FUTURE LEGEND RECORDS

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Future Legend Records was launched at the start of 1993. The label has had an active impact on the music industry and is acknowledged and respected for setting new music trends and inventing new genres of music.

Russell decided to make a cult Themes album the first release on his new Future Legend label. Rather than license and release the original tracks he decided to help break new artists by making new and exciting versions of the themes. This release helped new acts get a much bigger profile. Fans said that many of the new versions were much better than the originals. Also many including the composer like John Barry were saying some Bond tracks were the best covers of his tracksl. The production and arrangements were innovative. But the key ingredient was the track listing. It was spot on.

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Not only did the first album prove very popular it started the 90's cult themes music and life style trend. Eventually six albums were released - three volumes of '60s themes, two of '70s themes and one of '80s themes, all with track listings packed with the best of the decades. TV and film theme club nights sprang up at famous London club Madam Jo Jo's and many other venues all around the UK. People started dressing up as their favourite characters like James Bond, Lady Penelope and Napoleon Solo and a lot of fun was had by all. Many other labels started to release themes albums. Eventually the trend ultimately developed into an easy listening scene.

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Exciting new music came to FLR in the '90s with Russell's band Box Office Poison which developed the new music genre Pop Noir. The early Box Office Poison line-up included Russell, Debbie Detroit, Ron Rage & Jo Sharp. Later Debbie & Jo were replaced by Mouse and Misty Woods and this line up is considered the definitive one. (Photo to left)

It took at least 5 years before bands like Goldfrapp and Mono caught on to Pop Noir. Artists like Portishead and Madonna were also influenced in certain parts of their careers by this dramatic music genre. More recent bands (eg The Blue Violets, Lowe, Blackroom, Pop Noir) have taken some Pop Noir influences either into their music (The Blue Violets, Lowe) or by name: Blackroom's first album is entitled Pop Noir and UK guitar duo Pop Noir broke the US market.

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For years Bond fans had asked if all the Bond themes on the label could be put on one album. Most of these themes had been produced by Russell and some were thought of as exceptional versions of the originals. FLR's new band Psykick Holiday also introduced new versions of A View To A Kill and The James Bond Theme. Both of these tracks get 10 out of 10 on iTunes UK for popularity. Indeed some fans called Psykick Holiday's Goldfinger-like version of A View To A Kill one of the best Bond covers ever.
60's hit band The Honeycombs made a guest appearance on the album with a powerful cover of Live and Let Die. Check out the track listing on the James Bond Page.

Psykick Holiday was Russell's new band. Inspired by the success of the Psykick Holiday Bond themes he set about writing his first original material for some years. FLR's first Psykick Holiday release in 2008 was a downloadable dance single Sex On The Internet .

Finding the right lead singer for the band was a problem, but after several changes during 2009 and 2010, October 2010 saw the release of Psykick Holiday's debut album Forever Pop Noir  with the lead singer Joannaa T. This was to be the label's first release in CD format for several years.

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Two new artists came next, the first being the Prisoner series-influenced Carmel Morris album Another Number , released on CD format and download.

A fine Babysitars album My Two Minds Are Eight Miles High followed. Two very popular tracks from this album were Crazyhead (about Joe Meek) and She Sells Dynamite.

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Mod album Mod Tunes: Three Button Legacy was released in late 2010. This features a superb selection of the best and rarest FLR Mod tracks for collectors of this genre.

That Instrumental Vibean album of original instrumental tracks, and the EP Bowie Zone  which presented FLR's David Bowie covers came out later in the year.

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New albums and singles have been released regularly since then on download, giving fans the choice to buy both new material and deleted tracks that were previously unavailable due to the vinyl or CDs being sold out.

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FLR looks forward to continuing to find and present the best and most innovative music and artists for a long time to come, with the support of their loyal fans of past, present and future.