Thursday, August 9, 2018

Glass Tiger


Whether you find Glass Tiger to be representative of the worst middle-of-the-road 80s music, or hail them as one of Canada's best 80s bands... I dunno, but there is some enjoyable stuff among their 3 albums.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Shriekback


Alt Goth Funk?  Shriekback are cool, sublime, sometimes dancey, sometimes dark.

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

Ultravox


Ultravox never really found consistent success in the US, but did quite well in the UK and Europe.  They have elements that fit into post-punk, new wave, and prog rock, which you might think would mean they would have garnered a sizeable crowd, but those fickle Americans just wanted them to tick 1 box.  Their early years were fronted by John Foxx, then by Midge Ure in the '80s, both of whom went on to their own modestly successful solo careers.  Definitely an underrated band considering their longevity.

Sunday, July 1, 2018

Magazine


Magazine are the archetypal post-punk band. Started by Howard Devoto after he left the Buzzcocks, they combine the energy of punk with slower tempos and interesting guitar work. Sometimes punchy, other times dark and brooding, their first 2 albums are essential.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the '80s Underground


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

Mary My Hope


Mary My Hope only made one album, Museum, but it really sounds like the first "grunge" album.  As it was released in 1989, maybe they were just too early.  I think if it had come out 2-3 years later they would've done pretty well.



Saturday, April 21, 2018

Rock Against Bush



Great compilation set for a great cause.  There needs to be a new one for 2018.