Music 101: Sire Records

This week on Music 101, Margot focuses on bands and artists on Sire Records.

Sire Records popularized new wave and gave the world Madonna. For a label that was founded in 1966 to help give a spotlight to underground British bands, Sire Records went well beyond that and formed the nucleus of the modern rock sound. 

The full playlist of this episode of Music 101 is below.

Music 101 Playlist: Sire Records

The Strangeloves – “I Want Candy”

Focus – “Hocus Pocus”

Climax Blues Band – “Couldn’t Get It Right”

The Ramones – “Blitzkrieg Bop”

Talking Heads – “Love Goes To Building On Fire”

Richard Hell & The Voidoids – “Blank Generation”

The Pretenders – “Brass In Pocket”

Madonna – “Everybody”

Echo & The Bunnymen – “The Killing Moon”

Throwing Muses – “Bright Yellow Gun”

The dBs – “My Sire Wristwatch”


In each episode of Music 101, your host Margot highlights a different chapter in music history, bringing you songs you love and the stories behind them.

Listen to Music 101 on the Colorado Sound every Sunday at 10am MST, with the same episode repeated Wednesday at 8pm MST.

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