SIRE
RECORDS

Independent American label: Sire Records started life in 1968, and was run by Seymour Stein.  One if its main functions seems to have been introducing British and European rock talent to the States: in the '70s it put out records by the likes of Barclay James Harvest, Climax Chicago, Stackridge, Renaissance and Focus, while in the following decade the Pretenders, Echo & the Bunnymen, Depeche Mode, the Smiths, the Cure, and many others, had LPs out on Sire in the USA.  In the days of Punk Rock, however, the tide flowed in this direction, most notably with the Ramones and Talking Heads. As far as the Sire label in Britain is concerned, some pre-'70s material was licensed to Decca (the Deviants' 'Ptoof' LP); the actual Sire label took its bow in 1976, through Phonogram, in a 6078-600 series.  Labels were injection moulded; the first few singles were coloured yellow-green, the remainder were goldish.  In 1978 it moved to WEA for marketing and distribution, gaining a paper label a company sleeve and a new catalogue series, SIR-4000, in the process. Manufacture also appears to have been through WEA, either through its agreement with CBS or, from early 1979, via its own facilities, which included the Damont plant by that time.  Some popular singles appear to have been pressed first by CBS then by WEA.  Occasionally singles were issued with the American numbering, SRE-1000, while a short SIR-6000 series seems to have been reserved for singles by The Sports.  The design of the paper label remained basically unchanged, but there was one minor variation: from the start of 1979 singles can be found with a smaller logo and with a hollow 'A' on the appropriate side.  Many singles can be found with both kinds of label; some have a large logo on one side and a small one on the other.  Promotional copies were marked in a way that was distinctive to WEA family labels.  Sire's success continued through the '80s and into the '90s, particularly with Madonna. Thanks to Robert Lyons For The Info.

   
76 Synergy Classical Gas SIRE 6078 600
76 Ramones Blitzgrieg Bop SIRE 6078 601
76 Flamin' Groovies Shake Some Action SIRE 6078 602
77 Ramones I Remember You SIRE 6078 603
77 Talking Heads Love Goes To Building On Fire SIRE 6078 604
77 Beckies River Bayou SIRE 6078 605
77 Ramones Sheena Is A Punk Rocker SIRE 6078 606
77 Ramones Swallow My Pride SIRE 6078 607
77 Hell Richard & Voidoids Blank Geneartion SIRE 6078 608
77 Dead Boys Sonic Reduc er SIRE 6078 609
77 Talking Heads Psycho Killer SIRE 6078 610
77 Ramones Rockaway Beach SIRE 6078 611
77 Rezillos Flying Saucer Attack SIRE 6078 612
77 Paley Brothers Ecstasy SIRE 6078 613
78 Smith Patti Hey Joe SIRE 6078 614
77 Ramones Do You Wanna Dance SIRE 6078 615
78 Plastic Bertrand Ca Plane Pour Moi SIRE 6078 616
78 Radio Birdman What Gives SIRE 6078 617
78 Not Traced SIRE 6078 618
78 Flamin' Groovies Feel A Whole Lot Better SIRE 6078 619
78 Talking Heads Pulled Up SIRE 6078 620
 
76 Flamin' Groovies Don'T You Lie To Me SIRE 6198 086
78 Rezillos Cold Wars SIRE 6198 215
77 Ramones Sheena Is A Punk Rocker SIRE RAM 001
78 Ramones Questioningly SIRE PROMO 1
79 Talking Heads Psycho Killer SIRE SAM 108
  
78 Rezillos Top Of The Pops SIRE SIR 4001
78 Flamin' Groovies Move It SIRE SIR 4002
78 Sqeares No Fear SIRE SIR 4003
78 Talking Heads Take Me To The River SIRE SIR 4004
78 Telex Twist A St Tropez SIRE SIR 4006
78 Undertones Teenage Kicks SIRE SIR 4007
78 Rezillos Destinations Venus SIRE SIR 4008
79 Ramones She'S The One SIRE SIR 4009
79 Undertones Get Over You SIRE SIR 4010
79 Squares Airebeat SIRE SIR 4011
79 Plastic Bertrand Tout Petite La Planete SIRE SIR 4012
79 Tuff Darts Who'S Been Sleeping Here SIRE SIR 4013
78 Rezillos Cold Wars SIRE SIR 4014
79 Undertones Jimmy Jimmy SIRE SIR 4015
79 Shake Cuiture Shock SIRE SIR 4016
79 Telex Moscow Diskow SIRE SIR 4017
79 Flamin' Groovies Absolutely Sweet Marie SIRE SIR 4018
79 Renaissance Jekyil And Hyde SIRE SIR 4019
79 Telex Rock Around The Clock SIRE SIR 4020
79 Ramones Rock 'N' Roll High School SIRE SIR 4021
79 Undertones Here Comes The Summer SIRE SIR 4022
79 Walkie Talkie Rich And Nasty SIRE SIR 4023
79 Undertones You'Ve Got My Number SIRE SIR 4024
79 Lori & The Chameleons Touch SIRE SIR 4025
79 Lori & The Chameleons Touch SIRE SIR 4025
79 Searchers Hearts In Her Eyes SIRE SIR 4026
79 Talking Heads Life During Wartime SIRE SIR 4027
79 Judge Dredd   Lovers Rock SIRE SIR 4028
79 Judge Dredd   Lovers Rock SIRE SIR 4028
79 Dead Boys Tell Me SIRE SIR 4029
79 Laguna Kenny Home For Christmas SIRE SIR 4030
80 Ramones Baby I Love You SIRE SIR 4031
79 Not Traced SIRE SIR 4032
80 Talking Heads I Zimbra SIRE SIR 4033
80 Dinosaur Kiss Me Again SIRE SIR 4034
80 Shake Invasion Of The Gamma Men SIRE SIR 4035
80 Searchers It'S Too Late SIRE SIR 4036
80 Ramones Do You Remember Rock 'N' Roll Radio SIRE SIR 4037
80 Undertones My Perfect Cousin SIRE SIR 4038
80 Telex   Euro-Vision  SIRE SIR 4039
80 Talking Heads Cities SIRE SIR 4040
80 Searchers Love'S Melody SIRE SIR 4041
80 Undertones Wednesday Week SIRE SIR 4042
80 Telex We Are All Getting Old SIRE SIR 4043
80 Piranhas Tom Hark SIRE SIR 4044
80 Da Biz On The Beach SIRE SIR 4045
80 Piranhas I Don'T Want My Body SIRE SIR 4046
80 Telex Soulwaves SIRE SIR 4047
81 Talking Head Once In A Life Time SIRE SIR 4048
81 Searchers Another Night SIRE SIR 4049
81 Talking Heads Houses In Motion SIRE SIR 4050
81 Ramones We Want The Airwaves SIRE SIR 4051
81 Ramones She'S A Sensation SIRE SIR 4052
81 Harrison Jerry Things Fall Apart SIRE SIR 4053
81 Byrne David Big Blue Plymouth SIRE SIR 4054
82 Talking Head Talk Talk SIRE SIR 4055
82 Managers Shake It Up Shake It Up SIRE SIR 4056
82 Flag Of Convenience Life On The Telephone SIRE SIR 4057
84 B-Movies Letter From Afar SIRE SIR 4058
84 Six Sed Red Shake It Right SIRE SIR 4059
84 Nv It'S Alright SIRE SIR 4060
 
79 Sports Who Listens To The Radio SIRE SIR 6001
80 Sports DonīT Throw Stones SIRE SIR 6002
77 Paley Brothers Ecstasy / Hide N' Seek SIRE SRE 1001
77 Talking Heads Uh-Oh, Love Comes To Town SIRE SRE 1002
77 Richard Hell & The Voidoids Blank Generation / Love Comes In Spurts  SIRE SRE 1003
77 Dead Boys Sonic Reducer SIRE SRE 1004
77 The Saints  (I'm) Stranded  SIRE SRE 1005
77 Ramones Sheena Is A Punk Rocker  SIRE SRE 1006
77 Talking Heads Psycho Killer / The Book I Read  SIRE SRE 1007
77 Ramones Rockaway Beach SIRE SRE 1008
77 Patti Smith Hey Joe (Version) / Piss Factory SIRE SRE 1009
78 Talking Heads The Girls Want To Be With The Girls / With Our Love SIRE SRE 1010
78 Pretenders Brass In Pocket SIRE SRE 1011
78 Ramones Baby, I Love You SIRE SRE 1012
78 Talking Heads Psycho Killer SIRE SRE 1013
78 Talking Heads Once In A Lifetime / Crosseyed And Painless SIRE SRE 1014
78 Tuff Darts (I Wanna Know) Who's Been Sleeping Here SIRE SRE 1015
78 Annie Haslam I Never Believed In Love  SIRE SRE 1016
78 Ramones Do You Wanna Dance SIRE SRE 1017
78 Not Traced SIRE SRE 1018
78 Althia & Donna / Mighty Two Up Town Top Ranking / Calico Suit SIRE SRE 1019
78 Plastic Bertrand Ca Plane Pour Moi SIRE SRE 1020
78 Paley Brothers You're The Best SIRE SRE 1021
78 Renaissance  Northern Lights SIRE SRE 1022
78 The Stanky Brown Group Falling Fast SIRE SRE 1023
78 Not Traced SIRE SRE 1024
78 Ramones Don't Come Close SIRE SRE 1025
78 Climax Blues Band Makin' Love (Edit) / The Gospel Singer  SIRE SRE 1026
78 Boney M Rivers Of Babylon / Brown Girl In The Ring SIRE SRE 1027
78 Peter Sarstedt Beirut  SIRE SRE 1028
78 Dead Boys Tell Me SIRE SRE 1029
78 Not Traced SIRE SRE 1030
78 Ramones Don't Come Close SIRE SRE 1031
78 Talking Heads Take Me To The River SIRE SRE 1032
78 Paley Brothers Tell Me Tonight SIRE SRE 1033
78 Dinosaur Kiss Me Again SIRE SRE 1034
78 Dinosaur Kiss Me Again (12") SIRE SRD 1035
78 Boney M Mary's Boy Child/Oh My Lord SIRE SRE 1036
78 Not Traced SIRE SRE 1037
78 Boney M Dancing In The Streets SIRE SRE 1038
78 Not Traced SIRE SRE 1039
78 Boney M Dancing In The Streets (12") SIRE SRD 1040
78 Renaissance Northern Lights SIRE SRE 1041
78 Lion's Den Born Free SIRE SRE 1042
78 Lion's Den Born Free (12") SIRE SRD 1043
78 The Normal T.V.O.D. / Warm Leatherette SIRE SRE 1044
78 Ramones Needles & Pins SIRE SRE 1045
78 Silvetti Concert From The Stars / Sun After The Rain (12") SIRE SRD 1046
78 Duncan Browne The Wild Places SIRE SRE 1047
78 Not Traced SIRE SRE 1048
78 Boney M Rasputin SIRE SRE 1049
78 Not Traced SIRE SRE 1050
79 Ramones Rock 'N' Roll High School  SIRE SRE 1051

 



 

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