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Published on June 17th, 2018 | by Alan Cross

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The Ongoing History of New Music, Encore Presentation: The History of Indie Rock, Part 3

On part three, we’ll look at the strides indie rock made towards widespread recognition and respect in the 80s, thanks in large part to some very key indie labels, some very important bands (bands that we’re still talking about today) and campus radio stations, which went a long, long way to making sure this music was heard. This is the era that set the stage for the Alternative Revolution of the 90s.

Songs from this week’s show:

Raw Dog, “Indie-Rock Hipster Kid”

Sonic Youth, “Teenage Riot”

Husker Du, “Makes No Sense at All”

Replacements, “Left of the Dial”

Pixies, “Debaser”

REM, “Radio Free Europe”

Melvins, “Scared”

Nirvana, “Blew”

Nine Inch Nails, “Head Like a Hole”

Depeche Mode, “Personal Jesus”

Eric Wilhite provides this multi-platform playlist.

Don’t forget that you can get the podcast version of this podcast through iTunes or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

The Ongoing History of New Music can be heard on the following stations:

We’re still looking for more affiliates in Calgary, Kamloops, Kelowna, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. If you’re in any of those markets and you want the show, lemme know and I’ll see what I can do.

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is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.


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