On the Charts: I.R.S. Records 1979-1994

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
IRS Records was one of the giants of the post-punk era. They cultivated a roster filled with groundbreaking underground rockers, from the English Beat to R.E.M. Like most great labels, they stayed around a little too long, so their message was diluted toward the end of their life, but in their prime, they were a diverse, exceptional label. Since it sticks to the label's crossover hits, On the Charts: IRS Records 1979-1994 doesn't quite give an accurate portrait of the label's history important bands like Let's Active never had a hit, so they're absent from this compilation, but it does have a good cross-section of the label's finest singles. In the process, it ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
IRS Records was one of the giants of the post-punk era. They cultivated a roster filled with groundbreaking underground rockers, from the English Beat to R.E.M. Like most great labels, they stayed around a little too long, so their message was diluted toward the end of their life, but in their prime, they were a diverse, exceptional label. Since it sticks to the label's crossover hits, On the Charts: IRS Records 1979-1994 doesn't quite give an accurate portrait of the label's history important bands like Let's Active never had a hit, so they're absent from this compilation, but it does have a good cross-section of the label's finest singles. In the process, it paints an accurate portrait of post-punk's evolution from new wave to alt-rock. Because it takes its subtitle seriously, the collection does contain a few duds -- dada's "Dizz Knee Land" happens to be the newest thing here, but it already sounds more dated than Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio" -- but the best moments -- the Go-Go's' "Our Lips Are Sealed," Timbuk 3's "The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades," Fine Young Cannibals' "She Drives Me Crazy," General Public's "Tenderness," R.E.M.'s "The One I Love" and the English Beat's perfect "Save It For Later" -- illustrate what a great label IRS was, which is reason enough to hear this collection.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/20/1998
  • Label: Emi Special Products
  • UPC: 724381983324
  • Catalog Number: 19833
  • Sales rank: 21,306

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go-Go's (2:46)
  2. 2 Mexican Radio (3:54)
  3. 3 Only a Lad (3:57)
  4. 4 The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades (3:20)
  5. 5 Save It for Later (3:34)
  6. 6 She Drives Me Crazy (3:35)
  7. 7 Mad About You (3:36)
  8. 8 Tenderness (3:35)
  9. 9 The One I Love - R.E.M. (3:16)
  10. 10 Joey (4:08)
  11. 11 Rain in the Summertime (4:00)
  12. 12 Dizz Knee Land (4:05)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Alarm Track Performer
Belinda Carlisle Track Performer
Concrete Blonde Track Performer
The English Beat Track Performer
Fine Young Cannibals Track Performer
General Public Track Performer
Oingo Boingo Track Performer
Timbuk 3 Track Performer
Wall of Voodoo Track Performer
Dada Track Performer
Michael Lloyd Musician
R.E.M. Track Performer
Technical Credits
The Alarm Producer
Fine Young Cannibals Producer
General Public Producer
Oingo Boingo Producer
Paul Simon Composer
Dave Wakeling Composer
Johnny Guarnieri Contributor
William Orbit Engineer, Remixing
Dave Sharp Composer
Bob Sargeant Producer
Twist Composer
Ranking Roger Composer
Ken Scott Producer
Andy Cox Composer
David Z. Producer
Richard Gottehrer Producer
Dennis Herring Producer
Scott Litt Producer
Michael Lloyd Arranger, Producer, Engineer
Gavin MacKillop Producer
Eddie Macdonald Composer
Richard Mazda Producer
Everett Morton Composer
Mike Peters Composer
John Porter Producer
R.E.M. Producer
Saxa Composer
Peter Solley Producer
David Steele Composer
Chris Tsangarides Producer
Victor Young Composer
Roger Charlery Composer
Rob Freeman Producer
Pat McDonald Composer
David Wright Composer
David Steel Composer
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