Thursday, September 12, 2013

80s Overload Week Continues: Day Five Is College Radio Day

I exempt independent/college from any barbs I directed at 80s music in general.  The 80s were the Golden Age of Independent Music.  It's audience was less fragmented and very loyal - they spent money on the records, the shows, and the merch.  There was a sincere attempt to move some of the artistic goal posts, and the musicianship ranged from amazing to thought provoking.  There was a strong, independent network of record stores and venues carrying the torch of independent music.  Let's take a break from the commercial stuff and take a listen to what was generally the polar opposite of commercial radio both in sound and vision.

  1. The Jam - “A Town Called Malice
  2. The Cure - “Just Like Heaven
  3. The Smiths - “How Soon Is Now?
  4. REM - “Catapult
  5. Elvis Costello - “Everyday I Write The Book
  6. Camper Van Beethoven - “She Divines Water
  7. The Dead Kennedys - “Terminal Preppie
  8. The Bodeans - “Runaway
  9. Public Enemy - “Night of the Living Baseheads
  10. NWA - “Express Yourself
  11. The Long Ryders - “10-5-60
  12. Robyn Hitchcok and the Egyptians - “Balloon Man
  13. The Pretenders - “Back on the Chain Gang
  14. The Clash - “Rock The Cashbah
  15. Peter Gabriel - “Solsbury Hill”
  16. Wall of Voodoo - “Mexican Radio
  17. The Waterboys - “Fisherman’s Blues
  18. Psychadelic Furs - “Heartbreak Beat”, “Pretty In Pink
  19. New Order - “Age of Consent”, “Bizarre Love Triangle”
  20. The Replacements - “Rattlesnake
  21. XTC - “Respectable Street
  22. Big Audio Dynamite - “Medicine Show
  23. Echo And The Bunnymen - “Lips Like Sugar
  24. The Squeeze - “Pulling Mussels From A Shell
  25. The La’s - “There She Goes
  26. Modern English - “I Melt With You
  27. They Might Be Giants - “Ana Ng
  28. The Violent Femmes - “Blister In the Sun
  29. Midnight Oil - “U.S. Forces
  30. De La Soul - “Me Myself and I
  31. The Stone Roses - “Fool’s Gold
  32. Ned’s Atomic Dustbin - “Gray Cell Green
  33. Blondie - “Dreaming
  34. Husker Du - “Celebrated Summer
  35. 10,000 Maniacs - “Like The Weather
  36. The Red Hot Chili Peppers - “Hollywood, Africa
  37. Jane’s Addiction - “Classic Girl”
  38. Sinead O’Conner - “Mandika
  39. OMD - “If You Leave
  40. The Pixies - “Debaser
  41. Mojo Nixon and Skid Roper - “Stuffin’ Martha’s Muffin

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