Started as a record store in the UK in 1974, owner Martin Mills quickly developed Beggars into an indie label as a way to put out Lurkers material. A series of chart successes for The Lurkers fueled the releases of other highly successful artists such as Gary Numan/Tubeway Army and Colin Newman (Wire). By 1983, Beggars was releasing Bauhaus, The Associates, The Mighty Wah!, The Icicle Works, The Cult, The Go-Betweens, Love & Rockets, The Fall, The Charlatans, Buffalo Tom, Loop, and others. Currently, the label has one of the hottest catalogs around, and works with some of the most innovative and exciting talent of the day. In addition to the direct roster, associated labels include 4AD, Mo Wax, Play Louder, Rough Trade, Sulfur, Too Pure, Wiiija, and XL. All help make Beggars eclectic as well as innovative.