Could somebody recommend me some vintage 80s jangle-rock (besides REM)?

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kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:37 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Rain Parade
Dream Syndicate
Robyn Hitchcock

there's lots of this stuff

Shakey Mo Collier, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:39 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Bangles -- rhymes with jangles. The Rutles "The Rutles."

George Smith, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:40 (twelve years ago) Permalink

let's active

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:44 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Connells (Boylan Heights)
Game Theory (several)
Flying Color (S/T)

JAS, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Despard

Josh Graham (grizham1), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Clean

darin (darin), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oh! And the Windbreakers, as well. I used to have Terminal and Run, which were both cool.

Also Tommy Keene. Just about anything by him is great.

JAS, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

dBs

don weiner (don weiner), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Soft Boys (Hitchcock mentioned earlier)
Primal Scream

Cunga (Cunga), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:50 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Feelies
Bongos

Josh in Chicago (Josh in Chicago), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

plimsouls

andrew m. (andrewmorgan), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This is exactly what I'm looking for. How about Green On Red? Were they any good? The few songs I heard by them left me underwhelmed.

How about The Reivers?

Right now, my favorite band is the Vulgar Boatmen, so anything like that would be appreciated.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 15:53 (twelve years ago) Permalink

i used to luv green on red...and they used an eggleston photo on one of their covers

dan bunnybrain (dan bunnybrain), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Bob Mould's solo record "Workbook" is pretty jangly.

The Mad Puffin (The Mad Puffin), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:09 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Second the Connells; throw in "Fun and Games," too, but discard everything thereafter.

Guayaquil, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:18 (twelve years ago) Permalink

FELT!

Tigerstyle Shamanic Vision Quester (sexyDancer), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:20 (twelve years ago) Permalink

if you love the Vulgar Boatmen (as everyone should) get the Silos first three albums (About Her Steps, Cuba (!), s/t). Cuba being the masterpiece. Really, get that right now. You'll love it.

Also, Michael Hall. But especially get this The Setters, which is Walter Salas-Humara (Silos), Michael Hall, and Alejandro Escovedo.

teh Nü and Impröved john n chicago (frankE), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Go-Betweens

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:26 (twelve years ago) Permalink

xpost:
Walter Salas-Humera was in the Vulgar Boatmen, by the way.

teh Nü and Impröved john n chicago (frankE), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

early florida incarnation, that is.

teh Nü and Impröved john n chicago (frankE), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:27 (twelve years ago) Permalink

also, The Schramms, early Yo La Tengo member Dave Schramm's band. if you can get past his vocals, that is.

aw, man. i'm gonna have a hard time stopping here...

teh Nü and Impröved john n chicago (frankE), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:29 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Rank & File
Meat Puppets II
The Neats
Salem 66

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Two more Boston bands: Scruffy the Cat and Lifeboat.

Jazzbo (jmcgaw), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 16:47 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Another vote for the Connells - there first three albums, Darker Days, Boylan Heights, and Fun and Games are essential.

Also check out Let's Active, the dBs, Guadalcanal Diary, and Miracle Legion.

John Hunter, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Whoops . . . meant to type "their" first three albums.

John Hunter, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

no mention of Pylon yet?

jonviachicago, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:14 (twelve years ago) Permalink

This is great, I'm going to be jangling for the next few months.

kornrulez6969 (TCBeing), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:23 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Three O'clock wee known to jangle on occasion.

Alex in NYC (vassifer), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:51 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Even Tom Petty was known to jangle on call. "The Waiting"?

Alfred Soto (Alfred Soto), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:52 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Nightingales

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 17:54 (twelve years ago) Permalink

A very few tracks by The Upbeats (aka The Beats) would work, and Pete Buck plays on some of them. But, they were one of the most maddeningly incoherently inconsistent bands I've ever heard. Look for the Buck-assisted track Just Another Pop Song.

dlp9001, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:00 (twelve years ago) Permalink

How about The Reivers?

Fucking excellent stuff!

Look also for The Dangtrippers.

Johnny Fever (johnny fever), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:01 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Straitjacket Fits first couple of albums, Hail & Melt even though it's not eighties stuff it's tres jangly.

Long Ryders - State Of Our Union & Two Fisted Tales.

Grapes Of Wrath - Now & Again (brilliant, underrated etc:)

mzui (mzui), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Straitjacket Fits - Sparkle The Shines http://s38.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1OLD9R5DMBWRH192SORIO9Y2CH

The Grapes Of Wrath - Do You Want To Tell Me?
http://s38.yousendit.com/d.aspx?id=1P1SILC5J69PC2CP6B2EISF562

mzui (mzui), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:25 (twelve years ago) Permalink

"I Have A Dream" by The Long Ryders, for the orgasmic guitar freakout in the last minute or so.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:45 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Oh, and "Will The Wolf Survive" - Los Lobos.

mike t-diva (mike t-diva), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 18:46 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Tim Ellison to thread! (I suspect, anyway)

Matos-Webster Dictionary (M Matos), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 19:03 (twelve years ago) Permalink

the Wedding Present! Pick up the Rough Trade indie pop 1 comp that came out last year.

Kate Silver (Kate Silver), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 19:38 (twelve years ago) Permalink

c86

Dan Selzer (Dan Selzer), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 20:02 (twelve years ago) Permalink

I can't believe no one's mentioned the Smiths!

Melinda Mess-injure, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 22:10 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Or are The Smiths too obvious?

Melinda Mess-injure, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 22:11 (twelve years ago) Permalink

For Against were a bit jangly. Connells fourthed, dB's seconded, Let's Active thirded.

Ian Riese-Moraine: the crown prince of understatement. (Eastern Mantra), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 22:22 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Last I checked, For Against were STILL jangly.

JAS, Wednesday, 13 July 2005 22:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Big Dipper

smudger (smudger), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 22:55 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Wygals, "Sleep With Angels." I think that's the title.

Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 22:57 (twelve years ago) Permalink

you really need to check out Winter Hours.They even had the southern goth thing going on as well.And did anyone mention Guadacanal Diary?

evan chronister (evan chronister), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 23:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

The Embarrassment (if we're mentioning Big Dipper)

donuty! donuti! donuté! (donut), Wednesday, 13 July 2005 23:33 (twelve years ago) Permalink

close lobsters, visitors, anything on sound of leamington spa compilations

keith m (keithmcl), Thursday, 14 July 2005 00:05 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Translator
Spongetones
Also, I guess the Posies are considered a 90s band but they did put out Failure in '88. Really liked that one.

JAS, Thursday, 14 July 2005 00:31 (twelve years ago) Permalink

Game Theory.

The first album by The Loud Family is my favorite by Scott Miller.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 30 May 2014 19:26 (three years ago) Permalink

The Stars of Heaven - "Rain On The Sea"....vintage 80s country-ish jangle

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Friday, 30 May 2014 19:30 (three years ago) Permalink

i second the Long Ryders mention way upthread too

everyday sheeple (Michael B), Friday, 30 May 2014 19:31 (three years ago) Permalink

The Sex Clark Five (who seem to have had a reunion album last year, on Spotify, but I'm just listening to it now so no idea if it's good).

dlp9001, Friday, 30 May 2014 19:45 (three years ago) Permalink

This was always a favorite:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzXlIcjVFLE

dlp9001, Friday, 30 May 2014 19:51 (three years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

Contemporary jangle pop distinguished by a female version of Stipe.

Eternal Summers - Gold and Stone
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOmNrBaLoHc

gate gate paragate parasamgate (Sanpaku), Saturday, 17 October 2015 02:00 (two years ago) Permalink

the dentists.

fact checking cuz, Saturday, 17 October 2015 16:46 (two years ago) Permalink

the method actors. ga indie jangle OGs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=egVtHfhWqrw

unknown pleasure zone (uptown churl), Saturday, 17 October 2015 20:10 (two years ago) Permalink

what exactly makes nicole a female version of stipe?

dynamicinterface, Sunday, 18 October 2015 23:42 (two years ago) Permalink

two years pass...

Was Jefferson Airplane much of an influential touchstone for any of these 80s jangle groups? I know the Velvet Underground is always stated, but listening back to old JA, I got to say sonically their first couple LPs sound in line with these 80s groups.

earlnash, Monday, 8 January 2018 02:08 (three months ago) Permalink

The method actors

pre millennial tension (uptown churl), Monday, 8 January 2018 02:28 (three months ago) Permalink

The Nields

and she could see an earmuff factory (Ye Mad Puffin), Monday, 8 January 2018 02:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are kind of in there between early Go-Betweens, The Clean, other antipodals (and they seem like they probably like Television's "Days", T's Byrdsiest ever, even achieve the harmonies, atypically enough). Neighbor Courtney Barnett (who also might fit, though the one w Kurt Vile not rec) has observed that Melbourne doesn't have no beach, but RBCF make their own (other neighbors Dick Diver, who also might fit) honored their sister city on Melbourne Florida/ Anyway 2017's The French PressEP is a really nnniiiice and driving place to start w Coastals (they've got older stuff on here too) https://rollingblackoutscoastalfever.bandcamp.com/

dow, Monday, 8 January 2018 03:12 (three months ago) Permalink

Sleep Good's "Teen Sprite."

(Earl: I'd say so, or at least they should be--and the Charlatans, and Beau Brummells.)

clemenza, Monday, 8 January 2018 03:29 (three months ago) Permalink

If you want some really great undersung 60s jangle check out Darby Slick's raga guitar on the live Great Society set. That's Grace's brother-in-law in her pre JA band.
for 80s stuff does Savage Republic's monotone guitar count as jangle? I think that is the sound you get from it anyway.
& the Abecedarians also depend on droning jangle I think.

Stevolende, Monday, 8 January 2018 08:22 (three months ago) Permalink

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever are kind of in there

Yes yes yes! This is my favorite guitar band to emerge in God knows how many years. They are fantastic.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 8 January 2018 15:41 (three months ago) Permalink

Additionally, as stated upthread, please check out Winter Hours. We know how to jangle here in NJ and they had the sound down. Hyacinth Girl is a lost classic. They should have been more popular, and unfortunately they had a tragic ending.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 8 January 2018 15:43 (three months ago) Permalink

Maybe I'll try them again---seemed like, back when their vids were occasionally on 120 Minutes of MTV, that the lead vocals were too Murmur-y for me---I still liked Stipe at that point, but even then one was enough.
Aztec Camera's High Land, Hard Rain was refreshing, and I think would have been even if it weren't so against the grain/trends of early 80s. Other AZ albums of the 80s, also 1990's Stray were okay-to-good, and certainly more quality over quantity, although Roddy Frame could sometimes sound like---a better Barry Manilow? Dunno, I'm not big on a lot of earnest young Brit male voxxes. But that guitar, those tunes, yow. (The guitar was sometimes down in the mix, but the tunes could feel it).

dow, Monday, 8 January 2018 16:33 (three months ago) Permalink

Speaking of 80s trends, you get Steve Lillywhite's DRUM SOUND--hipster/post-punk/HEY MTV---with robust jangle and more of those supple tunes on Marshall Crenshaw's Field Day, and for me the (sufficiently blended)contrast works even better because of supporting his earnest young American male vox, always blander than Frame's, or too consistently subtle for me.

dow, Monday, 8 January 2018 16:46 (three months ago) Permalink

The Ocean Blue had their first 3 albums reissued recently, and they contain a lot of jangle rock and 80s production.

mark e, Monday, 8 January 2018 16:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Speaking of supple tunes and guitars, got those w scruffy, take-it-or-leave-it voice and words on Freedy Johnston's Can You Fly, although that's from '92---The Trouble Tree was pretty good too, from 1990, '89? Dunno if he did any in the 80s.

dow, Monday, 8 January 2018 16:56 (three months ago) Permalink

First Dumptruck album holds up great. Subsequent albums blend in with all the other 80s bands too much for me. I ought to revisit them though I suppose.

Evan, Monday, 8 January 2018 19:35 (three months ago) Permalink

Yes first Dumptruck is a fine example.

kornrulez6969, Monday, 8 January 2018 19:45 (three months ago) Permalink

i never heard that first one, though i had the second one for a little while. it was ok. doubt i've heard them since the 80s, i'm curious to check though.

ha i was just thinking that i didn't remember them as that jangly, so i opened "walk into mirrors" on youtube and it had that one guitar tone i remembered really well as sorta characteristic. but then...yup you're right a jangle part. huh.

Hunt3r, Monday, 8 January 2018 19:50 (three months ago) Permalink

First fear of men album, sounds like classic cranberries

kolakube (Ross), Monday, 8 January 2018 21:13 (three months ago) Permalink

Check out the Feelies side-projects - especially the Yung Wu record.

― Marty McFly, Tuesday, October 11, 2005 1:02 PM (twelve years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Keep seeing this thread in new answers and wondering if Yung Wu was mentioned yet.

Anyway, that Yung Wu record is great.

cwkiii, Monday, 8 January 2018 21:14 (three months ago) Permalink

Dumptruck's "Going Nowhere" is an all-time favourite...I guess that's jangle; maybe a little darker and more downbeat.

clemenza, Monday, 8 January 2018 22:34 (three months ago) Permalink

I still enjoy hearing tracks from Miracle Legion's first "The Backyard" pop up on playlists. They had a great live show back in the day. Saw at least one double-bill with them and Dumptruck on the New England indie circuit.

that's not my post, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:26 (three months ago) Permalink

One of the quintessential 80s jangle songs...Vulgar Boatmen Drive Somewhere.

kornrulez6969, Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:42 (three months ago) Permalink

^this

The Harmony Illustrated Encyclopedia of Blecch (James Redd and the Blecchs), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 00:55 (three months ago) Permalink

THE WAKE is some good 80s jangle...very influential on recent indie stuff like Real Estate and Beach Fossils

Well bissogled trotters (Michael B), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 01:02 (three months ago) Permalink

The Wake's Here Comes Everybody is one of the best (and most overlooked) jangle records ever, personally.

First two Dumptrucks are good dark jangle. For the Country would be my pick of their three initial albums, though it's more Neil Young than R.E.M.

And, finally, it's a very pleasant surprise to see an Ocean Blue mention by someone besides me. Those first three albums are definitely personal classics.

One of my favorite jangle records ever is an Ocean Blue-affiliated album by the band Riverside. Their first album, titled One, was produced by Steve Lau and was released in 1992, but still fits right in with this topic.

he doesn't need to be racist about it though. (Austin), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 01:52 (three months ago) Permalink

No Smithereens on this whole thread!

... (Eazy), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 01:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Because the Smithereens were cold garbage.

bumbling my way toward the light or wahtever (hardcore dilettante), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 08:01 (three months ago) Permalink

Let’s Active - Every Dog Has Its Day has aged well.

human and working on getting beer (longneck), Tuesday, 9 January 2018 09:59 (three months ago) Permalink

Finally heard 28th Day for the first time this week. So good!!!

cwkiii, Friday, 19 January 2018 02:23 (three months ago) Permalink

Oh yes. And from there, go explore Barbara Manning's solo catalog, starting with "Lately I Keep Scissors".

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 19 January 2018 16:20 (three months ago) Permalink

Great name! Conjurs thin cheap jackets or people with too much intestinal air.

― Gorge, Friday, July 25, 2008 2:03 PM (nine years ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

ctrl-f'd 'too much' hoping to find a Too Much Joy reference and this is how I'm rewarded.

how's life, Friday, 19 January 2018 16:44 (three months ago) Permalink

1978 but you'd be missing out if you never heard this. one of my all-time favourite 7". B-side is excellent too.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Nml0v-GlHw

+ +, Friday, 19 January 2018 17:43 (three months ago) Permalink

"Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever"

never heard them. thanks. just added a video to the aussie jangle/guitar playlist i made yesterday. based on a lot of names i got off of ilm a couple of years ago from someone here.

http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL4uJu4UGWv-Rn0YA53IvBEQTcxQ2E0u1n

scott seward, Friday, 19 January 2018 17:50 (three months ago) Permalink

all 21st century stuff though. not 80s.

scott seward, Friday, 19 January 2018 17:51 (three months ago) Permalink

Wygals, "Sleep With Angels." I think that's the title.

― Rickey Wright (Rrrickey), Wednesday, July 13, 2005
RIP, Rickey! He was a good music mag/paper writer, good ilxor too. The Wygals-related Individuals were one of those Hoboken bands, in fact I think they were among the Hoboken 3 (play on name of Frankie Sinatra's noob vocal group), with the dB's and Bongos. Fields/Aquamarine was the twofer reissue this century. Best track: "Asleep in your bed/I'm drunk in the fields/(Janet Wygal chimes in)I walk by your houuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuse."

dow, Friday, 19 January 2018 18:27 (three months ago) Permalink

I like this live version too, though the sound is rougher:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QeLXNPfjZVg

dow, Friday, 19 January 2018 18:32 (three months ago) Permalink

"Wygals-inclusive," I might as well have said, since Doug & Janet were both Individuals.

dow, Friday, 19 January 2018 18:33 (three months ago) Permalink

"Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever"

Oh man, Sick Bug is a good song but they have better. Try The French Press, or my favorite of all, Heard You're Moving. Or maybe Write Back. Holy mackerel they are so good.

kornrulez6969, Friday, 19 January 2018 19:02 (three months ago) Permalink

man, one of my favorite hometown bands, Primitons, got a small reissue a couple of years back, I know TWAS was a fan as well:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9kVlsdIsQw

campreverb, Friday, 19 January 2018 19:07 (three months ago) Permalink

chuck warner put out the first primitons EP so it is everywhere around here.

scott seward, Friday, 19 January 2018 19:09 (three months ago) Permalink

we are throbbing lobster-heavy in western mass.

scott seward, Friday, 19 January 2018 19:10 (three months ago) Permalink

Primitons and The Ho-Ho Men were both descendants of Jim Bob And The Leisure Suits, though I don't remember how well any of them would fit any notion of jangle.

dow, Friday, 19 January 2018 19:14 (three months ago) Permalink

well the ep was produced by Mitch Easter, which is like definition of jangle, right? haha.
this is a fun thread.

campreverb, Friday, 19 January 2018 22:47 (three months ago) Permalink


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