15 Sep 2004
Left of the Dial 
Dispatches from the 80s Underground is a new 4-CD boxed set on Rhino Records available 5 October 2004.

"The 1980s: musically, it was the best of times; it was the worst of times. While Air Supply, .38 Special, Starship, and New Kids on the Block were topping the charts, influential, timeless music was being made in small clubs by bands who were traveling in vans and sleeping on people's floors after the gigs. To tell their story, Rhino now releases LEFT OF THE DIAL: DISPATCHES FROM THE '80s UNDERGROUND, the first boxed set ever to survey this important era in rock, available October 5." Read full press release.

The set features tracks from Joy Division, New Order, OMD, Happy Mondays, The Smiths and The Stone Roses. The extensive sleevenotes include personal reminiscences by Tony Wilson.

Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the '80s Underground
Release date: 5 October 2004
Number of discs: 4
Label: Rhino Records

Disc one

Radio Free Europe R.E.M. (Athens, GA.)
Going Underground The Jam (Woking, England)
A Forest The Cure (Crawley, England)
Holiday in Cambodia Dead Kennedys (San Francisco)
I'm in Love With a German Film Star Passions (London)
I Will Dare The Replacements (Minneapolis)
That's When I Reach for My Revolver Mission Of Burma (Boston)
Johnny Hit and Run Pauline X (Los Angeles)
Just Like Honey The Jesus And Mary Chain (Glasgow, Scotland)
Black Celebration Depeche Mode (Basildon, England)
Tell Me When It's Over The Dream Syndicate (Los Angeles)
Hollywood (Africa) The Red Hot Chili Peppers (Los Angeles)
Temptation New Order (Manchester, England)
Ghosts Japan (London)
A Song From Under The Floorboards Magazine (Manchester, England)
Oblivious Aztec Camera (Glasgow, Scotland)
Don't Want To Know if You Are Lonely Hüsker Dü (St. Paul, Minn.)
Rise Above Black Flag (Hermosa Beach, Calif.)
Back in Flesh Wall Of Voodoo (Los Angeles)
Cattle and Cane The Go-Betweens (Brisbane, Australia)

Disc two:

Message of Love The Pretenders (London)
Vienna Ultravox (London)
Freak Scene Dinosaur Jr. (Amherst, Mass.)
This Charming Man The Smiths (Manchester, England)
Stigmata Ministry (Chicago)
Ways To Be Wicked Lone Justice (Los Angeles)
Wardance Killing Joke (Notting Hill, England)
Enola Gay Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark (Liverpool)
Mirror in the Bathroom The English Beat (Birmingham, England)
Fairytale in the Supermarket The Raincoats (London)
Behind the Wall of Sleep The Smithereens (Carteret, N.J.)
Political Song for Michael Jackson To Sing Minutemen (San Pedro, Calif.)
Punk Rock Girl The Dead Milkmen (Philadelphia)
Still in Hollywood Concrete Blonde (Los Angeles)
Love Will Tear Us Apart Joy Division (Manchester, England)
Blister in the Sun Violent Femmes (Milwaukee)
Lake of Fire Meat Puppets (Tucson, Ariz.)
Amplifier The dB's (Winston-Salem, N.C.)
When Love Breaks Down Prefab Sprout (Newcastle, England)
Goo Goo Muck The Cramps (New York)
This Corrosion Sisters Of Mercy (Leeds, England)
Senses Working Overtime XTC (Swindon, England)

Disc three:

The Cutter Echo & The Bunnymen (Liverpool)
Pay To Cum! Bad Brains (Washington, D.C.)
Birthday The Sugarcubes (Reykjavik)
Madonna of the Wasps Robyn Hitchcock 'n' The Egyptians (London)
We Care a Lot Faith No More (San Francisco)
Teenage Riot Sonic Youth (New York)
To Hell With Poverty Gang Of Four (Leeds, England)
Fa Cé-La The Feelies (Hoboken, N.J.)
Ana Ng They Might Be Giants (Brooklyn, N.Y.)
Swamp Thing The Chameleons UK (Middleton, England)
The Mercy Seat Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds (London)
I Look Around The Rain Parade (Los Angeles)
All That Money Wants Psychedelic Furs (London)
Under the Milky Way The Church (Sydney)
Rise Public Image Ltd. (London)
Kundalini Express Love And Rockets (London)
Gravity Talks Green On Red (Los Angeles)
Adrenalin Throbbing Gristle (Manchester, England)
She Bangs The Drums The Stone Roses (Manchester, England)

Disc four:

Monkey Gone to Heaven Pixies (Boston)
Uncertain Smile (original 7 version) The The (Swadlincote, England)
Bela Lugosi's Dead Bauhaus (Northampton, England)
Christine Siouxsie And The Banshees (Bromley, England)
Straight Edge Minor Threat (Washington, D.C.)
I Want To Help You Ann The Lyres (Boston)
Our Secret Beat Happening (Olympia, Wash.)
Jane Says Jane's Addiction (Los Angeles)
World Shut Your Mouth Julian Cope (Liverpool)
Running up That Hill Kate Bush (Bexleyheath, England)
Sex Beat Gun Club (Los Angeles)
Take the Skinheads Bowling Camper Van Beethoven (Santa Cruz, Calif.)
Institutionalized Suicidal Tendencies (Venice, Calif.)
Pearly-Dewdrops' Drops Cocteau Twins (Grangemouth, Scotland)
24 Hour Party People Happy Mondays (Manchester, England)
I Want You Back Hoodoo Gurus (Sydney)
Suburban Home Descendents (Los Angeles)
A Pair of Brown Eyes The Pogues (Kings Cross, Ireland)
Jet Fighter The Three O'Clock (Los Angeles)
Moving To Florida Butthole Surfers (San Antonio, Texas)
A New England Billy Bragg (Barking, England)

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