Friday, December 21, 2018

Primal Alt Rock Favorites

I’ve been listening to a lot of 80s alt rock and 1st Wave alt rock lately and I decided to create a list of my favorite early alt rock bands or songs. Some of these bands were basically one hit wonders and some of them turned into superstars, and some are still actively making new music and touring. I’ve seen other similar lists with other bands, but those other bands simply never struck a chord with me. There might even be a few on here you haven’t heard.

I ended up with 67. Why 67? Well, this is how many I found that met my criteria, of being considered alt rock by someone or on a band comparison to someone else on this list, was before 1995 and wasn’t obviously conventional pop. Some of these songs border on pop or more conventional rock. It was hard to differentiate where to draw the line. Many of these bands have multiple songs that I dig, but I just picked one that I really love by that band. The first on this list is a perfect example. This is also not representative of all of the music I listened to back then. I love metal and straight up rock as well as some bluegrass and some country music, but it is very representative of great alternative rock music from that era. There is some incredible alternative music being made today, but these bands set the stage of what would follow, and it is a pretty diverse set. All of these songs are awesome! Links provided for a YouTube song. There are lots of versions for most of these songs.

U2 – Stories for Boys - I found a really old version of this maybe their first video
The Smiths – How Soon is Now?
The Cure – In Between Days
Siouxsie and the Banshees – Cities in Dust
Pet Shop Boys – Two divided by Zero
The Clash – Rock the Casbah
Echo and the Bunnymen – The Cutter
Violent Femmes -Blister in the Sun
The English Beat – Mirror in the Bathroom
Eurythmics – Missionary Man
Culture Club – Karma Chameleon
Frankie Goes to Hollywood – Relax
Still makes me want to get up and dance!
Modern English – I Melt with You
Oingo Boingo – Dead Man’s Party
Psychodelic Furs - Love My Way
Depeche Mode – Enjoy the Silence
The Cult – She Sells Sanctuary
The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me
Talk Talk – It’s My Life
The Call – The Walls Came Down
The B-52s – Private Idaho
Naked Eyes – Always Something There to Remind Me
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Higher Ground
Billy Idol – White Wedding
The Godfathers – Birth School Work Death
General Public – Tenderness
Yaz (Yazoo in Britain) – Situation
They Might Be Giants – Don’t Let’s Start
Simple Minds – Don’t You
Midnight Oil – Beds Are Burning
Hoodoo Gurus – Miss Freelove ’69
Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World
A Flock of Seagulls – I Ran
Thomas Dolby – She Blinded Me with Science
The Pursuit of Happiness – Hard to Laugh
The Human League – Don’t You Want Me?
Ned’s Atomic Dustbin – Grey Cell Green
Big Country – In a Big Country
Haircut 100 – Love Plus One
The Tubes – She’s a Beauty
Howard Jones – What is Love?
Dead or Alive – You Spin Me Round
Bronski Beat – Smalltown Boy
Wang Chung – Everybody Have Fun Tonight
Gene Loves Jezebel – 20 Killer Hurts
After the Fire -Der Kommissar
Real Life - Send Me an Angel

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