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Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80s Underground

Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80s Underground

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This sprawling four-disc set -- something of a bookend to Rhino's encyclopedic punk collection, No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion -- digs deep into the history of what some call post-punk and others have dubbed indie-rock. It's a dauntingly large amount of territory to cover, but the producers have done so

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Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the 80s Underground 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The 80s were a blast, mostly because the 70s just weren't. Bloated and/or tuneless riff-rock bands had dominated a decade until the great 3-minutes-and-your-done eighties happened, where power pop from the likes of The Plimsouls, Paul Collins' Beat, Let's Active, The Photos and others brought the fun back. Besides these great acts, also glaringly missing are Romeo Void, Oingo Boingo and Translator, but I'm sure Rhino did what they could. All in all, this is a far better set than the "Omigod" piece of junk released to represent the 80s previously. Even though U2, The Police and Blondie (even, gulp, Duran Duran) mattered in the eighties, there are a lot of worthy entries here.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you worked at a college radio station in the mid-80's (like I did), this collection will put you right back in the booth. It's all here...well, almost. There's a few missing nuggets - "88 Lines About 44 Women" (The Nails), "Boy (Go)" (Golden Palominos), "The Walls Came Down" (The Call), and why they left off The Smith's epic "How Soon Is Now", which is the "Freebird" of 80's alternative music, I have no idea. Nonetheless, it's a great collection not to be missed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago