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 Magic Man  album cover 29 Palms (2) Magic Man (Single) 1C 006 - 2 04121 7 UK 1990 Sell This Version
1C 006 2 04128 7 Unsafe Building  Year 1990  album cover 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 Caroline  album cover Concrete Blonde Caroline(7", Single) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 1C 006-20 4131 7 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 4132 7 Trojan Horse  album cover Jan Akkerman Trojan Horse(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 006-20 4132 7 Netherlands 1990 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 4297 7 Teddy's Song (What About You?)  album cover 29 Palms (2) Teddy's Song (What About You?)(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 006-20 4297 7 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 4310 7 Raw  album cover The Alarm Raw(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 006-20 4310 7 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C 006-20 4442 7 How Do You Feel  album cover 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 The One I Love  album cover R.E.M. The One I Love (Single) 1C 006 20 4537-7 Germany 1991 Sell This Version
1C 006-24 1030 7 Sold Me Down The River  album cover 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 Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)  album cover 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 Heartbreaker  album cover Dread Zeppelin Heartbreaker(7") I.R.S. Records 1C 006 24 1073 7 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 038 24 1032 1 Alligator  album cover Leslie West Alligator(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 1C 038 24 1032 1 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
1C 060 2 04128 6 Unsafe Building  Year 1990  album cover 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 Caroline  album cover Concrete Blonde Caroline(12", Single) I.R.S. Records 1C 060-20 4131 6 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 060-20 4132 6 Trojan Horse  album cover Jan Akkerman Trojan Horse(12") I.R.S. Records 1C 060-20 4132 6 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 060-24 1030 6 Sold Me Down The River  album cover The Alarm Sold Me Down The River(12", Single) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 1C 060-24 1030 6 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
1C 060-24 1058 6 Bring On The Lucie (Freda Peeple)  album cover 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 Dream Lover  album cover 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 The One I Love  album cover R.E.M. The One I Love(7", Single) EMI Electrola, I.R.S. Records 1C 006 2045377 Europe 1988 Sell This Version
1C 064 -24 1066 1 Rise And Shine  album cover John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Rise And Shine (Album) 1C 064 -24 1066 1 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
1C 064-24 1070 1 Tyr  album cover Black Sabbath Tyr(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 1C 064-24 1070 1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 064-7 13054 1 Fatal Joy  album cover 29 Palms (2) Fatal Joy(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 1C 064-7 13054 1 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
1C 064-71 3073 1 Strange Affair  album cover 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 3087 1 Raw  album cover The Alarm Raw(LP, Album) EMI Electrola 1C 064-71 3087 1 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C 064-71 3092 1 5,000,000*  album cover 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 Trojan Horse  album cover 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) 2042972 29 Palms (2) Teddy's Song (What About You?)(CD, Single) I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2042972 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C (560) 2043092 Dream Lover  album cover The Rebel Pebbles Dream Lover(CD, Maxi) I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2043092 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
1C (560) 2043102 Raw  album cover The Alarm Raw(CD, Maxi) I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2043102 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
1C (560) 2044422 How Do You Feel  album cover The Rebel Pebbles How Do You Feel(CD, Single) I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2044422 Netherlands 1991 Sell This Version
1C (560) 2045372 The One I Love  album cover 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 Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)  album cover Concrete Blonde Bloodletting (The Vampire Song)(CD, Maxi) I.R.S. Records 1C (560) 2045972 Europe 1991 Sell This Version
4D-475 Every Dog Has His Day  album cover Let's Active Every Dog Has His Day(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records, DRO 4D-475 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
4JM 0777 Hard Times  album cover Fresh Bush and the Invisible Man Hard Times(Cass, Single) I.R.S. Records 4JM 0777 US 1992 Sell This Version
4JM-13814 Good Together  album cover Candi And The Backbeat* Good Together(Cass, Single, Dol) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 4JM-13814 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
4KM 13837 100 Watt Bulb  album cover Infidels 100 Watt Bulb(Cass, Single, Dol) IRS 4KM 13837 Canada 1991 Sell This Version
4KM-13848 Ghost Of A Texas Ladies' Man  album cover Concrete Blonde Ghost Of A Texas Ladies' Man(Cass, Single) I.R.S. Records 4KM-13848 US 1992 Sell This Version
4KM-13891 Unique / Some Lovin'  album cover 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-10749 What Is Bhangra?  album cover Various What Is Bhangra?(Cass, Comp, Promo, Adv) I.R.S. Records 4PRO-10749 US 1994 Sell This Version
4PRO-10755 Hello Loneliness   album cover Middleman (8) Hello Loneliness (Cass, Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records 4PRO-10755 US 1994 Sell This Version
4PRO-10778 Single Gun Theory Cassette Sampler  album cover Single Gun Theory Single Gun Theory Cassette Sampler(Cass, Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records 4PRO-10778 US 1994 Sell This Version
4PRO-67087 Take A Spin With I.R.S.  album cover Various Take A Spin With I.R.S.(Cass, Promo, Smplr, Dol) I.R.S. Records 4PRO-67087 US 1992 Sell This Version
04SP 1072 The One I Love  album cover R.E.M. The One I Love (Single) 04SP 1072 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
4xPRO-67068 Free! Does Anybody Remember Laughter?  album cover Dread Zeppelin Free! Does Anybody Remember Laughter?(Cass, EP, Promo, Smplr) I.R.S. Records 4xPRO-67068 US 1991 Sell This Version
5D-482 Three Squares And A Roof  album cover The Balancing Act* Three Squares And A Roof(Cass, Album) DRO, S.L. 5D-482 Spain 1988 Sell This Version
7P 519.025 Rock 'n' Roll War  album cover John Kay & Steppenwolf John Kay & Steppenwolf - Rock 'n' Roll War(7", Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records 7P 519.025 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
7P 519 042 Do Or Die (Edit)  album cover John Kay Do Or Die (Edit)(7", Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records 7P 519 042 Germany 1990 Sell This Version
7 P 5 19108 Reach The Rock  album cover Havana 3 A.M. Reach The Rock(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 7 P 5 19108 Europe 1990 Sell This Version
7PRO-67041 You're In A Mess / Magic Man  album cover 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 Unsafe Building / Rain  album cover The Alarm / The Water Walk The Alarm / The Water Walk - Unsafe Building / Rain(7", Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records, Nettwerk 7PRO-67042 US 1990 Sell This Version
07SP 801 キッスに御・用・心 = Head Over Heels  album cover Go-Go's キッスに御・用・心 = Head Over Heels (Single) 07SP 801 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07SP 811 68ガンズ = Sixty Eight Guns  album cover The Alarm = アラーム* The Alarm = アラーム* - 68ガンズ = Sixty Eight Guns (Single) 07SP 811 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07SP828 Turn To You = ターン・トゥ・ユー  album cover Go-Go's Turn To You = ターン・トゥ・ユー (Single) 07SP828 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
07SP 933 Strength  album cover Alarm* Strength(7", Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 07SP 933 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
07SP 946 Spirit Of '76  album cover Alarm* Spirit Of '76(7", Single) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 07SP 946 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP 958 Mad About You  album cover Belinda Carlisle Mad About You(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 07SP 958 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP961(IR) Spirit In The Sky  album cover Doctor & The Medics Spirit In The Sky(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 07SP961(IR) Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP993(IR) Burn  album cover Doctor & The Medics Burn(7", Single) I.R.S. Records 07SP993(IR) Japan 1986 Sell This Version
07SP 1068 Rain In The Summertime  album cover The Alarm Rain In The Summertime(7", Single) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 07SP 1068 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
8T 70021 Beauty And The Beat  album cover Go-Go's Beauty And The Beat(8-Trk, Album) I.R.S. Records 8T 70021 US 1981 Sell This Version
12AP 2841 Prepare To Energize  album cover Torch Song Prepare To Energize(12") I.R.S. Records, CBS/Sony 12AP 2841 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
12AP 2842 Pictures  album cover Crown Of Thorns (2) Pictures(12", Promo) I.R.S. Records, CBS/Sony 12AP 2842 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
12AP 3135 Strength  album cover Alarm* Strength(12", Single) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 12AP 3135 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
12 EIRS 183 Roxanne  album cover Outland Roxanne(12") I.R.S. Records 12 EIRS 183 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12EIRS 187 Dance Is The Nu Sex  album cover The Point Dance Is The Nu Sex(12") I.R.S. Records 12EIRS 187 UK 1993 Sell This Version
12EIRS 189 Out Of Reach  album cover The Sahotas* Out Of Reach(12") I.R.S. Records 12EIRS 189 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12 Eirs 195 Groovin'  album cover 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 The Roots Of Music  album cover Vinx (2) The Roots Of Music(12") I.R.S. Records 12EIRSDJ 171 US Unknown Sell This Version
12EIRSDJ 189 Out Of Reach  album cover The Sahotas* Out Of Reach(12", Promo) I.R.S. Records 12EIRSDJ 189 UK 1994 Sell This Version
12EIRSPD 178 TV Crimes  album cover Black Sabbath TV Crimes(12", Maxi, Ltd, Pic) I.R.S. Records 12EIRSPD 178 UK 1992 Sell This Version
12TIVX 37 Get Your Hands Off My Man! (The Dubs)  album cover Junior Vasquez Get Your Hands Off My Man! (The Dubs)(12") Positiva, Positiva, TRIBAL United Kingdom 12TIVX 37 UK 1995 Sell This Version
15 Expand-O CD Tune Up 15  album cover Various Expand-O CD Tune Up 15(CD, Comp, Promo) The Album Network 15 US 1991 Sell This Version
15AP 3417 Rain In The Summertime  album cover The Alarm Rain In The Summertime(12", Single, Promo) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 15AP 3417 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
20AP 2852 Afoot  album cover Let's Active Afoot(LP) I.R.S. Records 20AP 2852 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
20AP 2957 The Chant Has Just Begun  album cover The Alarm The Chant Has Just Begun(12", Single) I.R.S. Records 20AP 2957 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
20AP 2958 Chronic Town  album cover R.E.M. Chronic Town (EP) 20AP 2958 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
20AP3190 Spirit Of '76  album cover The Alarm Spirit Of '76 (MiniAlbum) 20AP3190 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
22AP 3216 Doctor & The Medics Spirit In The Sky (EP) 22AP 3216 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
25AP 2140 Beauty And The Beat  album cover Go-Go's Beauty And The Beat (Album) 25AP 2140 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
25AP 2616 Call Of The West  album cover Wall Of Voodoo Call Of The West (Album) 25AP 2616 Japan 1982 Sell This Version
25DP 5089 Eden Alley  album cover Timbuk 3 Eden Alley(CD, Album) I.R.S. Records 25DP 5089 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
25DP 5187 She's Having A Baby (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)  album cover Various She's Having A Baby (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)(CD, Comp) I.R.S. Records 25DP 5187 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
28AP 1412 Laughing At The Pieces  album cover Doctor & The Medics Laughing At The Pieces(Cass, Album) I.R.S. Records, I.R.S. Records 28AP 1412 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 2828 Talk Show  album cover Go-Go's Talk Show(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP 2828 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 2830 KROQ Presents The Normal Noise Of I.R.S.  album cover 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 Declaration  album cover The Alarm Declaration (Album) 28AP 2845 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 2846 Is Nothing Sacred?  album cover The Lords Of The New Church* Is Nothing Sacred? (Album) 28AP 2846 Japan 1983 Sell This Version
28AP 2847 Reckoning  album cover R.E.M. Reckoning (Album) 28AP 2847 Japan 1984 Sell This Version
28AP 3058 Fables Of The Reconstruction  album cover R.E.M. Fables Of The Reconstruction (Album) 28AP 3058 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28AP 3114 Strength  album cover Alarm* Strength (Album) 28AP 3114 Japan 1985 Sell This Version
28AP 3115 Jane Wiedlin   album cover Jane Wiedlin Jane Wiedlin (LP, Album) I.R.S. Records, CBS/Sony 28AP 3115 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 Laughing At The Pieces  album cover Doctor & The Medics Laughing At The Pieces (Album) 28AP 3212 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 3226 Charm  album cover Intimate Strangers (2) Charm(LP, Album, Promo) I.R.S. Records 28AP 3226 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 3227 The Big Heat  album cover Stan Ridgway The Big Heat(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP 3227 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP 3240 Lifes Rich Pageant  album cover R.E.M. Lifes Rich Pageant (Album) 28AP 3240 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP3262 Greetings From Timbuk 3  album cover Timbuk 3 Greetings From Timbuk 3(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP3262 Japan 1986 Sell This Version
28AP-3350 Weapons Of Love  album cover The Truth (6) Weapons Of Love(LP, Album) I.R.S. Records 28AP-3350 Japan 1987 Sell This Version
28AP 3351 Kickin' Back To The Future: I.R.S. Records Compilation From U.K.  album cover Various Kickin' Back To The Future: I.R.S. Records Compilation From U.K.(LP, Comp, Promo) I.R.S. Records 28AP 3351 Japan 1987 Sell This Version