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Radioactive Records

Radioactive Records was an American record label. It was formed as a joint venture between talent manager Gary Kurfirst (who managed such acts as the Ramones, Big Audio Dynamite, Deee-Lite and Deborah Harry) and MCA Records, and it is now out of business.[1] Its catalogue is now owned by Geffen Records and licensed through Universal Music Enterprises.

Radioactive Records
Parent companyUniversal Music Group
FounderGary Kurfirst
Distributor(s)MCA Records (originally)
Geffen Records/UMe (Reissues)
Country of originUnited States

Acts on the label had included: Live, Black Grape, Jane's Addiction, the Ramones, Big Audio Dynamite, Talking Heads, Eurythmics, Traci Lords, and Angelfish (Shirley Manson[2][3]—Manson joined Garbage courtesy of Gary Kurfirst[4]). The band Pray TV from Melbourne, Australia, and British group Cooler Than Jesus (featuring Simon White who later played in Brit-pop band Menswear) were also signed by the label in the early 1990s.[5][6]

Radioactive released the original soundtrack album for the nineteenth James Bond film The World Is Not Enough, as well as the title track "The World Is Not Enough", which was a massive hit single throughout Europe.

In 1997, Kurfirst formed a related label, Radiouniverse, as a joint venture with Universal Music Group's Universal Records.[7] It debuted with albums from Radio Iodine and Dig, bands that were formerly signed to Radioactive. Other acts signed to the label included The Devlins and Tyzle Fly.[7]

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  1. ^ "Legendary Manager Gary Kurfirst Dies". 14 January 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Gary Kurfirst". Gary Kurfirst. Retrieved 2014-10-11.
  3. ^ Goldman, Vivien (16 January 2009). "Gary Kurfirst, Rock Promoter and Manager of the Talking Heads, Dies at 61". The New York Times. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Legendary Manager Gary Kurfirst Dies". 14 January 2009. Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  5. ^ "Pray TV - Paydirt". Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  6. ^ "Cooler Than Jesus – Teeny Freaks". Retrieved 11 October 2014.
  7. ^ a b Rosen, Craig (7 June 1997). "Gary Kurfirst, Universal Bow Radiouniverse Label". Billboard. Retrieved 21 May 2016.

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