The Ledge #452: 1985

After last week's wildly fun look back at 1990, it only made sense to do another similar-themed show. This time we go back to 1985, one of the most important years of my life. It's the year I graduated from college. It's the year that music pretty much became a full time way of life for me. 

It was also a year of some of my favorite records of all time, as shown by the three spotlight artists of the evening. The first is pretty obvious. The major label debut of The Replacements, "Tim", came out in September of that year, and everybody knows my feelings over that record. Another artist saw their debut album rescued from the KAUR garbage bin. Camper Van Beethoven's "Telephone Free Landslide Victory", rescued from the dumpster by the late Don Holmstrom, became the late night party record for me and my drinking buddies. And Husker Du had not one but two classic records that year ("Flip Your Wig" and "New Day Rising").

But obviously that's not all. New sounds were coming out of the UK thanks to the likes of The Jesus and Marychain. Jangle pop was alive and well in the U.S. with R.E.M. and a plethora of other artists. Even Sioux Falls had developed a bit of a scene with great records by No Direction and Ill Bill & The Spinal Chills. It's a great two hours of memories!

After listening, please go purchase those tracks you enjoy! These great artists deserve to be compensated for their hard work, and every purchase surely helps not only pay their bills but fund their next set of wonderful songs. You can find this show at almost any podcast site, including iTunes and Stitcher...or


1. The Jesus & Mary Chain, Just Like Honey

2. The Replacements, Hold My Life 

3. The Replacements, Bastards Of Young

4. The Replacements, Left Of The Dial

5. The Replacements, Little Mascara

6. The Smiths, The Headmaster Ritual

7. The Cure, A Night Like This

8. The Pogues, Sally MacLennane

9. The Cult, Rain

10. R.E.M., Driver 8

11. Guadalcanal Diary, Watusi Rodeo

12. The Del Fuegos, Don't Run Wild

13. The Long Ryders, Looking For Lewis And Clark

14. Danny & Dusty, Song For The Dreamers

15. Camper Van Beethoven, Wasted

16. Camper Van Beethoven, Take The Skinheads Bowling

17. Camper Van Beethoven, Ambiguity Song

18. Ill Bill and the Spinal Chills, Billy Needs a Beer

19. No Direction, Getting it On with Trudy

20. X, Burning House Of Love

21. Jason & The Scorchers, White Lies

22. Minutemen, Political Nightmare

23. Gang Green, Voices Carry

24. Descendents, I Don't Want To Grow Up

25. The Dead Milkmen, Bitchin' Camaro

26. Hüsker Dü, The Girl Who Lives On Heaven Hill

27. Hüsker Dü, I Apologize

28. Husker Du, Makes No Sense at All

29. Husker Du, Green Eyes

30. Hoodoo Gurus, Like, Wow - Wipeout

31. Sonic Youth, Death Valley '69


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