Live Ledge #232: 1986

Has it been 30 years already? Wow. 1986 was a wonderful year for me. I had graduated college, and was running a record store by day and playing club DJ at night. I was still doing college radio, though, and tonight's show is a sampler of the types of stuff I was enjoying back then. There's jangly guitar rock led by R.E.M. and multitudes of copycats. There's that wonderful wall of guitars that Minneapolis was known for - Husker Du, early Soul Asylum, and The Magnolias. There was a bit of country-punk still boiling from the likes of the Beat Farmers and Jason and the Scorcher. And, of course, there were the punk rock veterans still on the road the vast majority of the year. The Ramones, Cramps, Descendents, and the Dead Kennedys.
Despite a godawful year for commercial radio and mainstream rock, tonight's show proves that the year wasn't as bad as some people would have you believe. Grab this episode via iTunes, Stitcher, or...


1. The Smiths, The Queen Is Dead (Take Me Back To Dear Old Blighty Medley)
2. Public Image Ltd., FFF
3. Siouxsie & The Banshees, Cities In Dust
4. The Waterboys, Fisherman's Blues
5. R.E.M., I Believe
6. E-I-E-I-O, This Time
7. Beat Rodeo, Twin Home Towns
8. Dumptruck, Back Where I Belong
9. The Feelies, Slipping (Into Something)
10. Camper Van Beethoven, (We're A) Bad Trip
11. Camper Van Beethoven, We Saw Jerry's Daughter
12. Elvis Costello, Lovable
13. Elvis Costello & The Attractions, I Hope You're Happy Now
14. Peter Case, Echo Wars
15. Billy Bragg, Greetings to the New Brunette
16. Violent Femmes, Children Of The Revolution
17. Tommy Keene, Run Now
18. Jason & The Scorchers, Golden Ball And Chain
19. The Beat Farmers, Powderfinger
20. Scruffy The Cat, 40 Days & 40 Nights
21. The Pontiac Brothers, She Knows It
22. Soul Asylum, Dragging Me Down
23. Soul Asylum, Ship Of Fools
24. The Magnolias, Reach Out
25. Hüsker Dü, Sorry Somehow
26. Descendents, Wendy
27. Dead Kennedys, Take This Job and Shove It
28. Ramones, Somebody Put Something in My Drink
29. The Cramps, Can Your Pussy Do The Dog?
30. The Fall, Mr. Pharmacist


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