59 episodes

This Is Modern Rock is a podcast about Alternative Rock Music of the 80's & 90's. Each episode takes a look at one month on the Billboard Modern Rock charts, beginning with September 1988. This Is Modern Rock is currently in Season 5 (1992).
Hosted by Will Westercauw - thisismodernrock@gmail.com

This Is Modern Rock: Alternative Rock Music of the 80's & 90's This Is Modern Rock Podcast

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    • 4.5 • 41 Ratings

This Is Modern Rock is a podcast about Alternative Rock Music of the 80's & 90's. Each episode takes a look at one month on the Billboard Modern Rock charts, beginning with September 1988. This Is Modern Rock is currently in Season 5 (1992).
Hosted by Will Westercauw - thisismodernrock@gmail.com

    59 - Faith No More "Midlife Crisis" (August 1992)

    59 - Faith No More "Midlife Crisis" (August 1992)

    Will Westercauw is joined by Michael Allen (The Wolfgang Press)to talk about his musical journey and the songs of August 1992.

    Songs under discussion include:
    Faith No More - "Midlife Crisis"
    Morrissey - "Tomorrow"
    The Wolfgang Press - "A Girl Like You"
    Sonic Youth - "100%"

    Season 5 Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0qoJndh54yyb7fm9sLzL0A?si=4a4c1a224419483b

    • 35 min
    58 - The Lemonheads "It's A Shame About Ray" (July 1992)

    58 - The Lemonheads "It's A Shame About Ray" (July 1992)

    Will Westercauw is joined by Matt Spix to talk about the modern rock songs of July 1992.

    Songs under discussion include:
    The B-52s - "Good Stuff"
    The Lemonheads - "It's a Shame About Ray"
    L7 - "Pretend We're Dead"
    Peter Murphy - "You're So Close"

    Season 5 Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0qoJndh54yyb7fm9sLzL0A?si=ab89d8f83d084e9a

    • 33 min
    57 - Meryn Cadell "The Sweater" (June 1992)

    57 - Meryn Cadell "The Sweater" (June 1992)

    Meryn Cadell joins will to talk about the modern rock songs of June 1992, David Letterman performances, Tim Curry, Sinead O'Connor, changing cultural attitudes, and so much more. This interview was recorded February 12, 2022.

    Songs under discussion include:
    The Cure - "Friday I'm In Love"
    The Jesus & Mary Chain - "Far Gone and Out"
    Chris Mars - "Popular Creeps"
    Meryn Cadell - "The Sweater"

    Season 5 Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0qoJndh54yyb7fm9sLzL0A?si=669e81ab41844a12

    • 53 min
    56 - COVID and Modern Rock

    56 - COVID and Modern Rock

    Will and Orly pay tribute to four musicians who died during the COVID pandemic: Adam Schlesinger, Dave Greenfield, Matthew Seligman and Mark Lanegan.

    Season 5 Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0qoJndh54yyb7fm9sLzL0A?si=e6beba5ebb4c48e5

    • 44 min
    55 - The Sound of Seattle (1992 Bonus)

    55 - The Sound of Seattle (1992 Bonus)

    Will sits down to an epic double-length interview with musician Ron Nine (Love Battery, Purple Strange) to talk about the music of Seattle, 1992. Bands under discussion include Temple of the Dog, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Mudhoney, Mother Love Bone, and (of course) Love Battery.

    Season 5 Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0qoJndh54yyb7fm9sLzL0A?si=072a59a21a6f40b2
    Purple Strange bandcamp Page: https://purplestrange.bandcamp.com/album/purple-strange

    • 1 hr 7 min
    54 - Cracker "Teen Angst" (May 1992)

    54 - Cracker "Teen Angst" (May 1992)

    Will and Orly listen to the big songs of May 1992, and share some thoughts on BTS, cracker varieties and Edie Brickell. Songs under discussion include:

    Cracker - "Teen Angst (What the World Needs Now)"
    Charlatans UK - "Weirdo"
    XTC - "The Ballad of Peter Pumpkinhead"
    Red Hot Chili Peppers - "Under the Bridge"

    Season 5 Spotify Playlist: https://open.spotify.com/playlist/0qoJndh54yyb7fm9sLzL0A?si=9b69590c5c29423c

    • 35 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
41 Ratings

41 Ratings

Dan S. from Palos Hills ,

Great show and addition to my commute

I just started listening a few weeks back when I heard Will on another podcast. This is a nice, quick podcast that is interesting and introducing me to some songs I hadn’t heard or was too young to appreciate at the times of their releases. Will has great discussions with his guest hosts.

Chellsam ,

Teaching Old Dogs New Tricks

This podcast is well-researched, interesting, and funny. I'm an old dog now, but these were the songs that provided the soundtrack to my youth. It wasn't easy to learn about your favorite music pre-internet, so hearing the connections and stories about the bands is fascinating. Will is insightful, chooses relevant info, and provides funny anecdotes. I've discovered some bands that I didn't know existed and re-discovered music that faded into the background.

JohnnyRockett13 ,

Great music choices, fun insight

If you grew up listening to modern rock and watching 120 Minutes this podcast is for you. Will and guests provide fun commentary on what was hot on the modern rock charts. I’ve heard songs I’ve loved, songs I’ve hated, songs I’ve never heard, and songs that I was sure were stuff from my dreams. Give it a listen. You won’t regret it.

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