Undermine S01E03

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S01E03: The 80's Rock Scene


1987 08-21 Hebron, NY (Ian McLean's Farm)
1987 08-29 South Burlington, VT (The Ranch)
  • Show dedicated to Eric Larson for watching Trey's dog, Marley, that summer
  • The following weekend after Ian's Farm, so a pretty amazing back-to-back run
  • Dogs barking in background here as well
  • Loose Phish, one of the 80's best
  • Jam from "Makisupa" is one of the prettiest of the era
  • Lots of elements of "Fluffhead" are heard throughout in other songs like "Clod"
  • 'Raging' version of "Timber"
  • First ever "Mike's Song" > "I am Hydrogen"
  • http://phish.in/1987-08-29


David Bowie
  • 1987 08-29 South Burlington, VT (The Ranch)
  • Just a remarkable example of their jamming, incorporating space, noise, blues, all while segueing into "Jesus Just Left Chicago" without returning to "David Bowie"
  • https://phish.in/1987-08-29/david-bowie


Hüsker Dü
  • Melodic hard-core punk trio mixing noise with melody
  • Only lasted from 1980 to 1988, but put out five albums
  • One of the first underground bands to sign to a major label
  • Twin Cities band, the area was similar to Burlington in that they were frozen college enclaves
  • 1970's Twin Cities had a punk and hard core scene
  • Bob Mould's songwriting is notable
  • 1984 Album "Zen Arcade"
  • 1985 Album "New Day Rising"
  • 1985 Album "Flip Your Wig"
  • Punk trio from San Pedro, California
  • Only from 1980 - 1985
  • Most notable figure being Mike Watt
  • Also comparable to Phish is their intense touring
  • Considered one of the greatest punk rock bands ever
  • 1984 Album "Double Nickels on the Dime"
Yo La Tengo
  • Similar to Phish in that they started roughly around the same time, were big music dorks, and played lots of early gigs just for parties for friends
  • Convenient to New York and beyond being from Hoboken, NJ
  • Like Phish, played lots of covers ... a bottomless bag
  • Best compared to Velvet Underground
  • 'They're your favorite band's favorite band'
  • Similar to Phish in that while studio is great, they thrive on stage, always changing the setlist, lots of improv and different arrangements, and always evolving
  • See book "Big Day Coming" to learn more and also about 80's music
  • 1993 Album "Painful"
  • 1997 Album "I Can Hear the Heart Beating As One"
  • 2000 Album "And Then Nothing Turned Itself Inside-Out"
  • Very prolific in the 80's
  • Unlike Phish, R.E.M. was able to lock onto the college rock scene, expanded all over, and got lots of radio play
  • Phish helped usher in the jam band scene, as R.E.M. ushered in the 90's alternative scene
  • Showed how bands could be successful in the 80's while taking two completely different paths
  • 1983 Album "Murmur"
  • 1986 Album "Life's Rich Pageant"
  • 1992 Album "Automatic for the People"

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