- Released: October 20, 1998
- Originally Released: 1998
- Label: EMI Special Products
- 1.Our Lips Are Sealed - Go-Gos
- 2.Mexican Radio (Edit) - Wall Of Voodoo
- 3.Only A Lad - Oingo Boingo
- 4.The Future's So Bright, I Gotta Wear Shades - Timbuk 3
- 5.Save It For Later - The English Beat
- 6.She Drives Me Crazy - Fine Young Cannibals
- 7.Mad About You (Single Mix) - Belinda Carlisle
- 8.Tenderness - General Public
- 9.The One I Love - R.E.M.
- 10.Joey - Concrete Blonde
- 11.Rain In The Summer Time (Edit) - The Alarm
- 12.Dizz Knee Land - Dada
Producers include: Richard Gottehrer, Rob Freeman, Richard Mazda, Pete Solley, Oingo Boingo.
Compilation producers: John Guarnieri, Sig Sigworth.
Audio Remixer: William Orbit.
Unknown Contributor Role: Johnny Guarnieri.
Arranger: Michael Lloyd .
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. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine