I.R.S. Catalog Reissued Digitally: Oingo Boingo, Wall of Voodoo, the dB's, Let's Active, Belinda Carlisle, Jane Wiedlin, General Public, more

An exciting email passed my way this week, news that the catalog of I.R.S. Records -- the label known for bringing R.E.M., the Go-Go's, Oingo Boingo and a ton more '80s and '90s acts to the masses -- will be available digitally for the first time. Says the press release:

Beginning February 10 and continuing until March 17, more than 100 albums and tracks from the celebrated vault of I.R.S. Records will make their digital release debuts. In an extensive, six-week online catalog campaign by Capitol/EMI, I.R.S. classics by The Fleshtones, Wall of Voodoo, Concrete Blonde, Oingo Boingo, The dB's, General Public, Stewart Copeland, Robbie Krieger, Tom Verlaine, and many others will be available for the first time for DRM-free download from all major digital service providers. Four new Best Of The I.R.S. Years digital collections will also be released, for The dB's, Over The Rhine, dada, and Dread Zeppelin.
Anyone who scours eBay knows that some of releases on the following schedule draw big bucks -- the Wall of Voodoo, Jane Wiedlin and Bears stuff especially. Special mention also goes to the presence of the dB's last album, The Sound of Music, which is the only one of the band's albums not yet reissued on CD. Check out the I.R.S. Corner for a bunch of random history about bands on the label -- and click below to see what's going to be available.

Oingo Boingo, "Only a Lad" (live 1994)



WEEK ONE: February 10
DRYWALL - WORK THE DUMB ORACLE
Fleshtones - American Beat '84
Fleshtones - Cold, Cold, Shoes
Fleshtones - Deep In My Heart
Fleshtones - Girl From Baltimore
Fleshtones - I've Gotta Change My Life
Fleshtones - Let's See The Sun
Fleshtones - Ride Your Pony
Fleshtones - Right Side Of A Good Thing
Fleshtones - Roman Gods
Fleshtones - Screaming Skull
Fleshtones - Shadow Line
Fleshtones - Stop Fooling Around
Fleshtones - Theme From "The Vindicators"
Fleshtones - World Has Changes
DAVE SHARP - HARD TRAVELLIN'
Wall Of Voodoo - Back In Flesh
Wall Of Voodoo - Call Box (1-2-3)
Wall Of Voodoo - Call Of The West
Wall Of Voodoo - Crack The Bell
Wall Of Voodoo - Factory
Wall Of Voodoo - Lost Weekend
Wall Of Voodoo - Mexican Radio
Wall Of Voodoo - On Interstate 15
Wall Of Voodoo - Red Light
Wall Of Voodoo - Tomorrow
WALL OF VOODOO - HAPPY PLANET
WALL OF VOODOO - SEVEN DAYS IN SAMMYSTOWN
WALL OF VOODOO - UGLY AMERICANS IN AUSTRALIA

Wall of Voodoo, "Call of the West" (live)
 

WEEK TWO: February 17

ANIMAL LOGIC - ANIMAL LOGIC II
CATERWAUL - PIN AND WEB
CATERWAUL - PORTENT HUE
CONCRETE BLONDE - CONCRETE BLONDE
CONCRETE BLONDE - FREE
STEWART COPELAND - THE EQUALIZER
DADA - AMERICAN HIGHWAY FLOWER
DADA - PUZZLE
GENERAL PUBLIC - HAND TO MOUTH
General Public - General Public
General Public - General Public (12" Version)
General Public - Hot You're Cool
General Public - Never You Done That
General Public - Tenderness
Lords Of The New Church - Apocalypso
Lords Of The New Church - Eat Your Heart Out
Lords Of The New Church - Holy War
Lords Of The New Church - Li'l Boys Play With Dolls
Lords Of The New Church - Livin On Livin
Lords Of The New Church - Portobello
Lords Of The New Church - Question Of Temperature
Wazmo Nariz - Checking Out The Check Out Girl
Oingo Boingo - Ain't This The Life
Oingo Boingo - Bachelor Party
Oingo Boingo - I'm So Bad
Oingo Boingo - Only A Lad
Oingo Boingo - Something Isn't Right
Oingo Boingo - Violent Love

Belinda Carlisle, "Mad About You"


WEEK THREE: February 24
THE BEARS - RISE AND SHINE
THE BEARS - THE BEARS
BELINDA CARLISLE - BELINDA
DADA - BEST OF THE I.R.S. YEARS
LILLIAN AXE - POETIC JUSTICE
LILLIAN AXE - PSYCOSCHIZOPHRENIA
NUCLEAR ASSAULT - SOMETHING WICKED
WILLIAM ORBIT - ORBIT
WILLIAM ORBIT - STRANGE CARGO 3
OVER THE RHINE - BEST OF THE THE I.R.S. YEARS
OVER THE RHINE - EVE
OVER THE RHINE - PATIENCE
OVER THE RHINE - TILL WE HAVE FACES
TIMBUK 3 - BIG SHOT IN THE DARK
TIMBUK 3 - EDEN ALLEY
TIMBUK 3 - EDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
TIMBUK 3 - GREETINGS FROM TIMBUK 3
JANE WIEDLIN - JANE WIEDLIN

WEEK FOUR: March 3
PATO BANTON - STAY POSITITVE
PATO BANTON - UNIVERSAL LOVE
PATO BANTON - VISIONS OF THE WORLD
PATO BANTON - WIZE UP
HAVANA 3 A.M. - HAVANA 3 A.M.
JOOLS HOLLAND - WORLD OF HIS OWN
HUNTERS & COLLECTORS - FATE
HUNTERS & COLLECTORS - HUMAN FRAILTY
HUNTERS & COLLECTORS - LIVING DAYLIGHT
THREE O'CLOCK - ARRIVE WITHOUT TRAVELING
THREE O'CLOCK - EVER AFTER
THE TRUTH - JUMP
THE TRUTH - PLAYGROUND
THE TRUTH - WEAPONS OF LOVE

The Three O'Clock, "Her Head's Revolving"

WEEK FIVE: March 10
THE DB'S - BEST OF THE I.R.S. YEARS
THE DB'S - REPERCUSSION
THE DB'S - SOUND OF MUSIC
THE DB'S - STANDS FOR DECIBELS
DREAD ZEPPELIN - BEST OF THE I.R.S. YEARS
MONKS OF DOOM - COSMODEMONIC TELEGRAPH
MONKS OF DOOM - FORGERY
GARY NUMAN - NEW ANGER
GARY NUMAN - OUTLAND
GARY NUMAN - SKIN MECHANIC

Beat Rodeo, "Just Friends"

WEEK SIX: March 17
BALANCING ACT - CURTAINS
BALANCING ACT - THREE SQUARES
BEAT RODEO - HOME IN THE HEART
BEAT RODEO - STAYING OUT LATE WITH BEAT RODEO
ROBBIE KRIEGER - NO HABLA
Let's Active - Blue Line
Let's Active - Crows on a Phone Line
Let's Active - Easy Does It
Let's Active - Every Word Means No
Let's Active - Make Up With Me
Let's Active - Ring True
Let's Active - Room With A View
Let's Active - Waters Part
RECKLESS SLEEPERS - BIG BOSS SOUNDS
SHOK PARIS - CONCRETE KILLERS
SHOK PARIS - STEEL AND STARLIGHT
TOM VERLAINE - FLASH LIGHT
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