Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Various Artists - Athens, GA, Inside/Out: Music From The Movie

The soundtrack to the 1987 documentary film about the burgeoning mid-80s music scene in Athens, Georgia, released by the late, lamented I.R.S. Records. At the time, I had been a long-time B-52s fan, and I knew about R.E.M., although I wouldn't really get into them for a couple more years. So I was semi-aware of what was going on down in Athens. But the film and this soundtrack were eye-openers, detailing both the major and minor acts playing in that town.

As luck would have it, later that year I would find myself living in Athens for a time. My house was a tiny, ramshackle shitbox down past the University of Georgia sorority houses, on an extension of Milledge Avenue. But I didn't care - I was young, wild and free, and in the midst of some cutting-edge music. I discovered that the documentary only scratched the surface of what was going on there. I visited the main spots (Uptown Lounge and the 40 Watt) numerous times during my short stay there, and saw some awesome bands: X, The Beat Farmers, The Red Hot Chili Peppers (one of the best live shows I ever saw anywhere). Michael Stipe used to hang out at the bar across the street from the Georgia Theater; most people were cool enough to leave him alone. All in all, Athens was a really great place to live.

I've had this album on cassette for forever; to the best of my knowledge, it's never been released on CD. So this burn won't be 100% high fidelity . . . but it's not too bad, so enjoy.

[20 Feb 2014:  Since this post was written, the powers-that-be have finally seen fit to release this soundtrack on CD, with bonus tracks; I've upgraded my links accordingly, with the updated file - enjoy!]

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  1. Thank you thank you thank you thank you for this! I've been looking all over the place for this album.

  2. Thanks so much for sharing, been wanting to hear this one for a long, long time!

  3. thanks! very cool! have this on vinyl

  4. thanks for sharing - awesome blog - great stuff

    the who
    the clash

    finally got my squalls and flat duo jets fix thanks to you

    peace - seattle !

  5. thanks for the squalls and flat duo jets

    great blog !

  6. Had this on vinyl many many many years ago. Had no idea that it finally got re-issued on CD (only a Wal-Mart selling CDs where I live now) so thanks very much for posting this!