Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Underrated Show - 1/04/10

These were many of my very favorite bands playing some of my very favorite jams and bands I would also consider vastly underrated in the grand scheme of things. Really, of course, ALL post-punk and new wave music is underrated. Far too often dismissed as style over substance, post-punk was incredibly innovative, diverse, and creative in a way music had not seen before nor has since. That said, there certainly were some bands that managed to persevere and while never completely break through to the mainstream in America, still attracted legions of fans who respect them (The Cure, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Depeche Mode, The Smiths, etc.). Then there were some that managed to earn the respect of snobby critics too (Devo, Elvis Costello, Joy Division, Talking Heads, etc.) These guys were left off of my underrated show but hopefully know I will always love them too. The bands I featured tonight were ones I felt should have either been recognized as being truly great or at least relegated to more than one-dimensional 80s nostalgia. I know there are those out there who do recognize this and it's been my life's pleasure to be a part of your club. Hopefully history will join us soon.



1.) Psychedelic Furs - Sister Europe
2.) Duran Duran - The Reflex (good version)
3.) Soft Cell - Chips on My Shoulder
4.) Wall of Voodoo - Call Box
5.) Sparks - Tips For Teens
6.) Modern English - After the Snow
7.) The Chameleons - Perfume Garden
8.) The Stranglers - Golden Brown
9.) Kate Bush - Hounds of Love
10.) Blondie - Will Anything Happen
11.) Killing Joke - Land of Milk and Honey
12.) Chelsea - I'm On Fire (live)
13.) Oingo Boingo - Ain't This The Life (live)
14.) Big Country - East of Eden
15.) OMD - The New Stone Age
16.) Gary Numan - M.E.
17.) Japan - Communist China
18.) Ultravox! - Hiroshima Mon Amour
19.) XTC - Are You Receiving Me?
20.) English Beat - Big Shot
21.) Bow Wow Wow - Louis Quatorze
22.) Adam and the Ants - Antmusic
23.) Sisters of Mercy - Andrenachrome
24.) Bauhaus - Dark Entries