Label launched circa 1980 by Claddagh Records, the well-known Irish folk label.
The singles were issued in pink die-cut sleeves (though SPIN 7 was also issued in a
stamped white sleeve) while the label (on which the Irish spelling "Faetain" is
used) was customised with a band logo. A phaeton (faetan or faetain in Irish) is a type of
horse drawn carriage.
The Spies, Banditz and Major Thinkers are all listed in the main band pages. The Spies single is a gem and is especially recommended. The cancelled second single is a great loss. The Banditz also recorded an unissued second single though it was not assigned a catalogue number.
Cal Batchelor is a Canadian musician who lived in the UK during the 70s and 80s and was a founding member of Quiver. He recorded with Kevin Ayers, Cochise and Matthews Southern Comfort to name but a few. In the late 70s he recorded a solo album which came to the attention of Phaeton Records. Phaeton announced a single but it never came out and the deal fell through. Norman Teeling is now best known as a fine arts painter. He was active in the music scene in Dublin in the 1960s playing with The Difference among others; he graduated from NCAD in 1975 and became a full-time painter in the 1980s; he is credited with composing both sides of the Jim Power & Taurus single from 1978 and released his first solo single on Phaeton in 1981, the live B-side of which features Eric Bell (ex Thin Lizzy) and is now hard to find, as are his two solo LPs for the label. The first is a mix of styles, the second is blues rock. The Establishment were the ex Cromwell duo of Micheal Kiely & Patrick Brady who had an earlier LP on Irish EMI ("The Unfree Child", 1978). Cromwell's "At The Gallop" LP is a major rarity but is neither the bludgeoning heavy rock nor the Stones-meet-Lizzy mix it's usually claimed to be by dealers.
By 1981/82 the roster was new wave free! Metropolis were a jazz rock outfit
featuring ex Peggy's Leg drummer Don Harris who had designed the Phaeton label
logo. Their single came out on Phaeton but their album came out on the parent
Claddagh label (though it bore the Phaeton logo). Ex Peggy's Leg guitarist Jimmy
Slevin was also listed as a Phaeton artist at this time but his solo LP of the
era "Freeflight" also came out on Claddagh.
Singles SPIN 1 The Spies - Thinking About The Sun / Hippy Hangover 7"  SPIN 2 The Banditz - JCB / Bad For Your Health 7"  SPIN 3 Major Thinkers - Back in the 80s / Farewell To The Coast 7"  SPIN 4 The Spies - Saturdays / King And I 7" unreleased SPIN 5 Norman Teeling - Nag Nag Nag / Better Listen to Me 7"  B-side features Eric Bell SPIN 6 The Establishment - Tonight Shes Miles Away / Al Hiat Fi Al Emirat (Life In The Emirates) 7"  SPIN 7 Metropolis - Skyways / Avril 7"  SPIN 8? Cal Batchelor - 7" unreleased Albums SPIN 991 Major Thinkers - s/t LP  SPIN 992 The Establishment - Bad Catholics LP  SPIN 993 Norman Teeling - Guitar Dimensions LP  SPIN 994 Frank Harte with Dónal Lunny and Bertram Levy – And Listen to My Song  folk SPIN 995 Frank Harte with Dónal Lunny – Daybreak and a Candle-End LP/CD  folk SPIN 996 The Voice Squad ( Gerry Cullen / Fran McPhail / Phil Callery ) - Many's the Foolish Youth LP  folk SPIN 997 Norman Teeling - Downtown City Blues LP [1987?] SPIN 998 Eddie Lenihan – Saint Patrick was a Gentleman K7 SPIN 999 James Kelly and Zan McLeod – The Ring Sessions: Irish Traditional Music on Fiddle and Guitar CD  SPIN 1000 Paul McGrattan and Paul O'Shaughnessy – Within a Mile of Dublin CD  SPIN 1001 Eoghan O'Sullivan, Gerry Harrington, Paul de Grae – The Smoky Chimney CD  SPIN 1002 Paul Redmond – The Legacy: Moore's Melodies CD SPIN 1003 Amongst Women (TV soundtrack) CD SPIN 1004 Brian Rooney – Leitrim to London CD  SPIN 1005 Harry Bradley – As Carelessly I Did Stray ... CD  SPIN 1006 Tina McLoughlin – Just for Now CD  SPIN 1007 The Tap Room Trio CD  SPIN 1008 Ciarán Ó Maonaigh – Ceol a' Ghleanna CD  SPIN 1009 Aoife Ní Fhearraigh – If I Told You CD  SPIN 1010 David Power – The Little Cuckoo of Glen Nephin CD  F.SPN 988 Norman Teeling - Forcefield K7 [198?] Releases in the main Claddagh LP series bearing the Phaeton logo: CCF4 Metropolis - Morning Shadows LP  CCF7 Jimi Slevin - Freeflight LP