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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

I.R.S. Records Homepage

Holy Craparoni! I found a site exhaustively dedicated to I.R.S Records while seeking a track list for the compilation album that helped transition me from new wave to punk, 1981's I.R.S. GREATEST HITS VOLS 2 & 3:

Cold, Cold Shoes (Streng/Zaremba) The Fleshtones 2:37
Ain't That A Shame (James) Brian James 3:30
Baby Sign Here With Me (Badowski) Henry Badowski 3:49
Action Time Vision (Perry/Ferguson) Alternative TV 2:31
Backtrack (Tilbrook/Difford) Squeeze 2:19
Disgracing The Family Name (Skafish) Skafish 3:29
Wait For The Blackout (Scabies/Sensible/Gray/Vanian/Karloff) The Damned 3:55
Thrills (Kent) Klark Kent 2:15
Straighten Out (Stranglers) The Stranglers 2:48
Urban Kids (October/Martin/Perry/Ferguson) Chelsea 2:55
Uranium Rock (Smith) The Cramps 2:24
I Live In The City (Storm) Humans 2:15
Fallout (Copeland) The Police 2:01
Can't Keep Away (Robinson/Burt/Blanchard) Tom Robinson/Sector 27 3:01
Memphis (Berry) John Cale 3:15
Mess Around (Ertegun) Jools Holland 2:23
Jukebox (Hyde) Payola$ 2:46
Rebellious Jukebox (Smith/Bramah) The Fall 2:54
Computer Datin' (Martin) Patrick D Martin 2:42
Only A Lad (Elfman) Oingo Boingo 3:31
You Say You Don't Love Me (Shelley) Buzzcocks 2:55
Office Girls (Kent) Klark Kent 2:10
Lips (Nariz) Wazmo Nariz 5:24
Sodium Pentathol Negative (Fashion) Fashion 1:52

I.R.S.'s artist roster puts Stiff to shame (nothing against Stiff), and they put out the movie Urgh! A Music War. This site is a gift.


Anonymous New Evolutionist said...

There seems to be no escape from Skafish.

9:34 AM

Blogger Emerson said...

I'd break his nose, but I only have two hands.

11:06 AM

Blogger lou screw said...

Ahhhhhhh...Emerson, you broke the Golden Rule about NEVER saying anything bad about STIFF records! Although very similar in their eclectic tastes, STIFF was the first and the best!
How could a label with the following acts be anything but great: Adverts, Any Trouble, Belle Stars (ne, the Body Snatchers), Joe "King" Carrasco, Elvis Costello, Damned, Desmond Dekker (one of the original Ska kings), Department S, Devo, Dirty Looks (from Staten Island of all places), Ian Dury and the Blockheads, Richard Hell & the Voidoids, King Kurt, (the great and under-rated) Lene Lovich, Nick Lowe (the answer to the question of who produced the first punk/Damned record), Kirsty Mac Coll, Madness, the Members, Graham Parker (before the Rumour), the Pogues (ALL Flogging Molly fans can kiss my ASS! They are a feeble attempt at a mediocre-at-best Pogues and I don't give a fat rats ass about how many records they sell), Rachel Sweet, Tenpole Tudor, Theatre of Hate, Tracy Ullman (!), the Untouchables, Wreckless Eric and the Yachts.
I'll agree that their latter-years output sucked pretty badly but not bad for a label that went out of business 3 times (hey, Junk only did it once and we learned our lesson).
Nuff said...IRS was great though, too.

2:36 AM


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