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  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,851
    As a complete and total fan of everything from Chronic Town through Out of Time, I'm kind of excited because I think in next couple of weeks I'll dig deep into everything released after Out of Time, and it will likely feel like a new experience.  I know the singles and I saw them on both Monster tour and was last tour for Accelerate? Whatever they toured on in 2008.  But I don't really KNOW any of those albums.  I had but hardly listened to New Adventures in Hi-Fi.

    So I'm pretty excited, have a feeling my mind and soul will be blown away but no idea which songs/albums that will happen with most....

    Can I also pause here and say I'm still crying about fact that 1st show I saw on Monster was the 1st show AFTER the support act changed from Radiohead to I think Buffalo Tom?  Nothing against Buffalo Tom (or whoever opened the shows I saw, later it was Luscious Jackson) but I wish I'd seen at least ONE show with Radiohead supporting REM!  Just.... wow....
  • CarryTheZeroCarryTheZero Posts: 495
    JH6056 said:
    Just listened to Monster this weekend. Love it. Have so many favorites, but Life’s Rich Pageant may be my favorite. I also love Accelerate, Out of Time, New Adventures, Automatic. What a band!

    Two years ago, 3/4 of the band (sans Stipe) reunited at the Fox in Atlanta. They played The One I Love and Fall on Me with Kevin Kinney, played with Pylon, and then closed with Texarkana and Mike on vocals. So amazing! Peter Buck was great of course, but Berry’s drumming and Mike’s vocals were spectacular!
    Was that advertised ahead with them playing, or was it one of those things that you were just outrageously lucky to be there if you were there because that was a glorious surprise?

    So glad Bill sounded great (and Peter & Mike) <3 
    Not advertised and completely lucky! Although I was hopeful.  Bill Berry was advertised as playing with a local Athens band. The whole show was a fundraiser for Georgia’s small town theaters. Driving’ and Cryin’ as well as the Drive-By Truckers played.

    My hope was that no way the other guys don’t show if Bill Berry comes out to play a mini set. It was amazing and Texarkana was tremendous.
  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,851
    JH6056 said:
    Just listened to Monster this weekend. Love it. Have so many favorites, but Life’s Rich Pageant may be my favorite. I also love Accelerate, Out of Time, New Adventures, Automatic. What a band!

    Two years ago, 3/4 of the band (sans Stipe) reunited at the Fox in Atlanta. They played The One I Love and Fall on Me with Kevin Kinney, played with Pylon, and then closed with Texarkana and Mike on vocals. So amazing! Peter Buck was great of course, but Berry’s drumming and Mike’s vocals were spectacular!
    Was that advertised ahead with them playing, or was it one of those things that you were just outrageously lucky to be there if you were there because that was a glorious surprise?

    So glad Bill sounded great (and Peter & Mike) <3 
    Not advertised and completely lucky! Although I was hopeful.  Bill Berry was advertised as playing with a local Athens band. The whole show was a fundraiser for Georgia’s small town theaters. Driving’ and Cryin’ as well as the Drive-By Truckers played.

    My hope was that no way the other guys don’t show if Bill Berry comes out to play a mini set. It was amazing and Texarkana was tremendous.
    So happy for you and SO jealous!

    And Texarkana.... lawd do I LOVE that song!
  • CarryTheZeroCarryTheZero Posts: 495
    Here’s a link to my video. I was far away, but audio is good!

    https://youtu.be/nUCaxfV6pg4
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 34,513
    edited July 12
    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,851
    brianlux said:
    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    Brianlux you anticipated my next question already! What would be the other 4 "Most Pivotal Albums for College Rock/Indie Rock radio stations?
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 34,513
    edited July 12
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    Brianlux you anticipated my next question already! What would be the other 4 "Most Pivotal Albums for College Rock/Indie Rock radio stations?

    Hmmm JH6056 , tough one.  The other 4 most pivotal for rock in general is a tough choice, even more so for College Rock/ Indie, but I'll give it a go with these:

    The Replacements, Let it Be
    Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
    Dinosaur Jr, You're Living All Over Me
    The Smiths, self-titled

    Honorable mention:
    The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses


    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • erebuserebus Posts: 320
    I would add the Pixies and maybe Jane’s Addiction
    1996: Toronto
    2003: St.Paul
    2005: Thunder Bay
    2008: West Palm Beach, Tampa
    2009: Chicago I, Chicago II
    2010: Boston
    2011: Toronto I, Toronto II, Winnipeg
    2012: Missoula
    2013: London, Pittsburgh, Buffalo
    2014: St. Paul, Milwaukee
    2016: Quebec City, Ottawa, Toronto I, Toronto II
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 34,513
    erebus said:
    I would add the Pixies and maybe Jane’s Addiction

    Yeah, I thought about Pixies as well.
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • GlowGirlGlowGirl New York, NYPosts: 3,272
    brianlux said:
    erebus said:
    I would add the Pixies and maybe Jane’s Addiction

    Yeah, I thought about Pixies as well.
    Maybe the Feelies as well.

  • hrd2imgnhrd2imgn Southwest Burbs of ChicagoPosts: 4,466
    Auotmoatic,  during college one of my go to albums.  Rebought Monster this year, sort of fell.of.my playlists, forgot how great it was too.

    For Drive alone it is my favorite

  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 34,513
    GlowGirl said:
    brianlux said:
    erebus said:
    I would add the Pixies and maybe Jane’s Addiction

    Yeah, I thought about Pixies as well.
    Maybe the Feelies as well.


    Good call!
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,851
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    Brianlux you anticipated my next question already! What would be the other 4 "Most Pivotal Albums for College Rock/Indie Rock radio stations?

    Hmmm JH6056 , tough one.  The other 4 most pivotal for rock in general is a tough choice, even more so for College Rock/ Indie, but I'll give it a go with these:

    The Replacements, Let it Be
    Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
    Dinosaur Jr, You're Living All Over Me
    The Smiths, self-titled

    Honorable mention:
    The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses


    That's a great list brianlux!

    In my days working at college radio stations, the playlists were SO broad, even the idea of "indie" was actually really broad even though in terms of popular stuff there were staples.  So the question you asked I never would have thought of posing, but now that you've posed it it is so interesting to consider!

    Funny thing is, I read your question and thought I'd re-asked it right, but of course I narrowed it down to college/indie (I think because you said ocllege rock).  But If we go to college rock, what are those other 4 albums?

    Offhand for me I guess they'd be something like:

    Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime
    Replacements, Let It Be
    Sleater Kinney, Dig Me Out
    X, Los Angeles

    But there are so many, I don't think it's possible to narrow that list to an indisputable 5.  But agreed about Murmur...
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 34,513
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    Brianlux you anticipated my next question already! What would be the other 4 "Most Pivotal Albums for College Rock/Indie Rock radio stations?

    Hmmm JH6056 , tough one.  The other 4 most pivotal for rock in general is a tough choice, even more so for College Rock/ Indie, but I'll give it a go with these:

    The Replacements, Let it Be
    Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
    Dinosaur Jr, You're Living All Over Me
    The Smiths, self-titled

    Honorable mention:
    The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses


    That's a great list brianlux!

    In my days working at college radio stations, the playlists were SO broad, even the idea of "indie" was actually really broad even though in terms of popular stuff there were staples.  So the question you asked I never would have thought of posing, but now that you've posed it it is so interesting to consider!

    Funny thing is, I read your question and thought I'd re-asked it right, but of course I narrowed it down to college/indie (I think because you said ocllege rock).  But If we go to college rock, what are those other 4 albums?

    Offhand for me I guess they'd be something like:

    Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime
    Replacements, Let It Be
    Sleater Kinney, Dig Me Out
    X, Los Angeles

    But there are so many, I don't think it's possible to narrow that list to an indisputable 5.  But agreed about Murmur...

    Damn good list there, JH! 
    Very cool that you worked in a college station!  I got to visit my favorite college radio station back in the early 80's- KFJC out of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA.  Those were some cool folks and that station is hugely responsible for leading me to move beyond the 60's music I was into in high school and college.  I still like a lot of that stuff, but in the early 70's, rock began to stale and bore that crap out of me (I dug Lou Reed but, sadly, I wasn't hip to Iggy Pop, New York Dolls and a few others yet).  I turned to jazz which was great (and still am a huge fan) but I really missed good, adventuresome, challenging rock music.  KFJC turned me on to punk, the better new wave stuff and early indie and alternative. Minutemen and The Replacements were two of my first major big thrills in that scene and are still very much long-time favorites.  Those were some great years!
    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • JeBurkhardtJeBurkhardt Posts: 1,082
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    Brianlux you anticipated my next question already! What would be the other 4 "Most Pivotal Albums for College Rock/Indie Rock radio stations?

    Hmmm JH6056 , tough one.  The other 4 most pivotal for rock in general is a tough choice, even more so for College Rock/ Indie, but I'll give it a go with these:

    The Replacements, Let it Be
    Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
    Dinosaur Jr, You're Living All Over Me
    The Smiths, self-titled

    Honorable mention:
    The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses


    That's a great list brianlux!

    In my days working at college radio stations, the playlists were SO broad, even the idea of "indie" was actually really broad even though in terms of popular stuff there were staples.  So the question you asked I never would have thought of posing, but now that you've posed it it is so interesting to consider!

    Funny thing is, I read your question and thought I'd re-asked it right, but of course I narrowed it down to college/indie (I think because you said ocllege rock).  But If we go to college rock, what are those other 4 albums?

    Offhand for me I guess they'd be something like:

    Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime
    Replacements, Let It Be
    Sleater Kinney, Dig Me Out
    X, Los Angeles

    But there are so many, I don't think it's possible to narrow that list to an indisputable 5.  But agreed about Murmur...

    Damn good list there, JH! 
    Very cool that you worked in a college station!  I got to visit my favorite college radio station back in the early 80's- KFJC out of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA.  Those were some cool folks and that station is hugely responsible for leading me to move beyond the 60's music I was into in high school and college.  I still like a lot of that stuff, but in the early 70's, rock began to stale and bore that crap out of me (I dug Lou Reed but, sadly, I wasn't hip to Iggy Pop, New York Dolls and a few others yet).  I turned to jazz which was great (and still am a huge fan) but I really missed good, adventuresome, challenging rock music.  KFJC turned me on to punk, the better new wave stuff and early indie and alternative. Minutemen and The Replacements were two of my first major big thrills in that scene and are still very much long-time favorites.  Those were some great years!
    KFJC was great and so was KSJS out of San Jose State. I grew up in San Jose around the same time you are talking about. Both of those stations were big in me moving from stoner rock to Indie and "rock of the 80"s " as they were calling it back then (later called alternative). I heard R.E.M., Joy Division, the Smiths, The Replacements, Husker Du and bunch of others, and realized how tired the music on KOME and KSJO were.   
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 34,513
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    Brianlux you anticipated my next question already! What would be the other 4 "Most Pivotal Albums for College Rock/Indie Rock radio stations?

    Hmmm JH6056 , tough one.  The other 4 most pivotal for rock in general is a tough choice, even more so for College Rock/ Indie, but I'll give it a go with these:

    The Replacements, Let it Be
    Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
    Dinosaur Jr, You're Living All Over Me
    The Smiths, self-titled

    Honorable mention:
    The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses


    That's a great list brianlux!

    In my days working at college radio stations, the playlists were SO broad, even the idea of "indie" was actually really broad even though in terms of popular stuff there were staples.  So the question you asked I never would have thought of posing, but now that you've posed it it is so interesting to consider!

    Funny thing is, I read your question and thought I'd re-asked it right, but of course I narrowed it down to college/indie (I think because you said ocllege rock).  But If we go to college rock, what are those other 4 albums?

    Offhand for me I guess they'd be something like:

    Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime
    Replacements, Let It Be
    Sleater Kinney, Dig Me Out
    X, Los Angeles

    But there are so many, I don't think it's possible to narrow that list to an indisputable 5.  But agreed about Murmur...

    Damn good list there, JH! 
    Very cool that you worked in a college station!  I got to visit my favorite college radio station back in the early 80's- KFJC out of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA.  Those were some cool folks and that station is hugely responsible for leading me to move beyond the 60's music I was into in high school and college.  I still like a lot of that stuff, but in the early 70's, rock began to stale and bore that crap out of me (I dug Lou Reed but, sadly, I wasn't hip to Iggy Pop, New York Dolls and a few others yet).  I turned to jazz which was great (and still am a huge fan) but I really missed good, adventuresome, challenging rock music.  KFJC turned me on to punk, the better new wave stuff and early indie and alternative. Minutemen and The Replacements were two of my first major big thrills in that scene and are still very much long-time favorites.  Those were some great years!
    KFJC was great and so was KSJS out of San Jose State. I grew up in San Jose around the same time you are talking about. Both of those stations were big in me moving from stoner rock to Indie and "rock of the 80"s " as they were calling it back then (later called alternative). I heard R.E.M., Joy Division, the Smiths, The Replacements, Husker Du and bunch of others, and realized how tired the music on KOME and KSJO were.   

    Yes, KSJS, another good Bay Area station! 
    KOME, lol, yep, I remember!

    My favorite 60's station was the now-defunct KSAN.  Particularly great was the Abe "Voco" Kesh show that started at midnight and always opened with Harvey Mandel's great number, "Lights Out".  Kesh played the coolest music of those days, not the usual "hits".
    Abe in his hey day:
    Voco Kesh RIPjpg  Abe Keshishian - record producer and D  Bob Simmons   Flickr

    “In all human affairs there are efforts, and there are results, and the strength of the effort is the measure of the result.”
    -James Allen










  • JH6056JH6056 Posts: 1,851
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    Brianlux you anticipated my next question already! What would be the other 4 "Most Pivotal Albums for College Rock/Indie Rock radio stations?

    Hmmm JH6056 , tough one.  The other 4 most pivotal for rock in general is a tough choice, even more so for College Rock/ Indie, but I'll give it a go with these:

    The Replacements, Let it Be
    Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
    Dinosaur Jr, You're Living All Over Me
    The Smiths, self-titled

    Honorable mention:
    The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses


    That's a great list brianlux!

    In my days working at college radio stations, the playlists were SO broad, even the idea of "indie" was actually really broad even though in terms of popular stuff there were staples.  So the question you asked I never would have thought of posing, but now that you've posed it it is so interesting to consider!

    Funny thing is, I read your question and thought I'd re-asked it right, but of course I narrowed it down to college/indie (I think because you said ocllege rock).  But If we go to college rock, what are those other 4 albums?

    Offhand for me I guess they'd be something like:

    Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime
    Replacements, Let It Be
    Sleater Kinney, Dig Me Out
    X, Los Angeles

    But there are so many, I don't think it's possible to narrow that list to an indisputable 5.  But agreed about Murmur...

    Damn good list there, JH! 
    Very cool that you worked in a college station!  I got to visit my favorite college radio station back in the early 80's- KFJC out of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA.  Those were some cool folks and that station is hugely responsible for leading me to move beyond the 60's music I was into in high school and college.  I still like a lot of that stuff, but in the early 70's, rock began to stale and bore that crap out of me (I dug Lou Reed but, sadly, I wasn't hip to Iggy Pop, New York Dolls and a few others yet).  I turned to jazz which was great (and still am a huge fan) but I really missed good, adventuresome, challenging rock music.  KFJC turned me on to punk, the better new wave stuff and early indie and alternative. Minutemen and The Replacements were two of my first major big thrills in that scene and are still very much long-time favorites.  Those were some great years!
    The power of good radio is impossible to describe... but you just did a dang good job brianlux!  It can really be life-changing.
  • brianluxbrianlux Moving through All Kinds of Terrain.Posts: 34,513
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    JH6056 said:
    brianlux said:
    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    Brianlux you anticipated my next question already! What would be the other 4 "Most Pivotal Albums for College Rock/Indie Rock radio stations?

    Hmmm JH6056 , tough one.  The other 4 most pivotal for rock in general is a tough choice, even more so for College Rock/ Indie, but I'll give it a go with these:

    The Replacements, Let it Be
    Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
    Dinosaur Jr, You're Living All Over Me
    The Smiths, self-titled

    Honorable mention:
    The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses


    That's a great list brianlux!

    In my days working at college radio stations, the playlists were SO broad, even the idea of "indie" was actually really broad even though in terms of popular stuff there were staples.  So the question you asked I never would have thought of posing, but now that you've posed it it is so interesting to consider!

    Funny thing is, I read your question and thought I'd re-asked it right, but of course I narrowed it down to college/indie (I think because you said ocllege rock).  But If we go to college rock, what are those other 4 albums?

    Offhand for me I guess they'd be something like:

    Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime
    Replacements, Let It Be
    Sleater Kinney, Dig Me Out
    X, Los Angeles

    But there are so many, I don't think it's possible to narrow that list to an indisputable 5.  But agreed about Murmur...

    Damn good list there, JH! 
    Very cool that you worked in a college station!  I got to visit my favorite college radio station back in the early 80's- KFJC out of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA.  Those were some cool folks and that station is hugely responsible for leading me to move beyond the 60's music I was into in high school and college.  I still like a lot of that stuff, but in the early 70's, rock began to stale and bore that crap out of me (I dug Lou Reed but, sadly, I wasn't hip to Iggy Pop, New York Dolls and a few others yet).  I turned to jazz which was great (and still am a huge fan) but I really missed good, adventuresome, challenging rock music.  KFJC turned me on to punk, the better new wave stuff and early indie and alternative. Minutemen and The Replacements were two of my first major big thrills in that scene and are still very much long-time favorites.  Those were some great years!
    The power of good radio is impossible to describe... but you just did a dang good job brianlux!  It can really be life-changing.

    Thanks, JH! 
    Oh to have a good local station like that again!  Yes indeed!
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    A recent conversation I had with another member here got me to thinking about R.E.M. and since I had some time to listen to records today, I pulled out Murmur and gave it a listen.  I first heard some of that great record on a college station when it came out and ran out and bought a copy.  I've played that record more times than I can think of, but I hadn't listened to it in quite awhile.  It struck me all over again what a pivotal LP that one is.  There are countless records that have been recorded since that owe their very existence to R.E.M. and Murmur- it's influence is simply that huge!  Virtually every indie rock band started up since 1983 has been influenced by that album. I would easily place it among the 5 most influential rock albums of all time.  (Not a bad idea for a thread.  Will have to think about that.  Which would be the other four?!)
    And Michael's voice, that voice!
    Brianlux you anticipated my next question already! What would be the other 4 "Most Pivotal Albums for College Rock/Indie Rock radio stations?

    Hmmm JH6056 , tough one.  The other 4 most pivotal for rock in general is a tough choice, even more so for College Rock/ Indie, but I'll give it a go with these:

    The Replacements, Let it Be
    Sonic Youth, Daydream Nation
    Dinosaur Jr, You're Living All Over Me
    The Smiths, self-titled

    Honorable mention:
    The Dream Syndicate, The Days of Wine and Roses


    That's a great list brianlux!

    In my days working at college radio stations, the playlists were SO broad, even the idea of "indie" was actually really broad even though in terms of popular stuff there were staples.  So the question you asked I never would have thought of posing, but now that you've posed it it is so interesting to consider!

    Funny thing is, I read your question and thought I'd re-asked it right, but of course I narrowed it down to college/indie (I think because you said ocllege rock).  But If we go to college rock, what are those other 4 albums?

    Offhand for me I guess they'd be something like:

    Minutemen, Double Nickels on the Dime
    Replacements, Let It Be
    Sleater Kinney, Dig Me Out
    X, Los Angeles

    But there are so many, I don't think it's possible to narrow that list to an indisputable 5.  But agreed about Murmur...

    Damn good list there, JH! 
    Very cool that you worked in a college station!  I got to visit my favorite college radio station back in the early 80's- KFJC out of Foothill College in Los Altos Hills, CA.  Those were some cool folks and that station is hugely responsible for leading me to move beyond the 60's music I was into in high school and college.  I still like a lot of that stuff, but in the early 70's, rock began to stale and bore that crap out of me (I dug Lou Reed but, sadly, I wasn't hip to Iggy Pop, New York Dolls and a few others yet).  I turned to jazz which was great (and still am a huge fan) but I really missed good, adventuresome, challenging rock music.  KFJC turned me on to punk, the better new wave stuff and early indie and alternative. Minutemen and The Replacements were two of my first major big thrills in that scene and are still very much long-time favorites.  Those were some great years!
    The power of good radio is impossible to describe... but you just did a dang good job brianlux!  It can really be life-changing.

    Thanks, JH! 
    Oh to have a good local station like that again!  Yes indeed!
    Right? I do enjoy WXPN and KEXP online, but the local touch means local bands, local shows, local facts...  I do miss that.  I worked at a couple of college stations and being able to just do anything, where you might now know 80% of the songs played at first but if you trusted the DJ you knew you'd be on a worthwhile musical journey during their show... I do really miss those days.
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