Go immediately and listen to Strangeways Radio. This is what “alternative” was when I was barely filling in my shoes. Almost half of my CD collection matches their library.
Here are some of the songs I was not familiar with yet really appreciated:
Prefab Sprout – Desire As. “I’ve got six things on my mind. You’re not one of them.”
Honeybreath – For When It’s Almost Over. Diary like guitars, good female harmony.
Trembling Blue Stars – Idyllwild. Light female vocals. “Girl whose favorite thing is snow and being alone”
Health – Die Slow (Nastique Remix) Die Slow (Nastique Remix)
Styrofoam – Extra Careful
Cirrus – Boomerang
Curve – Gift
Gary Numan – Dark
Peter Murphy – I’ll Fall With Your Knife
Secession – Love Lies Bleeding
Courteeners – The Opener
Babble – Hold the sky
Ofra Haza – Show Me
Paper route – Carousel
Plastic Bertrand – Ca Plane Pour Moi (This life’s for me)
Ambra Red – ___? Princess
I also frequent Frequence 3 when I want to hear the latest and popular sludge. For example I was sick of Dragonettes “Hello” months before I heard it in the states. I like being able to vote for the eurodance and against the rap!
Both stations share the same curse: you cannot downvote the cheesy Show hour stuff. I want my radio to play actual music!