So I’m making a Spotify playlist

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A few of you have requested a GOACA playlist, so I’m making one for you, and thought I’d give you an opportunity to make requests. I can’t promise that I will honor them—I am picky, picky when it comes to my music. But I do want to hear them, and if enough of you ask for a particular song,  I probably will include it. Right now I’m having a 90s moment (who am I kidding? I am always having a 90s moment) so I’m listening to a lot of Yo La Tengo. Their song “Our Way To Fall” in particular, which is everything a love song should be.

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    Mockingbird
    12 Sep 2017
    1:21pm

    I’ve been looking for an “if I were cool in the 90s” playlist so I’m very excited about this. I was lucky enough to be in Austin for most of the 90s so I saw some amazing shows but more than that, they had K-NACK, a great alternative radio station. I can find good current playlists (highly recommend the one from the tv show The Bold Type and NPR Music’s Rose Wave) but I can’t find anything that feels like driving around listening to K-NACK.

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      SDK
      13 Sep 2017
      11:26am

      Yes! I’m from Austin and was in high school in the 90s and always had K-NACK blasting in the car. It was definitely formative in my musical tastes, and I miss it so much!

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        Mair Mair
        13 Sep 2017
        12:03pm

        I’ve lived in Austin most of my life, and while I miss K-NACK too, KUTX is outstanding. Format schmormat, they play everything, and I’ve heard so much great music that I would NEVER hear elsewhere (b/c I’m old). Download the app and you can listen wherever you are!

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    Julie
    12 Sep 2017
    1:32pm

    Ah! Anything on “I Can Hear the Heart Beating as One” is gold.

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      KimFrance
      13 Sep 2017
      12:51pm

      Agreed.

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    DeDe
    12 Sep 2017
    1:32pm

    A whole list of nothing but old Yo La Tengo would do it for this commenter (though I am especially partial to Autumn Sweater).

    Also, imho any GOACA playlist would have to have Tina Turner’s Bold Soul Sister on it, but that’s just me!

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    kates
    12 Sep 2017
    1:43pm

    Radiohead please. Either Black Star or Karma Police would be my first choices but really anything would be fab!

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    Adrien
    12 Sep 2017
    2:34pm

    I’m always going to be the vote for David Bowie! If we’re going 90s, perhaps “Little Wonder” or “The Pretty Things Are Going to Hell.” Also, I love his cover of “I Know It’s Gonna Happen Someday.”

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      MariaO
      13 Sep 2017
      10:57am

      And you know I’m always going to second that vote for Bowie . . .

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    Hillary
    12 Sep 2017
    2:48pm

    Long ago you linked to a pinterest board of your favorite music. Use that! I followed it because it had some of my very favorites on there and some I had not thought of in an age.

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      KimFrance
      12 Sep 2017
      3:13pm

      Oh, I definitely plan on consulting that! But I wanted your input as well.

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    Erica
    12 Sep 2017
    2:58pm

    Tiny typo – Our Way To Fall, not fail. (Although fail works for a certain kind of mood.)

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      KimFrance
      12 Sep 2017
      3:19pm

      Ha! That title makes SO much more sense.

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    Jennifer
    12 Sep 2017
    3:18pm

    You might like The Softies 1994-2000

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    Amy
    12 Sep 2017
    3:23pm

    The Smiths, How Soon Is Now

    never gets old

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    M.E.
    12 Sep 2017
    3:56pm

    Oh fun! I’m sure I’ll love your taste in music as much as I love your style suggestions. I have “Autumn Sweater” by Yo La Tengo on my September playlist. And I’m loving “Paris” by the Chainsmokers. And I love “15 to 20” by the Phenomenal Handclap band.

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    kiki
    12 Sep 2017
    4:17pm

    Low! I am especially fond of the album “The Great Destroyer”. Start with When I Go Deaf.

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      kiki
      12 Sep 2017
      4:18pm

      OR! Do you know The Pink Martini’s?

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    Rebecca
    12 Sep 2017
    4:46pm

    Some Sonic Youth never goes amiss..

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    Robin
    12 Sep 2017
    4:57pm

    I walked down the aisle to “Our Way to Fall”!

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      KimFrance
      12 Sep 2017
      5:39pm

      That is so awesome.

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    c.w.
    12 Sep 2017
    5:14pm

    I would be remiss if I did not mention

    McClain Sullivan

    Also, anything Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. (I am soooo old)

    Bonni Raitt

    John Haitt

    The Avett Brothers (I and Love and You)

    Golden Shoulders (I will light you on Fire)

    Lifters (Saints, Gods on the Radio, This is, Carolina)

    Frightened Rabbit (Living in Colour, Not Miserable, Nothing Like You, Swim Until You Can’t See The Land)

    Shinnyribs (Who Built the Moon)

    Trombone Shorty (Neph)

    Bajofondo (Mar Dulce, Infiltrado)

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      Mamavalveeta03
      20 Sep 2017
      1:03am

      I’m old, too, so I love some of your suggestions, cw! Bonnie Raitt and John Hiatt are great, the Avett Bros (Laundry Room), Phantogram (Fall in Love), Alabama Shakes (Hold On, Don’t wanna fight), The Pretenders (Brass in Pocket), Blondie (Heart of Glass), Joni Mitchell (A Case of You), The Staple Singers (Respect Yourself), Courtney Barnett (Pedestrian at Best).

      I just realized that I was raising two girls thru most of the 90’s and then had another baby in 98. No wonder I don’t recall that decade! 😉

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    Suz
    12 Sep 2017
    5:35pm

    Well, off the top of my head….
    Eurythmics, “Thorn In My Side”
    Irma Thomas, “Time Is On My Side”
    Lauryn Hill, “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”
    Lizzo, “Worship Me” & “En Love”
    Grimes, “Oblivion”
    Blood Orange, “EVP” or “It Is What It Is”
    Big Thief, “Shark Smile”
    Phoenix, “If I Ever Feel Better”
    Lucius, “Born Again Teen”
    A Tribe Called Quest, “We The People”

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      Justine
      12 Sep 2017
      9:32pm

      Anything Grimes is a+!

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      Justine
      12 Sep 2017
      9:35pm

      +1 for Grimes

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    AG
    12 Sep 2017
    5:42pm

    Luna- anything off of Penthouse or Bewitched albums,
    Matthew Sweet Girlfriend
    Mazzy Star

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    Nancy
    12 Sep 2017
    6:11pm

    Harvest Moon by Pearl Jam (version)

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    Erica
    12 Sep 2017
    6:24pm

    Autumnal vibe = Fox in the Snow (Belle & Sebastian)
    Cuz I’m a Minnesotan by origin = If I can’t change your mind (Sugar)
    and now that you’ve got me thinking about 90s music = Here comes your man (Pixies)
    Side note: why is it that I want to wrap myself up in an oversized plaid shirt right about now?

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    Gables girl
    12 Sep 2017
    6:34pm

    Rolling Stones of the “Paint it Black” era

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      Mamavalveeta03
      19 Sep 2017
      11:52pm

      I 2nd that!

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    Reed
    12 Sep 2017
    6:57pm

    cigarettes after sex – apocalypse
    also listening to pixies – here comes your man per the previous commenter
    lost on you – lp
    one of these days – bedouine
    the love we almost had – rhiannon giddens
    roma fade – andrew bird
    roman – mashru’ leila

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    Reed
    12 Sep 2017
    6:59pm

    Roman – Mashru’ Leila
    One of these Days – Bedouine
    Here Comes Your Man – Pixies (shout out to previous commenter!)
    Apocalypse – Cigarettes After Sex
    New York – St Vincent
    The Love We Almost Had – Rhiannon Giddens

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    Shelley
    12 Sep 2017
    8:17pm

    “Our Way to Fall” – such a great love song. And the album cover is beautiful too.

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    y.k.
    12 Sep 2017
    8:31pm

    liz phair – stratford
    matisyahu – time of our song
    andrew bird – nervous tic motion
    peter murphy – cuts you up

    i passionately love 80’s, new wave, but eveni admit it can all sound alike, so i will limit my suggestions to

    echo & the bunneymen – killing moon
    siouxsie & the banshees – cities in dust
    yaz – don’t go, only you, situation
    new order – blue monday

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    mlinky
    12 Sep 2017
    8:46pm

    I’m going with a totally non-cool girl selection that makes me dance everytime I hear it: Take On Me, a-ha

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    Liz
    12 Sep 2017
    9:25pm

    Anything from Grace – Jeff Buckley.

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      caroline
      13 Sep 2017
      8:35am

      Saw Jeff Buckley play at the fez a lifetime and a half ago..
      Amazing!

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    kristen
    12 Sep 2017
    9:32pm

    how about Luna? something from the album Penthouse. my male bff is their lead guitarist and they are touring again
    Martin Rev-Mari
    Pavement-Range Life
    Spiritualized-Pure Phase

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    Justine
    12 Sep 2017
    9:34pm

    Sleater Kinney
    Sebadoh
    Pavement
    Guided By Voices
    Liz Phair
    Superdrag

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      Laura Jean
      13 Sep 2017
      9:26am

      Pavement & Liz Phair were pretty much my soundtrack for the second half of the nineties.

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      McKinley
      13 Sep 2017
      11:40am

      Oh man, I could’ve written this list. I still listen to Sleater Kinney when I’ve got something to do that I know needs to be done but won’t be easy.

      And I know it’s definitely not cool, but I’ve started listening to Depeche Mode again (the live album especially). Holy jesus I love them.

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    I.M.
    13 Sep 2017
    12:08am

    You mentioned you were having a nineties moment so I stuck to the 90’s for my request list. I have a hankering for power pop.

    Material Issue – Valerie Loves Me
    Matthew Sweet – Divine Intervention
    The Posies – Solar Sister

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      C-line
      13 Sep 2017
      7:22am

      +1 for Matthew Sweet. Going to his concert this Sat. p.m. What should I wear?LOL

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    caroline
    13 Sep 2017
    8:40am

    So looking forward to your list!!
    I’m having a moody girl music moment..
    Cat Power perhaps?
    Does Morrissey count?
    Love me some power pop in the afternoon as well!

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      Mamavalveeta03
      19 Sep 2017
      11:56pm

      Cat Power…Yes!

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    Candy
    13 Sep 2017
    8:46am

    Please oh please consider “Not Ready to Make Nice” by the Dixie Chicks, their eff-off response to the uproar and music industry sanctions against them for their comments about Pres Bush. Great stand-up-for-yourself song, perfect for GOACA.

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    joannawnyc
    13 Sep 2017
    9:46am

    “Goldmine”–Kimbra (from 2014 though)
    “I’m the best (naega jae jael naga)”–2NE1

    Both great for powering through things in different ways

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    DizInChicago
    13 Sep 2017
    10:00am

    “mr. tough” makes me soooo happy!
    (sorry if this is a repeat, i don’t have time to scroll through right now.)

    also, rare is the day that the melody of “ghost in you” by psychadelic furs doesn’t lift my spirits.

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    Dena
    13 Sep 2017
    11:12am

    Man, I had a boyfriend who made great mixtapes (he became a graphic designer, and the tapes were so perfect that even though the relationship crashed and burned I can’t get rid of them even 15 years later) and Our Way To Fall was on the first tape he ever made for me…God, fall + old songs = crippling nostalgia (not as bad as it sounds). Elevator Love Letter– Stars aren’t ’90s, but there’s a definite vibe. And Cold Hands, Warm Heart, by Brendan Benson? For a change of pace: Everybody Got Their Something, by Nikka Costa. I could do this all day!

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    Susan
    13 Sep 2017
    11:59am

    “Did I Tell You” from Yo La Tengo’s album Fakebook is among my favourite songs of all time. And if you’re willing to include 3 Yo La Tengo Songs on your playlist, Upside Down.

    Otherwise, Summertime Clothes by Animal Collective.

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      Almane
      13 Sep 2017
      9:42pm

      Agree about Summertime Clothes!! Great song!

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    Mair Mair
    13 Sep 2017
    12:10pm

    If its the 90’s, you gotta have some Nirvana, right? But maybe something less well-known. Their unplugged cover of In the Pines is outstanding. Also The Killers, Read My Mind. And I second the Radiohead suggestion.

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    Mieke
    13 Sep 2017
    1:20pm

    Coathangers. If you’re adding YLT, maybe some Christmas & BigDipper too. Bikini Kill. Elastica. Carolina Chocolate Drops. Cocteau Twins.Katzenjammer. Bats for Lashes. Feist. Alabama Shakes. First Aid Kit. Goldfrapp. New Pornographers. Yelle. Iris Dement. Throwing Muses.
    diving deeper back into post -punk: Young Marble Giants, Penetration (Pauline Murray), X-ray Spex, Slits, Romeo Void, Bush Tetras, Pylon. I could go on & on…

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    Debra
    13 Sep 2017
    2:59pm

    Quick dash over here to the blog as a follow-up to your tweet about Tattoo You. Would be happy to have any song from Side 2 on this playlist.

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    Christiana
    13 Sep 2017
    4:18pm

    Haunted by the Pogues?
    Horchata by Vampire Weekend?
    These Important Years by Husker Du?
    Josie Cotton or the Go-Gos for retro fun?
    Tenderness by General Public?
    ANYTHING by Scrawl?
    (Runners up: Team Dresch, Superchunk, Bikini Kill, The Breeders?)

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      Elisa
      13 Sep 2017
      8:03pm

      A vote for the Breeders. And also Hole while I’m at it.

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    Christine
    13 Sep 2017
    6:26pm

    I feel like the 1990s began when Kate Moss appeared on the cover of the July 1990 issue of the Face in that iconic Corinne Day shoot.

    When I think of music from that decade, it’s Stone Roses, My Bloody Valentine, and Clivilles and Cole’s a Deeper Love. I would come to New York City during a few college weekends to dance at Sound Factory, and that song always filled up the dance floor.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpjb6bFpNK8

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    Melsybelsy
    13 Sep 2017
    10:31pm

    Christine – yes – A deeper love is my lift me up track.

    I’m also a 90’s alternative music baby

    A Pixies Track has to be on this list – monkey gone to heaven?
    Here comes your man?
    Yes to Stone Roses and Liz Phair too please.

    There has to be a Depeche Mode song on this list. There must be!!! They are my favorites. You can do the cool Personal Jesus – but you have to check out a song Cover Me from their new album – it’s electronic trippiness.

    If you were to put a girl of a certain age modern day mix – I would include The Avetts, Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings, Alabama Shakes, Black Keys, The Killers,

    Fun…

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      KimFrance
      14 Sep 2017
      12:35pm

      I love Alabama Shakes but am not too familiar with them. Which song(s) do you recommend?

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      Christine
      14 Sep 2017
      5:05pm

      Melsybelsy, In 1991, I went to a concert of Primus, the Pixies and Jane’s Addiction in Vancouver, B.C. and I knew that there was never going to be a better rock show in my lifetime after that one.

      Depeche Mode’s Black Celebration is one of my favorite albums, but if I had to pick one song, it would be their cover of Iggy Pop and the Stooges’ “Dirt.” Thanks for your recommendation of Cover Me. Will check it out on Spotify!

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        Jen
        16 Sep 2017
        4:03pm

        Christine, your comment reminded me of going to Lalapalooza in 1994 in Vancouver (I think it might have been in Cloverdale). The line-up was insane – L7, the Breeders, Nick Cave, the Smashing Pumpkins, the Beastie Boys, the list goes on. It was such an incredible time for music and I’m so glad I got to be a part of it.
        I’m also a huge Depeche Mode fan (saw them in Austin a few years ago – so good!) but I’ve never heard their cover of “Dirt”. I will definitely check that out!

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    Dawn
    13 Sep 2017
    11:20pm

    The Dandy Warhols–Bohemian Like You, We Used To Be Friends!! Love love love them!!

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      Katharine
      14 Sep 2017
      10:07am

      Yes! Did you ever see their documentary?

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        Dawn
        14 Sep 2017
        7:39pm

        I just googled it! I love Brian Jonestown Massacre as well…too bad there’s bad blood there! Lol! So curious, can’t wait to see it. Thanks, Katherine!

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          Maggie
          15 Sep 2017
          10:31pm

          Dig! is my favorite band doc of all time. I went because of the Dandy’s but left obsessed with the BJM and kind of embarrassed for the Dandy’s, who come off as shallow wannabes. I wound up meeting Anton many years ago and he really WAS as difficult to be around as he’s portrayed, and so freaking charismatic.

          My pick for a 90’s sounding though actually late 80’s band everyone should know is the Australian band GOD and their song My Pal. It is just such an instantly cool, catchy, kind of grungy song. I think half the band (who were 15 & 16 at the time) OD’d, sadly.

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    Jen K.
    14 Sep 2017
    10:06am

    How about Luscious Jackson? Natalie Merchant Carnival?

    This is so much fun, love all the suggestions!

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      KimFrance
      14 Sep 2017
      12:34pm

      There will be Luscious Jackson. I used to be friends with them!

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        Jen K.
        14 Sep 2017
        11:01pm

        Ridiculously excited!! And beyond giddy that you were friends with LJ! 🙂

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          Jen K.
          14 Sep 2017
          11:20pm

          Oooh, how about US3 Cantaloop (Flip Fantasia)?

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    Fiona
    14 Sep 2017
    3:57pm

    Mazzy Star – Fade Into You
    Portishead – Glory Box
    Elastica – Stutter
    Radiohead – Creep
    And I’m backing all requests for anything Pixies.

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    Kathy
    15 Sep 2017
    3:22am

    Del Amitri- Always the Last to Know, Roll to Me
    Replacements- Waitress in the Sky, Kiss Me On the Bus
    The Smiths- Girlfriend in a Coma
    The BoDeans- anything!
    10,000 Maniacs- anything, LOVE Cherry Tree
    Talking Heads- Psycho Killer, This Must Be the Place
    R.E.M.! Pick something!
    Material Issue- The Next Big Thing
    Weezer
    Gin Blossoms
    U2!!
    Violent Femmes- Kiss Off
    The Lemonheads- If I Could Talk
    Dead Milkmen- Punk Rock Girl
    TomTom Club- Genius of Love, Under the Boardwalk
    Boomtown Rats- I Don’t Like Mondays

    I have to stop.
    😜

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      Lynne
      19 Sep 2017
      11:13am

      I love the Bodeans and used to listen to them constantly. I saw them in concert in a small venue a long time ago, it was amazing!

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    Melissa
    17 Sep 2017
    7:29pm

    90s New York: blues traveler
    Joan Osborne

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