Saturday, August 24, 2013

Jangle Pop from 1983

I made this playlist by seeding it with songs by R.E.M., The Smiths, and The Church and filling it up with others songs from 1983 that fit stylistically.

The Spotify playlist is here.

Southern Mark Smith - The Jazz Butcher

Radio Free Europe - R.E.M.
     Any track from Murmur could be substituted here.

This Charming Man - The Smiths

Sugar Bridge - It Will Stand - The Bluebells

Penelope Tree  - Felt

Gargoyle - The Lighthouse Keepers

Age of Consent - New Order
     I originally used this song to seed my 1983 Synth Pop playlist, but it just felt like it belonged here even though I never would consider New Order a Jangle Pop band.

One Day - The Church

Hip Hip - Hurrah

Spin Your Partner - Love Tractor
     Not much in the way of lyrics, but I love the banjo on this song.

Marilyn on a Train - The Cleaners from Venus

Second Skin - The Chameleons

Plaything - The Triffids

Whenever You're on My Mind - Marshall Crenshaw

The First Picture of You - The Lotus Eaters

Flaming Sword - Care

Beauty and Sadness - The Smithereens
  If the Beatles had recorded 'Tomorrow Never Knows' for Rubber Soul instead of Revolver.

Every Word Means No - Let's Active
    If I didn't know better, I would guess this song was actually recorded in the 60s.

Talking in My Sleep - The Rain Parade
    If Jangle Pop could be defined as "anything that sounds like The Byrds", this song would be a perfect example.

Gravity Talks - Green on Red
    I love the organ on this song.

A Million Miles Away - The Plimsouls

Numbers With Wings - The Bongos

(Let's All) Turn On - Hoodoo Gurus

In addition, these two songs weren't available for streaming on Spotify, nor are they available for purchase from Amazon mp3 download, but they definitely belong on this list:

Cattle and Cane - The Go-Betweens
    the video on YouTube

Oblivious - Aztec Camera
    the video on YouTube

appropriate comic from Overcompensating