Fiction Records (not for release label use! please use "Fiction" for that instead)
Fiction Records was founded in 1978 by Chris Parry as a home for The Cure. Other notable acts to release on Fiction around this time were the Purple Hearts, Associates and Eat. The label's first UK #1 record was Wish by The Cure in 1991. The band left the record label in 2001, signing to Geffen at the end of the year.
After several years lying dormant, the label was re-started in 2004 by Joe Munns, Paul Smernicki and Jim Chancellor as an imprint of Polydor/Universal Music. The first release on the 'new' Fiction was the Snow Patrol single Run, followed by the album Final Straw which has sold over 2 million copies around the world. The current (2007) roster includes Ian Brown, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Grates, Stephen Fretwell, The Maccabees, Kate Nash, Elbow and Delays.
Note that since the relaunch, the label uses Polydor's label code LC-00309 and not the original LC-06444 for some of its releases.