Find by label



Staff picks

Wackies Releases




Wackies is an American independent record label specialized in reggae.

Founded by Lloyd Barnes as the Wackie's House Of Music and based on White Plains Road in New York, the name Wackies also include a record shop and a studio. It is considered by some to be the first significant reggae studio and label in the United States.

Most if not all of the original Wackies' recorded releases are out-of-print and in demand among reggae music collectors, though Germans Moritz Von Oswald and Mark Ernestus, passionate devotees of the label's sound, have undertaken an extensive and ongoing re-issue campaign for the label through an exclusive imprint in the Basic Channel record label family, rightfully called Wackies. To date, the imprint has put out work from artists such as Horace Andy, Wayne Jarrett, Love Joys, The Meditations, and Sugar Minott, as well as several strictly dub releases by Wackies-sponsored bands. -- [Nov 2005]

Read more