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Postpunk Chronicles: Left Of The Dial
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Postpunk Chronicles: Left Of The Dial
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
 
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Left of the Dial is a telling title for a CD that begins with a track from the ultimate college-radio band. One of three in the Postpunk Chronicles series by Rhino (also including Scared to Dance and Going Underground), th...  more »

      
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All Artists: Various Artists
Title: Postpunk Chronicles: Left Of The Dial
Members Wishing: 4
Total Copies: 0
Label: Rhino / Wea
Original Release Date: 1/12/1999
Release Date: 1/12/1999
Genres: Dance & Electronic, Alternative Rock, Pop, Rock
Styles: Hardcore & Punk, Indie & Lo-Fi, American Alternative, New Wave & Post-Punk
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 081227533328

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Left of the Dial is a telling title for a CD that begins with a track from the ultimate college-radio band. One of three in the Postpunk Chronicles series by Rhino (also including Scared to Dance and Going Underground), this compilation launches with R.E.M.'s "Radio Free Europe" and includes the big "hits" from some of the most important college-rock bands of the '80s, including Joy Division, New Order, the Chameleons, and Cocteau Twins. Some unexpected tracks also surface. Modern English's compellingly eerie "Smiles and Laughter" is chosen over the infamous "I Melt With You"--the single that put the band in the purgatory of one-hit wonderland. Thomas Dolby's wistful "Airwaves," meanwhile, makes the cut over his MTV-storming "She Blinded Me with Science." Many of these selections contain residual musical and lyrical punk themes, but these songs are safer, softened by reverberating guitars, keyboards, and lyrics that aren't as angry as they were politely desperate. It's music that raises a collective middle finger to the world, though that digit was begloved in red leather, tilted by a wrist surrounded by Swatches. --Beth Bessmer

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The moodier, darker side of the 80s
Steve | NYC | 03/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"A superb collection of alternative 80s tracks...I have purchased all 3 "Post-Punk Chronicles" CDs, and this is far the best one."
A nostalgia trip to the days when "alternative" really was.
Steve | 01/21/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"If you ever had a crush on Molly Ringwald or Andrew McCarthy, this is the album for you. What a wonderful trip back in time to the days when listening to this music meant you had to 1. dress in black 2. wear lots of mousse or hair gel and 3. be totally un-hip to the cool crowd. The influence of Joy Division on the early 1980s is rampant here, as you get a really good taste of the importance of "creating a mood" that affected other bands like The Cure and U2. I consider this music a cross between punk, psychedelic and pop. Definitely a must-have for anyone who is nostalgic for the days of Cocteau Twins and Joy Division."
Best of College "New Wave 80's" Radio
gsherida8502 | Spokane, WA United States | 12/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"When I played this "labor of college DJ love" CD from Rhino, I felt like I was back in my old apartment in San Jose in the mid- 80's. Those were the days, when I would crawl home from clubbing at the Keystone and One Step Beyond and heavily annoy the other tenants with my "weird" musical taste.Virtually all the tracks on this CD were staples on our college station (KFJC) play list. My favorite tracks are the bouncy upbeat "Do you dream in color?", R.E.M.s groundbreaking "Radio Free Europe", the mighty power punk/pop "In Shreds", the wonderful dreamy Passions tune as well as the new wave waltze by Cocteau Twins, and the stark moody "Pink Frost ". Okay, I just singled out half the tracks on the CD as awesome. The rest of the songs on this CD are great too.Since I have been buying lots of 80's music recently, this CD is simply an incredible win. In fact, this CD reminded me that I used to love the band The Chameleons for a very good reason (they still rule).Don't hesitate, buy this CD and revel in fantastic music.Gina S."