The Ledge, Episode 56: 1981

Let's get the jokes out of the way. Yes, I'm an old man. Old enough that it's been 30 years since I graduated from high school...and 30 years since I started doing radio shows at KAUR.

This week's episode celebrates that anniversary with music from 1981. The vast majority of the selections come from releases that were discovered in the massive library at that radio station, but also included are also bands, albums, and songs from that year that has been discovered since then. Besides some mainstream alt-rock hits, the year also was noteworthy for the rise of American hardcore and independent record labels.

You know the drill by now. One can hear the show by subscribing at iTunes, or by tuning into realpunkradio this Friday at 5 pm central time. A direct download can also be found here.

Here's the tunes:

1. R.E.M., Gardening at Night

2. The Church, The Unguarded Moment

3. The Psychedelic Furs, I wanna Sleep With You

4. Squeeze, In Quintessence

5. Elvis Costello (with Glen Tilbrook) - From a Whisper to a Scream

6. Elvis Costello, Tonight the Bottle Let Me Down

7. Dave Edmunds, Almost Saturday Night

8. The Blasters, Marie Marie

9  The Plimsouls, Hush Hush

10. db's, Bad Reputation

11. The Vertebrats, Hang On To Your Man

12. The Vertebrats, Diamonds in the Rough

13. The Suburbs, Cigarette in Backwards

14. The Fleshtones, Right Side of a Good Thing

15. The Cramps, New Kind of Kick

16. Tav Falco's Panther Burns, Come On Little Mama

17. The Replacements, Something to Du

18. Husker Du, Data Control

19. The Ramones, THe KKK Took My Baby Away

20. X, White Girl

21. Gun Club, Sex Beat

22. Redd Kross, Linda Blair

23. Flesh Eaters, See You in the Boneyard

24. Flipper, Sex Bomb

25. Agent Orange, Everything Turns Grey

26. Dead Kennedys, Dog Bite

27. Saccharine Trust, Community Lie

28. Black Flag, Six Pack

29. The Adolescents, L.A. Girl

30. Government Issue, Religious Ripoff

31. Minor Threat, Stepping Stone

32. TSOL, Abolish the Government/Silent Majority

33. The Exploited, I Believe in Anarchy

34. Crass, Bata Motel

35. The Wipers, Born With a Curse


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