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Reekus is a record label & publishing company based in Dublin, Ireland, dedicated to supporting and developing interesting alternative Irish talent. Reekus was born out of the Downtown Kampus, Cork, a pivotal live venue in the Irish rock scene in the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Regularly hosting top bands of the time such as The Cure, The Stranglers, The Specials, The Beat, UB40, Rory Gallager, The Undertones, etc., and up and coming young Irish acts such as U2, Micro Disney and Stiff Little Fingers, the venue’s policy was to give local bands a chance to play support to the bigger names, and this gave rise to a dynamic Cork scene, some of which was captured at a live show on August 31 st 1980 The resultant mini-album, Kaught at the Kampus, was the inaugural Reekus release, featuring Microdisney, Nun Attax (later Five Go Down to the Sea), Mean Features, and Urban Blitz. Over the coming years, with offices in both Dublin and London, Reekus continued to support Irish music with releases that included The Blades, Big Self and Aslan among others. The Millenium brought a new energy, with the release of the Blades albums on CD, followed by a new album by Blades’ mainman Paul Cleary. These were quickly followed by new signings The Moondogs, Perry Blake, Metisse, Saville, Sundrive, The Radio and David Hopkins. A recent addition to the Reekus catalogue was the publication of the definitive guide to punk in N.Ireland, ‘It Makes You Want to Spit. The rest is future history.