Warner Music Australia's six-month-old domestic artist imprint Mushroom Records achieved its first album chart-topper this week. The imprint's guitar band Eskimo Joe debuted at the top spot on the Jun
Warner Music Australia's six-month-old domestic artist imprint Mushroom Records achieved its first album chart-topper this week. The imprint's guitar band Eskimo Joe debuted at the top spot on the June 18 Motorola Australian Recording Industry Assn. chart with "Black Fingernails, Red Wine."
The album, Eskimo Joe's third, was certified gold (35,000 units) in its first week, according to Warner Music Australia.
"Not only is this a watershed day for the new Mushroom Records but it's a fantastic moment for Eskimo Joe," comments Michael Parisi, Mushroom Records' managing director and president of A&R, Warner Music Australia. "This is the result of years of hard work and genuine songwriting brilliance on the band's part coupled with Mushroom and Warner's undying belief in them. It's now time to take this band to the world."
The Perth, Australia-based act will head abroad in July to showcase the album to executives from Warner Music affiliates in London, Los Angeles and New York.
The Mushroom name is iconic Down Under. It was set up by industry veteran Michael Gudinski in 1972 and grew to become one of the biggest indie labels in the country, with a roster including Kylie Minogue, Split Enz and Jimmy Barnes.
In 1998, the label was bought by Rupert Murdoch's News Corp. The media giant merged Mushroom with the 38-year old Festival Records and appointed Parisi, a former Warner Music A&R manager, as its managing director. In October 2005, Warner Music Australia purchased the amalgamated Festival Mushroom Records and brought Parisi back to the company.
In January, Parisi announced that Mushroom would be the home for all its Australian and New Zealand signings.