I.R.S. Records

I.R.S. Records

Profile:
I.R.S. (International Record Syndicate) was formed in 1979 by Miles Copeland (2) as an American version of a group of punk & new wave labels that he operated in the UK under the umbrella name Faulty Products (a name that he later used for an I.R.S. sub-label in the US).

Initially a A&M Records sublabel, I.R.S. moved distribution to MCA Records in 1985, and to Enigma Records (3) in 1990.

Some I.R.S. releases were issued for the UK and continental Europe through Copeland's label Illegal Records (2). Copeland also established local I.R.S. offices in conjunction with his Illegal divisions in those countries.

Please add to the release/submission notes anything that would help clarify the country and label situation, such as any fine print regarding copyright and marketing/manufacturing/distribution etc.

I.R.S. was closed down in 1996, and in 1997 Copeland formed a new label, Ark 21 Records.

The EMI Group revived the I.R.S. label with a new roster in 2011.

NOTES ON I.R.S. CATALOG NUMBERS:

I.R.S. used several different catalog numbering systems over the years. Here is a primer on the patterns used during each of the three eras. There are a few releases that fall outside of these patterns, but these should be used where possible.

A&M Era (1979-1985 & several later reissues)
[SP prefix is replaced with CS for cassettes and CD for CDs.]
SP 000 - first 9 LP releases (000 to 009)
SP 70000 - subsequent LP releases (70010+)
SP 70400/70500 - 12" singles/EPs/mini-albums
SP 70600 - "developing artists" series
SP 70800 - double-LP releases
SP 75000 - "midline reissue" series
SP 70950 - promotional releases
IR 7700 - 7" EPs
IR 8000/9000 - 7" singles

MCA Era (1985-1990)
[IRS prefix is replaced with IRSC for cassettes and IRSD for CDs.]
IRS-5000/6000 - albums
IRS-7000 - singles/EPs
IRS-23000 - singles/EPs
IRS-42000 - albums
IRS-74000 - singles/EPs
IRS-81000/82000 - albums

Enigma Era (1990-1996)
X#-13000 - albums ('#' in prefix is replaced with 1 for vinyl, 2 for CDs & 4 for cassettes.)
V-13800/13900/58000 - 12" singles (some use a 'Y-' prefix rather than 'V-')
X25G-13800/13900/58000 - CD singles
SPRO-67000 - promotional releases
A few Enigma editions did not use this series, and instead used the UPC code for the catalog number.

For more information on these numbering series, visit one of the websites linked below.

Label code: LC 7014/LC 7283
Sublabels
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Contact Info:
I.R.S. Records
3939 Lankershim Blvd.
Universal City, CA 91604

I.R.S. Records
3520 Hayden Avenue
Culver City, CA 90232
Sites:
[l4087]

Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1C 006 - 2 04121 7 29 Palms (2) Magic Man (Single) 1C 006 - 2 04121 7 UK 1990 Sell This Version
1C 006 2 04128 7 The Alarm Unsafe Building Year 1990(7") I.R.S. Records 1C 006 2 04128 7 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 4131 7 Concrete Blonde Caroline(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 006-20 4131 7 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 4132 7 Jan Akkerman Trojan Horse(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 006-20 4132 7 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 4310 7 The Alarm Raw(7") I.R.S. Records 1C 006-20 4310 7 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 4442 7 The Rebel Pebbles How Do You Feel(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 006-20 4442 7 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C 006 20 4537-7 R.E.M. The One I Love (Single) 1C 006 20 4537-7 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
1C 006-24 1030 7 The Alarm Sold Me Down The River(7") I.R.S. Records 1C 006-24 1030 7 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
1C 006-24 1058 7 VIIth Litany Productions Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 006-24 1058 7 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 006 24 1073 7 Dread Zeppelin Heartbreaker(7") I.R.S. Records 1C 006 24 1073 7 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 038 24 1032 1 Leslie West Alligator(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 1C 038 24 1032 1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
1C 060 2 04128 6 The Alarm Unsafe Building Year 1990(12") I.R.S. Records 1C 060 2 04128 6 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 060-20 4131 6 Concrete Blonde Caroline(12", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 060-20 4131 6 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 060-20 4132 6 Jan Akkerman Trojan Horse(12", Maxi) I.R.S. Records 1C 060-20 4132 6 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 060-24 1030 6 The Alarm Sold Me Down The River(12", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 060-24 1030 6 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
1C 060-24 1058 6 VIIth Litany Productions Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)(12") I.R.S. Records 1C 060-24 1058 6 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 006 2043097 The Rebel Pebbles Dream Lover(7", Single) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 1C 006 2043097 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C 006 2045377 R.E.M. The One I Love(7", Single) EMI Electrola 1C 006 2045377 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
1C 064 -24 1066 1 John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Rise And Shine(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 1C 064 -24 1066 1 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 064 7 13054 1 29 Palms (2) Fatal Joy(LP) I.R.S. Records 1C 064 7 13054 1 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 064-71 3073 1 Wishbone Ash Featuring Robbie France & Ray Weston Wishbone Ash Featuring Robbie France & Ray Weston - Strange Affair (Album) 1C 064-71 3073 1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C 064-71 3092 1 Dread Zeppelin 5,000,000*(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records, EMI 1C 064-71 3092 1 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
1C 560-20 4132 2 Jan Akkerman Trojan Horse(CD, Maxi) I.R.S. Records 1C 560-20 4132 2 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 064 7130761 The Rebel Pebbles Girls Talk(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 1C 064 7130761 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C (560) 2043092 The Rebel Pebbles Dream Lover(CD, Maxi) I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2043092 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
1C (560) 2043102 The Alarm Raw(CD, Maxi) I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2043102 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C (560) 2044422 The Rebel Pebbles How Do You Feel(CD, Single) I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2044422 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
1C (560) 2045372 R.E.M. The One I Love(CD, Single, RE) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2045372 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C (560) 2045972 Concrete Blonde Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)(CD, Maxi) I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2045972 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
4D-475 Let's Active Every Dog Has His Day(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records, DRO 4D-475 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4JM 0777 Fresh Bush and the Invisible Man Hard Times(Cass, Single) I.R.S. Records 4JM 0777 US 1992 Sell This Version
4JM 13811 Concrete Blonde Caroline(Cass, Single) I.R.S. Records 4JM 13811 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
4KM-13848 Concrete Blonde Ghost Of A Texas Ladies' Man(Cass, Single) I.R.S. Records 4KM-13848 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-13891 Danube Dance / Liberty City Danube Dance / Liberty City - Unique / Some Lovin'(Cass, Single) I.R.S. Records 4KM-13891 US 1993 Sell This Version
4PRO-10778 Single Gun Theory Single Gun Theory Cassette Sampler(Cass, Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records 4PRO-10778 US 1994 Sell This Version
04SP 1072 R.E.M. The One I Love (Single) 04SP 1072 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
4xPRO-67068 Dread Zeppelin Free! Does Anybody Remember Laughter?(Cass, EP, Promo, Smplr) I.R.S. Records 4xPRO-67068 US 1991 Sell This Version
7 P 5 19108 Havana 3 A.M. Reach The Rock(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 7 P 5 19108 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
7PRO-67041 Falling Joys / 29 Palms (2) Falling Joys / 29 Palms (2) - You're In A Mess / Magic Man(7", Promo) I.R.S. Records 7PRO-67041 US 1990 Sell This Version
7PRO-67042 The Alarm, The Water Walk The Alarm, The Water Walk - Unsafe Building / Rain(7", Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records 7PRO-67042 US 1990 Sell This Version
07SP 801 Go-Go's Head Over Heels (Single) 07SP 801 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07SP 811(IR) The Alarm 68ガンズ Sixty Eight Guns (Single) 07SP 811(IR) Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07SP 828 Go-Go's Turn To You (Single) 07SP 828 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07SP 933 The Alarm Strength(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 07SP 933 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07SP 946 The Alarm Spirit Of '76(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 07SP 946 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP 958 Belinda Carlisle Mad About You(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 07SP 958 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP961(IR) Doctor & The Medics Spirit In The Sky(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 07SP961(IR) Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP993(IR) Doctor & The Medics Burn(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 07SP993(IR) Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP 1068 The Alarm Rain In The Summertime(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 07SP 1068 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
8T 70021 Go-Go's Beauty And The Beat(8-Trk, Album) I.R.S. Records 8T 70021 US 1981 Sell This Version
12AP 3135 The Alarm Strength(12", Maxi) I.R.S. Records 12AP 3135 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
12 EIRS 183 Outland Roxanne(12") I.R.S. Records 12 EIRS 183 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12EIRS 187 The Point Dance Is The Nu Sex(12") I.R.S. Records 12EIRS 187 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12EIRS 189 The Sahotas* Out Of Reach(12") I.R.S. Records 12EIRS 189 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 Eirs 195 Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution Pato Banton & The Reggae Revolution - Groovin'(12") I.R.S. Records 12 Eirs 195 UK 1996 Sell This Version
12EIRSDJ 171 Vinx (2) The Roots Of Music(12") I.R.S. Records 12EIRSDJ 171 US Unknown Sell This Version
12EIRSDJ 189 The Sahotas* Out Of Reach(12", Promo) I.R.S. Records 12EIRSDJ 189 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12EIRSPD 178 Black Sabbath TV Crimes(12", Maxi, Pic, Ltd) I.R.S. Records 12EIRSPD 178 UK 1992 Sell This Version
12TIVX 37 Junior Vasquez Get Your Hands Off My Man! (The Dubs)(12") Positiva, Positiva, TRIBAL United Kingdom 12TIVX 37 UK 1995 Sell This Version
15AP 3417 The Alarm Rain In The Summertime(12") I.R.S. Records 15AP 3417 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
20AP 2852 Let's Active Afoot(LP) I.R.S. Records 20AP 2852 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20AP 2957 The Alarm The Chant Has Just Begun(12", Single) I.R.S. Records 20AP 2957 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
20AP 2958 R.E.M. Chronic Town(12", EP) I.R.S. Records 20AP 2958 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
20AP3190 The Alarm Spirit Of '76(12", MiniAlbum) I.R.S. Records 20AP3190 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
25AP 2140 Go-Go's Beauty And The Beat (Album) 25AP 2140 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
25DP 5187 Various She's Having A Baby (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Comp) I.R.S. Records 25DP 5187 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
28AP 2828 Go-Go's Talk Show(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP 2828 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 2830 Various KROQ Presents The Normal Noise Of I.R.S.(LP, Comp) I.R.S. Records 28AP 2830 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 2845 The Alarm Declaration(LP, Album, Promo) I.R.S. Records 28AP 2845 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 2846 The Lords Of The New Church* Is Nothing Sacred?(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP 2846 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
28AP 2847 R.E.M. Reckoning(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP 2847 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 3058 R.E.M. Fables Of The Reconstruction(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP 3058 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28AP 3206 Belinda Carlisle Belinda(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP 3206 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 3212 Doctor & The Medics Laughing At The Pieces (Album) 28AP 3212 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 3226 Intimate Strangers (2) Charm(LP, Album, Promo) I.R.S. Records 28AP 3226 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 3240 R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant (Album) 28AP 3240 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP3262 Timbuk 3 Greetings From Timbuk 3(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP3262 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP-3350 The Truth (6) Weapons Of Love(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP-3350 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
28AP 3382 R.E.M. Document(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP 3382 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
28AP3413 The Alarm Eye Of The Hurricane(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP3413 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 436 The Alarm Declaration(CD, Album) I.R.S. Records 32DP 436 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32DP 493 Doctor & The Medics Laughing At The Pieces(CD, Album) I.R.S. Records, CBS/Sony 32DP 493 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32DP 506 Intimate Strangers (2) Charm(CD, Album) CBS/Sony, I.R.S. Records 32DP 506 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
32DP 767 Various Kickin' Back To The Future: I.R.S. Records Compilation From U.K.(CD, Comp) CBS/Sony, I.R.S. Records 32DP 767 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
32DP 843 Various Kickin' Back The Future / I.R.S. Records Compilation From U.S.A.(CD, Comp) I.R.S. Records 32DP 843 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
1019-CD Various D.B. Heaven Car Hi Fi Demo(CD, Comp) Ex-It Records 1019-CD US Unknown Sell This Version
1031-CD Various Miami Dance Freestyle Vol. 1(CD, Comp) Ex-It Records 1031-CD US 1995 Sell This Version
2504 Oingo Boingo Whole Day Off(7", Mono, Promo) A&M Records, A&M Records, I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 2504 US 1982 Sell This Version
7083 R.E.M. Document(LP, Album) Epic 7083 Brazil 1987 Sell This Version
08690 Go-Go's Our Lips Are Sealed(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 08690 US 1981 Sell This Version
8816 Kirsty MacColl You Just Haven't Earned It Yet Baby(7", Promo) I.R.S. Records 8816 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
8910 One Nation (3) My Commitment(7", Promo) I.R.S. Records 8910 Canada 1989 Sell This Version
9500 Various Can't Get This No More! Vol. 1(CD, Comp, P/Mixed) Intersound 9500 US 1996 Sell This Version
12126 Go-Go's "Totally Go-Go's!"(S/Vision, NTSC, CED) RCA, I.R.S. Records 12126 US 1982 Sell This Version
13001 2 Concrete Blonde Free(CD, Album, RE) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 13001 2 US 1992 Sell This Version
13223-2 The Last Libertines The Last Libertines(CD, Album) Gai Saber 13223-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
17839 Caterwaul The Sheep's A Wolf(12", Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records 17839 US 1989 Sell This Version
23906 Caterwaul Beholden(12", EP) I.R.S. Records 23906 US 1988 Sell This Version
025433 2 R.E.M. Murmur(CD, RE) I.R.S. Records 025433 2 Australia 1991 Sell This Version
25573 The Alarm The Stand(12") I.R.S. Records 25573 Netherlands 1983 Sell This Version