×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Lookout! Records shutters

Indie label unwinds catalog ops

Lookout! Records, the Berkeley, Calif.-based indie label that released early efforts from such key third-wave punk bands as Green Day, Operation Ivy, the Mr. T Experience and the Donnas, has shuttered.

News of the closing was first revealed by singer-songwriter Ted Leo, whose band Ted Leo and the Pharmacists was signed to the label from 2001-2006. The label had been in dire straits in recent years, ceasing to release new music in 2006, and will now cease to reprint its back catalog material as well, with most Lookout!-distributed music having already disappeared from digital retailers and streaming services.

Founded in 1987 by David Hayes and Larry Livermore, the label was a key hub for bands in the pop-punk genre that exploded on the back of Green Day’s major-label jump to Reprise in the mid-’90s. The label was later handicapped by a spate of complaints over unpaid royalties in the middle of the past decade, with bands such as Screeching Weasel, Avail, and eventually Green Day all reclaiming rights to their masters.

More Music

  • Pink Hurts 2B Human album

    Album Review: Pink's 'Hurts 2B Human'

    You’d never want to reduce a Pink album strictly to the math, but the strength of her records tends to have a pretty strong correlation to two factors: the number of Max Martin/Shellback productions and the amount of F-bombs dropped. Now, put those two together, and it’s pure gold, but either one is a pretty [...]

  • Beetlejuice review

    Broadway Review: 'Beetlejuice'

    “Such a bold departure from the original source material!” wisecracks the odd-looking fellow sitting on a coffin at the start of the Broadway musical “Beetlejuice.” The weird, nasty and outrageous title character is talking about a short lament just sung by a sad teen at her mother’s gravesite, as he breaks the fourth wall (“Holy [...]

  • Ron HowardBreakthrough Prize, Arrivals, NASA Ames

    Ron Howard Talks New Luciano Pavarotti Documentary

    If one is an anomaly, two are a coincidence and three are a trend, then Ron Howard might strictly become a music documentarian after “Pavarotti” hits theaters. The documentary about the world-famous Italian tenor Luciano Pavarotti comes on the heels of Howard’s “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week” and “Made in America,” a look at [...]

  • Ariana Grande Olivia Munn Michael Che

    Celebrities vs. Critics: Why This Battle Has No Winners (Column)

    When actor Olivia Munn tweeted a “short essay on…ugly behaviors” late Wednesday night, she insisted that a blog had been unfairly maligning her for years. She wrote that she wanted to confront the idea that baseless critiques, particularly those aimed at women, are never okay no matter how famous the target may be. On the [...]

  • Shannon Hoon

    Blind Melon Frontman's Home Movies Captivate in Tribeca Doc 'All I Can Say'

    For a period of five years, Blind Melon frontman Shannon Hoon diligently chronicled his own life, videotaping himself with a Hi-8 video camera through every step of his musical journey — starting out in Indiana, through his meteoric rise to alt-rock icon, up to the day of his death in 1995. These captivating moments finally [...]

  • Single Review: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hello Sunshine’

    Single Review: Bruce Springsteen’s ‘Hello Sunshine’

    Bruce Springsteen’s new single, “Hello Sunshine,” doesn’t officially arrive until midnight, but the Boss knows which side his bread is buttered on and has allowed SiriusXM’s E Street Radio to play the song earlier on Thursday — which it has, multiple times, although his voice is basically the only thing in the single that sounds [...]

  • Chvrches Slam Marshmello for Working With

    Chvrches Slam Marshmello for Working With Chris Brown and Tyga

    Chvrches took to social media today to criticize collaborator Marshmello for working with Chris Brown and Tyga on his new single, “Light It Up.” “We are really upset, confused and disappointed by Marshmello’s choice to work with Tyga and Chris Brown,” the band tweeted. “We like and respect Mello as a person but working with [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content