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Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the '80s Underground This may be the first boxed set inspired by a book?in this case, Michael Azerrad's chronicle of '80s underground rock, Our Band Could Be Your Life...Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the '80s Underground This may be the first boxed set inspired by a book?in this case, Michael Azerrad's chronicle of '80s underground rock, Our Band Could Be Your Life...2004-10-29
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Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the '80s Underground

Lead Performer: Various Artists; Status: In Season

This may be the first boxed set inspired by a book?in this case, Michael Azerrad’s chronicle of ’80s underground rock, Our Band Could Be Your Life. But where Azerrad homed in on a handful of standard-bearers, this four-CD survey pulls in some questionable choices. Does Kate Bush rate as underground? No matter: Erring on the side of inclusion, Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the ’80s Underground is like the great college radio station that never was.

Originally posted October 29 2004 — 12:00 AM EDT

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