post-punk gems, v. 26 — Guadalcanal Diary

Welcome back to radio K-SAT! A day on the train kept me from posting earlier today, but I hope you’ll enjoy this gem from back in the day by Guadalcanal Diary. This combo hailed from Marietta, GA, and benefitted from being associated with the usual suspects of the “Athens scene” (REM, B-52’s, Pylon, et. al.). They embodied the Americana-jangle sound, and put out four LPs for Elektra before things went south for them. I caught them at a gym at UC San Diego in September 1986 when they opened for REM on the Lifes Rich Pageant tour. (That fun show featured REM’s huddling up after each song to decide what to play next, and Michael Stipe throwing a shoe in the general direction of the frat guy who was non-plussed by the show.)

Here’s the track that got G. Diary on the radio, back in 1985:

Have a lovely week, and–for my fellow northern hemisphere dwellers–keep applying your sunscreen!

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