Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lost Youth: The Story of Sire Records

A show dedicated to the last of the real record men in Seymour Stein, the visionary behind one of music's great labels.



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Download for iTunes here: Sire Records.mp3

To hell with Mesopotamia. For music lovers the fertile crescent is the land between the East and Hudson Rivers in New York. In the middle '70s Seymour Stein stayed not just one or two but dozens of steps ahead of his competitors by signing bands with genuine talent. His roster has included The Ramones, The Replacements, The Prentenders, The Talking Heads, Madonna, Lou Reed, Ice-T, Ministry, Uncle Tupelo, Madness, The Cure, The English Beat, Primal Scream, Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, Hot Hot Heat, Echo & The Bunnymen and The Smiths. The man's foresight and balls are legendary. So legendary, in fact, his induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame seemed almost an afterthought.

Sire Records became the event horizon for a lot of artists, genuine artists seeking to grow and expand. Many of them enjoyed their first smatterings of success, both critically and commerical at Sire and then moved on. Same, like Chrisse Hynde, recorded for two decades on Sire. Truly, this place was a force.

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The tracks:
Alex Chilton - The Replacements
Beat on the Brat - The Ramones
Frontier Psychiatrist - The Avalanches
Blank Generation - Richard Hell & The Voidoids
Give Back the Key to My Heart - Uncle Tupelo
In the Meantime - Spacehog
Dirty Blvd. - Lou Reed
Jesus Built My Hotrod - Ministry
The Killing Moon - Echo & The Bunnymen
Let's Go to Bed - The Cure
Like a Prayer - Madonna
Loaded - Primal Scream
Middle of the Road - The Pretenders
New Jack Hustler - Ice-T
Sonic Reducer - Dead Boys
Summerteeth - Wilco
Thrash Unreal - Against Me!
To Here Know When - My Bloody Valentine
You Owe Me an IOU - Hot Hot Heat
Murder City Nights - Radio Birdman
Burning Down the House - The Talking Heads









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