If It Ain’t Stiff It Ain’t Worth a Fuck: 1.5″ Stiff Records Promo Pin/Badge-1977


Offered is an Original 1.5″ Legendary Stiff Records If It Ain’t Stiff It Ain’t Worth a Fuck Pin/Badge From 1977

The label’s marketing and advertising was often provocative and witty, billing itself as “The World’s Most Flexible Record Label”. Other slogans were “We came. We saw. We left”, “If It Ain’t Stiff, It Ain’t Worth a Fuck”, and “When You Kill Time, You Murder Success” (printed on promotional wall clocks). On the label of Stiff’s sampler compilation Heroes & Cowards was printed: “In ’78 everyone born in ’45 will be 33-1/3”. A very early Stiff sampler album, A Bunch of Stiff Records, introduced the slogan, “If they’re dead, we’ll sign them” and “Undertakers to the Industry”

Stiff also produced eccentric but highly effective promotional campaigns, such as the three package tours in 1977 (Live Stiffs), 1978 (Be Stiff) and 1980 (Son Of Stiff), Elvis Costello’s “busking outside CBS Records” arrest and the at least 29 different wallpaper sleeves printed for Ian Dury’s second album, Do It Yourself, with associated unscheduled makeovers of unsuspecting record shops.[citation needed]

Barney Bubbles was responsible for much of the graphic art associated with the early Stiff releases.


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