Fricke's Picks: College-Rock Flashback

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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.