Lush with Meriel Barham (Lush/Pale Saints), 1988
“3rd ever Lush gig, June 1988, at the Greyhound in Hammersmith. My diary entry of the night before is filled with OH GOD!!!! terror about having to sing backing vocals and predicts "Ah well, should only be about 25 minutes of unadulterated hell" Miki Berenyi (Lush)
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Some playlists for when:
You’re wandering the city with no specific place to go to
You love someone you’re not supposed to
You wanna move on
Life feels like a coming of age film
Staring at the ceiling and thinking bout everything
You’re on your way home and its already dark
The world is against you
You’re falling in love
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Take the Subway to Your Suburb
Indie Pop / Pop-Rock / Power Pop / Twee Pop / Indie Rock / Grebo
Before I talk about this comp, let me talk about a compilation called C86. C86 was a cassette that was released by the UK music magazine NME in 1986 that showcased a new sound that was starting to gain in popularity in Britain at the time. This new sound featured bands who were reviving 60s-sounding pop melodies, but putting their own power poppy/pop-rock spin on them with things like jangling guitars. The movement came to be known as indie pop.
This particular comp then, Take the Subway to Your Suburb, consists of bands who provided that C86 indie pop sound, but never appeared on the cassette itself. However, fret not; this is still a fantastic set of songs, and it's got more than just jangling guitars on it; a little bit of twee from Bubblegum Splash, some grebo from Pop Will Eat Itself, and a bunch of guitar fuzz, too.
Plus, the opener, "Get Out of My Dream" by The Clouds, is hands down one of my favorite songs of all time. Just a 100% perfect piece of 80s music in that one. And you could certainly say that the rest of the comp isn't as good as that one song, but its opposite bookend, "Love Cuts" by The Flatmates, provides an excellent upswing to close out this release.
Some real golden UK indie tunes from the 80s here.
The Clouds - "Get Out of My Dream"
The Rosehips - "The Last Light"
The Flatmates - "When I'm With You"
Pop Will Eat Itself - "Orgone Accumulator"
Pop Will Eat Itself - "Like an Angel"
The Groove Farm - "The Best Part of Being With You"
Razorcuts - "Big Pink Cake"
Bubblegum Splash - "Someone Said"
The Rosehips - "Sad as Sunday"
The Flatmates - "I Don't Care"
The Groove Farm - "Crazy Day Sunshine Girl"
Bubblegum Splash - "The 18:10 to Yeovil Junction"
The Flatmates - "Love Cuts"
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R.E.M. “Lifes Rich Pageant” released 35 years ago today, July 28th, 1986. Ranked as one of the best alternative rock albums of the 80′s, Lifes Rich Pageant was R.E.M.’s fourth LP; it hit #21 on the US album charts and went to #43 in the UK. It’s one of my favorite R.E.M. albums as well, with so many great tracks, mostly with enigmatic lyrics about history (Miles Standish, Martin Luther on “Begin the Begin,” the Civil War on “Swan Swan H” - one of my faves) and environmentalism (the burning of river pollution on “Cuyahoga,” acid rain on “Fall on Me”). R.E.M. released two singles from Lifes Rich Pageant: “Fall on Me” which went to #94 in the US (and to #5 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart) and “Superman.” “Superman” does not appear on the cover’s track listing (nor does the cha-cha-cha instrumental “Underneath the Bunker”) - it’s a cover of the 1969 song by The Clique. R.E.M.’s version went to #17 on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and is sung by Mike Mills rather than Michael Stipe. “Superman” remains one of my all-time R.E.M. songs, cover or not, and I also love “These Days” and “I Believe.”
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