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Mute Records Ltd. is a British independent record label owned and founded in 1978 by Daniel Miller. It has featured several prominent musical acts on its roster such as Can, Depeche Mode, Erasure, Fad Gadget, Goldfrapp, Grinderman, Inspiral Carpets, Moby, New Order, Nitzer Ebb, Yann Tiersen, Wire, Yeasayer, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, Yazoo, M83 & The Residents.


Mute acquired the rights to release The Residents' music at the very beginning of what is referred to as the label's EMI years, when mainstream record label EMI purchased the company for £23 Million. The new EMI owned Mute signed a deal with The Residents in May of 2004, two years following the band's departure from East Side Digital.

The first Residents release by Mute was The Commercial DVD, followed shortly by its soundtrack in 2004. Throughout the group's time with Mute, they released 4 mainline studio albums, Animal Lover (2005), Tweedles, (2006), The Voice of Midnight (2007) & The Bunny Boy (2008).

Mute's Residents re-issues always came inside hardback book covers with rare promotional photos, liner notes and lyrics. In October of 2008 Mute Records financed The Bunny Boy Tour, the only world tour by the group from this period. The Residents also appeared on two separate Mute Records Sampler Compilations, Mute Songs For In-Store Play (2005) & Daniel Miller's Happy Hour Broadcast (2006).

In 2009 EMI ceased ownership of Mute, allowing the company to become once again independent. It is unknown if it was this caused Mute to drop The Residents, who eventually negotiated a new contract with MVD Audio sometime between 2008 and 2010. The Residents and Mute were still on good terms, as The Residents performed at Mute Festival 2011, after signing to MVD.

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