Ongoing History of New Music

The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 717: Awesome Instrumentals

There have been hit instrumental singles throughout the history of pop and rock from “Tequila” by The Champs to half the Rush canon. But what about in the world of alt-rock? Have there been any real vocals- and lyrics-less hits?  Let’s find out.

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And if things go well, the show will soon be heard on a few other stations. We just lost Winnipeg this week (not our fault; a format change).  I’m also looking for outlets in Vancouver, Kamloops, Kelowna, Red Deer, Grand Prairie, Regina, Saskatoon, Brandon, Windsor,  Montreal, Charlottetown, Moncton, Fredericton, and St John’s and anywhere else with a transmitter. Anyone? Anyone want to start a campaign?

Meanwhile, if you want to go really deep into some of this stories, head to, which is the official archive of all things Ongoing History. This is a place for super fans of alt-rock. Hope you can take a look and start contributing to the stories.

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ 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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3 thoughts on “The Ongoing History of New Music, Episode 717: Awesome Instrumentals

  • Hey Alan, this episode about instrumentals, I cannot find it on the edge site or flink. Is it available anywhere, or is there at least a list of the songs covered in the show? Thanks. Love the show!

    • It’s not posted yet, but I can give you this list of song that appeared in the show. (And you can listen to a playlist of most of the songs on Rdio. Just search for me.)
      Pigbag – Papa’s Got a Brand New Pigbag
      Smiths – Oscillate Wildly
      Art of Noise – Peter Gunn
      Shadowy Men – Having an Average Weekend
      Euphoria – Delerium
      Broken Social Scence – Ambulance for the Ambiance
      Radiohead – Meeting in the Aisle
      Explosions in the Sky – Your Hand in Mind


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