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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from The Smiths.

 

A vital voice of the 1980's music scene. The Smiths were Morrissey, Johnny Marr, Mike Joyce, and Andy Rourke. The band was nominated in both 2014 and 2015 for induction into the Rock hall of fame.

 

  • Song: "A Rush & a Push & the Land Is Ours"

  • Album: Strangeways, Here We Come
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: Remastered version of this classic.

 

 

  • Song: "Sheila Take a Bow"

  • Album: Single
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: This track reached #10 in UK in 1987

 

 

  • Song: "Ask"

  • Album: Single
  • Year: 1986
  • Comment: features Kirsty MacColl on backing vocals

 

 

  • Song: "What Difference Does It Make?"

  • Album: The Smiths
  • Year: 1984
  • Comment: There are 2 verisons of the single, one on their debut and one from the John Peel show recording

 

 

  • Song: "How Soon Is Now?"

  • Album: Meat Is Murder
  • Year: 1984
  • Comment: B-side to a 1984 single that was eventually released 2 years later as a single

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from R.E.M..

 

This band bridged the gap from the new wave era and college rock to the birth of alternative music. Their jangly southern rock sound was always present in their music, even after gaining stadium rock status in the 90's

 

  • Song: "Everybody Hurts"

  • Album: Automatic For The People
  • Year: 1992
  • Comment: Powerful song that everyone can relate to

 

 

  • Song: "Driver 8"

  • Album: Fables Of The Reconstruction
  • Year: 1985
  • Comment: Underrated Key track from an early release. One of those early MTV videos

 

 

  • Song: "Superman"

  • Album: Life's Rich Pageant
  • Year: 1986
  • Comment: Obscure cover of The Texas band 'The Clique' that R.E.M made popular.

 

 

  • Song: "Radio Song"

  • Album: Out Of Time
  • Year: 1991
  • Comment: Features KRS-One of Boogie Down Productions

 

 

  • Song: "Begin The Begin"

  • Album: Life's Rich Pageant
  • Year: 1986
  • Comment: This track kicked off side A of Lefe's Rich Pageant for our Album Side weekend.

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Elliot Smith.

 

Elliott Smith was an indie folk and rock musician. There was a recent reiussue of his record Either/or to commemorate it's 20th anniversary. Elliott Smith passed away in 2003.

 

  • Song: "I Figured You Out"

  • Album: Either/Or reissue
  • Year: 2017
  • Comment: recorded in 1995 and just released for the first time on 20th Anniversary of Either/Or release

 

 

  • Song: "Baby Britain"

  • Album: XO
  • Year: 1998
  • Comment: Well constructed Beatlesque pop song

 

 

  • Song: "Miss Misery"

  • Album: Sound Track to Good Will Hunting
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: From closing credits of 'Good Will Hunting'

 

 

  • Song: "Son Of Sam"

  • Album: Figure 8
  • Year: 2000
  • Comment: The song was not about the real life "Son of Sam"

 

 

  • Song: "Walt #2 (X/O)"

  • Album: XO
  • Year: 1998
  • Comment: This was the first single from his fourth studio album

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Joe Jackson.

 

Joe Jackson has been creating music in many different genres since the 1970's. From Pop, Jazz, Swing, Classical to New Wave and Punk.

 

  • Song: "Stranger Than Fiction"

  • Album: Laughter & Lust
  • Year: 1991

 

 

  • Song: "Is She Really Going Out With Him?"

  • Album: Look Sharp !
  • Year: 1979
  • Comment: Best known song and biggest hit.

 

 

  • Song: "Take It Like A Man"

  • Album: Volume 4
  • Year: 2003
  • Comment: Live Television performance

 

 

  • Song: "Steppin' Out"

  • Album: Night and Day
  • Year: 1982
  • Comment: 80's vibe

 

 

  • Song: "Sunday Papers"

  • Album: Look Sharp !
  • Year: 1979
  • Comment: Great lyrics that still fit today. Lyrics of song sarcastically criticize the press and those who read it.

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Frightened Rabbit.

 

Frightened Rabbit are a band that formed in 2003 and are from Scotland. They are known to combine poetic lyrics with their brooding indie rock sound

 

  • Song: "Blood Under The Bridge"

  • Album: Painting Of A Panic Attack
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: One of The many excellent songs from their latest effort

 

 

  • Song: "State Hospital"

  • Album: Pedestrian Verse
  • Year: 2013

 

 

  • Song: "Good Arms vs. Bad Arms"

  • Album: The Midnight Organ Fight
  • Year: 2008
  • Comment: The album title creates some interesting imagery.

 

 

  • Song: "Swim Until You Can't See Land"

  • Album: The Winter of Mixed Drinks
  • Year: 2010
  • Comment: One of my personal favorites

 

 

  • Song: "Get Out"

  • Album: Painting Of A Panic Attack
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: First single and video from their latest album

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from The Jayhawks.

 

The Jayhawks continue to carry the torch of one of the best Country Rock acts to this day. They got their start in the Twin Cities in the mid 80's and after some line up changes and a hiatus the band has released 2 efforts and toured extensively in the past 5 years

 

  • Song: "Big Star"

  • Album: The Sound Of Lies
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: Someday !

 

 

  • Song: "Waiting For The Sun"

  • Album: Hollywood Town Hall
  • Year: 1992
  • Comment: Gary Louris classic guiatr work

 

 

  • Song: "It's Up To You"

  • Album: The Sound Of Lies
  • Year: 1997

 

 

  • Song: "Save It For A Rainy Day"

  • Album: Rainy Day Music
  • Year: 2003
  • Comment: A fitting song for a rainy day in Pittsburgh

 

 

  • Song: "Blue"

  • Album: Tomorrow The Green Grass
  • Year: 1995
  • Comment: This was the band's first effort without Marc Olson

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Beth Orton.

 

Beth Orton is an English folk musician that has been recording and releasing music since 1996. She's known for traditonal arrangements, and a strong voice that meets electronic beats.

 

  • Song: "Carmella"

  • Album: Daybreaker
  • Year: 2002

 

 

  • Song: "1973'"

  • Album: Kidsticks
  • Year: 2016
  • Comment: A return to Beth's early folk meets mellow beats.

 

 

  • Song: "Best Bit"

  • Album: Best Bit EP
  • Year: 1997
  • Comment: The Best Bit EP was released just before Central Reservation.

 

 

  • Song: "Concrete Sky"

  • Album: Daybreaker
  • Year: 2002
  • Comment: Ryan Adams joins Beth on this song.

 

 

  • Song: "She Cries Your Name"

  • Album: Trailer Park
  • Year: 1996
  • Comment: This was the 3rd and most sucessful single from her debut album.

 

 

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Below are the 5 key tracks that you need to know from Sinead O'Connor.

 

 

 

  • Song: "Downpressor Man"

  • Album: Throw Down Your Arms
  • Year: 2005
  • Comment: Cover of the Peter Tosh classic

 

 

  • Song: "The Emperor's New Clothes"

  • Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Sinead relates the story behind the song to those that judge her.

 

 

  • Song: "Mandinka"

  • Album: The Lion And The Cobra
  • Year: 1987
  • Comment: Sinead performed this song at the 1989 Grammy Awards.

 

 

  • Song: "No Man's Woman"

  • Album: Faith and Courage
  • Year: 2000

 

 

  • Song: "Nothing Copmares To You"

  • Album: I Do Not Want What I Haven't Got
  • Year: 1990
  • Comment: Prince wrote this song. This rendition reflected on O'Connor's mother who lost her life in an auto accident five years earlier

 

 

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