Background Information

Snatch Tapes, a cassette label focussing on DIY experimental and electronic music was started in 1979 by Philip Sanderson. Snatch 1, the first of three compilations included tracks by Storm Bugs, Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey and Karl's Empty Body. Snatch 2 followed in 1980 and featured two tracks by Organum founder David Jackman as well as pieces by Alien Brains, the Lemon kittens, Storm Bugs, and Cultural Amnesia. Linking the tracks were a number of cut up collaged sections including everyone from John Cage to the Scratch Orchestra.

Hot on the heels of Snatch 2 came the release of three individual full length Snatch Tapes, namely A Safe Substitute by Storm Bugs, Slow Music by David Jackman and Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey's Reprint. By now there was a small Snatch Tapes display panel in the Rough Trade shop and this attracted the attention of new Cherry Red A& R man Mike Alway. After some protracted negotiations tracks by Claire Thomas & Susan Vezey and David Jackman were included on the Cherry Red LP Perspectives & Distortion. However relations with Cherry Red became somewhat strained when it was revealed that Claire & Susan were not in fact pre-raphaelite VCS3 operators but figments of Philip Sanderson's imagination.

If Snatch 2 best typifies what has since become known by some as Cassette Culture then Snatch 3 which appeared the following year was an almost professional release, even boasting a printed colour cover. Snatch 3 features tracks by Snatch Tapes favourites Nigel Jacklin, David Jackman, Michael Denton, Steven Ball, Philip Sanderson, Claire Thomas and Orior. Also available in 1981 were the Storm Bugs "Greatest Hits" tape Gift and the Jackman cassette singles Adrift and Ritual. In 1981/2 sometime after the release of Snatch 3, Snatch Tapes wet into hibernation, re emerging 20 years later for the release of the Storm Bugs CD Lets Go Outside and get it over.

Since 2001 there have been numerous re-issues of Snatch Tapes material (and a few new releases) on a variety of labels including: Viny on Demand, Die Stadt, Fusetron, Vertical Slum, Robot, Anomalous, Klanggalerie, Seal Pool and Hyped to Death.

 Rewind