Gimme Indie Rock, Vol. 1

Gimme Indie Rock, Vol. 1

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It's a safe bet that no one, back in 1987 or so, would have envisioned that in a mere dozen or so years, two CDs worth of ultra-fashionable yet low-selling indie rock -- the kind lionized on college radio stations and in fanzines throughout the U.S. at the time -- would be compiled by K-Tel. (And it's only volume one!) Granted, K-Tel had changed a lot by the time of

Overview

It's a safe bet that no one, back in 1987 or so, would have envisioned that in a mere dozen or so years, two CDs worth of ultra-fashionable yet low-selling indie rock -- the kind lionized on college radio stations and in fanzines throughout the U.S. at the time -- would be compiled by K-Tel. (And it's only volume one!) Granted, K-Tel had changed a lot by the time of this 2000 anthology, amassing a growing catalog of releases with an alternative slant. But it's still a shock to see the Minutemen, Savage Republic, and Half Japanese on a disc bearing the K-Tel logo. Listening to this 30-song collection of '80s indiedom is like listening to a typical college radio station circa the mid- to late '80s, or skimming through a pile of back issues of Option magazine (whose publisher, Scott Becker, wrote the liner notes). In a way it's almost too pat, with many of the most properly hip names represented -- Hüsker Dü, Yo La Tengo, Dinosaur Jr., the Meat Puppets, the Mekons, Galaxie 500, Black Flag, Mudhoney, the Flaming Lips, the Chills -- but virtually no idiosyncratic surprises. There are a number of less celebrated icons, though, including My Dad Is Dead, Squirrel Bait, Death of Samantha, Nikki Sudden, and Scrawl. Some obvious names are missing -- one must assume that Sonic Youth and Camper Van Beethoven, for instance, didn't clear licensing or something. As of 2000 there was a severe shortage of retrospective compilations of indie post-punk of the '80s, so if you're totally unfamiliar with that genre, this collection should give you a pretty fair idea of what it was all about. Even if you do remember what it was all about, but weren't a fanatical collector, the relatively high quality of the selections will make it a decent gap-filler. It must be noted, however, that this certainly isn't what you would use to make an argument for '80s indie rock as one of the most diverse and eclectic rock genres. There's a preponderance of heavy and aggressive post-punk guitar-dominated tunes that are much longer on attitude than they are on melody or textural variation. This disc isn't out to make that argument, though, but merely to reflect the sound and stance of a style, which it does reasonably well.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/21/2000
Label:
K-Tel
UPC:
0022775645323
catalogNumber:
6453

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Pink Turns To Blue
  2. Little Fury Things
  3. Too Far Gone
  4. My Favourite Dress
  5. I Love My Leather Jacket
  6. Cruisers Creek
  7. Sweet Little Hi-Fi
  8. Touch Me I'm Sick
  9. U.S. Teens Are Spoiled Bums
  10. She's Fetching
  11. Jangle Town
  12. Watching The Candles Burn
  13. Black Venetian Blind
  14. Swimming Ground
  15. I'm Ready

Disc 2

  1. Slipping (Into Something)
  2. Barnaby, Hardly Working
  3. Nothing Left To Lose
  4. Sun God
  5. Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing
  6. Andelusia
  7. Ghosts of American Astronauts
  8. Blue Thunder
  9. Take Me to the Other Side
  10. Everything's Explodin'
  11. Creepy Smell
  12. Black Coffee
  13. Coca-Cola & Licorice
  14. I'm Alright With You
  15. Molly's Lips

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Dipper   Track Performer
Black Flag   Track Performer
Chills   Track Performer
Death of Samantha   Track Performer
Dinosaur Jr.   Track Performer
Eleventh Dream Day   Track Performer
Fall   Track Performer
Feelies   Track Performer
Flaming Lips   Track Performer
Galaxie 500   Track Performer
Hüsker Dü   Track Performer
Meat Puppets   Track Performer
Mekons   Track Performer
Minutemen   Track Performer
Mudhoney   Track Performer
Pussy Galore   Track Performer
Savage Republic   Track Performer
Scrawl   Track Performer
Spacemen 3   Track Performer
Squirrel Bait   Track Performer
Wipers   Track Performer
Yo La Tengo   Track Performer
Giant Sand   Track Performer
Half Japanese   Track Performer
Melvins   Track Performer
My Dad Is Dead   Track Performer
Pastels   Track Performer
Nikki Sudden   Track Performer
Wedding Present   Track Performer
Vaselines   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Galaxie 500   Composer
Brix Smith   Composer
Mark E. Smith   Composer
Mike Watt   Composer
Marcia Button   Art Direction

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