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Appetite For Jangle

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The Reivers  Electra  buy on itunes
The Bongos  The Bulrushes  buy on itunes
Camper Van Beethoven  Still Wishing To Course  buy on itunes
Dream Syndicate  Slide Away  buy on itunes
The Feelies  When Company Comes  buy on itunes
Dreams So Real  California  buy on itunes
Game Theory  Shark Pretty  buy on itunes
Winter Hours  Wait Till The Morning  buy on itunes
The Windbreakers  Basket Case  buy on itunes
Fig. 4  At Bay  buy on itunes
R.E.M.  Green Grow The Rushes  buy on itunes
Firehose  For The Singer Of R.E.M.  buy on itunes
28th Day  Life Story  buy on itunes
Dumptruck  Repetition  buy on itunes
The Connells  1934  buy on itunes
Big Dipper  Man O' War  buy on itunes
Rain Parade  Don't Feel Sad  buy on itunes
Guadalcanal Diary  Trail Of Tears  buy on itunes
Green On Red  Aspirin  buy on itunes
The Go-Betweens  Unkind & Unwise  buy on itunes
Yo La Tengo  The Cone Of Silence  buy on itunes
Speed The Plough  Tommy's House  buy on itunes
Scruffy The Cat  Time Never Forgets  buy on itunes
Long Ryders  Run Dusty Run  buy on itunes
Robyn Hitchcock  Another Bubble  buy on itunes
The Squalls  Na Nanana  buy on itunes

Comment:

The third in a series of mixes focusing on the jangly guitar pop that dominated the college radio scene back in the mid-80's. (See also Kick Out The Jangles, Motherf***** and For Those About To Jangle, We Salute You.) Once again, some of the most prominent purveyors of the genre are here (R.E.M., The Connells, The Reivers, Guadalcanal Diary, Dumptruck), but we also veer into some other territory as well (i.e. the more punk-ish Big Dipper, garage-y L.A. bands Dream Syndicate and Green On Red, token non-American acts the Go-Betweens and Robyn Hitchcock - and thanks to Rob C. for the Go-Betweens). Also a few appearances from artists who made bigger names for themselves later on (28th Day features indie rock singer-songwriter superstar Barbara Manning; Fig. 4 was fronted by Tobin Sprout, later of Guided by Voices [and with GbV frontman Robert Pollard on backing vox]).There is a bit more variation in sonic quality than I'd like, as some of this comes from minty-fresh cd reissues (the Reivers' track, already hauntingly beautiful, sounds drop-dead stunning), while other tracks, left to the dustbin of history, are old vinyl conversions (the disc-closing Squalls track is, sadly, a cassette conversion downloaded from the band's website as a low-bitrate mp3, but is such a perfect encapsulation of the era that I had to include it here). Great stuff all around.
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doowad
Date: 7/2/2008
Even though our comment relationship is rather one-sided ;-) I like these mixes because it reminds me of what I missed when I had my Dylan blinders on.But even wannabe wood hippies like moi loved Green Grow The Rushes and Robyn Hitchcock. I am glad I learned to love most of the rest, esp. CVB later in life.
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Sean Lally
Date: 7/2/2008
Wow, another great installment. I'd love to hear this.
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Rebel Princess
Date: 7/2/2008
I am intrigued. Off to download.
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your name here
Date: 7/2/2008
This is right up my alley. I would love to hear this.
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anthony lombardi
Date: 7/2/2008
this looks fantastic - one of my very favorite subgenres of rock & roll - nothing sounds better to me than that jingly-jangly guitar strum - but, & i'm sorry i have to say this, where the hell are the smiths? maybe they're not a jangle-pop band in the strictest sense, but they definitely had a sound & aesthetic very closley associated with the scene. johnny marr didn't so much as invent the sound as he did pretty much perfect it. "heaven knows i'm miserable now" is a dead-ringer for any of these mixes. still a great series, though...
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avocado rabbit
Date: 7/2/2008
This one whetted my appetite for sure, enough to get me past the viruses plaguing aotm.
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njr
Date: 7/3/2008
Another fine '80s flashback featuring quality artists and their clever titles.
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KathrynandRupert
Date: 7/3/2008
I think Anthony has a point but perhaps the Smiths didn't dominate college radio though I'd find that difficult to believe. Speed The Plough, Firehose, Go Betweens, enough to make one salivate.
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Moe
Date: 7/3/2008
Looks great! This could pass for one of my late 80s college radio playlists, with acts like Dumptruck, 28th Day, Guadalcanal Diary, CVB, The Bongos and Game Theory -- just to name a few. I crown you the king of Jangle -- a Rickenbacker strap will serve as your sash. Check out my latest mix for another side of 80s music :)
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buglady
Date: 7/3/2008
Terrific mix! Count me in as a fellow fan of the jangle-pop. I've been listening to a lot of 28th Day, Bongos, Dream Syndicate, Feelies, Yo La Tengo, Scruffy the Cat, and Robyn lately... and I've loved a lot of the others since, well, the days of 80s college radio!
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spunk these
Date: 7/3/2008
Recently I've been slowly getting into some of these bands. I would check out the rest!
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Mesh
Date: 7/3/2008
Really like the looks of this: Camper Van Beethoven, Connells, Guadalcanal Diary, Yo La Tengo and others.... And though I personally can't stand "Green Grow The Rushes," I certainly see how it fits here.
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Saaf
Date: 7/3/2008
Third helping? Yes, please!
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Rob Conroy
Date: 7/4/2008
Nice. Digging the Green on Red, Camper and Go-Betweens (you're welcome, sir) tracks, especially.
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MarkSmith
Date: 7/5/2008
amazing, great picks, Dream Syndicate, Go-Betweens, Green on Red, Feelies, that great REM song... all in all fantastic
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p the swede
Date: 7/5/2008
great stuff
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sammyg123
Date: 7/8/2008
This has certainly whetted my appetite. Your gushing of the Reivers track made me just check out the price on Amazon U.K - 30 Pounds! Steep. Anyway, this all looks great.

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