Left Of The Dial

R276490 CD1

1.01 R.E.M. – Radio Free Europe
1.02 The Jam – Going Underground
1.03 The Cure – A Forest
1.04 Dead Kennedys – Holiday In Cambodia
1.05 The Passions – I’m In Love With A German Film Star
1.06 The Replacements – I Will Dare
1.07 Mission Of Burma – That’s When I Reach For My Revolver
1.08 X – Johny Hit And Run Paulene
1.09 The Jesus And Mary Chain – Just Like Honey
1.10 Depeche Mode – Black Celebration
1.11 The Dream Syndicate – Tell Me When It’s Over
1.12 Red Hot Chili Peppers – Hollywood (Africa)
1.13 New Order – Temptation
1.14 Japan – Ghosts
1.15 Magazine – A Song From Under The Floorboards
1.16 Aztec Camera – Oblivious
1.17 Hüsker Dü – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely
1.18 Black Flag – Rise Above
1.19 Wall Of Voodoo – Back In Flesh
1.20 The Go-Betweens – Cattle And Cane

R276490 CD2

2.01 The Pretenders – Message Of Love
2.02 Ultravox – Vienna
2.03 Dinosaur Jr. – Freak Scene
2.04 The Smiths – This Charming Man
2.05 Ministry – Stigmata
2.06 Lone Justice – Ways To Be Wicked
2.07 Killing Joke – Wardance
2.08 Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark – Enola Gay
2.09 The English Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
2.10 The Raincoats – Fairytale In The Supermarket
2.11 The Smithereens – Behind The Wall of Sleep
2.12 Minutemen – Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing
2.13 The Dead Milkmen – Punk Rock Girl
2.14 Concrete Blonde – Still In Hollywood
2.15 Joy Division – Love Will Tear Us Apart
2.16 Violent Femmes – Blister In The Sun
2.17 Meat Puppets – Lake Of Fire
2.18 The dB’s – Amplifier
2.19 Prefab Sprout – When Love Breaks Down
2.20 The Cramps – Goo Goo Muck
2.21 The Sisters Of Mercy – This Corrosion
2.22 XTC – Senses Working Overtime

R276490 CD3

3.01 Echo & The Bunnymen – The Cutter
3.02 Bad Brains – Pay To Cum
3.03 The Sugarcubes – Birthday
3.04 Robyn Hitchcock & The Egyptians – Madonna Of The Wasps
3.05 Faith No More – We Care A Lot
3.06 Sonic Youth – Teenage Riot
3.07 Gang Of Four – To Hell With Poverty
3.08 The Feelies – Fa Cé La
3.09 They Might Be Giants – Ana Ng
3.10 The Chameleons – Swamp Thing
3.11 Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds – The Mercy Seat
3.12 Rain Parade – I Look Around
3.13 The Psychedelic Furs – All That Money Wants
3.14 The Church – Under The Milky Way
3.15 Public Image Limited – Rise
3.16 Love And Rockets – Kundalini Express
3.17 Green On Red – Gravity Talks
3.18 Throbbing Gristle – Adrenalin
3.19 The Stone Roses – She Bangs The Drums

R276490 CD4

4.01 Pixies – Monkey Gone To Heaven
4.02 The The – Uncertain Smile
4.03 Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
4.04 Siouxsie & The Banshees – Christine
4.05 Minor Threat – Straight Edge
4.06 Lyres – I Want To Help You Ann
4.07 Beat Happening – Our Secret
4.08 Jane’s Addiction – Jane Says
4.09 Julian Cope – World Shut Your Mouth
4.10 Kate Bush – Running Up That Hill
4.11 The Gun Club – Sex Beat
4.12 Camper Van Beethoven – Take The Skinheads Bowling
4.13 Suicidal Tendencies – Institutionalized
4.14 Cocteau Twins – Pearly-Dewdrops’ Drops
4.15 Happy Mondays – 24 Hour Party People
4.16 Hoodoo Gurus – I Want You Back
4.17 Descendents – Suburban Home
4.18 The Pogues – A Pair Of Brown Eyes
4.19 The Three O’Clock – Jet Fighter
4.20 Butthole Surfers – Moving To Florida
4.21 Billy Bragg – A New England

INFO > 2004 box set “Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The 80s Underground” is an overly ambitious attempt to distill a decade of US college radio programming (American university stations are situated at the lower end of the frequency spectrum, hence the ‘left of the dial’ title reference). The assortment of ‘alternative’ music presented includes: punk, post-punk, industrial, hardcore, goth, synthpop, indie, psychedelic, and, err… Faith No More. Basically, if you you stayed up late every Sunday night to watch MTV’s “120 Minutes”, these and similar songs formed your personal soundtrack.

The liner notes detail conflicts between compilers as to which artists and songs should make the final cut, and there are some questionable choices, to be sure. While not quite a nun in a brothel, Kate Bush seems particularly out of place. And seriously—who argued for Faith No More? However, the biggest issue with the tracklist is the non-chronological order, along with a lack of logical sequencing. Also, when you stack up artists from both sides of the Atlantic, the UK offers a diversity of styles conveying a sense of evolution, whereas the US sounds like guitars and yelling (okay, that may be a little harsh, and completely biased, but any set of subjective selections is open to criticism).

It’s unlikely that anyone would like everything on “Left Of The Dial”, but the collection does offer an interesting perspective on an exciting and influential musical period.

Left Of The Dial

Posted on March 15, 2015, in VARIOUS ARTISTS. Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. EXCELLENT COMPILATION!!!

    I already have this one and the 70s version but I highly recommend it to everyone!

  2. Thanks for these, some hidden gems to be found!

  3. what a Great compilation. Thank You so much !

  4. Awesome dj sheilation on one place thank you so much
    Now remember i have full CD Maxi remixed of Ultravox – Vienna
    zyx records issue.i find it and put them here ilove Vienna best electronic song ever maded(for me )

  5. Ultravox/Visage were AWESOME. Definitely one of the greatest synthpop bands of all time!

  6. Thank you so much for this!!! Some great tracks on here that I don’t have anywhere else, and the familiar favorites put those tracks into a great li’l context. :-)

  7. Nothing wrong with “Faith No More”, But they used the wrong song… Should’ve used “Epic”…

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