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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?"

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  • 1

    52nd Street

    Rhythm and blues, Jazz

    AlbumsChildren of the Night, Look Into My Eyes, Can't Afford, Cool as Ice

    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 United...  more
  • 2

    A Certain Ratio

    Dance-punk, Alternative dance

    AlbumsTo Each..., Early, Force, The Graveyard & The Ballroom, The Old & The New

    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 sometimes...  more
  • 3

    Ad Infinitum

    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 members of...  more
  • 4

    Bernard Sumner

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsDidn't Know What Love Was

    Bernard Sumner (born 4 January 1956) is an English singer, songwriter, musician and record producer. He is a founding member of both Joy Division and New Order and is widely credited with the latter...  more
  • 5

    Biting Tongues


    AlbumsFeverhouse: The Soundtrack, After the Click (Retrospective 1980-89), Libreville, Compressed (The Factory Recordings 1984-87), Trouble Hand

    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....  more
  • 6

    Bruce Mitchell

    New Wave, Alternative rock
    Bruce Mitchell (born 6 June 1940 in Didsbury, Manchester, England) is a jazz drummer, who plays regularly with Vini Reilly in the Durutti Column....  more
  • 7

    Cabaret Voltaire

    Acid house, Synthpop

    AlbumsThe Arm of the Lord, Micro-Phonies, Mix-Up, Radiation, Body and Soul

    Cabaret Voltaire are an English music group formed in Sheffield in 1973 and initially composed of Stephen Mallinder, Richard H. Kirk, and Chris Watson. The group was named after the Cabaret Voltaire,...  more
  • 8

    Cath Carroll

    Indie pop, Alternative rock

    AlbumsEngland Made Me, True Crime Motel, My Cold Heart

    Cath Carroll (born 25 August 1960) is a British musician and music journalist....  more
  • 9

    Chris Joyce

    New Wave, Sophisti-pop
    Chris Joyce (born Manchester, England, 11 October 1957) is known for being drummer with various groups, and with Simply Red in the 1980s. Coming from Chorlton, Manchester, he adopted the hippie...  more
  • 10

    Crispy Ambulance

    Indie rock, Post-punk

    AlbumsPlateau Phase / Live on a Hot August Night / Sexus, Fin, Frozen Blood (1980-82), Accessory After The Fact, The Plateau Phase

    Crispy Ambulance are an English post-punk band, formed in Manchester in late 1977 by Keith Darbyshire (bass), Robert Davenport (guitar), Alan Hempsall (vocals), and Gary Madeley (drums). They had...  more
  • 11

    Dave Rowbotham

    New Wave, Alternative rock
    Dave Rowbotham (1958 – 8 November 1991) was an English rock musician who played guitar and bass with various Manchester bands in the 1970s and the 1980s, and as a studio musician....  more
  • 12


    New Wave, Madchester

    AlbumsGet the Message: The Best of Electronic, For You, Electronic, Raise the Pressure, Twisted Tenderness

    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 1989 and...  more

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    #63 of 84 The Best Music Side Projects#39 of 40 The Best Supergroups Ever Made

  • 13


    No wave, Electro

    AlbumsStep Off, A South Bronx Story 2: The Rarities, Keep on Moving, A South Bronx Story, Insane

    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 '80s." ESG...  more
  • 14

    Happy Mondays

    Acid house, Madchester

    AlbumsPills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches, Bummed, Squirrel and G-Man Twenty Four Hour Party People Plastic Face Carnt Smile (White Out), Uncle Dysfunktional, Yes

    Happy Mondays are an English rock band formed in Salford in 1980. The band's original line-up was Shaun Ryder (vocals), his brother Paul Ryder (bass), Mark Day (guitar), Paul Davis (keyboard), and...  more

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  • 15

    Ian Curtis

    New Wave, Gothic rock
    Ian Kevin Curtis (15 July 1956 – 18 May 1980) was an English singer-songwriter and musician. He was the lead singer and lyricist of the post-punk band Joy Division and recorded two albums with the...  more

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    #436 of 656 The Best Singers Of All Time#275 of 316 The Greatest Singers of the Past 30 Years

  • 16


    Indie pop, New Wave

    AlbumsSeven, Wah Wah, Laid, Pleased to Meet You, Millionaires

    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 Home", "Sit...  more

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    #89 of 264 The Best English Indie Rock Bands & Artists#1006 of 1,681 The Best Rock Bands Of All Time

  • 17

    Joy Division

    Punk rock, Post-punk

    AlbumsUnknown Pleasures, Closer, Substance, Joy Division The Complete BBC Recordings, An Ideal for Living

    Joy Division were an English rock band formed in Salford in 1976. The group consisted of vocalist Ian Curtis, guitarist/keyboardist Bernard Sumner, bassist Peter Hook and drummer Stephen...  more

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  • 18
    Kevin Hewick (born 4 February 1957) is an English singer-songwriter who was an early member of the Factory Records roster. Today he is known for his recordings on Sorted, Pink Box and his own...  more
  • 19

    Martin Hannett

    New Wave, Post-punk
    James Martin Hannett (31 May 1948 – 18 April 1991), initially credited as Martin Zero, was an English record producer and an original partner/director at Tony Wilson's Factory Records. Hannett...  more
  • 20

    Minny Pops

    New Wave, Electronic music

    AlbumsSparks in a Dark Room, Secret Stories, Drastic Measures, Drastic Movement, Dolphin Spurt / Goddess

    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....  more
  • 21

    New Order

    Synthpop, New Wave

    AlbumsPower, Corruption & Lies, Low-Life, Technique, Brotherhood

    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 Sumner,...  more

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  • 22


    Indie, Madchester

    AlbumsTake 5, My Rising Star, Chicken Rhythms, Shall We Take a Trip, My Rising Star

    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 concerts...  more
  • 23

    AlbumsDazzle Ships, Architecture & Morality, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Genetic Engineering, Crush

    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, North...  more

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  • 24

    Paul Davis

    Madchester, Alternative rock
  • 25

    Peter Hook

    Synthpop, New Wave
    Peter Hook (born Peter Woodhead; 13 February 1956) is an English singer, songwriter, composer, multi-instrumentalist and record producer. He is best known as the bassist and co-founder of English...  more