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.

 

I received the following comment yesterday on last month’s Songs From The Edge: 1989, Part 2 post:

“This series is so great–I started high school in the fall of 1989 and the Edge (and George Girmarc) made growing up in the suburbs of Dallas so much cooler than it had any right to be. So, uh…thanks for this!”

Comments like this make all the work I put into this blog more than worth it. Joolie B, thanks for reading (and listening)– today’s post is just for you!

Songs From The Edge: 1990, Pt. 2

The Origin

The Origin: “Growing Old” (The Origin)

From the album The Origin

Virgin Records America, 1990

Growing Old

I just found this CD last week at a used shop. I took one look at the song listing and immediately knew that I would know track one, and sure enough I remembered every word to “Growing Old” thanks to The Edge. Singer Michael Andrews would go on to collaborate with original Origin member Gary Jules on a classic version of Tears For Fears’ “Mad World” for the Donnie Darko soundtrack.

Kiss of Life

Gene Loves Jezebel: “Jealous” (Aston/Stevenson)

From the album Kiss Of Life

Geffen Records, 1990

Jealous

Gene Loves Jezebel’s “Jealous” reached the top spot on Billboard’s Modern Rock chart in 1990, and even managed to break into the Hot 100 (it peaked at #68). Can I ruin (or perhaps enhance) “Jealous” for you? Tell me that singer Jay Aston doesn’t sound exactly like Ozzy Osbourne on this song…

 

Smooth Noodle Maps

Devo: “Post Post-Modern Man” (Mothersbaugh/Casale)

From the album Smooth Noodle Maps

Enigma Records, 1990

Post Post-Modern Man

I’m not sure if “Post Post-Modern Man” received radio airplay anywhere else in the country, but The Edge treated it like a #1 single. Devo had been off my radar since about 1984 or so, and “Post Post-Modern Man” helped to remind me what I loved about the band in the first place. “That’s Good” will always be my favorite Devo song, but “Post Post-Modern Man” isn’t far behind.

Some Friendly

The Charlatans UK: “The Only One I Know” (Baker/Blunt/Brookes/Burgess/Collins)

From the album Some Friendly

RCA Records, 1990

The Only One I Know

“The Only One I Know” may be a blatant rip-off of Deep Purple’s “Hush,” but that doesn’t mean it’s not awesome. The song was the first Top 10 hot for the band in the U.K., and it also reached #5 on the Modern Rock chart in the U.S. Keyboardist Rob Collins, who helped craft the band’s unique sound with his psychedelic organ, was killed in an auto accident in 1996.

World In Motion [U.S. CD Single]

New Order: “World In Motion [Single Mix]” (Sumner/Hook/Morris/Gilbert/Lewis)

From the U.S. CD single World In Motion

Qwest Records, 1990

World In Motion [Single Mix]

“World In Motion” was a non-album single released by New Order in support of England’s 1990 World Cup team. Was the song a winner?  “World In Motion” remains New Order’s only #1 single in the U.K., and the Three Lions made it to the semifinals in Italy. And, of course, The Edge played the shit out of it. Goal!

Gold Afternoon Fix

The Church: “You’re Still Beautiful” (Kilbey/Wilson-Piper/Koppes/Ploog)

From the album Gold Afternoon Fix

Arista Records, 1990

You’re Still Beautiful

Gold Afternoon Fix was a bit of a commercial disappointment for The Church after the success of Starfish, but it still contained a number of really good songs. “Metropolis” topped the U.S. Modern rock chart in 1990, but the acerbic “You’re Still Beautiful” is by far my favorite song from the album. The Edge only played it a few times, likely due to the inclusion of a certain naughty word. I’m convinced the band did this on purpose, as Arista’s insistence on radio-friendly material had already grown tiresome for The Church.

Bellybutton

Jellyfish: “The King Is Half-Undressed” (Manning/Sturmer)

From the album Bellybutton

Charisma Records, 1990

The King Is Half-Undressed

If you don’t know about Jellyfish, my advice to you is quite simple. The band only made two records, and you should buy them both. Immediately. As in, right now. What are you waiting for? Go!

Lovegod

The Soup Dragons: “I’m Free” (Jagger/Richards)

From the album Lovegod

Big Life/Polygram Records, 1990

I’m Free

A Jagger/Richards composition hadn’t been this danceable since “Miss You.” Don’t be afraid of your freedom!

Reading, Writing And Arithmetic

The Sundays: “Here’s Where The Story Ends” (Gavurin/Wheeler)

From the album Reading, Writing And Arithmetic

DGC Records, 1990

Here’s Where The Story Ends

I fell in love with The Sundays in the summer of 1990. The Edge played “Here’s Where The Story Ends” about once an hour that summer, and I never grew tired of it. One of my biggest concert regrets is that I missed The Sundays when they came through Austin in early 1991, as I never got another chance to see the band live.

If you are interested in another post about my love for The Sundays, check out this entry from the early days of the blog:  https://theanalogkidblog.com/2013/11/24/sunday-morning-sundays/

Happiness

The Beloved: “Time After Time” (Marsh)

From the album Happiness

Atlantic Records, 1990

Time After Time

A little confession: I don’t recall The Edge playing “Time After Time,” and I didn’t really discover the song myself until the late ’90s. It has since become one of my favorite songs, and I couldn’t write a post about 1990 without including it. “Hello” was the big single from Happiness and received a large amount of airplay on The Edge, but “Time After Time” is the song that continues to mesmerize me.

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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.

Jules_Mad_World

Michael Andrews Featuring Gary Jules: “Mad World” (Orzabal)

From the album Donnie Darko: Original Soundtrack

Rambling Records, 2002

Mad World

mad world

Tears For Fears: “Mad World” (Orzabal)

From the U.K. 12″ single Mad World

Also available on the album The Hurting

Mercury Records, 1982

Mad World

No More Tears

Ozzy Osbourne: “No More Tears” (Osbourne/Wylde/Castillo/Inez/Purdell)

From the album No More Tears

Epic Records, 1991

No More Tears

Oh No! It's Devo 1

Devo: “That’s Good” (Mothersbaugh/Casale)

Fromn the album Oh, No! It’s Devo

Warner Brothers Records, 1982

That’s Good

Shades Of Deep Purple

Deep Purple: “Hush” (South)

From the album Shades Of Deep Purple

Tetragrammaton Records, 1968

Hush

Starfish

The Church: “Reptile” (Kilbey/Wilson-Piper/Koppes/Ploog)

From the album Starfish

Arista Records, 1988

Reptile

Gold Afternoon Fix

The Church: “Metropolis” (Kilbey/Wilson-Piper/Koppes/Ploog)

From the album Gold Afternoon Fix

Arista Records, 1990

Metropolis

December's Children (And Everybody's)

The Rolling Stones: “I’m Free” (Jagger/Richards)

From the album December’s Children (And Everybody’s)

London Records, 1965

Sorry guys, there used to be a link to a Stones song right here– until I got a notice that said, “You’re a very naughty boy, Mr. Analog Kid, Please remove our song from your site. Love, Mick & Keef.” I’m a little bummed, but also very honored to be sent a legal notice from the Stones!

 

Some Girls

The Rolling Stones: “Miss You” (Jagger/Richards)

From the album Some Girls

Rolling Stones Records, 1978

Miss You

Happiness

The Beloved: “Hello” (Marsh)

From the album Happiness

Atlantic Records, 1990

Hello

 

 

 

 

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3 responses »

  1. Joolie B says:

    Wow, this is awesome! Thanks.

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