Friday, March 25, 2022

VA - Strum & Thrum, The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 [2020]

JANGLE UNDERGROUND

VA - Strum & Thrum, The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 [2020]

Strum and Thrum, The American Jangle Underground 1983-1987 is the first volume of Captured Tracks’ new venture into compilations – Excavations. Dedicated to compiling forgotten music from the 1970's – 1990's that has a connection to Captured Tracks’ sound and aesthetic, this series will bridge the past to our current roster and showcase the kinds of sounds that inspire us. As an American label, we’ve often wondered why British, Aussie, and Kiwi indie rock from the ‘80s has had the most infuence on modern acts and the collector’s market. Outside of bands like R.E.M., the Rain Parade, the Dream Syndicate, and a few others, most of these bands received little attention from national or international press outlets and markets. The acts on this compilation have a true DiY spirit that lead many of these bands to self-record and self-release within tiny local scenes in small cities and college towns across America.

Strum and Thrum aims to shed light on this forgotten era of jangly, melodic rock music that emerged from the ashes of post punk and helped kick start the indie rock boom of the early 90's that continues to this day. Indeed, many artists featured on Strum & Thrum went on to be part of this boom – Archer Prewitt from the Sea and Cake, Jon Ginoli from Pansy Division, Ric Menck from Velvet Crush, Brent Rademaker from Beachwood Sparks, Barbara Manning, and more went on to be in well known bands in the 90's. Spread across two LPs, Strum and Thrum includes an 80+ page booklet with an extensive oral history of the 80's indie scene, an introduction by Captured Tracks label head Mike Sniper, and tons of archival images and ephemera. Long live the jangle underground!( Amazon)

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Track lists


01 Reverbs Trusted Woods 3:26

02 Start Where I Want to Be 3:14

03 Cyclones I'm in Heaven 2:08

04 Windbreakers All That Stuff 3:16

05 Primitons All My Friends 2:16

06 Bangtails Patron of the Arts 3:09

07 Love In Late as Usual 3:48

08 Sex Clark Five She Collides With Me 2:19

09 Three Hits 5 O'clock 2:36

10 Crippled Pilgrims Black and White (Alternate Version) 3:58

11 Vandykes Breaking My Heart 3:23

12 Salem 66 Seven Steps Down 3:21

13 Outnumbered I Feel So Sorry Now 2:46

14 Darrows Is it You 3:40

15 Riff Doctors Say Goodbye 3:50

16 Ferrets She Was Unkind 3:17

17 28th Day Pages Turn (Alternate Version) 4:17

18 Great Plains When Do You Say Hello? 2:10

19 Downy Mildew Purple Parlor 3:21

20 Strand You and Me 3:06

21 White Sisters Misery, Me, & You 2:59

22 Absolute Grey Remorse 3:10

23 One Plus Two Promise 3:07

24 Springfields Sunflower 3:54

25 Holiday Change 4:27

26 Pop Art The Meeting 3:13

27 Reactions Tomorrow's Time Today 2:48

28 A New Personality Essential Things 5:22

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10 comments:

  1. I bought this one when it came out. Amazing collection of tunes.

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    1. Hi Cobber67,
      Its a real surprise package and one I have enjoyed many times.

      Cheers.

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  2. wow, thanks again for furthering my musical database

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    1. Hi D'artagnan .
      Hope you are enjoying the music.

      Cheers

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  3. Hi BB, just want to say a heap big THANKS for all you do here! Is this the best music blog site in the universe? Absolutely!!

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    1. Hi Gazza,
      You are very generous. Thank you.
      I am happy to hear that you find joy in what I am posting.

      Cheers.

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  4. Late to let you know, but this has been a great find for me. Thanks so much!

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    1. Hi Skinny the Snide.
      You're welcome. I hope it lifted the lid on new music for you.
      Cheers.

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