All posts tagged Alternative

image Oh, you’ve got green eyes
Oh, you’ve got blue eyes
Oh, you’ve got grey eyes
And I’ve never seen anyone quite like you before
No, I’ve never met anyone quite like you before
Bolts from above hurt the people down below
People in this world, we have no place to go

Released as a single in 1982, Temptation has since gone through several iterations and appeared in several films. The song has been performed live more than any other New Order track. The band, while extremely influential during the New Wave error, eschewed flash, gave few interviews, and performed live without considering audience reaction to the short sets. The band was previously known as Joy Division which was a name associated with young girls in concentration camps that the Nazis used for sex. The name was changed after the suicide of a founding member.


You Forgot It in People was released in 2002 and was a reinvention of the ensemble. Expanding to 11 musicians, with numerous other members joining the band temporarily, Broken Social Scene evolved from ambient textures to a more experimental progressive rock sound. With a base of traditional rock instrumentation, the tracks are layered with vocals, deep bass and percussion grooves, and experimental sounds. This is a great breakthrough album.


Spending warm Summer days indoors
Writing frightening verse
To a buck-toothed girl in Luxembourg

Ask was released as a single in 1988. Like many Smiths tracks it wasn’t included on any original studio album. However, it can be found on some compilation albums. Controversy seems to define the Smiths, as guitarist Craig Gannon felt he should’ve been given writing credit for the song, but was snubbed. Kirsty Macoll, a standout singer/songwriter in Great Britain, sang background vocals on the track.

Beck – Guero


This is the sixth studio album from Beck and is filled with a variety of alternative music styles, including Latin and Hip-Hop. Base and percussion dominate most of the tracks and it results in some pile-driving rock with some built in quirkiness. Beck also indulges in some experimentation on Guero, making this 2005 release an interesting and enjoyable record.


The Stage Names was released in 2007 and Okkervil River does a great job of packing this LP with personal insights and emotion. The record is a combination of traditional Rock anthems and slow ballads. One track, “Savannah Smiles”, is a sad song that would appeal to any parent with a young daughter. I love the raw, unpolished energy of this band. The music is filled with feedback, experimentation, and vocals that aren’t perfectly mixed.