Before there was Mork from Ork, there was Terry Ork, who in the mid-70’s started Ork Records and released some of the first music to come out of the New York punk scene. I remember reading somewhere (Cleveland Scene magazine? Creem?, both?) about “Little Johnny Jewel,” a single by a band named Television that Ork put out. That was undoubtedly my first encounter with the name Ork Records. Now, I won’t say that I was one of those guys who went out and bought those early Ork singles. But I certainly bought the bands that Ork put out – Television, Richard Hell, Alex Chilton, Chris Stamey and the dB’s and the Feelies.
I mention all of this because the reissue label Numero Group will be releasing Ork Records: New York, New York a 2 CD (or 4 LP) box set that chronicles the short but super life of Ork Records. Besides the acts I’ve already named, the collection includes releases by Mick Farren, Lester Bangs, Cheetah Chrome and others who played in that CBGB’s scene. The album is due out in October (or Orktober, as Numero is calling it) but here is a trailer for the release.