Fricke's Picks: College-Rock Flashback


Indie rock was still called college rock when the Individuals of Hoboken, New Jersey, released their 1981 EP Aquamarine and '82 album Fields. They are now on one CD, Fields/Aquamarine (Bar/None), but it doesn't sound like a reissue. The pop-smart union of taut guitars and spidery rhythms in songs like "Dancing With My Eighty Wives" (on Fields) is a direct road map to the new New Wave of bands like Vampire Weekend (minus the varsity sweaters). The Individuals broke up in 1983, but singer-guitarist Glenn Morrow went on to run Bar/None Records — which is still thriving and still independent.