154: Sunday Brunch (1988, Pt. 1)

1988. It was the year H.W. “Read My Lips” Bush defeated Dukakis. The Wonder Years and Roseanne were all the rage, but many of us were tuned in to Mystery Science Theater 3000 instead. Libyan terrorists bombed a Pan Am flight over Lockerbie. The Soviets got the hell out of Afghanistan. Every little kid in America wanted a Tastybake oven. Nike just did it. The Cubs played their first night game at Wrigley. And Beetle Juice was one of our favorite flicks. Musically, it was a great year for the Little Records crowd. On this special edition of Sunday Brunch, I present Part 1 of a two-part series in which I explore the year 1988 by spinning some of my favorite songs from that calendar year. We’ll hear from Dinosaur Jr. (pictured), The Church, The Feelies, The Bats, Band of Susans, Fugazi, The Fall, The Posies, The Darling Buds, The Godfathers, Camper Van Beethoven, The Pooh Sticks, Eleventh Dream Day, Cowboy Junkies, The Bevis Frond, My Bloody Valentine, Cocteau Twins, Jane’s Addiction, The Wild Swans, Camouflage, Skinny Puppy, Jesus & Mary Chain, Alice Donut, Shudder to Think, and lots more.


  1. The Church — Reptile
  2. Alice Donut — American Lips
  3. The Darling Buds — Burst
  4. The Brilliant Corners — Oh!
  5. E-I-E-I-O — Andy Warhol’s Dead But I’m Not
  6. The Fall — Victoria
  7. The Posies — What Little Remains
  8. The Sneetches — Nowhere At All
  9. Eleventh Dream Day — Coercion
  10. Cowboy Junkies — Misguided Angel
  11. Choo Choo Train — Big Blue Buzz
  12. The Pooh Sticks — On Tape
  13. Shudder To Think — Abysmal Yellow Popcorn Wall
  14. Fugazi — Give Me The Cure
  15. Green River — Rehab Doll
  16. American Music Club — Firefly
  17. Camper Van Beethoven — Never Go Back
  18. The Godfathers — The Strangest Boy
  19. My Bloody Valentine — Emptiness Inside
  20. For Against — Sabres
  21. The Feelies — Higher Ground
  22. The Bevis Frond — Lights Are Changing
  23. The Bats — Time To Get Ready
  24. The Wonder Stuff — Unbearable
  25. Dinosaur Jr. — Keep The Glove
  26. Half Japanese — Face Rake
  27. Pere Ubu — We Have The Technology
  28. Hugo Largo — Eskimo Song
  29. Cocteau Twins — Blue Bell Knoll
  30. Jane’s Addiction — Up The Beach
  31. Band Of Susans — Hope Against Hope
  32. Ministry — Deity
  33. Skinny Puppy — Testure
  34. Camouflage — The Great Commandment
  35. The Jesus And Mary Chain — Sidewalking
  36. The Wild Swans — Young Manhood

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