This is the second of the seven volume Just Say Yes sampler series that Sire Records put out to promote their alternative artists. This CD has many cuts from C86-type indie groups, a genre that was just developing.
- Galbi - Ofra Haza: I really can't stand Middle Eastern singing that uses quarter-tones. I'm sure Haza had a great voice; it's just a cultural thing.
- Will Never Marry - Morrissey: typical Morrissey. Beautiful and depressing Britpop.
- Black Coffee - k.d. lang: lang has a wonderful voice and this 1948 piece is right in line with her neo-torch song period of songs as she tried to be the next Patsy Cline or Brenda Lee. She has the voice for it.
- Behind The Wheel/Route 66 (Mega-Single Mix) - Depeche Mode: Heard this version at a Dallas dance club (Sparx, maybe?) in the summer of 1988 and then spent years looking for a copy. The Behind The Wheel is typically dark and moody which is a nice counterpoint to the upbeat Route 66.
- Bible Dreams - The Wild Swans: Never heard of this band before or since. Sounds like Icicle Works or Echo.
- Chains of Love (Truly in Love with The Marks Bros. Mix) - Erasure: Yes, you know this song. Yes, you've danced to this song. Yes, now this song is stuck in your head.
- Tubular Bells/Pretty Boys and Pretty Girls (Regan's House Medley) - Book Of Love: This medley clocks in at 14:26 which is long even for dance remixes. Though the group was American, they sounded like labelmates Depeche Mode and Erasure. I gave a recording of this to a friend who said he put it in his car and was able to run around town and do all his errands before the song ended. I would have been OK with a version that didn't include the theme from The Exorcist.
- Hot Dog (12" Remix) - Martini Ranch: Actor Bill Paxton doing his best Devo/Was (Not Was) imitation. The song includes the B-52's Cindy Wilson singing, "Knick knack paddywack, give the dog a bone," which is actually the highlight of the track.
- Mexican Women - Throwing Muses: was never a fan a Hersh's voice even though I enjoyed deciphering her lyrics. Can't get past the voice, though. That's a dealbreaker.
- Call Me Blue - A House: While I haven't heard of this band, apparently they are cult favorites in their native Ireland. They stole the guitar riff for this song from fellow countryman The Edge.
- Inside Out (Live) - The Mighty Lemon Drops: When I hear songs like this, I don't understand how I wasn't a fan of this band. This sounds like lots of other British pop music I listened to in the '80s.
- What For - James: Pass.
- Kingdon Chairs - The Soup Dragons: a bad sort of post-punk Buzzocks. This song didn't hit and the band was dropped from Sire not long after.
- Bacchanal Lady (Extended Remix) - David Rudder & Charlie's Roots: who put a calypso track on this alt disc?!? It's not a bad tune (reminds me of Under The Sea from The Little Mermaid), it's just out of place here.
Personal Memory Associated with this CD: I bought this CD solely for the Depeche Mode recording of Route 66.