I specialize in Classic Alternative. From the late 1970's through to this very day. Playing classic New Wave, Synth Pop, New Romantic, Post Punk, Industrial, Punk, Ska, Reggae, Brit-Pop, Grunge, Trip Hop, Alternative, Electronic and much more! Tune in for DJ BK's Modern Rock #1's which is uploaded every week. On this series I chronicle every single song that has ever hit the #1 spot on Billboard's Modern Rock chart. The chart started in 1988 with Siouxsie and the Banshees taking the top spot ...
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The B-52's hit #1 for the 3rd and final time on the Modern Rock Chart on July 11th, 1992. The song Good Stuff went to the top spot for 4 consecutive weeks. This was the only B-52's album that Cindy Wilson did not appear on as she took a hiatus from the group. Join me as I break it down.
Going to #1 on the week of June 13th, 1992 was The Cure with Friday I'm In Love. Robert Smith intentionally wrote and composed a song that was the complete opposite of what one would expect from his band The Cure. He didn't like being entirely lumped in with the gloom and goth crowd. So, we get a peppy love song. Join me for the breakdown.…
Going to #1 for 2 consecutive weeks on the week of May 30th, 1992 was XTC with The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead. What would happen if someone was a bit too perfect? Andy Partridge thinks he has the answer to that. Join me for the breakdown.
Going to #1 for one week on May 23rd 1992 was The Charlatans with Weirdo. This hammond organ heavy, brit pop track was the bands most successful US single release. They went by the name The Charlatans UK in North America as to not confuse them with an earlier psychedelic rock band. Join me for the breakdown.…
Going to #1 on the week of May 9, 1992 for 2 consecutive weeks was the Bakersfield, California rockers Cracker with their debut single Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now). These guys truly did capture the feel of the time and the emerging Gen X sound. Join me for the breakdown.
Going to #1 for 4 consecutive weeks on April 11, 1992 was The Cure with their single "High." The Cure really write two styles of songs, it's either existential despair or love songs. This one falls into the latter category. Join me for the break down.
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Finally, a song with lots to talk about. I find it hard to believe that this track only went to #1 on Modern Rock for a single week. It has remained etched into the public music consciousness to this day and many consider it one of the greatest tracks of all time. But this song did not come easy for the group. In fact, it almost resulted in their b…
The final album from the Icelandic alternative rock group The Sugarcubes featured Hit as the lead singer. A song about the confusion of love with the usual distinctive vocals from Bjork. This track went to #1 on February 29, 1992 for an amazing 5 consecutive weeks.
Another some what forgotten song that went on a multi week #1 run. This time it's from the iconic Lou Reed on February 8th, 1992 with his single What's Good going #1 for 3 weeks. A soundtrack song initially, that made it on to his 1991 album Magic and Loss. Join me for a deeper breakdown of what this track is all about.…
The final new release single from the legacy alternative band The Talking Heads. This song went to #1 for 1 week on February 1, 1992. Originally composed for a film released in 1991 that was set in the year 2000. Singer David Byrne tried to envision what the music of the near future might sound like. Join me for the breakdown and find out what he d…
The second single from Achtung Baby was Mysterious Ways and it went to #1 on Nov 30th, 1991 for 9 consecutive weeks. That is quite the run. The song was actually born out of a studio improv session when the guys couldn't get over how groovy Adam Clayton's bassline was. Join me for the breakdown.
Can you believe this track only went to #1 for 1 week? Nirvana topped the modern rock chart on November 23rd, 1991 with their lead single from Nevermind. Despite only being #1 for 1 week it would go on to change the landscape of alternative music forever.
U2 was back with their lead single from their seventh studio album, Achtung Baby. It went number 1 for 2 consecutive weeks on Nov 9, 1991. The band introduced a crunchier more experimental sound with this release and Bono got highly conceptual. Join me for the breakdown.
The very first #1 for the Red Hot Chilli Peppers. A band that has gone on to have 13 different number one chart toppers on Modern Rock, which is the most of any group in chart history. This one topped the chart for 2 consecutive weeks starting the week of October 26, 1991. Join me for the breakdown.
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This track actually went to #1 for 5 consecutive weeks on September 21st, 1991. That's quite a run for a song that likely get's no airplay anymore. This English singer-songwriter has had a lengthy career. Join me for the breakdown.
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The next some to go #1 on Modern Rock was from The Psychedelic Furs with Until She Comes. It would go to #1 for 2 consecutive weeks on September 7, 1991 and would be the groups 3rd song to go #1 in the short history of the chart to this point.
In 1991 Mick Jones' Big Audio Dynamite became Big Audio Dynamite II. The lead single from the album The Globe was Rush and it went to #1 for 4 consecutive weeks on August 10th, 1991. It borrowed heavily from many different songs.
The first band that ever went #1 on Modern Rock the first week the chart was formed in 1988 was Siouxsie and the Banshees. They are back on July 6, 1991 with their second #1 song with Kiss Them For Me. This was the bands most successful single in the United States.
Electronic was a supergroup of sorts featuring Bernard Sumner from New Order and Johnny Marr who may be best know as The Smiths lead guitarist. The group often featured prominent guest vocal appearances from other heavyweight peer artists. This song went to #1 on the week of June 22nd, 1991 for 2 consecutive weeks.…
Elvis Costello goes all Beach Boys pastiche with a good time, California feel to the music, contrasted with dark lyrical content. This track went to number one of the week of May 25th, 1991 for 4 consecutive weeks.
Going to number 1 for two consecutive weeks on the week of May 11th, 1991 was Simple Minds with See The Lights. This relatively hook-less song probably wouldn't make it far on Modern Rock radio these days, and it certainly shows how much the chart has changed since 1991.
Toronto spawned many great New Wave bands in the late 1970's and early 1980's. One of the most prominent in Canadian New Wave music history was the group Blue Peter. Fronted by Paul Humphrey, these guys formed in 1978 and had much success in Canada in the early to mid 1980's. Humphrey recently passed away this April. So let's take a look at the Can…
Going to #1 for 8 weeks on March 16th, 1991. This song catapulted REM from underground group into mainstream stardom with a very unlikely hit. Tune in to find out what this track is really about and how it all came together. Clip 1 - Michael Stipe on Losing My Religion
The alternative rock/dance group Jesus Jones went to number 1 on February 9th, 1991 for 5 consecutive weeks with this hopeful song. Inspired by the collapse of the Berlin wall, and used by countless politicians in political campaigns. Join me for the break down of what was the most played song on College Rock Radio in 1991.…
There is a rather strong connection between Sarah McLachlan and Industrial music. Her vocals have ended up on a few prominent 80's industrial tracks from Vancouver, BC. Thanks to Nettwerk records her career launched. Tune in to find out the connection between Sarah McLachlan and Industrial music. Audio in the episode 1 - Moev - Alibis 2 - Much Musi…
On this episode we take a brief look at the debut album Please from The Pet Shop Boys. Why did the group call the record Please? Why has the album seen a sudden surge in popularity in 2021? What's with the cover design? Tune in an find out. Clips 1) The Pet Shop Boys - Opportunities 2) The Pet Shop Boys - Two Divided By Zero 3) The Pet Shop Boys - …
The first single from Stings The Soul Cages album. It was written out of the grief of dealing with the death of his father and is layered with imagery from Stings childhood as well as challenging rituals and cultural tradition. It went to number one on January 26th, 1991 for two consecutive weeks.
One of the first punk rock bands to come out of Toronto. The Diodes were really the tale of the band that almost struck it big, but just never quite made it. Episode Clips (In Order) The Diodes - Tired of Waking Up Tired The Diodes - Terminal Rock The Diodes - Dead on Arrival The Diodes - Burn Down Your Daddy's House The Diodes - Photographs From M…
It was March 19th, 1990 and Depeche Mode took the world by storm with their 7th studio album. They had been around for over a decade but they finally broke into the mainstream thanks to massive singles like Personal Jesus and Enjoy the Silence. In fact, Depeche Mode were so popular that they inadvertently incited a riot. Join me at this look at Dep…
On this day we had a couple of massive releases in 1977 from legacy artists Iggy Pop and The Clash. There's some events from The Sex Pistols and The Ramones, and a few birthdays to recognize.
This track by The Happy Monday's was the first song to go number one on Modern Rock in the year 1991. It borrowed heavily from an old Labelle song as well as being great influence by another song from the group Hot Chocolate. The Monday's were all about the groove when putting together this track. Join me for the break down.…
What happened on March 11th in Classic Alternative history? Tune in and find out what went down and who was born as DJ BK breaks it down for you.
Legendary goth band The Sisters of Mercy went to #1 for the week of December 15th, 1990 with More. Did you know Meat Loaf covered this song? Join me for the breakdown. Remember to check out all things DJ BK on Twitter @djbkretro
Another song to hit number one for 4 non consecutive weeks. This iconic track is pretty much about what the title suggests. Perry Farrell had a tendency for kleptomania throughout his life. He started when he was 5.
The Replacements hit the top spot again with their lead single from their 1990 release All Shook Down. The track is Merry Go Round and saw the band take a tamer and more radio friendly approach. It went to #1 on October 13, 1990 for the first of 4 non consecutive weeks.
This song went to #1 for 2 weeks on September 29, 1990 and then back to #1 for another week on October 20, 1990. It marked a shift for the band back into guitar based music after dabbling with synthesizers for years prior.
The lead single from INXS's 1990 album X. This song was actually inspired by a dye job of pop singer Kylie Minogue's hair. Join me for the break down of this classic track that surprisingly only went to #1 for 1 week on September 22, 1990.
The first band to embrace the new wave sound in Canada formed in 1977 in Toronto as part of the art and punk scenes on Queen Street West. Fronted by visual artist Michaele Jordana, The Poles saw much success around the city of Toronto with their single "CN Tower." Clips: 1 - The Poles - Prime Time 2 - Punk Rock in Toronto 76 to 79 interview with Jo…
Indie rock group The Railway Children were active in the UK from the mid 1980's. A charting pop hit had always alluded them through a few albums but in 1990 they finally charted in the UK with this song. It also went to #1 on Modern Rock for the week of September 8th, 1990. Join me for the breakdown.…
Just around the time The Stooges and MC5 were making a name for themselves across the midwestern United States, Simply Saucer from Hamilton were treading similar ground sonically. This genre became known as "Rust Belt Punk." Join me for the breakdown of one of Canada's first alternative bands.
Stop! from Janes Addiction was written back in 1986 but not officially released until 1990. It went to #1 for the week of September 1st, 1990 for 2 non consecutive weeks. Join me for the break down of this classic track.
David J has had a lengthy career playing in several heavy hitters in the classic alternative world. He went number 1 with this track on August 18th, 1990. Join me to find out more about who this guy is!
This was the most successful single for the UK rock band Gene Loves Jezebel in the United States. Going #1 on Modern Rock for the week of August 11th, 1990 and then regaining the #1 spot for another week on August 25th.
This classic song from Concrete Blonde went #1 for 4 straight weeks on Modern Rock starting on July 14th 1990. Tune in as I break it down and tell you who the song is really about
This track from the group World Party went to #1 on Modern Rock for 5 straight weeks (what a run!) on June 9th, 1990. Join me for the breakdown and some info on just who the heck World Party are?
Everyone knows about London and New York. But did you know that Toronto had quite the interesting and diverse punk rock scene in the 1970's? Join me for a multi part look at Toronto Punk Rock.