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Live Ledge #376: 1984 American College Rock

This was quite possibly the easiest show to put together as 1984 may be the most important year in my development into a complete music psycho nerd. Yes, the British Invasion of my early childhood and the introduction of punk in my teens are the foundations of almost everything I've listened to my entire life. But 1984 was the year I went from being a passive music fan to somebody completely obsessed with the discovery of new tunes.

This is partly because I was music director of my college radio station in 1984, which meant I got to open the mail every day. There's nothing better than to open box after box of promo records, especially during this era where college radio was considered a bit of a priority to record labels.

There's more to my increased mania than just my position at KAUR. It was a year that saw the release of some of my favorite records of all time. R.E.M.'s second album, Reckoning was one of them, along with Husker Du's Zen Arcade and, of course, L…

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