The Only 1983 Playlist that Matters: The Birth of 80s College Rock

With New Wave now dominating the mainstream in 1983, new bands arose,  taking the driver’s seat from the class of 1979. A lot of these bands were too esoteric for the majors or still hewed to punk idealism, so a new breed of independent record labels arose to serve their audiences. 

College radio stations became the go-to outlet for these bands, which naturally thrived in towns with a lot of schools.