Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Sub Pop at 20

The Seattle Times had a decent story on Sunday about Sub Pop’s 20th anniversary, including this list of its top sellers. It speaks well of Sub Pop that all but two were released this decade. No source for the data was given, but presumably it’s from the label itself, not SoundScan.

1. Nirvana, “Bleach” (1989), 1.6 million
2. Postal Service, “Give Up” (2003), 902,885
3. The Shins, “Oh, Inverted World” (2001), 547,274
4. The Shins, “Wincing the Night Away” (2007), 500,813
5. The Shins, “Chutes Too Narrow” (2003), 462,574
6. Hot Hot Heat, “Make Up the Breakdown” (2002), 282,141
7. Sunny Day Real Estate, “Diary” (1994), 226,388
8. Iron & Wine, “Our Endless Numbered Days” (2004), 220,157
9. Iron & Wine, “The Creek Drank the Cradle” (2002), 133,752
10. Iron & Wine, “The Shepherd’s Dog” (2007), 133,490

Jonathan Poneman: “I’ve signed bands to Sub Pop whose parents used to watch the original Sub Pop bands.”

(Via TDS.)

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Yay Sub Pop! I love all of those bands, and I love the fact that the label survived grunge.