Friday, May 31, 2019

Depeche Mode - Singles Boxes 1-6

As any collector of those pesky CD singles knows... the problem is that there's a different release for every country/region of the world, often with differing tracks. Which is why this box set exists. It collects all of DMode's singles and attempts to compile all the different versions.

Going from 1981 to 2004, that makes up 36 singles, which is a heck of a lot of songs.

If you're wondering about the exact tracklisting, the record collector's resource is Discogs

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Saturday, May 18, 2019

XTC


XTC have been brilliantly crafty and annoyingly quirky... sometimes in the same song.  But they made some truly classic songs of the late '70s and '80s.

Thursday, May 9, 2019

16 Horsepower


16 Horsepower started David Eugene Edwards' musical career by playing a dark, gothic-tinged, old time country music. The band gradually morphed into something pretty unique, even while retaining the use of instruments like banjo, mandolin and dulcimer. DEE continued on with Wovenhand after ending the 16 HP name.

Wednesday, May 8, 2019

Danielle Dax


Danielle Dax... I got to see her live in... 1990, I think it was. She was excellent. Her cover of "Tomorrow Never Knows" was getting good rotation on the MTV. Sire Records thought she could be the next Siouxsie Sioux. And then... silence. Apparently, she is a fairly successful interior decorator and gardener now.

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Corey Hart


Speaking of terminally un-hip artists... many people may be surprised to learn Corey Hart is one of the best-selling Canadian songwriters. Known internationally for his early '80s hits "Sunglasses at Night" and "Never Surrender," a deeper look into his work does reveal many gems along the way.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Drivin' N' Cryin'


Led by singer/songwriter Kevin Kinney, Atlanta's Drivin' N' Cryin' first found success on college radio in the mid-80s before finding themselves on heavy rotation with 1990's Fly Me Courageous. They were another casualty of the grunge era, their AOR roots rock deemed untrendy and were totally forgotten about by 1993's follow-up.

Saturday, May 4, 2019

The Dream Syndicate


The Dream Syndicate were an LA band in the 1980s. Despite critical accolades and getting the opening slot on tours for both U2 and REM, they never found commercial success. Too punk for country, too country for New Wave, too AOR for Alternative, too edgy for AOR.

In the '90s, Gutterball was a short-lived band featuring Steve Wynn (Dream Syndicate), Bryan Harvey (House of Freaks) and Armistead Wellford (Love Tractor).

And now, surprisingly, The Dream Syndicate are back, touring and releasing albums again.

Friday, May 3, 2019

Gang Of Four - Songs Of The Free


Gang Of Four... creating a groove out of hurky-jerky rhythms. This album actually has a smoother, pseudo-funk sound. Leftist anthems you can dance to.