For the record no, it is not lost on me that my show about UK music opens with artists from Ireland and Germany.
This is not the first time that I’ve ventured in these waters. In early 2011 I put together a 1991 beat mix for the site, and in the interest of full disclosure, I lifted a three-song set wholesale from that mix, along with two other songs. I also play a song that I just played two months ago. I try to avoid that when I can, but it just belonged here.
When I was working in the clubs, well, most of these songs didn’t exist yet, but even if they had, I was working in pop clubs that only dabbled in alternative, so I would have been fired on the spot for doing a set like this. Putting this show together wasn’t just fun; it was cathartic.
Coming up next: ‘90s UK Alternative, Part III, the Pop Mix. That might sound like a contradiction in terms, but I promise you, it’s not. What is alternative, after all, if not unpopular pop? You think these bands wanted to be cult bands? They didn’t. They all wanted to be superstars.
Thank you, as always, for listening.