I.R.S. Records Finally Goes Digital

 

Legendary label comes
up a unique blend of full-album downloads and single-track cherrypicking.

 

 

By Blurt Staff

 

It’s an impressive back catalog by any measure – that of
I.R.S. Records, which helped bring such artists as R.E.M., the Go-Gos, Let’s
Active and Wall of Voodoo to national prominence. But the label has been
noticeably absent from the digital realm, leaving iPod-rocking fans clutching
their battered vinyl and scratched up CDs, wondering when, if ever, they’d get
to experience the I.R.S. era in a highly compressed audio format. Until now…
read on.

 

 

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Beginning
February 10 and continuing until March 17, more than 100 albums and tracks from
the celebrated vault of I.R.S. Records will make their digital release
debuts.  In an extensive, six-week online
catalog campaign by Capitol/EMI, I.R.S. classics by The Fleshtones, Wall of
Voodoo, Concrete Blonde, Oingo Boingo, The dB’s, General Public, Stewart
Copeland,  Robbie Krieger, Tom Verlaine,
and many others will be available for the first time for DRM-free download from
all major digital service providers. Four new Best Of The I.R.S. Years digital collections will also be released,
for The dB’s, Over The Rhine, dada, and Dread Zeppelin.

 

 

Founded
in 1979 by Miles Copeland and Jay Boberg, I.R.S. (International Record
Syndicate) Records established itself as home base for an eclectic and
cutting-edge roster of artists. While launching R.E.M., Concrete Blonde and The
Go-Gos to international stardom, I.R.S. also championed many less-known but
critically-acclaimed acts whose I.R.S. recordings continue to resonate
today. 

 

 

Capitol/EMI’s
digital campaign shines a light on many I.R.S. Records mainstays and future
stars by making more than 100 albums and tracks digitally available for the
first time. These new digital essentials join already available digital titles
from the pioneering label’s archive by R.E.M., The Go-Gos and others.

 

 

Included
in the staggered, six-week launch are 14 tracks by New York garage band The
Fleshtones, three albums and 10 tracks by Los Angeles “Mexican Radio” rockers
Wall of Voodoo, three albums and a new Best
Of the I.R.S. Years
collection from acclaimed power-pop group The dB’s,
eight tracks by Let’s Active, and two albums by alternative rock pioneers
Concrete Blonde.

 

 

Also
included are seven tracks by Lords of the New Church, the post-punk supergroup
featuring Stiv Bators of The Dead Boys, Brian James of The Damned, Dave
Tregunna of Sham 69 and Nicky Turner of The Barracudas, six tracks by new wave
faves Oingo Boingo, three albums by Australian rock / art funk band Hunters
& Collectors, four albums by British reggae singer Pato Banton, three
albums by electronic music pioneer Gary Numan, two albums by the triple
Grammy-winning musician, composer and producer William Orbit, and one album by
Nuclear Assault, the metal band founded by former Anthrax bassist, Dan Lilker.

 

 

I.R.S.
tracks and albums by Stewart Copeland, Robbie Krieger, Jools Holland, General
Public, Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, Tom Verlaine, Dread Zeppelin, Havana 3
A.M., Beat Rodeo, Drywall, The Bears, Monks of Doom, Timbuk 3, Over the Rhine,
Lillian Axe, The Truth, Three O’Clock, Balancing Act, Dave Sharp, Animal Logic,
Caterwaul, dada, Wazmo Nariz, Reckless Sleepers, and Shok Paris are also
included in the digital campaign.

 

 

 

I.R.S. RECORDS DIGITAL
CATALOG CAMPAIGN (Capitol/EMI)

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in title lists below, ALL CAPS = ALBUM; lowercase = track

 

 

WEEK ONE:  February 10

DRYWALL – WORK THE DUMB
ORACLE

Fleshtones – American Beat
’84

Fleshtones – Cold, Cold,
Shoes

Fleshtones – Deep In My Heart

Fleshtones – Girl From Baltimore

Fleshtones – I’ve Gotta
Change My Life

Fleshtones – Let’s See The
Sun

Fleshtones – Ride Your Pony           

Fleshtones – Right Side Of A
Good Thing

Fleshtones – Roman Gods

Fleshtones – Screaming Skull

Fleshtones – Shadow Line

Fleshtones – Stop Fooling
Around

Fleshtones – Theme From “The
Vindicators”

Fleshtones – World Has
Changes

DAVE SHARP – HARD TRAVELLIN’

Wall of Voodoo – Back In
Flesh

Wall of Voodoo – Call
Box (1-2-3)

Wall of Voodoo – Call Of
The West

Wall of Voodoo – Crack
The Bell

Wall of Voodoo – Factory

Wall of Voodoo – Lost
Weekend

Wall of Voodoo – Mexican
Radio

Wall of Voodoo – On
Interstate 15

Wall of Voodoo – Red
Light

Wall of Voodoo –
Tomorrow

WALL OF VOODOO – HAPPY PLANET

WALL OF VOODOO – SEVEN DAYS
IN SAMMYSTOWN

WALL OF VOODOO – UGLY
AMERICANS IN AUSTRALIA 

 

 

WEEK TWO:  February 17

ANIMAL LOGIC – ANIMAL LOGIC
II

CATERWAUL – PIN AND WEB

CATERWAUL – PORTENT HUE

CONCRETE BLONDE – CONCRETE BLONDE

CONCRETE BLONDE – FREE

STEWART COPELAND – THE
EQUALIZER

DADA – AMERICAN HIGHWAY FLOWER

DADA – PUZZLE

GENERAL PUBLIC – HAND TO
MOUTH

General Public – General
Public

General Public – General
Public (12″ Version)

General Public – Hot You’re
Cool

General Public – Never You
Done That

General Public – Tenderness

Lords Of The New Church –
Apocalypso

Lords Of The New Church – Eat
Your Heart Out

Lords Of The New Church –
Holy War

Lords Of The New Church –
Li’l Boys Play With Dolls

Lords Of The New Church –
Livin On Livin

Lords Of The New Church –
Portobello

Lords Of The New Church –
Question Of Temperature

Wazmo Nariz – Checking Out
The Check Out Girl

Oingo Boingo – Ain’t This The
Life

Oingo Boingo – Bachelor Party

Oingo Boingo – I’m So Bad

Oingo Boingo – Only A Lad

Oingo Boingo – Something
Isn’t Right

Oingo Boingo – Violent Love

 

 

WEEK THREE:  February 24

THE BEARS – RISE AND SHINE

THE BEARS – THE BEARS

BELINDA CARLISLE
– BELINDA

DADA – BEST OF THE I.R.S.
YEARS

LILLIAN AXE – POETIC JUSTICE

LILLIAN AXE – PSYCOSCHIZOPHRENIA

NUCLEAR ASSAULT – SOMETHING
WICKED

WILLIAM ORBIT – ORBIT

WILLIAM ORBIT – STRANGE CARGO
3

OVER THE RHINE
– BEST OF THE THE I.R.S. YEARS

OVER THE RHINE – EVE

OVER THE RHINE
– PATIENCE

OVER THE RHINE
– TILL WE HAVE FACES

TIMBUK 3 – BIG SHOT IN THE
DARK

TIMBUK 3 – EDEN ALLEY

TIMBUK 3 – EDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

TIMBUK 3 – GREETINGS FROM
TIMBUK 3

JANE WIEDLIN – JANE WIEDLIN

 

 

WEEK FOUR:  March 3

PATO BANTON – STAY POSITITVE

PATO BANTON – UNIVERSAL LOVE

PATO BANTON – VISIONS OF THE
WORLD

PATO BANTON – WIZE UP

HAVANA 3 A.M. – HAVANA
3 A.M.

JOOLS HOLLAND – WORLD OF HIS OWN

HUNTERS & COLLECTORS –
FATE

HUNTERS & COLLECTORS –
HUMAN FRAILTY

HUNTERS & COLLECTORS –
LIVING DAYLIGHT

THREE O’CLOCK – ARRIVE
WITHOUT TRAVELING

THREE O’CLOCK – EVER AFTER

THE TRUTH – JUMP

THE TRUTH – PLAYGROUND

THE TRUTH – WEAPONS OF LOVE

 

 

WEEK FIVE:  March 10

THE DB’S – BEST OF THE I.R.S.
YEARS

THE DB’S – REPERCUSSION

THE DB’S – SOUND OF MUSIC

THE DB’S – STANDS FOR
DECIBELS

DREAD ZEPPELIN – BEST OF THE
I.R.S. YEARS

MONKS OF DOOM – COSMODEMONIC
TELEGRAPH

MONKS OF DOOM – FORGERY

GARY NUMAN – NEW ANGER

GARY NUMAN – OUTLAND

GARY NUMAN – SKIN MECHANIC

 

 

WEEK SIX:  March 17

BALANCING ACT – CURTAINS

BALANCING ACT – THREE SQUARES

BEAT RODEO – HOME IN THE
HEART

BEAT RODEO – STAYING OUT LATE
WITH BEAT RODEO

ROBBIE KRIEGER – NO HABLA

Let’s Active – Blue Line

Let’s Active – Crows on a
Phone Line

Let’s Active – Easy Does It

Let’s Active – Everyword
Means No

Let’s Active – Make Up With
Me

Let’s Active – Ring True

Let’s Active – Room With A View

Let’s Active – Waters Part

RECKLESS SLEEPERS – BIG BOSS
SOUNDS

SHOK PARIS – CONCRETE KILLERS

SHOK PARIS – STEEL AND STARLIGHT

TOM VERLAINE – FLASH LIGHT

 

 

 

 

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