Saturday, March 16, 2013

Saturday Sessions: College - Alternative Rock

Siouxsie & The Banshees,  Peek a Boo


College rock, alternative rock, modern rock, no matter what you call it, it has its roots in college radio.  It started to gain widespread recognition in 1988 when Billboard, the music trade magazine first started tracking college radio air play.  This song was the first number one on the chart.

They were followed by bands with widespread name recognition today such as U2 and REM with songs such as

R.E.M, Stand

Some bands like the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Linkin Park, The Foo Fighters, Green Day, U2, and REM topped the charts again and again while others came and went. Bands like...

Chumbawamba, Tubthumping

Today the Billboard Chart is calling it Alternative Rock, which is what I first remember it being called back in the early eighties before there was a chart.  Today we get bands like...

Muse, Madness

Which opened the year at the top of the charts for the first eight weeks.  Undoubtedly today, the whole reason the swat team is there in the opening scene is because they are smoking on the subway.





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