Once upon a time ...
I decided, that running a bulletin board was getting old hat, all that text stuff.
I enjoyed the communication and interactive side, but it was never very pretty.
The Internet was looking interesting, with the web being more graphical. I thought
to myself, if I'm going to have access to the Internet then I am going to have
a solid reason for it.
I've always had an interest in music, this started with Helen Shapiro, now I've
lost any street cred that I had! I soon discovered that I liked the more rocky
pop stuff, on the first hearing of the Rolling Stones, I was hooked. By 1996
my record collection was about 500 45's (I'd had more many of them 60's classics,
but gave them away in a moment of madness at about 1972 Doh!) and 1,000 LP's,
I started to list them all in a database, looking into my collection I was surprised
to see how many Stiff Records I had. I knew I was fond of the label, saw a number
of the acts in the late '70s & early 80's . I started to think, what else
was released on the label and soon found that there was not much information
available. With my new found technology I started searching the web and found
very little reference to the label, just a few people selling records. I had
a Record Collector's Price Guide, which helped and had heard there was a Stiff
book written by a guy called Bert something or other. I decided I would research
Stiff Records and try to educate myself & others, making it easier for people
to know what to look for in the record stores. The rest of course is history.
June 1st, 1996:
Started the Be Stiff site on a server called Moose in my loacal town of Watford
in the U.K. This got me started, I managed to find out who to contact at the
license holder ZTT. I was in contact with Alan Cowderoy a one time Stiff manager,
he was a great help, sent me a listing of what was released as best as documented.
I also found out at that time that the author of the Stiff book was Bert Muirhead,
it was to be another 2 years before I laid my hands on a copy. The Moose site
was quite successful I had 800+ hits in the first 6 months. The problem was the
URL was horendous something like "www.tonyjudge.moose.co.uk/bestiff.html", don't
try it coz it won't work ;-) I think I had 2 megs of webspace and the service
was naff! I decide to move to a new server.
January 1st, 1997:
Started using Demon.co.uk as they had faster servers and offer a better service
including 10 megs of web space. I carried on using Demon until 1st April, 2001.
Their URL were still a nightmare, so during 1999 I started using easyspace.com
for "cloaked web direction". From this point I was using www.bestiff.co.uk the
address we now have.
April 1st, 2001:
Moved the entire site to a new server at easyspace.com including 100 megs of
web space. This is the current service provider for the site. (2014 - current
webspace in now 100 gigs.)
Here is how the site looked up until about 2000.
Here is how the site looked between 2000 & March 2004.
Here is how the site looked between March 2004 & August 2008.
Here is how the site looked between September 2008 & December 2012.
Site content now ... I have decided that the majority of the content in this
site will be graphical rather than wordy. My reason for doing this is so collectors
can see what was issued and this will help them track down the elusive Holy Grail's.
The copyright of all the scans & photos of course remains with the license holders,
the artists or photographers, please respect this.
If you are one of the artists or band members and want to contribute to this
site the please email me email@example.com. I am going to try where possible
to have website links to official website or interesting information webpages.
If you have new links which are not on the pages and you would like them to be
considered for inclusion then by all means send me