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.



Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Nuggets I


It's odd that a box set of forgotten songs would become a classic must-have, but this 4-CD set collects many non-Top 40 classics, underrated, rare, or weird songs from '65-'68 and it really is an essential part of '60s rock.

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Screaming Blue Messiahs - Bikini Red


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


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.



Monday, March 12, 2018

To The Outside of Everything - Post Punk 1977-1981


To The Outside of Everything - UK Post Punk 1977-1981 is a nice 5 x CD box set, which serves as a great introduction to the genre.