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… 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… 2004-10-12 Various Artists
Music Review

Left of the Dial: Dispatches From the '80s Underground (2004)

EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Oct 12, 2004; Lead Performance: Various Artists

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 Oct 29, 2004 Published in issue #790 Oct 29, 2004 Order article reprints