundgarden, Melvins, and Green
River (who later spawned Mother Love Bone & Pearl Jam).
The record marked the earliest beginnings of grunge. In time these
bands are signed and successful.
- 1986 - C/Z releases the first Melvins record (CZ002).
Eventually, the band signs to Atlantic.
- 1989 - teriyaki Asthma Vol. I is released and is highlighted by
"Mexican Seafood," the first ever Nirvana track
to be released. The song was later re-released on the Insecticide
- 1991 - The Henry Rollins/Hard-ons single is released.
- 1992 - C/Z signs 7 Year Bitch Pearl Jam asks 7
Year Bitch to take their place opening for The Red Hot Chili Peppers
on three Northwest dates shortly after the ink was dry. C/Z re-released
the "Lorna" 7" and the band headlined a packed show at Wetlands during
the New Music Seminar the June. MTV airplay on their first video
prompted an intense flurry of press. This was followed by a full
European tour and several national tours including Silverfish/Love
Battery, and Cypress Hill/Rage Against The Machine. After two records
on C/Z, the band is signed to Atlantic.
- 1992 - MC Hammer threatens C/Z artist, Hammerbox with
a lawsuit over their name. Eventually the suit is dropped. Hammerbox
signs with A&M, tours extensively, and finally breaks up. Carrie
goes on to start Goodness.
- 1993 - C/Z releases the first record by Built to Spill,
who in subsequent years have become one of the most adored press
bands in recent memory. They appeared on the Red, Hot & Bothered
comp., played Lollapalooza, signed to Warner Bros. in 1996, and continue
to remain one of the industry's most magical anomalies.
- 1994 - Silkworm's "In The West" is released spawning an intense
barrage of press and intense label interest. Matador signs the band
releasing several records. The band tours with all the indie-elite
including Pavement, Hum, Shellac, and Guided by Voices. Silkworm
have now moved to Touch & Go.
- 1995 - In negotiation with The Presidents of the United
States of America (long BEFORE any major label was even
aware of their existence), and was in fact responsible for placing
them on the ASCAP showcase where Colombia "discovered" them.
C/Z ended up releasing a single with an exclusive track.
- 1995 - C/Z inks a hybrid venture deal with BMG through Zoo Entertainment
and signs former Matador/Too Pure artist Moonshake releasing
the critically lauded Dirty & Divine which features appearances from
Stereolab alumni, Katherine Gifford and Mary Hanson. They are accepted
on the Lollapalooza 1996 tour.
- 1996 - Former Best Kisser front man and songsmith, Gerald Collier
is signed. The record garners a fair bit of attention, and Gerald
begins showcasing for labels. His contract is sold to Revolution.
- 1998 - Skyward is released, featuring Joe (skyward)
from The Posies with guest appearances from members of Sky Cries
Mary, Ministry, Gigolo Aunts, Fripp's Leagues of Crafty Guitarists,
Sage, 7 Year Bitch, Hammerbox & many, many others.
- 1998 - The Moonshake remix EP is released with interpretations
by Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins), Robert
Hampson (Main), John McEntire (Tortoise,
Gastr del Sol, Sea & Cake), and Rich Costy (Bowie,
Pavement, Phillip Glass, Bowery Electric).