Seymour Stein, Who Discovered The Ramones And Talking Heads, Passed Away At 80

Seymour Stein, the co-founder of Sire Records, which discovered numerous rock icons such as Talking Heads and the Ramones, passed away at age 80 after a long battle with cancer, as his daughter, Mandy, recently announced.

Many praised the late record executive for never underestimating underground acts and signing different rock icons, from the Cure to the Pretenders, into his label when others were reluctant to do so. So, there’s no need to say that Stein’s resume is impressive even when one briefly looks through it, as it includes numerous other major commercial successes such as Ice-T, the Smiths, and Lou Reed.

When the rock scene was going through drastic changes as punk and new wave became prominent, Seymour never held back from taking the vessel and bringing future hits under the intense spotlight, giving many a chance to succeed.

So, as many paid tribute to the record executive, the all-time punk Billy Idol’s longtime collaborator, Steve Stevens, also wanted to pay homage to Stein, pointing out how he gave punk a chance and never backed away from discovering new acts many didn’t want to sign while also sharing a picture of him on Instagram.

Stevens’ words on the legacy Stein left:

“Sad to hear of the passing of Seymour Stein. He was one of the early US record guys that believed in punk and new wave artists and signed them to his Sire label. Ramones, Madonna, Talking Heads, [and] Pretenders, to name just a few. In the early 80s in NYC, he was really an integral guy in getting bands noticed.”

So, it’s apparent that in a period when most label executives didn’t want to take their chances with new acts on the scene, Seymour Stein was a figure who never backed away from giving new rockers a chance and helping them make it to the major rock scene.

Photo Credits: Steve Stevens – Instagram