94.5 The Edge was the greatest radio station I have ever heard. It debuted in Dallas in the summer of 1989, and for five years it exposed me to more new alternative music than I could have ever imagined. In this continuing series, we’ll take a look back at the songs that made the Edge required listening for anyone with a musical pulse in North Texas in the late ’80s and early ’90s.

Songs From The Edge: 1994

Angelfish

Angelfish: “King Of The World” (Angelfish)

From the album Angelfish

Radioactive Records, 1994

King Of The World

You probably haven’t heard of Angelfish, but you likely know that voice– yes, that is Shirley Manson. Garbage co-founder Steve Marker saw the video for Angelfish’s “Suffocate Me” on 120 Minutes, and immediately invited Manson to join his new band. “King Of The World” wasn’t released as a single, but it’s my favorite track from the one and only Angelfish album.

 

The Cult_ Singles & B-Sides

The Cult: “Star” [Rock Radio Remix] (Astbury/Duffy)

Original version from the album The Cult

Sire Records, 1994

Star [Rock Radio Remix]

After the lackluster reception to 1991’s Ceremony, The Cult modernized their sound for the epic 1992 soundtrack cut “The Witch.” Ian Astbury and Billy Duffy continued down this path on their 1994 self-titled album, but the results were a bit mixed. The Cult remain one of my favorite bands to this day, but The Cult album just didn’t do much for me (an opinion widely shared by many long-time fans of the band). “Star” was one of the few songs on the record that successfully blended the aggressive production with Duffy’s signature guitar, and Astbury’s endearingly rough vocal only adds to its charms.

 

Hot Trip To Heaven

Love And Rockets: “Trip And Glide” (Ash/Love And Rockets)

From the album Hot Trip To Heaven

American Records, 1994

Trip And Glide

Like The Cult, Love And Rockets were one of my favorite bands from my college days. I was introduced to both groups in 1986 thanks to my friend Curtis, who let me borrow a cassette that had Love on one side and Express on the other. The two bands remained forever linked in my mind after that, so I suppose it is fitting that both The Cult and Love And Rockets released albums in 1994 that I didn’t really like very much. Hot Trip To Heaven was just way too electronic for my tastes, and only one song really grabbed me like old Love And Rockets: “Trip And Glide.” The band must have felt the same way, as 1996’s Sweet F.A. saw Love And Rockets edge back towards their classic sound.

 

Whip-Smart

Liz Phair: “Jealousy” (Phair)

From the album Whip-Smart

Matador Records, 1994

Jealousy

My good friend Matt was semi-obsessed with Liz Phair back in the ’90s, so I listened to a lot of Liz during our many Longhorn football road trips. I know I’m in the minority when I say that I prefer Whip-Smart to Exile In Guyville, but I do. Sorry, ’90s alt-music hipsters! I even (mostly) like Liz’s self-titled 2003 album, despite its made-for-Dawson’s Creek production values.

 

Stoned And Dethroned

The Jesus & Mary Chain: “Sometimes Always”

From the album Stoned & Dethroned

American Records, 1994

Sometimes Always

My friend Curtis also introduced me to The Jesus & Mary Chain back in 1986 via his vinyl copy of Pyschocandy. I was starting to get a little bored with the band’s sound by the time of 1992’s Honey’s Dead, and clearly Jim and William Reid were as well. The mostly-acoustic Stoned & Dethroned sounds like it was made by a completely different band, yet somehow it is also still manages to sound like The Jesus & Mary Chain. Neat trick, guys! Mazzy Star’s Hope Sandoval adds vocals to “Sometimes Always,” a breezy little pop song that still makes me smile every time I hear it.

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Bonus Tracks!

The first rule of The Analog Kid blog is that if you write about a song on the Analog Kid blog, you share the song on the Analog Kid blog.

Suffocateme

Angelfish: “Suffocate Me” (Angelfish)

From the album Angelfish

Radioactove Records, 1993

Suffocate Me

 

Garbage_ Singles & B-Sides 2

Garbage: “Trip My Wire” (Garbage)

From the U.K. CD single Queer

Mushroom Records, 1995

Trip My Wire

 

Songs From The Cool World

The Cult: “The Witch” (Astbury/Duffy)

From the soundtrack album Songs From The Cool World

Warner Brothers Records, 1992

The Witch

 

The Cult_ Singles & B-Sides 1

The Cult: “(Here Comes The) Rain” (Astbury/Duffy)

From the U.K. 12″ single Rain

Original version from the album Love

Beggars Banquet, 1985

(Here Comes The) Rain

 

Express 1

Love And Rockets: “Kundalini Express” (David J/Love And Rockets)

From the album Express

Beggars Banquet Records, 1986

Kundalini Express

 

Sweet F.A.

Love And Rockets: “Sweet Lover Hangover” (Ash/Love And Rockets)

From the album Sweet F.A.

American Records, 1996

Sweet Lover Hangover

 

Exile in Guyville

Liz Phair: “Divorce Song” (Phair)

From the album Exile In Guyville

Matador Records, 1993

Divorce Song

 

Liz Phair

Liz Phair: “Extraordinary” (Phair/Christy/Edwards/Spock)

From the album Liz Phair

Capitol Records, 2003

Extraordinary

 

Psychocandy

The Jesus And Mary Chain: “Some Candy Talking” (Reid/Reid)

From the album Psychocandy

Blanco y Negro, 1985

Some Candy Talking

 

Honey's Dead

The Jesus And Mary Chain: “Far Gone And Out” (Reid/Reid)

From the album Honey’s Dead

Blanco y Negro, 1992

Far Gone And Out

 

So Tonight That I Might See

Mazzy Star: “Fade Into You” (Sandoval/Roback}

From the album So Tonight That I Might See

Capitol Records, 1993

Fade Into You

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