Thursday, September 23, 2010

A Different Kind of Southern Rock

In case you've forgotten, there was a period in the 70s when southern rock (sometimes labeled southern boogie) was quite the rage - at least on fm rock radio. Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Charlie Daniels Band, The Marshall Tucker Band (and a couple of others I'm forgetting) were staples of the playlists on all the New York City rock stations I listened to as a teen. Fast forward 7-8 years and a different kind of southern rock emerged - the great jangle pop revolution of the mid 80s spearheaded, of course, by R.E.M. Now, I would bet there's still a lot of folks who still listen to those 80s R.E.M. albums, but just in case folks have forgotten Let's Active, Pylon, Guadalcanal Diary, Love Tractor, etc., here's a couple of southern rock compilations.

Hyena R.E.M.
Easy Does Let's Active
Colorblind the Windbreakers
Satan Love Tractor
Watusi Rodeo Guadalcanal Diary
Stop It Pylon
Oddfellows Local 151 R.E.M.
Laredo Radio The Swimming Pool Q's
Wheel of Pleasure Love Tractor
Plus 7 Fetchin' Bones
Make Up With Me Let's Active
Ten Layers Down Let's Active
Just Fine The Windbreakers
Trail of Tears Guadalcanal Diary
Driver 8 R.E.M.
Crazy Pylon

Download Disc Two

Every Word Means No Let's Active
Blue Tomorrow The Swimming Pool Q's
7 Chinese Brothers R.E.M.
So. Central Rain (I'm Sorry) R.E.M.
Catch the Wind Drivin' N' Cryin'
Gilbert Takes the Wheel Guadalcanal Diary
Run The Windbreakers
Changeless The Windbreakers
Torn Apart The Spongetones
Crystal World Love Tractor
Danger Pylon
Auctioneer (Another Engine) R.E.M.
Volume Pylon
Venice Love Tractor
Reflecting Pool Let's Active
Why Do the Heathen Rage? Guadalcanal Diary


bostig said...

Thanks . Looks interesting

Don said...

Another home run out of the park! You have great themes for your compilations. Pylon is one of my favorites, and Pre-Green R.E.M. is usually good. I've only had brief exposure to the other bands, enough to know not to avoid them.

Peerke said...

Here's a C90 I made in long ago. These were MY Eighties :

Side 1

Don Dixon – Renaissance Eyes
Graham Parker - Temporary Beauty
Elliott Murphy - Niagara Falls
Jennifer Warnes - Famous Blue Raincoat
Richard Thompson - When The Spell Is Broken
John Hiatt - Living A Little, Laughing A Little
Elvis Costello - Brilliant Mistake
T-Bone Burnett - River Of Love
Peter Case – Walk In the Woods
Marshall Crenshaw – Blues Is King
Patti Smith – Dancing Barefoot
The Smiths – Back to the Old House

Side 2
REM – South Central Rain
Green On Red – Time Ain’t Nothing
Danny And Dusty – Song For The Dreamers
The Long Ryders – Ivory Towers
Del-Lords – Feel Like Going Home
The Del-fuegos – I Still Want You
The Blasters – Dark Night
Jason and The Scorchers – Pray For Me Mama
Guadalcanal Diary – Fear Of God In Heaven
Los Lobos - River Of Fools
Stevie Ray Vaughan – Tin Pan Alley

Ishkabibliophile said...

@Bostig and Don,

The Windbreakers is a bit of a stretch since they're more power poppy (and I think they're from Mississippi), but I think it stays with that 80s southern rock vibe.

Let's Find H-Man A Wife said...

I like it...

Dr Steve said...

Nice one! Love the Let's Active track and your blog. Thanks

bglobe313 said...

Great stuff. Scrolling through "your" back pages and I find this. I once had an idea for a similar mix tape, but never quite did it.

The Windbreakers were great! Their best stuff is about as good as it gets. And Bobby Sutliff can sure play guitar.



Ishkabibliophile said...


I came much later to the Windbreakers than the other bands here, but better late than never. :)