Bands/Musicians Factory Records Complete Artist Roster

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List of Factory Records artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Factory Records roster includes both past and present artists. Popular Factory Records bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these Factory Records band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by Factory Records.

New Order and Joy Division are included on this list.

This page can help answer questions like, "Who are the best Factory Records bands?" and "Which artists are signed by Factory Records?"

If any musical artists are missing from this Factory Records artists list, you can add them at the bottom of the list. (45 items)

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52nd Street is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Jazz, Soul music 52nd Street were a British jazz-funk and R&B band formed in Manchester in late 1980. Throughout the 1980s the group enjoyed success not only in the UK but also on the Billboard chart in the ...more

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A Certain Ratio is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Dance-punk, Alternative dance, House music A Certain Ratio are a post-punk band formed in 1977 in Manchester, England. While originally part of the punk rock movement, they soon added funk and dance elements to their sound. They are ...more

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Ad Infinitum is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Synthpop, Post-punk Ad Infinitum were a musical group which were part of the Factory Records label. They were formed by Lindsay Reade, who was married to manager Tony Wilson at the time. They were composed of ...more

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Bernard Sumner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music Bernard Edward Sumner, also known as Bernard Dickin, Bernard Dicken and Bernard Albrecht, is an English musician, singer, and songwriter. He was a member of Joy Division and is currently the ...more

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Biting Tongues is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Biting Tongues Post-punk Biting Tongues were a post-punk band formed in Manchester, England in 1979, whose members went on to join Simply Red, Yargo, and 808 State.

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Bruce Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
New Wave, Alternative rock, Jazz Bruce Mitchell is a jazz drummer, who plays regularly with Vini Reilly in the Durutti Column.

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Cabaret Voltaire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Acid house, Synthpop, New Wave Cabaret Voltaire are an English music group from Sheffield. Initially composed of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk, and Chris Watson the group was named after Cabaret Voltaire, a nightclub in ...more

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Cath Carroll is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Post-punk Cath Carroll is a British musician and music journalist.

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Chris Joyce is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
New Wave, Sophisti-pop, Alternative rock Chris Joyce is known for being drummer with various new wave groups and with Simply Red in the 1980s. Coming from Chorlton, Manchester, he adopted the hippie lifestyle. His most remote band was ...more

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Crispy Ambulance is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Indie rock, Post-punk Crispy Ambulance were an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in late 1977 by Alan Hempsall, Keith Darbyshire, Gary Madeley and Robert Davenport. They had been inspired by the Sex ...more

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Dave Rowbotham is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Dave Rowbotham New Wave, Alternative rock, Punk rock Dave Rowbotham was an English rock musician who played guitar and bass with various Manchester bands in the 1970s and the 1980s, and as studio musician.

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Electronic is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
New Wave, Madchester, Electronic music Electronic was an alternative dance supergroup formed by New Order singer and guitarist Bernard Sumner and ex-Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr. They co-wrote the majority of their output between ...more

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ESG is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
No wave, Electro, Funk ESG is an American band that emerged from the South Bronx, New York, in the early 1980s. Trouser Press called it "one of the most dynamic bands that New York could offer at the top of the ...more

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Happy Mondays is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Acid house, Madchester, Electronic music Happy Mondays are an English alternative rock band from Salford, Greater Manchester. Formed in 1980, the band's original line-up was Shaun Ryder on lead vocals, his brother Paul Ryder on bass, ...more

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Ian Curtis is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
New Wave, Gothic rock, Punk rock Ian Kevin Curtis was an English musician and singer-songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division. Joy Division released their debut album, ...more

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James is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Indie pop, New Wave, Madchester James are a British rock band from Manchester, England. They formed in 1982 and were active throughout the 1980s, but most successful during the 1990s. Their hit singles include "Come ...more

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Joy Division is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Punk rock, Post-punk Joy Division were an English rock band formed in 1976 in Salford, Greater Manchester. Originally named Warsaw, the band consisted of singer Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, ...more

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Kevin Hewick is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Kevin Hewick is an English singer-songwriter who was an early member of the Factory Records roster. Today he is known for his recordings on Pink Box Records, an independent label based in ...more

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Martin Hannett is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
New Wave, Post-punk James Martin Hannett, initially credited as Martin Zero, was a record producer and an original partner/director at Factory Records with Tony Wilson. Hannett's trademark sound, most apparent on ...more

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Minny Pops is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
New Wave, Electronic music, Art punk Minny Pops is an Amsterdam-based new wave/electronic/art punk band, associated with the Ultra post-punk movement in the Netherlands and the Factory Records label in the UK.

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New Order is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music New Order are an English rock band formed in 1980 and currently consisting of Bernard Sumner, Stephen Morris, Gillian Gilbert, Phil Cunningham and Tom Chapman. The band was formed in 1980 by ...more

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Northside is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Northside Indie, Madchester, Alternative rock Northside are an English band from Blackley and Moston, Manchester. Formed in 1989, they released their only album Chicken Rhythms on Factory Records in 1991. The band became known for their ...more

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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the D... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Synthpop, New Wave, Pop music Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are an English new wave/synthpop group formed in 1978, whose founding members, Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys, are originally from the Wirral Peninsula, ...more

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Paul Davis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Madchester, Alternative rock

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Peter Hook is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Synthpop, New Wave, Electronic music Peter Hook is an English bass player, musician, singer, DJ, nightclub owner and author. He is currently lead vocalist and bassist for Peter Hook and the Light. Hook was a co-founder of the ...more

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Quando Quango is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Quando Quango New Wave, Dance music Quando Quango was a British, Manchester-based new wave and dance project, formed by The Haçienda DJ and Factory Records A&R man Mike Pickering, Hillegonda Rietveld and Reinier ...more

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Electronic music, Electronic dance music, Industrial music Revenge was a band formed by New Order bassist Peter Hook and Lavolta Lakota and Rawhead singer Davyth Hicks on guitar and vocals, together with Chris Jones. Revenge formed during New Order's ...more

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Rowetta is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Pop music, Rock music, Contemporary R&B Rowetta Idah, also known as Rowetta or Rowetta Satchell, is an English singer. She is best known for her work with the Happy Mondays, recording and touring with the band from 1991-2000 and ...more

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Section 25 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Electro, Electronic music, Alternative dance Section 25 is an English post-punk and electronica band, best known for the single "Looking From A Hilltop", with two different music videos, and their association with iconic ...more

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Shaun Ryder is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Madchester, Alternative dance Shaun William George Ryder is an English musician, singer-songwriter, actor, television personality, author and newspaper columnist. Born in Little Hulton, Worsley, Lancashire, he is best known ...more

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Space Monkeys is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Madchester, Alternative rock The Space Monkeys were a four-piece alternative band from Manchester, England, signed to Factory Too and Interscope Records in the US. The band members were Richard McNevin-Duff, Tony Pipes, Dom ...more

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Stephen Morris is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Synthpop, Electronic music, Alternative dance Stephen Paul David Morris is a musician best known for his work with rock band New Order and, previously, Joy Division. He also drummed in The Other Two, a band made up of Morris and his wife, ...more

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The Stockholm Monsters is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
The Stockholm Monsters Indie pop, Post-punk Stockholm Monsters were a post-punk band from Burnage in Manchester who recorded for Factory Records between 1981 and 1987.

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The Adventure Babies is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Britpop The Adventure Babies were a Manchester-based Brit pop band, founded by Matt Tedstone, Dave Atherton and Jez Bramwell in 1990. The band had three releases on the Factory Records label: The Camper ...more

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The Distractions is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
New Wave, Punk rock The Distractions are a British punk rock/new wave band from Manchester, England.

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The Durutti Column is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Dream pop, Post-rock, Art rock The Durutti Column are an English post-punk band formed in 1978 in Manchester, England. The band is a project of guitarist and occasional pianist Vini Reilly who is often accompanied by Bruce ...more

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The Invisible Girls is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Synthpop, Gothic rock, Post-punk The Invisible Girls were a British rock band, formed in Salford, Greater Manchester in 1978, to provide a musical backdrop to the recorded output of Salford punk poet John Cooper Clarke. The ...more

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The Names is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
The Names Post-punk The Names are a post-punk band from Brussels, formed in 1978 around bassist, vocalist and songwriter Michel Sordinia.

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The Other Two is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Synthpop, Electronic music, Alternative dance The Other Two are an English dance act consisting of Stephen Morris and Gillian Gilbert of New Order. The band name refers to the fact that the other New Order members, Bernard Sumner and Peter ...more

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The Railway Children is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
The Railway Children New Wave, Alternative rock The Railway Children are a British alternative rock band, formed in Wigan in 1984, by Gary Newby, Brian Bateman, Guy Keegan, and Stephen Hull.

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Royal Family and the Poor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Royal Family and the Poor The Royal Family and the Poor are a band from Liverpool, England, centred on multi-instrumentalist Mike Keane. After recording two singles and two albums for Factory Records in the 1980s, they ...more

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The Wake is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Indie pop, Gothic rock, Post-punk The Wake are a British post-punk and later indie pop band, founded in Glasgow in 1981 by Gerard "Caesar" McInulty, Steven Allen and Joe Donnelly, the latter soon replaced by Bobby ...more

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The Wendys is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
The Wendys Indie pop, Post-punk The Wendys are a Scottish alternative indie rock band, that were part of the Madchester music scene, and were signed to the Factory Records music label by Tony Wilson. They were formed in ...more

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Tony Bowers is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
New Wave, Alternative rock, Punk rock Tony Bowers is a musician based in Italy who has worked with many bands, including Simply Red in the 1980s. He debuted with a blues band called Blind Eye, as second guitarist, although he is not ...more

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Vini Reilly is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Factory Records Complete Artist Roster
Vini Reilly Post-punk Vincent "Vini" Gerard Reilly is an English musician and leader of the post-punk group The Durutti Column.