Gimme Indie Rock, Vol. 1

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/21/2000
  • Label: K-Tel
  • UPC: 022775645323
  • Catalog Number: 6453

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Pink Turns To Blue - Hüsker Dü (2:43)
  2. 2 Little Fury Things - Dinosaur Jr. (3:05)
  3. 3 Too Far Gone - My Dad Is Dead (4:27)
  4. 4 My Favourite Dress - The Wedding Present (4:13)
  5. 5 I Love My Leather Jacket - The Chills (2:54)
  6. 6 Cruisers Creek - The Fall (4:15)
  7. 7 Sweet Little Hi-Fi - Pussy Galore (3:04)
  8. 8 Touch Me I'm Sick - Mudhoney (2:31)
  9. 9 U.S. Teens Are Spoiled Bums - Half Japanese (1:08)
  10. 10 She's Fetching - Big Dipper (2:42)
  11. 11 Jangle Town - Nikki Sudden (4:29)
  12. 12 Watching The Candles Burn - Eleventh Dream Day (3:57)
  13. 13 Black Venetian Blind - Giant Sand (3:23)
  14. 14 Swimming Ground - Meat Puppets (3:05)
  15. 15 I'm Ready - Scrawl (2:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Slipping (Into Something) - The Feelies (5:57)
  2. 2 Barnaby, Hardly Working - Yo La Tengo (4:31)
  3. 3 Nothing Left To Lose - Wipers (4:50)
  4. 4 Sun God - Squirrel Bait (2:46)
  5. 5 Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing - Minutemen (1:31)
  6. 6 Andelusia - Savage Republic (5:40)
  7. 7 Ghosts of American Astronauts - The Mekons (3:46)
  8. 8 Blue Thunder - Galaxie 500 (3:46)
  9. 9 Take Me to the Other Side - Spacemen 3 (4:36)
  10. 10 Everything's Explodin' - The Flaming Lips (4:45)
  11. 11 Creepy Smell - Melvins (2:04)
  12. 12 Black Coffee - Black Flag (4:56)
  13. 13 Coca-Cola & Licorice - Death of Samantha (3:30)
  14. 14 I'm Alright With You - The Pastels (3:19)
  15. 15 Molly's Lips - The Vaselines (1:41)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Big Dipper Track Performer
Black Flag Track Performer
The Chills Track Performer
Death of Samantha Track Performer
Dinosaur Jr. Track Performer
Eleventh Dream Day Track Performer
The Fall Track Performer
The Feelies Track Performer
The Flaming Lips Track Performer
Galaxie 500 Track Performer
Hüsker Dü Track Performer
Meat Puppets Track Performer
The 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
The Pastels Track Performer
Nikki Sudden Track Performer
The Wedding Present Track Performer
The 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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