Enigma Records (3)

Enigma Records (3)

Profile:
California indie label 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 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.

Labelcode: LC 5163
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Contact Info:
(Obsolete)
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
Sites:
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Label


Cat#  Artist Title (Format) Label Cat#  Country Year
1A 064 24 0209-1 White Sister White Sister(LP, Album) EMI America, Enigma Records (3) 1A 064 24 0209-1 Europe 1984 Sell This Version
1C 003 20 3185 7 Poison (3) Every Rose Has Its Thorn(7", Single) Capitol Records, Enigma Records (3) 1C 003 20 3185 7 Germany 1988 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 2554 7 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!(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3), Enigma Records (3), Enigma Records (3), Capitol Records, Capitol Records, Capitol Records, EMI, EMI, EMI 1C 064-7 48493 1 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
1D-175 Rain Parade / Green On Red Rain Parade / Green On Red - You Are My Friend / Black River(7") Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-175 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
1D 222 Screamin' Sirens Runnin' Kind(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D 222 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
1D-223 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-225 Agent Orange (7) This Is The Voice(7") Enigma Records (3), DRO, Enigma Europe 1D-225 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
1D-226 Screamin' Sirens ¡Fiesta!(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-226 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
1D-267 The Smithereens In A Lonely Place(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-267 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-268 Poison (3) Cry Tough(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-268 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
1D-269 Don Dixon Swallowing Pride(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-269 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-269 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(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-271 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-272 Wednesday Week Missionary(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-272 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-293 Poison (3) Talk Dirty To Me(7", Single, Promo) Enigma Records (3), DRO, Enigma Europe 1D-293 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-328 Don Dixon Swallowing Pride(7", Single, Promo) Enigma Records (3) 1D-328 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
1D-330 Poison (3) I Want Action(7", Single, Promo, Pos) Enigma Records (3) 1D-330 Spain Unknown Sell This Version
1D-374 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(7", Single, Promo) Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-444 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1D-454 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(7", Single) Enigma Records (3) 1D-477 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1D-483 Devo Baby Doll(7", Promo) Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-483 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
1D-487 Ben Vaughn Carved In Stone(7", Single, Promo) DRO 1D-487 Spain 1992 Sell This Version
1D-518 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(7", Single) Enigma Records (3), DRO 1D-0669/1 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4B-75009 Stryper Honestly(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3) 4B-75009 US 1987 Sell This Version
4BX-44145 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(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3), Capitol Records 4BX-44191 US 1988 Sell This Version
4BX-44203 Poison (3) Every Rose Has Its Thorn(Cass, Single, Dol) Capitol Records, Enigma Records (3) 4BX-44203 US 1988 Sell This Version
4BX-75022 D.R.I.* Think For Yourself(Cass, Single, Sli) Metal Blade Records, Enigma Records (3) 4BX-75022 US 1988 Sell This Version
4D-164 Green On Red Gas Food Lodging(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-164 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-167 Various The Return Of The Living Dead (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-167 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-188 The Fuzztones Lysergic Emanations (Album) 4D-188 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D - 202 Screamin' Sirens ¡Fiesta!(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D - 202 Spain 1984 Sell This Version
4D - 205 The Rain Parade* Emergency Third Rail Power Trip(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D - 205 Spain 1983 Sell This Version
4D-209 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(LP, Album, RE) DRO, DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-217 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-218 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(LP, Album) DRO 4D-219 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-238 The Flaming Lips Hear It Is(LP, Album) DRO 4D-238 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-244 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(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-256 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-263 Jules Shear Demo-itis(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-263 Spain 1986 Sell This Version
4D-279 Montrose (2) Mean 4D-279 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-280 Wild Dogs Reign Of Terror(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-280 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-281 Wipers Follow Blind(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-281 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-282 Naked Prey Naked Prey(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-282 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-307 Don Dixon Romeo At Juilliard(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3), DRO 4D-307 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D - 308 Various I Was A Teenage Zombie(LP, Comp) Enigma Records (3) 4D - 308 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-308 Steve Kilbey Unearthed(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-308 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-321 Various I Was A Teenage Zombie(LP, Comp) DRO 4D-321 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-323 Lääz Rockit* Know Your Enemy(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-323 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-335 Game Theory Lolita Nation(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-335 Spain 1987 Sell This Version
4D-364 The Smithereens Green Thoughts(LP, Album) DRO 4D-364 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4D - 387 Hurricane (9) Over The Edge(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D - 387 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4D-420 Death Angel (2) Frolic Through The Park(LP) Enigma Records (3), Dro 4D-420 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4D-445 Al Stewart Last Days Of The Century(LP, Album) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-445 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4D-509 Mass (16) Voices in the night(LP) Enigma Records (3) 4D-509 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4D-551 The Dead Milkmen Beelzebubba(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4D-551 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4D-0601 Don Dixon Chi-Town Budget Show(LP) DRO, Enigma Records (3) 4D-0601 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4D-0674 Don Dixon E-E-E(LP, Album) Enigma Records (3), DRO 4D-0674 Spain 1989 Sell This Version
4JAS 73237 Stryper To Hell With The Devil (Album) 4JAS 73237 US 1986 Sell This Version
4JM-44293 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(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3) 4JM-44480 US 1989 Sell This Version
4JM-44584 Poison (3) Unskinny Bop (Single) 4JM-44584 US 1990 Sell This Version
4JM-44617 Poison (3) Something To Believe In / Ball And Chain (Single) 4JM-44617 Canada 1990 Sell This Version
4S-75501 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(Cass, Single) Enigma Records (3) 4V-75500 US 1987 Sell This Version
4V-75504 Stryper Honestly(Cass, Maxi) Enigma Records (3) 4V-75504 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
4V-75511 Devo Disco Dancer(Cass, Maxi) Enigma Records (3) 4V-75511 US 1988 Sell This Version
4X0-73270 Wire The Ideal Copy(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4X0-73270 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
4XJ-73204 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(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(Cass) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73213 1985 Sell This Version
4XJ-73226 David Storrs (2) Invaders From Mars (Original Motion Picture Score)(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73226 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XJ-73227 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)(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73240 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XJ-73276 Various Under Cover Original Motion Picture Soundtrack(Cass, Album, Dol) Enigma Records (3) 4XJ-73276 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XJ-573242 Various River's Edge(Cass, Comp) Enigma Records (3), Metal Blade Records 4XJ-573242 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XJE-J3308 Various Straight To Hell(Cass) Enigma Records (3) 4XJE-J3308 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XO-73270 Wire The Ideal Copy(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XO-73270 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XQ-73251 Various Geyser - Anthology Of The Icelandic Independent Music Scene Of The Eighties(Cass, Comp) Enigma Records (3) 4XQ-73251 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XQ-73254 Lizzy Borden Terror Rising (MiniAlbum, Comp) 4XQ-73254 Canada 1987 Sell This Version
4XQ-73265 Hurricane (9) Take What You Want (MiniAlbum) 4XQ-73265 US 1985 Sell This Version
4XQ-73266 Omen (3) Nightmares(Cass, Comp) Enigma Records (3), Metal Blade Records 4XQ-73266 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XQ-73294 Great White On Your Knees(Cass, EP) Enigma Records (3) 4XQ-73294 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XQB-73247 Various The Enigma Variations 2(Cass, Comp) Enigma Records (3) 4XQB-73247 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XT-12523 Poison (3) Look What The Cat Dragged In (Album) 4XT-12523 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-73203 Allan Holdsworth Atavachron(Cass, Album, XDR) Enigma Records (3) 4XT-73203 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-73206 Peter Hammill Skin(Cass, Album, Dol) Enigma Records (3) 4XT-73206 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-73207 Stryper The Yellow And Black Attack (Album) 4XT-73207 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT 73208 The Smithereens Especially For You 4XT 73208 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-73209 Agent Orange (7) This Is The Voice(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XT-73209 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-73210 Game Theory The Big Shot Chronicles(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XT-73210 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-73211 T.S.O.L. Revenge (Album) 4XT-73211 Canada 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-73212 Obsession (6) Scarred For Life(Cass, Album) Enigma Records (3) 4XT-73212 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT-73214 Jon St. James Fast Impressions (Album) 4XT-73214 US 1986 Sell This Version
4XT 73215 Wednesday Week What We Had (Album) 4XT 73215 US 1987 Sell This Version
4XT-73217 Stryper Soldiers Under Command (Album) 4XT-73217 US 1985 Sell This Version

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gurskiy

gurskiy

October 26, 2013
Girlschool - Take A Bite
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).