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The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit Show
The IRS Records Show on End of the Century
The Haberdasher
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Under represented underground music from 1975 to 1999, the end of the century. What led to, and followed Songs from the Big Hair.

All the great punk from the late 70s, the Ramones, Dolls, early hip hop, and underground R&B of the mid-late70s, new wave through the 80s, and 90s, with Madchester, grunge, new jack swing, 90s techno, to the beginning of trance.
Hey Listeners,

Haberdasher here hosting End of the Century. I love doing these revolving host shows and I think I have a great one today. The name of today’s episode is We Were Once Rebels which is the title of a soon to be released documentary about IRS Records.
This is from the film’s website:
In 1979 the music industry was poised to undergo a change of seismic proportions. The industry was finally about to catch up with an underground movement that had begun in earnest in 1976.
The kids already knew all about punk, new wave and all of the other variations of weirdly unique bands that would eventually come to be called Alternative Music. And the Record companies, mired in the old styles of arena rock and disco…were about to get a clue.
This is the story of I.R.S. Records and its unlikely rise to prominence.
Led by Miles Copeland and Jay Boberg, this novice, yet earnest group of twenty-somethings forged a path to success. Through bootstrapping and guerrilla marketing, I.R.S. became the coolest label of the 1980s. And, in doing so…opened the door for the world to hear some incredible (and incredibly original) artists.
Bands like R.E.M, Go-Go’s, Oingo Boingo, English Beat, Concrete Blonde, Buzzcocks, Fine Young Cannibals and numerous others found a home at the label.
That success, however, was to be fleeting.
I.R.S. moved its distribution from A&M to MCA, and ultimately EMI, which led to a more stringent corporate environment. Some of the staff and artists became disillusioned by the growth. And, having forged the way for punk and new wave to find the market…other labels (with larger checkbooks) followed. In many ways, I.R.S. was a victim of its own success.
So the film is not out but I have watched a couple of trailers and I am looking forward to it. But for now we have today’s show which will feature only songs released – originally – on IRS Records. Enjoy the show.

The Haberdasher

The Buzzcocks Everbody's Happy Nowadays 7" I.R.S.
Root Boy Slim World War III 7" I.R.S.
Dead Kennedys Holiday in Cambodia 7" I.R.S.
The Monochrome Set He's Frank (Slight Return) 7" I.R.S.
Brian James Aint That a Shame 7" I.R.S.
John Cale Walking the Dog Circus Live (IRS release = Sabotage / Live) Domino Recording Co
The Textones Some Other Girl 7" I.R.S.
The Stranglers Duchess The Stranglers IV I.R.S.
The English Beat Jackpot I Just Can't Stop It (Remastered) I.R.S.
Oingo Boingo Violent Love (10") Violent Love (10") - Single I.R.S.
The Fleshtones Shadow Line Roman Gods I.R.S.
The Cramps Voodoo Idol Psychedelic Jungle I.R.S.
Berlin Matter of Time 7" I.R.S.
The Damned Drinking About My Baby The Black Album I.R.S.
Chelsea Urban Kids No Escape I.R.S.
Alternative TV The Ancient Rebels 7" I.R.S.
The Go-Go's Skidmarks on My Heart Beauty and the Beat I.R.S.
R.E.M. Catapult Murmur I.R.S.
R.E.M. (Don't Go Back To) Rockville Reckoning I.R.S.
The Go-Go's Vacation Vacation I.R.S.
Timbuk 3 Standard White Jesus Edge of Allegience I.R.S.
Wall of Voodoo On Interstate 15 Call of the West I.R.S.
Let's Active Blue Line Blue Line - Single I.R.S.
The dB's Molly Says The Sound of Music I.R.S.
Suburban Lawns Janitor Suburban Lawns I.R.S. Records
Stan Ridgway Camouflage The Big Heat I.R.S. Records
Beat Rodeo Song for an Angry Young Man Home In the Heart of the Beat I.R.S.
The Three O'Clock Look Into Your Eyes Ever After I.R.S. Records
The Alarm Marching On Declaration 1984-1985 I.R.S.
Fine Young Cannibals Blue Fine Young Cannibals I.R.S.
General Public In Conversation Hand To Mouth I.R.S.

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