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Sunday 6 January 2019


Referencing kevinpat's  epic Hoboken to Athens compilation in the recent Guadalcanal Diary post had me dusting it down and giving it a listen.
A whopping 74 tracks over three discs.
I was pretty familiar with early R.E.M. and the B52s and the Smithereens, Marshal Crenshaw, the dBs and the Waitresses rang bells.
The vast majority of the artists were however new to me.
The one I was most taken with was Pylon a jangle pop band from Athens, Georgia who have broken up and reformed a couple of times over the years.
The songs featured are from 1980 to 1982 and I have been long been meaning to find out more about them. I think I shall make it a New Years resolution to track down the extended version of their 1980 album Gyrate or their 1983 album Chomp or maybe even both*

Pylon - Cool

Pylon - M-Train

Pylon - Beep

* having checked the prices it is highly unlikely that it will be both!


  1. I don't know 'Chomp', but 'Gyrate' is a corker.

  2. I'll vouch for both albums. Vanessa continues to make music as the Pylon Reenactment Society with a great roster of musicians from the Athens area. New song "Messenger" was No. 15 on my list of best best songs from 2018.

  3. I used to have a Pylon album on tape, Chomp I think (need to check tracklisting). And these 3 songs all sound pretty good.