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LTM (originally les temp modernes) was founded in Edinburgh in 1983, and like many small labels at that time grew out of a fanzine. After some cassette-only releases by Crispy Ambulance, Section 25, The Names and The Happy Family, the first vinyl singles arrived in 1984: Een Kus by Minny Pops, and At Gunpoint by A Primary Industry.
When these first releases appeared I was still at school, and still short of finances when I went to Glasgow University between 1984-87. Nevertheless LTM released four albums during this period: The Doctor Is On the Market by William S. Burroughs, Fin by Crispy Ambulance and two Crépuscule-influenced compilations, Heures Sans Soleil and Minutes. My biggest influences at that time were Les Disques du Crépuscule and Factory, and to a lesser extent 4AD.
In the summer of 1987 I relocated to Brussels, Belgium, fondly imaging that it would be like Hemingway's Paris in the 1920s. I worked for Michel Duval at Crépuscule for around a year, then moved to PIAS. During this time I edited the Futurism and Dada Reviewed collection, and with the advent of CD LTM entered its second phase. This included new albums by Tuxedomoon, Steven Brown, Paul Haig and Peter Principle, and CD reissues by Josef K, Section 25 and Crispy Ambulance.
I returned to the UK in 1991 and took a 'proper' job as a lawyer, with the result that LTM was dormant for a few years. In any event, with the rise of Britpop and Creation there was little interest in genres like early Factory, Crépuscule, post-punk and culture that wore art on its sleeve. Nevertheless, I decided to resurrect LTM in 1997, by which time the rise of CD and the internet had made being a niche catalogue label viable. Although our specialist area is definitive editions of classic post-punk catalogue, we also release select new albums by established artists, DVDs, vinyls releases, and also archive audio material relating to 20th Century avant-garde art movements.
Maybe I'm the only person who likes all of it, but if you've read this far then you may well find much to enjoy in our catalogue as well.