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College Rock Band List

January 3rd | College Rock

80’s College Rock Sound Samples:
bands heard on college radio

Band Pages – great 80’s bands

Das Damen – Formed in 1984, Jupiter Eye LP came out in 1987
Big Dipper – A Boston great formed in 1985, featured members of Volcano Suns. Homestead Records
The Replacements
Great Plains
Breaking Circus – Homestead Records, band from Chicago 1984
Dinosaur Jr.
Volcano Suns – Featured former members of The Mission of Burma
Death of Samantha
Scraping Foetus Off the Wheel
The Smiths – The face of Alternative Music in the 80s.
Meat Puppets
The Jesus and Mary Chain
Echo and the Bunnymen
My Bloody Valentine – Wall of La La Noise
The Church
Love and Rockets
The The
The Wedding Present
New Order – Post Joy Division in the new wave area
Violent Femmes – Huge college radio era band, think The Other REM

These are mostly 80’s and early 90’s bands that were often classified as Alternative Rock. In the 90’s many of the ‘Alternative Rock’ bands became popular, such as R.E.M. and U2. At that point many bands went from just writing and playing fun music, to ‘playing music in hopes of landing a recording contract’. College radio station formats changed and the true College Rock Alternative Music greatness was lost.

The Wailing Ultimate CD – Homestead

Slovenly – from their 1986 LP

Phantom Tollbooth – Beard of Lightning LP

Of Cabbages and Kings – Hunter’s Moon LP

Asexuals – Contemporary World LP 85

Antietam – Rope a Dope CD

Live Skull – Dusted – 1987 CD

Nice Strong Arm – Mind Furnace 1988 CD

Big Black – Rich Man’s 8-Track CD

Killdozer – Snakeboy CD (AWESOME!!)

CrazyBackwardsAlphabet – (no sample available)

In the 80’s it was hard to find many people who even heard of the Butthole Surfers. Now, you can find their CDs in Walmart.


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