220px Bongwater Breaking No New GroundBefore Nirvana and grunge took over the airwaves in the early 1990s, there were tons of lesser-known and some fairly known bands working in styles ranging from power-pop and folk-rock to psychedelic and gothic. These bands had commercial ambitions of varying degrees. On the one hand, you had purely underground bands like Bongwater, Royal Trux, and The Jesus Lizard. On the other hand, there were bands who placed in the pop charts: The Sundays, King Missile, Cocteau Twins. It was a truly rich era in rock music when the sounds of the underground were ripe with excitement, and what was to become popular was anybody’s guess.

In addition to the above-mentioned artists, you’ll hear Catherine Wheel, Fastbacks, Ride, Jellyfish, The Posies, Pale Saints, Mazzy Star, Yo La Tengo, Spacemen 3, Shudder to Think, The Feelies, Galaxie 500, and more!

Ric on the Radio can be heard every 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 9:00 pm on KRCB-FM Radio 91 / streaming @ norcalpublicmedia.org / Download the FREE KRCB App @ iTunes & Google Play!

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(Photo: Breaking No New Ground, by Bongwater – Cover art/Wikimedia commons)

Ric on the Radio

March 25, 2021

Join Ric on the Radio - Thursday at 9pm

Eric Cullen, aka "Ric", is a musician and music lover who was raised on FM radio, Beethoven, the Carter Family, and Frank Zappa. Born in San Diego, he moved to Sonoma County in 1989 to attend Sonoma State University, earning his b.a. in music in 1991. Since then, he has played in many local bands:…
January 28, 2021

Ric on the Radio Presents The Dude Abides – Thursday at 9pm

That's the name of this week's episode of Ric on the Radio. And who is The Dude's favorite band? Creedence Clearwater Revival, of course! We'll listen to songs from every CCR album and talk about their history. As an added bonus, you'll be treated to my own playacting of key scenes from the movie,…
January 14, 2021

Ric on the Radio Presents "Happy New Year, Part 2" - Thursday at 9pm

Join me this week as we continue the festivities carried over from 2020! Corks will be popped, hooters will be hooted and we shall break out in joyous song! We have a fun and diverse collection of music to get the new year started right. Chuck Berry, Charles Mingus, Jefferson Starship, The…
Jun 13, 2018

Ric on the Radio Presents: O Canada!

This week, Ric continues his travel series with a listen to the bands and artists who have defined Canadian rock n' roll: Steppenwolf, Neil Young,…

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