Sire

Sire

Profile:
American record label founded by Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer in 1966. The label was acquired by Warner Music Group in 1980.

In the late 1960s and early 1970s, Sire specialized in signing progressive British and European bands who didn't have American label deals. The most successful artists from this era include Renaissance (4), Climax Blues Band and Focus (2), whose instrumental "Hocus Pocus" gave Sire its first Top 10 hit.

Later in the 1970s, Sire was one of the first large independent labels to sign artists from the burgeoning punk and NYC new wave scene, including The Ramones, The Dead Boys and Talking Heads.

Originally pressed and distributed by London Records from 1968 to 1972; it switched to Dot Records/Famous Music later in 1972. Distribution again changed in 1974, this time to ABC Records.

In 1977, a distribution deal was signed with Warner Bros. Records, and Warner finally purchased the label in 1980. In addition to the punk/new wave acts mentioned above, Sire also signed Madonna, who became the label's most popular act. Many Sire albums were put out through the Warner subsidiary Reprise Records.

In 1995, Sire temporarily switched distribution from Warner Brothers and Reprise to Elektra, always remaining part of the Warner Music Group.

In 2000, Sire Records and the US division of London Records, which came to the Warner fold when Roger Ames was hired to run all of Warner Music, were merged to become London-Sire Records, part of Warner Music Group. This partnership was dissolved in April, 2003, at which point Sire once again became a distinct imprint in the portfolio of Warner-owned labels and returned to the aegis of Warner Bros. Records.

Label Code: LC 3228

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A NOTE ON CATALOGUE NUMBERS:
Many releases on this label will have two separate catalogue numbers. Catalogue numbers printed on the packaging are typically in the format 9 #####-#, while numbers printed on the media itself are typically in the format #-#####. For example, a release listed as 0-12345 on the center label of a record may also be listed as 9 12345-0 on the picture sleeve. Please be sure to doublecheck both versions of the catalogue number before attempting to add your release, to prevent duplicates. If both numbers are listed on a release, enter the #-##### form on the first label line, and the 9 #####-# form on the second label line.
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Contact Info:
Sire Records
75 Rockerfeller Plaza
New York, NY 10019-6908
USA
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1 Various The Album Network CD Tune Up #1(CD, Promo) The Album Network 1 US 1987 Sell This Version
1A2 6547 Various History Of British Rock(8-Trk, Comp) Sire 1A2 6547 US 1976 Sell This Version
1CD 6547 Various History Of British Rock(CD, Comp, Club) Sire 1CD 6547 US Unknown Sell This Version
1R1 7649 The Pretenders Learning To Crawl(Reel, Album, Club) Sire 1R1 7649 US 1983 Sell This Version
1T2 6547 Various History Of British Rock(Cass, Comp, Dou) Sire 1T2 6547 US 1976 Sell This Version
2A-48549-M The Von Bondies Pawn Shoppe Heart(CD, Album, Promo) Sire 2A-48549-M US 2004 Sell This Version
2C 008 - 61.840 Talking Heads Psycho Killer(7", Single) Sire 2C 008 - 61.840 France 1978 Sell This Version
2C008-62042 Ramones I'm Against It / Needles And Pins(7") Sire 2C008-62042 France 1978 Sell This Version
2c 008-62.177 The Undertones Teenage Kicks(7") Sire, Pathé Marconi EMI 2c 008-62.177 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 008 62288 The Paley Brothers* & Ramones The Paley Brothers* & Ramones - Come On Let's Go(7", Single) Sire 2C 008 62288 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 008 62718 Pretenders* Stop Your Sobbing (Single) 2C 008 62718 France 1979 Sell This Version
2 C008-63307 Talking Heads I Zimbra(7", Single) Sire, Pathé Marconi EMI, Pathé Marconi EMI 2 C008-63307 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 008 63468 Pretenders* Brass In Pocket(7", Single) Sire, Sire 2C 008 63468 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C008-63503 The Undertones You've Got My Number (Why Don't You Use It!)(7", Single) Sire 2C008-63503 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 008 63511 Lori & The Chameleons Touch(7") Sire, Sire 2C 008 63511 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 008-63.512 The Searchers Hearts In Her Eyes(7", Single) Sire 2C 008-63.512 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 008-63717 Ramones Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio?(7", Single) Sire, Sire 2C 008-63717 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 008 63811 The Undertones My Perfect Cousin(7", Single) Sire 2C 008 63811 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 008 63972 Bim Delicious Gone Wrong(7") Swerve Records (5), Swerve Records (5), Sire 2C 008 63972 France 1980 Sell This Version
2 C 008-64199 Talking Heads Once In A Lifetime(7") Sire 2 C 008-64199 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 008-64253 Ramones Rock 'N' Roll High School(7", Single) Sire, Sire 2C 008-64253 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 052-52.826 Dinosaur Kiss Me Again(12") Sire 2C 052-52.826 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 066-61.443 The Rezillos Can't Stand The Rezillos(LP, Album) Sire 2C 066-61.443 France 1978 Sell This Version
2C 068 61442 Dead Boys* We Have Come For Your Children(LP, Album) Sire 2C 068 61442 France 1978 Sell This Version
2C 068 61450 Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings And Food(LP, Album) Sire 2C 068 61450 France 1978 Sell This Version
2C 068 61656 Ramones Road To Ruin(LP, Album) Sire 2C 068 61656 France 1978 Sell This Version
2C 068 62717 Johnny Thunders So Alone(LP, Album) Sire 2C 068 62717 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 068-62922 Various Le Lycée Des Cancres (Bande Sonore Originale Du Film)(LP, Comp, RE) Sire, Sire 2C 068-62922 France 1981 Sell This Version
2C 068-62.966 The Flamin' Groovies Jumpin' In The Night(LP, Album) Sire 2C 068-62.966 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 068 - 63.028 The Undertones The Undertones (Album) 2C 068 - 63.028 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 068-64475 Ramones Pleasant Dreams(LP, Album) Sire 2C 068-64475 France 1981 Sell This Version
2C 070 63108 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(LP, Album) Sire 2C 070 63108 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 070 63577 Ramones End Of The Century(LP, Album) Sire, Sire 2C 070 63577 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 070 63828 The Undertones Hypnotised(LP, Album) Sire 2C 070 63828 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 070 64145 Talking Heads Remain In Light (Album) 2C 070 64145 France 1980 Sell This Version
2C 266 53889 Various Rock Of The 80's - Le Rock Des 80's(Cass, Comp, RE) Sire, Real Records (2) 2C 266 53889 France 1981 Sell This Version
2 C 266-61450 Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings And Food(Cass, Album) Sire 2 C 266-61450 France 1978 Sell This Version
2 C 266 62510 Talking Heads '77(Cass, Album, RE) Sire 2 C 266 62510 France 1979 Sell This Version
2 C 266-63108 Talking Heads Fear Of Music(Cass, Album) Sire, Pathé Marconi EMI 2 C 266-63108 France 1979 Sell This Version
2C 266 63577 The Ramones* End Of The Century(Cass, Album) Sire, Sire 2C 266 63577 France 1980 Sell This Version
2P 6547 Various History Of British Rock(2xLP, Comp) Sire 2P 6547 US 1976 Sell This Version
2SR 3590 Talking Heads The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (Album) 2SR 3590 US 1982 Sell This Version
2SR5 3590 Talking Heads The Name Of This Band Is Talking Heads (Album) 2SR5 3590 Canada 1982 Sell This Version
2SRK 6074 Ramones It's Alive (Album) 2SRK 6074 Australia 1979 Sell This Version
2XS 6006 Fleetwood Mac Vintage Years(2xLP, Comp, RE) Sire 2XS 6006 US 1975 Sell This Version
2XS 6009 Fleetwood Mac Fleetwood Mac In Chicago (Album) 2XS 6009 Netherlands 1975 Sell This Version
2XS 6009 Fleetwood Mac, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, J.T. Brown, Honey Boy Edwards*, S.P. Leary Fleetwood Mac, Otis Spann, Willie Dixon, J.T. Brown, Honey Boy Edwards*, S.P. Leary - In Chicago 2XS 6009 US 1975 Sell This Version
2XS 6013 Climax Blues Band FM/Live (Album) 2XS 6013 US 1974 Sell This Version
2XS 6029 Renaissance (4) Live At Carnegie Hall(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Sire 2XS 6029 US 1977 Sell This Version
4V 8046 Various Golden Days Of British Rock(4xLP, Comp) Sire 4V 8046 US 1976 Sell This Version
5C 208759 Ramones Halfway To Sanity(LP, Album) Ariola, Sire 5C 208759 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
07P7-6046 Tommy Page The Shag(7", Promo) Sire 07P7-6046 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
07P7-6112 マドンナ* = Madonna マドンナ* = Madonna - ライク・ア・プレイヤー = Like A Prayer (Single) 07P7-6112 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
7PP-23 Talking Heads Born Under Punches (The Heat Goes On)(7") Sire 7PP-23 Japan 1980 Sell This Version
8F 4901 Climax Blues Band Climax Blues Band(8-Trk, Album) Sire 8F 4901 US Unknown Sell This Version
09P3-6120 Tommy Page R.O.I. (Republic Of Idols)(CD, Mini, Single) Sire 09P3-6120 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
09P3-6147 Madonna Express Yourself / The Look Of Love(CD, Mini, Single) Sire 09P3-6147 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
09P3-6150 Daryl Hall & John Oates Love Train(CD, Mini) Sire, Reprise Records 09P3-6150 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
09P3-6175 Madonna Cherish(CD, Mini, Single) Sire 09P3-6175 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
09P3-6206 Madonna Oh Father(CD, Mini, Single) Sire, Warner Bros. Records 09P3-6206 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
9 W1-23883 Talking Heads Speaking In Tongues (Album) 9 W1-23883 US 1983 Sell This Version
9 W1-23980 The Pretenders Learning To Crawl (Album) 9 W1-23980 US 1984 Sell This Version
9 W1-25084 Echo & The Bunnymen Ocean Rain(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire 9 W1-25084 US 1984 Sell This Version
9 W1-25186 Talking Heads Stop Making Sense(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire 9 W1-25186 US 1984 Sell This Version
9 W1-25359 The Cult Love(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire 9 W1-25359 US 1985 Sell This Version
9 W1-25488 The Pretenders Get Close(LP, Album, Club) Sire 9 W1-25488 US 1986 Sell This Version
9 W1-25597 Echo & The Bunnymen Echo & The Bunnymen(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire 9 W1-25597 US 1987 Sell This Version
9 W1-25654 Talking Heads Naked(LP, Club) Sire, Sire 9 W1-25654 US 1988 Sell This Version
9 W1-25669 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson(LP, Club) Sire, Reprise Records 9 W1-25669 US 1988 Sell This Version
9 W1-25786 The Smiths Rank(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire 9 W1-25786 US 1988 Sell This Version
9 W1-25877 k.d. lang And The Reclines Absolute Torch And Twang(LP, Album, Club) Sire, Sire 9 W1-25877 US 1989 Sell This Version
9 W1-26209 Madonna I'm Breathless - Music From And Inspired By The Film Dick Tracy (Album) 9 W1-26209 US 1990 Sell This Version
9 W2 23980-2 The Pretenders Learning To Crawl(CD, Album, Club) Sire 9 W2 23980-2 US 1983 Sell This Version
10P3-6046 Tommy Page The Shag(CD, Mini) Sire 10P3-6046 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
10P3-6112 Madonna Like A Prayer (Single) 10P3-6112 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
10SW-21 Madonna Spotlight(CD, Mini, Single) Sire 10SW-21 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
14P4-2702 Madonna True Blue(Cass, Album) Sire 14P4-2702 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
16P4-2900 Madonna Remixed Prayers(Cass, MiniAlbum) Sire 16P4-2900 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
18P2-2700 Madonna Madonna(CD, Album, RE) Sire 18P2-2700 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
18P2-2701 Madonna Like A Virgin (Album) 18P2-2701 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
18P2-2702 Madonna True Blue(CD, Album, RE) Sire 18P2-2702 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
20P2 2635 Tommy Page R.O.I. (Republic Of Idols)(CD, EP) Sire 20P2 2635 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
20P2-2900 Madonna = マドンナ* Madonna = マドンナ* - Remixed Prayers = リミックス・プレイヤーズ(ミニ・アルバム) (MiniAlbum) 20P2-2900 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
21P1-2650 Madonna Like A Prayer (Album) 21P1-2650 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
21P4-2650 Madonna Like A Prayer(Cass, Album) Sire 21P4-2650 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
22P2-2650 Madonna Like A Prayer(CD, Album) Sire 22P2-2650 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
22P2-2703 Madonna Who's That Girl (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Album) Sire 22P2-2703 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
22P2-2704 Madonna You Can Dance(CD, Comp, Mixed, RE) Sire, Warner-Pioneer Corporation 22P2-2704 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
22P2-2721 Ramones Brain Drain(CD, Album) Sire 22P2-2721 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
22P2-2871 Various Earth Girls Are Easy (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Album) Sire, Reprise Records 22P2-2871 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
22P2-3075 Ofra Haza Desert Wind(CD, Album) Sire, Warner Bros. Records, TELDEC 22P2-3075 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
24P6-0501 Madonna Papa Don't Preach(CDV, Maxi, NTSC) Sire 24P6-0501 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
24W 7674 Depeche Mode I Feel You(Cass, Maxi) Sire, Reprise Records, Mute 24W 7674 Canada 1993 Sell This Version
25P2-2130 Brian Wilson Brian Wilson(CD, Album) Sire, Reprise Records 25P2-2130 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25P2-2288 Tommy Page Tommy Page(CD, Album) Sire 25P2-2288 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25P2-2297 Ramones Ramones Mania (Comp) 25P2-2297 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25P2-2488 Lou Reed New York(CD, Album) Sire 25P2-2488 Japan 1989 Sell This Version
25PP-13 Brian Eno - David Byrne Brian Eno - David Byrne - My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts (Album) 25PP-13 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
25PP-28 Ramones Pleasant Dreams (Album) 25PP-28 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
25PP-111 The Pretenders Learning To Crawl(LP, Album) Real Records (2), Sire 25PP-111 Japan 1983 Sell This Version