Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the '80s Underground
 : Left of the Dial: Dispatches from the '80s Underground

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by: Various Artists

Binding: Audio CD
EAN: 0081227649029
Format: Original recording remastered, Box set
Item Dimensions: 1501225163625
Label: Rhino
Languages: EnglishOriginal LanguageEnglishUnknown
Manufacturer: Rhino
Number Of Discs: 4
Number Of Items: 4
Publication Date: October 12, 2004
Publisher: Rhino
Release Date: October 12, 2004
Studio: Rhino

Disc 1:
  1. Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.
  2. Going Underground - The Jam
  3. A Forest - The Cure
  4. Holiday in Cambodia - Dead Kennedys
  5. I'm In Love With A German Film Star - Passions
  6. I Will Dare - The Replacements
  7. That's When I Reach For My Revolver - Mission Of Burma
  8. Johny Hit And Run Paulene - x
  9. Just Like Honey - The Jesus And Mary Chain
  10. Black Celebration - Depeche Mode
  11. Tell Me When It's Over - The Dream Syndicate
  12. Hollywood (Africa) - The Red Hot Chili Peppers
  13. Temptation - New Order
  14. Ghosts - Japan
  15. A Song From Under The Floorboards - Magazine
  16. Oblivious - Aztec Camera
  17. Don't Want To Know If You Are Lonely - Husker Du
  18. Rise Above - Black Flag
  19. Back In Flesh - Wall Of Voodoo
  20. Cattle And Cane - The Go-Betweens
Disc 2:
  1. Message Of Love - The Pretenders
  2. Vienna - Ultravox
  3. Freak Scene - Dinosaur Jr.
  4. The Charming Man - The Smiths
  5. Stigmata - Ministry
  6. Ways To Be Wicked - Lone Justice
  7. Wardance - Killing Joke
  8. Enola Gay - Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark
  9. Mirror In The Bathroom - The English Beat
  10. Fairytale In The Supermarket - The Raincoats
  11. Behind The Wall Of Sleep - The Smithereens
  12. Political Song For Michael Jackson To Sing - Minutemen
  13. Punk Rock Girl - The Dead Milkmen
  14. Still In Hollywood - Concrete Blonde
  15. Love Will Tear Us Apart - Joy Division
  16. Blister In The Sun - Violent Femmes
  17. Lake Of Fire - Meat Puppets
  18. Amplifier - The DB's
  19. When Love Breaks Down - Prefab Sprout
  20. Goo Goo Muck - The Cramps
  21. This Corrosion - Sisters Of Mercy
  22. Senses Working Overtime - XTC
Disc 3:
  1. The Cutter - Echo & The Bunnymen
  2. Pay To Cum! - Bad Brains
  3. Birthday - The Sugarcubes
  4. Madonna Of The Wasps - Robyn Hitchcock 'n' The Egyptians
  5. We Care A Lot - Faith No More
  6. Teen Age Riot - Sonic Youth
  7. To Hell With Poverty - Gang Of Four
  8. Fa Ce-La - The Feelies
  9. Ana Ng - They Might Be Giants
  10. Swamp Thing - The Chameleons UK
  11. The Mercy Seat - Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
  12. I Look Around - The Rain Parade
  13. All That Money Wants - Psychedelic Furs
  14. Under The Milky Way - The Church
  15. Rise - Public Image Ltd.
  16. Kundalini Express - Love And Rockets
  17. Gravity Talks - Green On Red
  18. Adrenalin - Throbbing Gristle
  19. She Bangs The Drums - The Stone Roses
Disc 4:
  1. Monkey Gone To Heaven - Pixies
  2. Uncertain Smile (Original 7 Inch Version) - The The
  3. Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
  4. Christine - Siouxsie And The Banshees
  5. Straight Edge - Minor Threat
  6. I Want To Help You Ann - The Lyres
  7. Our Secret - Beat Happening
  8. Jane Says - Jane's Addiction
  9. World Shut Your Mouth - Julian Cope
  10. Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
  11. Sex Beat - Gun Club
  12. Take The Skinheads Bowling - Camper Van Beethoven
  13. Institutionalized - Suicidal Tendencies
  14. Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops - Cocteau Twins
  15. 24 Hour Party People - Happy Mondays
  16. I Want You Back - Hoodoo Gurus
  17. Suburban Home - Descendents
  18. A Pair Of Brown Eyes - The Pogues
  19. Jet Fighter - The Three O'Clock
  20. Moving To Florida - Butthole Surfers
  21. A New England - Billy Bragg
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Editorial Review:

Product Description:
In his notes for this passionately compiled box, producer Gary Stewart writes, "the diversity from the late-70s punk/new wave scene turned into a full-blown, variety-fueled, genre-busting orgy in the '80s...The music became, in the best sense of the words, more complex, more literate, a bit more serious, and as a result, made astrong impact on mainsteam rock culture." From funk punk to revisionist roots rock to hard-core to smart-ass clever pop-and every musical nook and cranny in-between-Left of the Dial presents many of the '80s' most important tracks. Savor the far more influential flip side of the "Where's the Beef?" decade's musical output!
As a sequel to 2004's similarly packaged Rhino box No Thanks! The '70s Punk Rebellion, this four-disc set tackles the punk/indie/modern rock of the 80s with equal panache. Subtitled "Dispatches from the 80s Underground," these 82 non-chronological tracks play like a great college station from the later part of the decade. Encompassing a dizzyingly diverse musical palate, styles range from the artsy Southern twang of R.E.M., to the sugary pop of Aztec Camera, the blistering hardcore of Black Flag, the ghostly techno of Japan and the chilly, noir dance floor attack of New Order. And that's just on disc one.

Sure, there are some omissions, but the box does a remarkable job balancing more popular acts such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, the Cure and Echo & the Bunnymenwith cult faves like Green On Red and obscurities from the Lyres and the Three O'Clock . Even those who were radio fanatics during these years will likely find tracks they aren't familiar with, along with getting a flashback rush from those they are. A colorful 64 page book provides track-by-track background information as well as a handful of essays about the decade that approach the music from different perspectives. There are no public service announcements or aspiring DJ's to interrupt the flow and the remastered sound brings the music to life with crispness low powered FM radio could never rival. --Hal Horowitz

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