Respected and longstanding punk and oi label Captain Oi! has released over 300 albums by many distinguished bands of the late ‘70s and ‘80s including Cock Sparrer, Anti-Nowhere League, The Vibrators, The Exploited, Secret Affair, The Selecter, GBH, UK Subs and Toy Dolls.
The label was set up by Mark Brennan, former bassist of The Business, who had previously co-run Link Records and the Dojo subsidiary of Castle Records.
Brennan’s inspiration had been Ace Records, with Captain Oi! targeted at being “the Ace Records of retro punk rock”, reissuing material by classic punk bands.
The label’s remit expanded with the release of newly recorded albums by bands that fitted in with the style of the label, such as Argy Bargy, and new material by some of the older punk bands including Special Duties and Cockney Rejects. Through its Captain Mod sub-imprint, the label has also reissued albums by Mod revival and 2 Tone artists originally released contemporaneously with the heyday of punk and Oi, including the Selecter, Secret Affair and The Chords.
Now, Cherry Red and Captain Oi! have gone into partnership to handle their veritable catalogue and relaunch the label for 2017 and beyond.