SELECTED ARTISTS

1962: Clipper Cowbridge

1963: The Swiss Invasion

1965: Marilyn Kaye

1969: The Fold

1970: Yorgi

1971: Devon Shire

1972: Sandee Saunders

1976: Rockfinger

1978: The Spooky Bunch

1979: Decoupage

1981: Bleep

1984: Tiger Love

1985: Laryssa Foxxx

1986: Smasher of Things

1987: Suthrn Cuzn

1989: ~pianogirl~

1990: Razorflesh

1995: Breaker Bear

1996: Action Plus

1998: J Lounge

2001: Eesk

2004: Lazarus Project

Music City Meltdown

Country Clubbo (1993-1996): The Little Label That Couldn’t

Like so many other Clubbo schemes, it sounded like a surefire winner.

In the early ’90s, country music burst into the pop mainstream like a swollen appendix. Naturally, Clubbo head Bas Carlton was desperate to siphon off a share of that line-dancing lucre. And as luck would have it, that’s precisely when Jared Clubb proposed a Nashville-based Clubbo subsidiary.

Carlton must have reasoned that Jared, a nephew of Clubbo co-founder Chet Clubb, had the music biz in his blood. Tragically, he was mistaken. While the young Clubb approached the job with passion and intensity, he had a tin ear for talent — witness such signings as strident preteen belter Tomma Overbee, “acid bluegrass” jam band American Gravy, and the Ropers, a family ensemble of singular homeliness.

To make matters worse, Clubb was the type of workaholic constitutionally incapable of delegating anything. He signed the acts, chose their material, produced their discs, wrote their press releases, and even designed logos and CD covers.

Jared’s record speaks for itself: The label’s sole chart success was “Log On,” Breaker Bear’s unlikely hit. All his other acts sank without a trace — not even tiny air bubbles.