International Pop Underground Convention (album)

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International Pop Underground Convention
International Pop Underground Convention.jpg
Compilation album by
Various artists
RecordedAugust 1991
GenreIndie rock, punk rock, alternative rock
LabelK Records
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic4/5 stars[1]

International Pop Underground Convention is a live compilation CD which documents the 1991 music festival of the same name. Various recordings from the festival were compiled by K Records and released as a double album and CD, featuring music by twenty-one different bands.

Convention at Olympia[edit]

The 1991 International Pop Underground Convention took place in Olympia, Washington. It was organized largely by Calvin Johnson, founder of the Olympia record label K Records.[1] (Johnson also performs on the album as part of the group Beat Happening.)[1] The six-day festival centered on a series of performances at the Capitol Theater. The theme of the Convention focused on the independence of artists and a "fierce resistance to corporate takeover."[2]


Veteran engineer Patrick Maley is credited as producer for all tracks, with assistance by Sara Lorimer and Byram Abbott.[1] Most tracks were recorded live in the YoYo Recording Studio located inside the Capitol Theater, while a few were recorded at two of the Convention's associated venues, the North Shore Surf Club and Capital Lake Park.[3][4]

Track listing[edit]

The album presents twenty-one different bands from the Convention with the following songs:[1][3]

  1. Scrawl – "Clock Song (Go Girl Go)" - 3:06
  2. The Nation of Ulysses – "Shakedown" - 3:24
  3. The Pastels – "Speedway Star" - 2:50
  4. Melvins – "Charmicarmicat" - 5:45
  5. L7 – "Packin' a Rod" - 2:33
  6. The Spinanes – "Jad Fair Drives Women Wild" - 4:09
  7. Seaweed – "Bill" - 3:03
  8. Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet – "They Don't Call Them Chihuahuas Anymore" - 2:31
  9. Kreviss - "Sandi's Song" – 3:49
  10. Some Velvet Sidewalk – "Curiosity" - 1:58
  11. Mecca Normal – "Strong White Male" - 3:01
  12. Courtney Love – "Motorcycle Boy" - 2:24
  13. Unwound – "Bionic" - 3:06
  14. Rose Melberg – "My Day" - 2:47
  15. Fugazi – "Reprovisional" - 4:39
  16. Bratmobile – "Punk Rock Dream Come True" - 1:49
  17. Girl Trouble – "Bring on the Dancing Girls" - 3:18
  18. Kicking Giant – "This Sex" - 4:30
  19. Fastbacks – "Impatience" - 2:51
  20. Mark Hosler, Steve Fisk, and Bob Basanich – "Customer Service Breakthrough" - 6:21
  21. Beat Happening – "Nancy Sin" - 2:47

An uncredited recording of eleven seconds of crowd noise makes an unlisted Track 22 at the end of the original CD.[1][3] The double LP vinyl release contains two songs not found on the CD version: "Alright Baby Baby Whatcha Doin'" by Nikki McClure and "Burn The Flag" by I Scream Truck, incorrectly attributed on the album as Ice Cream Truck.[4]


  1. ^ a b c d e f International Pop Underground Convention overview at AllMusic
  2. ^ Margasak, Peter (10 December 1992). "Various artists: International Pop Underground". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 16 June 2012.
  3. ^ a b c "International Pop Underground Convention Compilation (KLP011)". K Records. 2012. Retrieved 15 June 2012.
  4. ^ a b International Pop Underground Convention (album) at Discogs