||Back Where I Belong
||1986 - Band from MA. Tried to jump to a major label. Lawsuits ensured. Careers went in the toilet.
||Not Looking Back
||Ace of Hearts
||1986. Huge Boston band. Jeff Conolly from DMZ - a late 70s punk band that also featured David Robinson who would later be in the Cars.
||1987 - Thalia Zedek (Come, Uzi) was in this NYC band.
||Son of a French Nobleman
||Robespierre's Velvet Basement
||1986. Nikki Sudden and Dave Kusworth. Nikki was in the Swell Maps. Epic Soundtracks was also in this band.
|The Bounty Hunters
||A Picture of You
||Threads A Tear Stained Scar
||1989. Dave Kusworth's, from the Jacobites, band.
||1988. This song is pre-1985 but this record was compiled and released to us stateside via Homestead. The Clean was the first band on the seminal Kiwi label Flying Nun. The band is cited as a huge influence on Stephen Malkmus/Pavement among others. David Kilgour is the main guy. You'll still see his name around. Great stuff.
||Nothing's Going to Happen
||Hello Cruel World
||1988. NZ again. Chris Knox and Alan Bathgate. Once again, this was originally on Flying Nun and this was their first big stateside release. One of the bands that started the lo-fi movement. Big influence on Neutral Milk Hotel.
||Life of Crime
||Touch and Go
||1990. Loud. From the Midwest.
||Just Keep Eating
||1986. David Yow (Jesus Lizard) led this band. One of Kurt Cobain faves.
||Swallow My Pride
||Come on Down EP
||1985. Some folks call this the first grunge album. Green River featured Mark Arm and Steve Turner who would later form Mudhoney. Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth is on backing vox, btw.
|The Happy Flowers
||Mom, I Gave the Cat Some Acid
||My Skin Covers My Body
||1987. Featuring Mr Anus and Mr Horribly Charred Infant. Pure noise and lyrics that sound like child nightmare material...but somehow, really fun and hilarious.
||50 Skadillion Watts
||1988. Jad and David Fair.
||The Bridge - A Tribute to Neil Young
||1989. From the tribute album which helped (for better or worse) re-kick off the tribute album phase which still is popular today. Bongwater was Kramer (from Shockabilly and Shimmy Disc) and actress Ann Magnuson.
||She's Always Driving
||B.A.L.L. Four Hardball
||1990. Includes Kramer, Don Fleming (Half Japanese, Velvet Monkeys, Gumball, Dinosaur Jr, producer extraordinaire), David Licht (Shockabilly) and Jay Spiegel (Half Japanese, Gumball).
|Biff Bang Pow!
||Love is Forever
||1988. Alan McGee's band, and the first record on his new label, Creation. Jangly.
|These Immortal Souls
||Marry Me (Lie! Lie!)
||Get Lost (Don't Lie!)
||1988. Led by Rowland S Howard of the Birthday Party and Crime and the City Solution. With Epic Soundtracks.
||Pat Fish is the main man. This is a compilation presented to Americans for the first time.
||Cut Me Deep
||1988. Also one of the first bands on Creation. This is the second album, their most successful thanks to touring with Primal Scream, the House of Love and Jazz Butcher.
||1987. From Louisville, KY. David Grubbs was later a member of Bitch Magnet, Bastro, Gastr del Sol and the Red Krayola. Also has released a number of solo albums. Band members also went to the Lemonheads as well as 2 of them formed Slint. Also, the Breeders, Palace, etc.
||1989. Bitch Magnet was from Oberlin College in OH, but later moved to NC. Lead singer Sooyoung Park left the band to form Seam with Lexi Mitchell. David Grubbs from Squirrel Bait was in this band, but left to form Bastro.
||She Said, She Said
||She Said EP
||1986. From Austin, lead singer said "the whole idea of the band was to have these really melodic songs that you played really heavy". This explains a great part of late 80s college rock in the US. Dinosaur Jr took it to the bank.
||1990. Australian. Their only released here in the states, but very popular and influential in Australia.
|The Screaming Tribesmen
||Bones + Flowers
||1988. Ditto, though they had more than one release here, I believe.
||Christianity is Stupid
||1989 The band released fake press release saying that some kids heard this song and killed themselves. They sent it to the news outlets and they bit. It was a huge story before they found out it was a hoax, but by then everyone knew the band. A future stunt with their U2 EP didn't fare as well as years of lawsuits ensued. This is the end of the Reagan years as we led into the Bush years. College radio was in a tizzy.
|Carmaig de Forest
||I Shall Be Released
||1987. Carmaig de Forest is an anti-folk singer-songwriter from Los Angeles. He mainly performs on the ukulele and was a warm up artist for the Ramones in the early 80s. This is one of the meanest most bitter indictments of Reagan I ever heard, and probably will ever hear. We ate it up.