Ongoing History of New Music Daily: A quaint internet story

Today we get so much of our music online. But twenty-five years ago, the Internet was still an unknown commodity populated by nerdy early adopters.

In the mid-90s, it was considered to be very cutting-edge for an album to spend a couple of hours online chatting with other computer users around the world.

Lou Reed was one of the first to get interactive this way, spending a couple of hours chatting with CompuServe users in 1994. He enjoyed it so much that he convinced Depeche Mode to hold a conference with their fans on a service called Online.  And Sarah McLachlan was in early, too. In 1994, she spent a couple of hours on the bulletin board service created by Nettwerk Records. How quaint, huh?

Check out Wednesday’s post on The Black Keys. And don’t forget to check out my podcast The Ongoing History of New Music where you listen on SpotifyApple PodcastsGoogleStitcher, or wherever you get your on-demand audio.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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