Back in October 2012, HERC wrote about Rhino's all-too-brief 1996 series, Hang The DJ: Modern Rock, which covered the years 1986-1988. At the end of the piece, HERC mentioned he was already thinking about what future volumes would sound like and now he's able to reveal those three imagined 18 track discs: one each for 1989, 1990 and 1991. The audition process was fierce. After assembling a list of nearly 200 songs for each year from radio station playlists and Billboard's Modern Rock charts, bands were pitted in battle of the bands competitions until 18 songs remained for each year. If a band had more than one song on a year's list, they first had to battle themselves to determine which one song would represent them through the rest of the selection process. Each album's tracks are not in any order.
We begin with 1989, which kicks off with the rollicking "Love Shack". Back then, it was a favorite of HERC's two year old daughter in the car. The song is one of six Number Ones from Billboard's Modern Rock chart in 1989. HERC's favorite tracks on Modern Rock 1989 are:
April #1 Modern Rock, #3 Pop, #9 Mainstream Rock Such a dreamy and decadent tune opening with these three lines: "Don't know what color your eyes are baby/but your hair is long and brown/Your legs are strong and your so, so long"
1990 and 1991 will be along shortly