Monday, June 11, 2018
Probably my favorite '80s box set. Are there big artists left off? Yes. Are there some songs I would've swapped out for different ones? Yes. But as an overview of what alternative music was in that decade, this pretty much touches all the different sub-genres. If there is one single item you could give to someone and say - this is what alternative music was in its first decade - look no further.
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
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Saturday, March 17, 2018
Quirky with a kick. That's how I would describe this three-piece from the UK. Bowie was a big enough fan to request they open for him on tour in the mid-80s. One of their songs was used as the theme music for MTV's "120 Minutes" show. The great Vic Maile (The Godfathers, Motorhead) produced their first two proper albums, "Gun Shy" and "Bikini Red," which spawned the novelty almost-hit "I Wanna Be A Flintstone." Despite that song, there's nothing cute about the propulsive opening track "Sweet Water Pools," which sounds like driving a dual-carb muscle car through a desert highway at 120 mph after a sleepless 3-day bender.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Still In A Dream: A Story Of Shoegaze 1988-1995 is a 5-CD box set that gives a decent overview of the shoegaze era. I might have chosen different songs, but all the major bands are here, with the exception of My Bloody Valentine.