He’s the first act in the countdown with ten or more songs and you won’t see another until #69. Only got to see him once at UCSD RIMAC Arena. Fantastic, of course, even with a blinding light show
80. LENNY KRAVITZ 87. Let Love Rule (89) 87. Mr. Cab Driver (90) 68. Always on the Run 46. It Ain’t Over ‘Til it’s Over (91) 71. Believe 12. Are You Gonna Go My Way (93) 84. Thinking Of You 10. Fly Away (98) 33. American Woman (99) 82. Again (00) 81. Dig In (01). 351POINTS/11songs
Not to be confused with that other band from the British isles that had a mulleted singer, a member named The (something), had a career defining concert in the western USA that was almost rained out, had their biggest hit in ’87 that featured a pulsing synthline and then got more rootsy right after. By the time I saw them in 1988 at USD, their set had become hilariously predictable in its bring it down then back up anthemically and insert your town here-ness. I was too young to be that cynical! I still love that first record. Hey, they were good enough early-on that the Clash followed THEM around and busked at their shows(!)
79. THE ALARM 5. The Stand (1983), 20. Strength (85) 19. Rain in The Summertime (87) 65. Rescue Me (Live) (88) 40. Sold me down the River (89) 47. The Road (90) 356points/6songs
Their five song total is the least of any act in the top 91: Being ranked this high with so few songs, none of which get any radio play anymore is a testament to their early popularity. Obviously they would’ve ranked much higher but all of their biggest hits came before 91X was doing countdowns. The band played the infamous 1987 MeXfest festival in Tijuana and a station five-year anniversary show the following year.
78. SQUEEZE 40. Hits Of The Year, 10. Last Time Forever (85) 11. Hourglass (87) 24. If it’s Love (89) 18. Satisfied (91) 357/5
My family’s audio/video biz did trade with the station for years but mostly while I was in LA. I got a call from my dad one day because he’d got a pair of tickets in the front row against the walkway to the second stage for Peter Gabriel’s Secret World. I blew off seeing Jellyfish at the Palace for the 13th(!) time and came down for the show. Smart decision. It was a stunner. I’d had the idea for this Halloween costume for maybe ten years and finally did it last year for the Blasphemous Guitars’ set at the Belly Up. I was upstaged when John Cusack handed him a boombox onstage at the Hollywood Bowl just a few weeks before. Jerk.
77. PETER GABRIEL 35. In Your Eyes 28. Red Rain 23. Big Time 5. Sledgehammer (86) 78. Steam 26. Digging in the Dirt (92) 357/6
Too soon. Most of Bowie’s most famous tunes are pre-1983 which is why you don’t see them listed here. The station has always played punk and new wave bands from the late 70’s but, other than Bob Marley, David Jones is the only act whose songs from the early & mid 70’s have been played regularly. Still, the Thin White Duke has not shown America’s Finest City much love. Other than backing Iggy Pop in 1977 and two Tin Machine shows at Spreckles in 1991 (see photo in comments), he hasn’t played here since 1978. Thanks to Skid Roper for sharing this awesome photo from Marco Casula’s page.
76. DAVID BOWIE 67. China Girl, 46. Modern Love, 22. Lets Dance (1983), 18. Blue Jean(84), 53. Dancing In the Streets (w/Mick Jagger) (85) 86. Time Will Crawl 61. Never let me down (87) 71. Pretty Pink Rose (w/Adrian Belew) (90) 42. I’m Afraid Of Americans (97) 362/9
I had a roommate who loved them so I had the “pleasure” of seeing them twice. I actually recently realized that I saw them a third time at a KROQ acoustic show but had forgotten. They were THAT good live. Exactly what you’d expect them to be.
75. THE CRANBERRIES 53. Dreams 4. Linger (93) 7. Zombie (94) 64. Ridiculous Thoughts 51. Lair 27. Ode to my Family (95) 73. Salvation (96) 365/7
I remember wanting to see them at Del Mar Fairgrounds where they were filming a live concert video but my parents insisting I go to dinner at our neighbors’ house across the street. They have no recollection of this. I listenined to 91X on headphones in their backyard and truly felt Costello singing “I would rather be anywhere else than here today.” First world problems.
74. THOMPSON TWINS 91. Lies, 53. Watching (1983), 47. Doctor, Doctor, 44. You Take Me Up, 21. Hold Me Now, 6. The Gap (84) 32. Roll Over 22. Lay Your Hands (85) 55. Sugar Daddy (89) 365/8
The first time I heard him sing, I thought it had to be a joke but they became one of the few RAWK bands in the last decade that I liked. When Geezer took regular naps in our set, I always wanted to wake up and play “WAKE UP!….” Someday….while we’re young.
73. SYSTEM OF A DOWN 39. Aerials (02) 50. Innervision (03) 56. Question 39. BYOB 19. Hypnotize (05) 52. Lonely Day 18. Hypnotize (06) 371/7
Love those harmonies and no one’s lyrics make me laugh more.
72. ALICE IN CHAINS 71. Good Intentions (95) 39. Them Bones 13. Would (92) 85. Angry Chair (93) 53. No Excuses (94) 62. Grind (95) 60. Heaven Beside You (96) 28. Check My Brain (09) 38. Your Decision (10) 379/9
Never cared enough to love or hate them though I know lots of girls who adore Shirley. Four songs in their first year on the charts, I see. It ain’t garbage, just not for m
71. GARBAGE 75. Supervixen 35. Stupid Girl 30. #1 Crush 14. Only Happy When It Rains (96) 22. Push It 14. I Think I’m Paranoid (98) 86. Bleed Like Me 77. Why Do You Love Me (05) 383points/8songs
5 years in between hits: LENNY KRAVITZ, Pepper (96) The Shame Of Life (01)
6 years in between hits: PETER GABRIEL Sledgehammer (86) Digging in the Dirt (92)
7 years between hits: DAVID BOWIE Pretty Pink Rose (w/Adrian Belew) (90) I’m Afraid Of Americans (97), GARBAGE I Think I’m Paranoid (98) Why do you love me (05),
13 years between hits: ALICE IN CHAINS Heaven Beside You (96) Check My Brain (09)
Four year streak: Cranberries 93-96,
Five year streak: Alice In Chains 92-96
Four songs in one year: Thompsn Twins (84), Peter Gabriel (86), Garbage (96)
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