I just now responded to a post on Facebook about the Cocteau Records album 'Signature Tunes' which compiled some of the tracks by other artists I had produced or had signed to my Cocteau label. (Most of you will be able to list these I guess.) Anyway, I thought my reply to the post may be of interest to aficionados here in Dreamsville so I'm copying my response below.... "That was an interesting period. I started the label with altruistic motives, trying to set up an independent label that could showcase bands and artists that I felt had an original and interesting outlook, but might not otherwise get heard. I was soon dealing with a deluge of demo cassettes, most of which were ok, some not so, and some really very good. But, I didn't realise how time consuming acting as A+R man to my own label would be. It's sad but in the end I just couldn't give enough time over for the music making of others. It impacted on my own productivity to a greater degree than I expected. Nevertheless, I managed to help launch the careers of a handful of artists, 'A Flock Of Seagulls' being perhaps the most commercially successful, (though I never saw a penny from any of that.) And 'Man Jumping' were one of my proudest signings. A wonderful group of musicians blessed with fabulous ideas."