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This Is Modern Rock: Alternative Rock Music of the 80's & 90's


This Is Modern Rock is a podcast about Alternative Rock Music of the 80's & 90's. Each episode takes a look at one month on the Billboard Modern Rock charts, beginning with September 1988. This Is Modern Rock is currently in Season 5 (1992). Hosted by Will Westercauw -

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54 - Cracker "Teen Angst" (May 1992)

Dec 30 • 35:43
Will and Orly listen to the big songs of May 1992, and share some thoughts on BTS, cracker varieties and Edie Brickell. Songs under discussion include:

Cracker - "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)"
Charlatans UK - "Weirdo"
XTC - "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead"
Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Under the Bridge"

Season 5 Spotify Playlist:…34f44538e...

53 - U2 "One" (April 1992)

Dec 13 • 39:58
Will is joined by Rob Elba, host of That Record Got Me High podcast, to talk about the modern rock hits of April 1992. Songs under discussion include:

U2 - "One"
The Cure - "High"
Ride - "Leave Them All Behind"
Miracle Legion - "Snacks & Candy"

That Record Got Me High podcast:
Season 5 Spotify Playlist:…34f44...

52 - They Might Be Giants "Fingertips" (Bonus Episode)

Nov 1 • 26:25

51 - Teenage Fanclub "The Concept" (March 1992)

Oct 12 • 35:58
Alison Dennis (Dr. Something) joins Will to talk about the importance of mass transit, sexy ghosts, and of course, the Modern Rock songs of March 1992.

Lightning Seeds - "Life of Reilly"
Concrete Blonde - "Ghost of a Texas Ladies Man"
Teenage Fanclub - "The Concept"
They Might Be Giants - "The Statue Got Me High"

Dr. Something:

Season 5 Spotify Playlist...

50 - Matthew Sweet "Girlfriend" (Feb 1992)

Sep 27 • 35:30

49 - Talking Heads "Sax and Violins" (Feb 1992)

Sep 13 • 41:51

48 - Dramarama "Haven't Got A Clue" (Jan 1992)

Aug 28 • 38:00

47 - American Music Club "Rise" (Bubbling Under 1991)

Aug 5 • 32:45
Will Westercauw and his guest host Julia Fernandez (Pleasure Holiday, The Fall Colors) discuss four songs that didn't chart on the Modern Rock charts in 1991, but maybe should have?..

American Music Club - "Rise"
Mercury Rev - "Car Wash Hair"
Bikini Kill - "Feels Blind"
The Wedding Present - "Dalliance"

Season 4 Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify…?si=34fde14c5db34564

46 - The JudyBats "Native Son" (1991 Wrap-up)

Jul 1 • 47:00
In this extra long bonus episode, Will and Orly discuss statistics and trends in modern rock, as they wrap up the 1991 season.

Songs under discussion include "Native Son" by The JudyBats, "That Ain't Bad" by Ratcat, "There's No Other Way" by Blur, "Crush Story" by Too Much Joy, as well as a bunch of modern rock cover songs.

Season 4 Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify…?si...

45 - The Shamen "Move Any Mountain" (Dec 1991)

Mar 11 • 33:03
Will Westercauw and guest host Brooke Twist (Mieux Mieux) discuss four modern rock songs that charted in December 1991, including "Move Any Mountain" by The Shamen, "Tell Me When Did Things Go So Wrong" by The Smithereens, "Coast Is Clear" by Curve, and "It Won't Be Long" by Alison Moyet.

Season 4 Spotify Playlist:…vPshxrtKRhT7gce34vQM

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