Enigma Records (3)

Enigma Records (3)

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For the label, please use Enigma (4).
For unofficial releases use Enigma Records (10).

Californian indie record company started in 1981, headed by Wesley Hein and William Hein. Pressed and distributed for most of its existance by Capitol-EMI Music, Inc. (with its first significant releases appearing on the EMI America label). It also had its own Capitol sublabel (Enigma/Capitol Records) from 1986 to 1991 while still releasing material independently.

Merged with Restless Records in 1991. The balance of its catalog is now owned by Rykodisc (via its purchase of Restless, which is now operated as a full-blown subsidiary) while the Poison, Smithereens and early Red Hot Chili Peppers catalogs remain with Capitol.

Enigma Records also served as a distributor/marketer for many Metal Blade Records releases. Such releases usually carried both logos.
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Enigma Records
20445 Gramercy Place
P.O. Box 2896
Torrance CA 90509

Enigma Records
P.O. Box 2428
El Segundo, CA 90245-1528
USA

Enigma Records
Culver City, California 90231-3628
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Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
1A 064 24 0209-1 White Sister - White Sister White Sister White Sister(LP, Album) EMI America, Enigma Records (3) 1A 064 24 0209-1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 2554 7 Poison (3) - Nothin' But A Good Time Poison (3) Nothin' But A Good Time(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1C 006-20 2554 7 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
1C 064-7 48493 1 Poison (3) - Open Up And Say ...Ahh! Poison (3) Open Up And Say ...Ahh!(LP, Album) Enigma (4), Enigma (4), Enigma (4), Capitol Records, Capitol Records, Capitol Records, EMI, EMI, EMI 1C 064-7 48493 1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
1C 264 7 48493 4 Poison (3) - Open Up And Say ...Ahh! Poison (3) Open Up And Say ...Ahh!(Cass, Album) Capitol Records, Enigma Records (3) 1C 264 7 48493 4 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
1D-175 Rain Parade / Green On Red - You Are My Friend / Black River Rain Parade / Green On Red Rain Parade / Green On Red - You Are My Friend / Black River(7", Single) Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-175 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
1D-223 The Fuzztones / Wipers - 1-2-5 / Just A Dream Away The Fuzztones / Wipers The Fuzztones / Wipers - 1-2-5 / Just A Dream Away(7") Enigma Records (3) 1D-223 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
1D-226 Screamin' Sirens - ¡Fiesta! Screamin' Sirens ¡Fiesta!(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-226 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
1D-267 The Smithereens - In A Lonely Place The Smithereens In A Lonely Place(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-267 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-268 Poison (3) - Cry Tough Poison (3) Cry Tough(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-268 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-269 Don Dixon - Swallowing Pride Don Dixon Swallowing Pride(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-269 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-269 Don Dixon - Praying Mantis Don Dixon Praying Mantis(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-269 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-271 Jules Shear - If She Knew What She Wants Jules Shear If She Knew What She Wants(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-271 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-272 Wednesday Week - Missionary Wednesday Week Missionary(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-272 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-293 Poison (3) - Talk Dirty To Me = Dime Cosas Sucias Poison (3) Talk Dirty To Me = Dime Cosas Sucias(7", Single, Promo) Enigma Records (3), DRO, Enigma Europe 1D-293 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-328 Don Dixon - Swallowing Pride Don Dixon Swallowing Pride(7", Single, Promo) Enigma Records (3) 1D-328 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-330 Poison (3) - I Want Action Poison (3) I Want Action(7", Single, Promo, Pos) Enigma Records (3) 1D-330 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-374 The Smithereens - Only A Memory The Smithereens Only A Memory(7", Single, Promo) Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-374 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1D-444 Al Stewart - King Of Portugal Al Stewart King Of Portugal(7", Single, Promo) Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-444 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1D-454 The Smithereens - House We Used To Live In The Smithereens House We Used To Live In(7", Single, Promo) Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-454 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1D-477 The Dream Syndicate - I Have Faith The Dream Syndicate I Have Faith (Single) 1D-477 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1D-483 Devo - Baby Doll Devo Baby Doll(7", Promo) Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-483 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1D-487 Ben Vaughn - Carved In Stone Ben Vaughn Carved In Stone(7", Single, Promo) DRO 1D-487 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
1D-518 Al Stewart - Red Toupee Al Stewart Red Toupee(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-518 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1D-0669/1 The Smithereens - A Girl Like You The Smithereens A Girl Like You(7", Single) Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-0669/1 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
2c ENG 20821-1L The Smithereens Green Thoughts(LP) Enigma Records (3) 2c ENG 20821-1L US 1988 Sell This Version
2D-286 Poison (3) - Talk Dirty To Me (Special Dance Mix) = Dime Cosas Sucias Poison (3) Talk Dirty To Me (Special Dance Mix) = Dime Cosas Sucias(12", Maxi) DRO 2D-286 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
3D-484 The Smithereens - Beauty And Sadness The Smithereens Beauty And Sadness(LP, MiniAlbum) Enigma (4), DRO 3D-484 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4B-75009 Stryper - Honestly Stryper Honestly(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3) 4B-75009 US 1987 Sell This Version
4B-75016 Bardeux - Magic Carpet Ride Bardeux Magic Carpet Ride(Cass, Single, Dol) Synthicide Records, Enigma Records (3) 4B-75016 US 1987 Sell This Version
4BX-44145 Poison (3) - Nothin' But A Good Time Poison (3) Nothin' But A Good Time(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3), Capitol Records 4BX-44145 US 1988 Sell This Version
4BX-44191 Poison (3) - Fallen Angel Poison (3) Fallen Angel(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3), Capitol Records 4BX-44191 US 1988 Sell This Version
4BX-44203 Poison (3) - Every Rose Has Its Thorn / Livin’ For The Minute Poison (3) Every Rose Has Its Thorn / Livin’ For The Minute(Cass, Single, Dol) Capitol Records, Enigma Records (3) 4BX-44203 US 1988 Sell This Version
4BX-75019 Stryper - Always There For You Stryper Always There For You(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3) 4BX-75019 US 1988 Sell This Version
4BX-75022 D.R.I.* - Think For Yourself D.R.I.* Think For Yourself(Cass, Single, Sli) Metal Blade Records, Enigma (4) 4BX-75022 US 1988 Sell This Version
4BX-75024 Hurricane (9) - I'm On To You Hurricane (9) I'm On To You(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3) 4BX-75024 US 1989 Sell This Version
4D-164 Green On Red - Gas Food Lodging Green On Red Gas Food Lodging(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-164 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-166 Tex & The Horseheads - Life's So Cool Tex & The Horseheads Life's So Cool(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-166 Spain 1985 Sell This Version
4D-167 Various - The Return Of The Living Dead (Original Soundtrack) Various The Return Of The Living Dead (Original Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Enigma (4) 4D-167 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-189 Wipers - Land Of The Lost Wipers Land Of The Lost (Album) 4D-189 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D - 202 Screamin' Sirens - ¡Fiesta! Screamin' Sirens ¡Fiesta!(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D - 202 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D - 205 The Rain Parade* - Emergency Third Rail Power Trip The Rain Parade* Emergency Third Rail Power Trip(LP, Album) Enigma (4) 4D - 205 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-209 Agent Orange (7) - This Is The Voice Agent Orange (7) This Is The Voice(LP, Album) DRO, DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-209 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-217 TSOL* - Revenge TSOL* Revenge(LP, Album, RE) DRO, DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-217 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-218 Matt Piucci & Tim Lee - Gone Fishin' Matt Piucci & Tim Lee Matt Piucci & Tim Lee - Gone Fishin'(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-218 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-219 The Johnsons (3) - Break Tomorrow's Day The Johnsons (3) Break Tomorrow's Day(LP, Album) DRO 4D-219 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D - 220 John Carpenter - Big Trouble In Little China (Golpe En La Pequeña China) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Carpenter Big Trouble In Little China (Golpe En La Pequeña China) Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3), DRO 4D - 220 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-238 The Flaming Lips - Hear It Is The Flaming Lips Hear It Is(LP, Album) Enigma Europe, DRO 4D-238 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-244 The Romans* - The Last Days At The Ranch The Romans* The Last Days At The Ranch(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-244 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-256 Wednesday Week - What We Had Wednesday Week What We Had(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-256 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-263 Jules Shear - Demo-itis Jules Shear Demo-itis(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-263 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-279 Montrose (2) - Mean Montrose (2) Mean(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3), DRO, Enigma Europe 4D-279 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-280 Wild Dogs - Reign Of Terror Wild Dogs Reign Of Terror(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-280 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-281 Wipers - Follow Blind Wipers Follow Blind (Album) 4D-281 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-282 Naked Prey - Naked Prey Naked Prey Naked Prey(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-282 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D - 308 Various - I Was A Teenage Zombie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various I Was A Teenage Zombie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Comp) Enigma Records (3) 4D - 308 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-308 Steve Kilbey - Unearthed Steve Kilbey Unearthed(LP, Album, MiniAlbum) Enigma Records (3) 4D-308 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-320 The Textones - Cedar Creek The Textones Cedar Creek(LP, Album) Enigma (4), DRO 4D-320 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-321 Various - I Was A Teenage Zombie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various I Was A Teenage Zombie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Comp) DRO 4D-321 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-323 Lääz Rockit* - Know Your Enemy Lääz Rockit* Know Your Enemy(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-323 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-335 Game Theory - Lolita Nation Game Theory Lolita Nation(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-335 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-364 The Smithereens - Green Thoughts The Smithereens Green Thoughts(LP, Album) DRO 4D-364 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4D - 387 Hurricane (9) - Over The Edge Hurricane (9) Over The Edge(LP, Album) Enigma (4) 4D - 387 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4D-420 Death Angel (2) - Frolic Through The Park Death Angel (2) Frolic Through The Park(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3), DRO 4D-420 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4D-445 Al Stewart - Last Days Of The Century Al Stewart Last Days Of The Century(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma (4) 4D-445 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4D-491 Peter Hammill - In A Foreign Town Peter Hammill In A Foreign Town(LP, Album) Enigma (4), DRO, Restless Records 4D-491 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4D-509 Mass (16) - Voices in the night Mass (16) Voices in the night(LP) Enigma Records (3) 4D-509 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4D-551 The Dead Milkmen - Beelzebubba The Dead Milkmen Beelzebubba(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-551 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4D-0600 Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper - Root Hog Or Die Mojo Nixon & Skid Roper Root Hog Or Die(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-0600 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4D-0665 Saxon - Rock 'N Roll Gypsies Saxon Rock 'N Roll Gypsies(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-0665 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4D-0674 Don Dixon - E-E-E Don Dixon E-E-E(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3), DRO 4D-0674 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4D-73311 Barren Cross - Atomic Arena Barren Cross Atomic Arena(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-73311 Canada 1988 Sell This Version
4JAS-73237 Stryper - To Hell With The Devil Stryper To Hell With The Devil (Album) 4JAS-73237 US 1986 Sell This Version
4JAS 573237 Stryper - To Hell With The Devil Stryper To Hell With The Devil (Album) 4JAS 573237 US 1986 Sell This Version
4JM-44293 Poison (3) - Your Mama Don't Dance Poison (3) Your Mama Don't Dance(Cass, Single, cle) Enigma Records (3), Capitol Records 4JM-44293 US 1989 Sell This Version
4JM-44480 The Smithereens - A Girl Like You The Smithereens A Girl Like You(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3) 4JM-44480 US 1989 Sell This Version
4JM-44516 The Smithereens - Blues Before And After The Smithereens Blues Before And After(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3), Capitol Records 4JM-44516 US 1990 Sell This Version
4JM-44584 Poison (3) - Unskinny Bop Poison (3) Unskinny Bop (Single) 4JM-44584 US 1990 Sell This Version
4JM-44617 Poison (3) - Something To Believe In Poison (3) Something To Believe In (Single) 4JM-44617 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
4S-75501 The Smithereens - In A Lonely Place The Smithereens In A Lonely Place(Cass, Single, Cob) Enigma Records (3), Enigma Records (3) 4S-75501 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
4V-75500 Stryper - Free • Calling On You Stryper Free • Calling On You(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3) 4V-75500 US 1987 Sell This Version
4V-75501 The Smithereens - In A Lonely Place The Smithereens In A Lonely Place(Cass, Maxi, Cob) Enigma Records (3) 4V-75501 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
4V-75504 Stryper - Honestly Stryper Honestly(Cass, Maxi) Enigma Records (3) 4V-75504 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
4V-75506 The Dead Milkmen - Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance To Anything) The Dead Milkmen Instant Club Hit (You'll Dance To Anything)(Cass, EP) Enigma Records (3), Fever Records (3) 4V-75506 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
4V-75509 Stryper - Always There For You Stryper Always There For You(Cass, Maxi) Enigma Records (3) 4V-75509 US 1988 Sell This Version
4V-75511 Devo Disco Dancer(Cass, Maxi) Enigma Records (3) 4V-75511 US 1988 Sell This Version
4X1-73243 Don Dixon - Romeo At Juilliard Don Dixon Romeo At Juilliard(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4X1-73243 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XG-73221 Various Border Radio (Original Soundtrack Recording)(Cass, Comp) Enigma Records (3) 4XG-73221 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
4XG-73296 Various - I Was A Teenage Zombie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various I Was A Teenage Zombie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(Cass, Album, Comp) Enigma Records (3) 4XG-73296 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
4XJ73200 Trevor Jones - Runaway Train (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Trevor Jones Runaway Train (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ73200 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XJ73201 Alan Silvestri - Delta Force (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Alan Silvestri Delta Force (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ73201 US Unknown Sell This Version
4XJ-73204 Various - Dangerously Close - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack Various Dangerously Close - Original Motion Picture Soundtrack(Cass, Comp, Dol) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73204 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XJ-73205 Various - Creepers Original Soundtrack Various Creepers Original Soundtrack(Cass, Album, Comp) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73205 US 1985 Sell This Version
4XJ-73213 John Lurie - Stranger Than Paradise And The Resurrection Of Albert Ayler John Lurie Stranger Than Paradise And The Resurrection Of Albert Ayler(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73213 US 1985 Sell This Version
4XJ-73221 Various - Border Radio (Original Soundtrack Recording) Various Border Radio (Original Soundtrack Recording)(Cass, Comp, Dol) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73221 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XJ-73226 David Storrs - Invaders From Mars (Original Motion Picture Score) David Storrs Invaders From Mars (Original Motion Picture Score)(Cass, Album, Dol) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73226 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XJ-73227 John Carpenter - Big Trouble In Little China (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) John Carpenter Big Trouble In Little China (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(Cass) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73227 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XJ-73240 Richard Band - H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Richard Band H.P. Lovecraft's From Beyond (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(Cass, Album, Win) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73240 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XJ-73242 Various - River's Edge Various River's Edge (Comp) 4XJ-73242 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XJ-73276 Various - Under Cover (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various Under Cover (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(Cass, Album, Dol) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73276 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XJ-73296 Various - I Was A Teenage Zombie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Various I Was A Teenage Zombie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(Cass, Album, Comp, Dol) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73296 US 1987 Sell This Version

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ShampooCell

ShampooCell

January 28, 2008
The greatest indie label of all time. They churned out everything from raging punk rock (Dead Milkmen, Screamin' Sirens, TSOL) to mellow indie rock (The Smithereens, Scott Goddard) to spry synth-pop (SSQ, The Pool, Bardeux) to dark goth rock (45 Grave) to just plain weird (John Trubee), and it was all pure gold. The Enigma Variations collections are a good place to start to familiarize yourself with the label's many different sounds. As far as specific album recommendations, I'd say track down SSQ's "Playback" first and foremost, followed by 45 Grave's "Sleep In Safety" and Bardeux's "Bold As Love" (on Synthicide, a sublabel).
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