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The label was notable for releasing most of its material on cassette. According to OC Weeklythe label was known for "its growing catalog of sugary, eccentric power pop and audacious garage rock, extolling a carefree message of love, music and DIY attitude. Founders Sean Bohrman and Lee Rickard became friends in the late s while attending high school in Anaheim, California. At some point, Bohrman and Rickard began putting the Burger logo, which had resulted from Rickard drawing pictures while bored at work, on all of their artistic endeavors. Bohrman and Rickard self-released several 7-inch vinyl records for Thee Makeout Party inusing the name Burger Productions.
According to Bohrman, after getting hold of a cassette tape by another band while on tour, he decided to try cassettes as a practical way to release music. The cassette trend first spiked when they released NoBunny's Raw Romancewhich sold copies in a week and a half.
InBohrman was working as an art director for a boating magazine, only to quit when his job wouldn't allow him to go on tour with Thee Makeout Party. When he returned, he cashed his K from his old job and opened a record store. They chose an emporium on an industrial edge of Fullerton,  one that the Los Angeles Times has since called "kind of a post-apocalyptic Apple Store : on-point in its branding message and a hoarder's paradise of music-fan ephemera.
The Los Angeles Times has called the series a "charming nonsensical teen-noir. By Augustthe label had well over releases in its discography, which has since grown to over As ofBurger Records had released over unique titles making it one of the fastest growing independent record labels of all time. In Julythe label faced allegations of normalizing a culture of sexual assault at its shows and within its catalog of artists. One such accusation came from Clementine Creevy of Cherry Glazerra band which had also put music out on Burger. On July 22, it was announced that plans to rebrand the label had failed after Jessa Zapor-Gray announced she would not serve as interim label president.
As a result, the label announced it would shut down fully. Sean Bohrman confirmed that Burger Records' artists own their music and may choose to re-release their music. According to the Los Angeles Timesthe label has focused on "trashy punk with a bubble gum streak," and their business model involves both releasing numerous bands at a low cost and building "an audience that wants to live in your universe.
They took '90s DIY culture and gave it a '60s teen-pop makeover.
OC Weekly states, "The label has developed a reputation in discriminating music circles for its growing catalog of sugary, eccentric power pop and audacious garage rockextolling a carefree message of love, music and DIY attitude. All Orange County bands either have tapes released by Burger, or have released cassettes themselves. In the label held the first Burgerama, an all-age annual festival including but not limited to rock, punk, and pop musicians, most of whom have released music on Burger.
In early the label began an international promotion campaign for bands all around the world called the Burger Revolution. The week long celebration not only showcased the talent on Burger Records but also brought out historic Orange County musical icons such as Rikk Agnewshoegaze pioneers like Slowdive and the first live performance on U. By Novemberover bands had released music through Burger in various formats. By latethe label had created a subsidiary called Wiener Records. Wiener allows any band to Local troy Fullerton chat fuck their tape mastered, pressed, packaged, and promoted through Burger, but without the Burger label.
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