Berlin based record label brigade music was founded in 1993 by Joe and J.X. and was setup as an underground label
with a fake address, named originally Brigade der besten Qualität. Both
friends wanted to take part in the sub-cultural life of their city and the first thing
that came to mind was to publish a record with a straight political message. This idea
resulted in the split LP with Friends of Barney and Slimy Venereal Diseases which was
released in 1994.
The net profit from the record sale went towards the legal costs of a court proceeding against some antifascist activists. The record was released with a big booklet that provided background information about the court case. It was in that year that Botsch who was J.X.'s former band member in Crash Toys And The Botsch Boys and Mental Factory, died.
Brigade der besten Qualität 1994: Joe and J.X.
As a result of his friend's death, J.X. started the second Brigade project together with Miriam and Das Nichts (another Ex Crash Toys And The Botsch Boys member) and created an LP in remembrance of Botsch. In 1995, the label released Botsch: Retrospektive 1986 - 1991 with recordings of Crash Toys And The Botsch Boys, Mental Factory and Botch.
Joe and J.X planned a third record for their label. They started working on another split-LP with yet another political intention. This time the political subject was to support the defendants and publishers of the illegal autonomous magazine radikal in their ongoing court proceeding. The record should have had the bands Anarchist Academy and Atary Teenage Riot, but unfortunately it was never realized, basically because of the sudden rejection of Atary Teenage Riot.
In 1996 Brigade der Besten Qualität stopped releasing music.
After a long interval, J.X. reconvened the work for the label in 2008 with some re-issues as well as first releases of old tape recordings of
Crash Toys And The Botsch Boys, Mental Factory, Botsch, The Legendary Jordan Xenon Project
The process of dealing with and coming to terms with the past is opening a new space for further releases of contemporary music from 2009 on - under the new name brigade-music.