Baton Rouge 80’s Local Music

In the late 70’s and early 80’s, the Baton Rouge local music scene was super-hot. I enjoy reading about this time, because in 1982 I was introduced to WPRG, now known as KLSU, and started hearing lots of cool music I had never heard before on commercial radio. WBRH had a rock show that started at 3:00, and since I liked a guy who was into that music, that’s what I got into for a time. Once I went to LSU, everything changed (although I do still enjoy Rush). What a great radio station broadcasting from inside the guts of Tiger Stadium! Geaux Tigers!

Some of the bands I was listening to on WPRG in the Fall of ’82 and Spring of ’83 were the U.S. Times, Gang of Four, the Cold (from New Orleans), Wall of Voodoo, English Beat, Trio, the Pretenders first album, Squeeze, the Ramones, Sex Pistols, 60’s Beatles, 60’s Rolling Stones, B-52’s, Psychedelic Furs, R.E.M. and the Clash. I’ve compiled some of these into a fabulous list. Click on the atomic particle to open a new window for listening.

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Here are a couple of links you might enjoy regarding the punk/new wave scene of the 80’s as it pertained to Baton Rouge:

Detailed blog discussion of the Baton Rouge 80’s local music scene

Punk Rock in the American South: Comprehensive guide to punk and indie releases in the late 70’s and early 80’s. Tons of album covers, also partial discographies and some reviews. A real gem!

Dash Rip Rock: Read the whole thing or scroll down a little more than halfway to find “The History of Baton Rouge Punk”, which brings me right back to that time and those places. Loads of anecdotes.



3 Responses to Baton Rouge 80’s Local Music

  1. mightyfavog says:

    Hey! Thanks for the comment on my BRHS post. My active blog — the WordPress blog is a backup — is at

    And the website is at .

    If you like stuff like the U.S. Times, the Cold, Dash (I worked on the Daily Reveille with Bill Davis), Bas Clas, etc. and so on, you will love my show, 3 Chords & the Truth. It’s eclectic, and the good old bands from back in the BR day show up fairly regularly.

    You can get to it from both the blog page and the website.

  2. Diane says:

    Thanks so much for posting both this info and the BRHS stuff on your own site. I am going to visit as soon as I have some free moments to savor it!

  3. Susan says:

    I attended LSU from 1980-84 & have fond memories of the U.S. Times. Unfortunately, I no longer have any of their music. I particularly loved the song, “I’m an Actor”, and am searching for a download. Can anyone help me PLEEEEASE?

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