Just Say Sire: The Sire Records Story

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All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Asking a dozen music fans about their impressions of Sire, a label founded by Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer in 1966, would likely yield several dissimilar responses. Sire was the label to boost American punk bands like Ramones, Talking Heads, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids, only to call them new wave in an effort to make them seem less antagonistic and more marketable. Sire licensed some of the most groundbreaking European electronic pop: the Normal's "Warm Leatherette," Telex's "Moskow Diskow," Soft Cell's "Tainted Love." Sire was the favored American label of '80s Anglophiles, importing the Smiths, Echo & the Bunnymen, and Aztec Camera, and later, prime ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Andy Kellman
Asking a dozen music fans about their impressions of Sire, a label founded by Seymour Stein and Richard Gottehrer in 1966, would likely yield several dissimilar responses. Sire was the label to boost American punk bands like Ramones, Talking Heads, and Richard Hell & the Voidoids, only to call them new wave in an effort to make them seem less antagonistic and more marketable. Sire licensed some of the most groundbreaking European electronic pop: the Normal's "Warm Leatherette," Telex's "Moskow Diskow," Soft Cell's "Tainted Love." Sire was the favored American label of '80s Anglophiles, importing the Smiths, Echo & the Bunnymen, and Aztec Camera, and later, prime shoegaze bands My Bloody Valentine and Ride. Sire was home to American college-radio favorites Throwing Muses, the Replacements, and Dinosaur Jr. During these years, the label also had some strays: Ofra Haza exotic, Kid Creole & the Coconuts festive, Barenaked Ladies plain silly, Aphex Twin scary silly, Madonna big, Little Jimmy Scott small. All of the above-mentioned artists and songs are present on Just Say Sire, a four-disc box containing three somewhat erratically sequenced CDs, one DVD, and a colorful booklet packed with photos and text. Despite the label's 40-year existence, the real theme tying the set together is a 30-year association with distributor Warner Bros., though there aren't any inclusions dating from 2000 and onward. You aren't alone if you're wondering whether or not it needed to be made. The label had the spirit of an independent, but it was hardly as stylistically focused as collectable labels like the early Rough Trade or Creation incidentally, just two of the U.K. labels Sire licensed from. And, unless you know Seymour Stein or have followed the man's career, there's no way you could look at the track list here and sense a consistent aesthetic, though hooks were obviously the top -- if not uncommon -- priority. Part of what validates the set is that nearly every selection has some value to pop culture freaks and those who favor pop music that's a little left of center. While few music fans have actively sought out Sire releases as if the label were a cult like 4AD, plenty of them have just happened to wind up with a whole bunch, which helps make an undertaking like this rather unique. If you examine it all deeply enough, you might find yourself wanting to crawl inside Stein's head and attempt to discern how his label could have gone from something as raw and primitive as the Flamin' Groovies' "Shake Some Action" to something as polished and dramatic as Seal's "Crazy," or from something as wimpy as Tin Tin's "Kiss Me" to something as knuckleheaded as Ministry's "Jesus Built My Hotrod." As with any other label-specific box, complaints can be made about poor picks, omissions, and inclusions, but there are no atrocities the absence of Alexander Robotnick's "Problèmes d'Amour" comes dangerously close, and the selections form a wholly representative look at a big chunk of the storied label's history. The DVD contains 20 of the label's most memorable videos, including Talking Heads' "Once in a Lifetime," M's "Pop Muzik," and Ramones' "Rock 'n' Roll High School." Aphex Twin's "Come to Daddy" following Barenaked Ladies' "One Week" is a perversely jarring sequence, like a television channel airing a David Cronenberg film after an episode of Charles in Charge. The booklet is almost as valuable as the music, featuring artist summaries and photos, writings from Stein and Gottehrer, and dozens of recollections and testimonials from artists who have been on Sire, artists who have never been on Sire, and many industry vets.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/27/2005
  • Label: Rhino
  • UPC: 081227466527
  • Catalog Number: 74665

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Everybody - Madonna (4:55)
  2. 2 Mirror in the Bathroom (3:09)
  3. 3 Kiss Me - Tin Tin (3:20)
  4. 4 Oh l'Amour (3:36)
  5. 5 Tainted Love (2:40)
  6. 6 Situation - Yazoo (3:43)
  7. 7 People Are People (3:46)
  8. 8 Living on the Ceiling (4:00)
  9. 9 That Summer Feeling - Jonathan Richman (3:57)
  10. 10 Young at Heart (3:25)
  11. 11 One Step Beyond - Madness (2:20)
  12. 12 Genius of Love (3:33)
  13. 13 Im Nin'alu (3:30)
  14. 14 Endicott (4:02)
  15. 15 Love and Mercy - Brian Wilson (2:55)
  16. 16 Each and Everyone (2:48)
  17. 17 All the Way - Little Jimmy Scott (4:58)
  18. 18 Crazy - Seal (4:30)
  19. 19 Fire Woman - The Cult (4:01)
  20. 20 Constant Craving (4:38)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Teenage Kicks (2:25)
  2. 2 This Charming Man - The Smiths (2:43)
  3. 3 I Melt with You (3:49)
  4. 4 Moskow Diskow (3:12)
  5. 5 (I'm) Stranded - The Saints (3:31)
  6. 6 Ça Plane Pour Moi (3:00)
  7. 7 Top of the Pops (2:55)
  8. 8 Nowhere Girl - B-Movie (3:40)
  9. 9 Part of the Process (4:25)
  10. 10 Come Together - Primal Scream (4:22)
  11. 11 Beat Dis (3:43)
  12. 12 The Love Cats - The Cure (3:40)
  13. 13 The Killing Moon (5:44)
  14. 14 Warm Leatherette - The Normal (3:20)
  15. 15 Everday Is Like Sunday - Morrissey (3:32)
  16. 16 Never Never - The Assembly (3:48)
  17. 17 Oblivious (3:09)
  18. 18 Inside Out (3:24)
  19. 19 Soon (6:41)
  20. 20 Leave Them All Behind - Ride (8:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Blitzkrieg Bop (2:13)
  2. 2 Alex Chilton (3:16)
  3. 3 Come on Let's Go (2:10)
  4. 4 Aloha Steve & Danno/Theme from Hawaii Five-O (3:57)
  5. 5 The Wagon (4:55)
  6. 6 Sonic Reducer (3:06)
  7. 7 White Horse - Laid Back (3:54)
  8. 8 Blank Generation - Voidoids (2:44)
  9. 9 I Want That Man - Debbie Harry (3:41)
  10. 10 I'll Be Your Everything - Tommy Page (4:08)
  11. 11 Summer Teeth - Wilco (3:20)
  12. 12 World Class Fad (3:29)
  13. 13 Back on the Chain Gang - Pretenders (3:51)
  14. 14 Give Back the Key to My Heart (3:25)
  15. 15 Shake Some Action (4:33)
  16. 16 Counting Backwards (3:12)
  17. 17 Boy (3:19)
  18. 18 Romeo Had Juliette (3:11)
  19. 19 O.G. Original Gangster - Ice-T (4:43)
  20. 20 Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry (3:42)
  21. 21 Burning Down the House (4:02)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Pop Muzik - M
  2. 2 Rock 'N' Roll High School
  3. 3 Let's Go to Bed - The Cure
  4. 4 A Little Respect
  5. 5 Brass in Pocket - Pretenders
  6. 6 The Cutter
  7. 7 Bastards of Young
  8. 8 She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult
  9. 9 Once in a Lifetime
  10. 10 Like a Prayer - Madonna
  11. 11 Enjoy the Silence
  12. 12 Feed the Tree - Belly
  13. 13 Drifting, Falling
  14. 14 Reach
  15. 15 Groovy Train - The Farm
  16. 16 Things Can Only Get Better - D:Ream
  17. 17 New York City Boy
  18. 18 In the Meantime
  19. 19 One Week
  20. 20 Come to Daddy
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Album Credits

Technical Credits
David Byrne Composer
Jerry Harrison Composer
Richard Hell Composer
Chris Mars Composer
The Mighty Lemon Drops Composer
Modern English Composer
The Ramones Composer
Lou Reed Composer
Jonathan Richman Composer
Doug Sahm Composer
Dave Wakeling Composer
Brian Wilson Composer
Stephen Duffy Composer
The Ocean Blue Composer
David Thomas Composer
Stiv Bators Composer
Telex Composer
Tracey Thorn Composer
Ed Kuepper Composer
Cecil Campbell Composer
Chris Bailey Composer
David Morales Composer
Paul Westerberg Composer
Bezalel Aloni Composer
Neil Arthur Composer
Izhar Ashdot Composer
Ian Astbury Composer
Tom Bailey Composer
Johnny Blitz Composer
Hugh Brown Art Direction
Sammy Cahn Composer
John Callis Composer
Cheetah Chrome Composer
Madonna Composer
Vince Clarke Composer
Ed Cobb Composer
Andy Cox Composer
Alannah Currie Composer
August Darnell Composer
Lou Deprijck Composer
Billy Duffy Composer
Brian Eno Composer
Siobhan Fahey Composer
Roddy Frame Composer
Chris Frantz Composer
Bobby Gillespie Composer
Martin Gore Composer
Richard Gottehrer Liner Notes
Gibby Haynes Composer
Robert Hodgens Composer
James Honeyman-Scott Composer
Steve Hovington Composer
Chrissie Hynde Composer
Bill Inglot Producer, Remastering
Andrew Innes Composer
Cyril Jordan Composer
Gilbert Kaufman Liner Notes
k.d. lang Composer
Patrick Leonard Composer
Chris Lowe Composer
Jeff Magnum Composer
Johnny Marr Composer
Ian McCulloch Composer
Daniel Miller Composer
Ben Mink Composer
Morrissey Composer
Everett Morton Composer
Alison Moyet Composer
John O'Neill Composer
Les Pattinson Composer
Will Sergeant Composer
Robin Scott Composer
Kevin Shields Composer
Mort Stevens Composer
Tommy Stinson Composer
Stephen Street Composer
Deniz Tek Composer
Neil Tennant Composer
Andy Todd Composer
Laurence Tolhurst Composer
Ritchie Valens Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Ben Watt Composer
Tina Weymouth Composer
Rob Younger Composer
Jimmy Zero Composer
Pete de Freitas Composer
Tanya Donelly Composer
Wilco Composer
Robert O'Hearn Composer
Ted Ottaviano Composer
Bill Bentley Liner Notes
Pascal Gabriel Composer
David Schelzel Composer
Seymour Stein Liner Notes, Executive Producer
Royston Langdon Composer
John Guldberg Composer
Jordan Knight Composer
Dave Steele Composer
Paul Godfrey Composer
Ross Godfrey Composer
Dave Schultz Remastering
Skye Edwards Composer
Steve Woolard Annotation
Paul Conboy Composer
Bill Paxton Composer
Yves M. Lacomblez Composer
Arthur Luscombe Composer
Roger Charlery Composer
Peter Cunnah Composer
Steve Grimes Composer
Peter Hooton Composer
Rick Holliday Composer
Robin Hurley Executive Producer
Tracy Morrow Composer
Risa Morley Liner Notes
Ed Robertson Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Sire was to alternative music as Folkways was to folk.

    I haven't heard this compilation yet, but have awaited its release since a sampler came, long ago announcing its release in "March 2005." Then again I know what to expect as I bought so many Sire albums and later CDs back then, when. It will be a BLAST! I feel it's very important to thank Howie Klein who took it over and kept it alive until the music business corrupted it.

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