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Just going to put the links here. Original post starting the thread is below.

1980: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/albums_by_year/albums_1980.html

1981: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/albums_by_year/albums_1981.html

1982: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/albums_by_year/albums_1982.html

1983: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/albums_by_year/albums_1983.html

1984: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/albums_by_year/albums_1984.html

1985: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/albums_by_year/albums_1985.html

1986: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/albums_by_year/albums_1986.html

1987: http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/albums_by_year/albums_1987.html

1988: Coming soon!

1989: Coming soon!

OK, I'm getting to work on this. Here's the easy part: below are the top ten for each year from that list, plus all the remaining albums on the top 200 of the decade list, in the order they appear there. (There are only a couple of cases where the lists differ; in those cases, I went with the top ten of the year first.)

I don't think I'm going to change a lot of this, although I do think the lists overall overrate alternative music. But there are a few things I'm going to do:

1. As I mentioned before, I don't see why the Prefab Sprout album in 1985 is so high. No one has given me any argument on this, so far, so unless I hear otherwise that's moving down quite a bit.

2. I see Hounds Of Love in the same year moving down about two spots. Similarly, The Stone Roses in 1989--I don't see how it beats the next three or four on that list. On the other hand, I can see Rio moving up a bit in 1982

3. Janet Jackson's Control didn't make the top ten for 1986? Seriously? It's huge in both popularity and influence, and I can't see it any lower than #4. I could chalk this up to rockism--but how the heck did it fall behind Rapture? I'm not sure Anita Baker is even rock.

I also expect that a few of the lower items will move down--16 Lovers Lane, I'm looking at you--and that I'll probably find a few albums that I'll want to rank within this part of the list in their respective years.

Next, I get to go wandering through the decades looking for 800 more significant rock albums. In the meantime, any objections to the changes I've proposed above? Anything else that seems off about these lists? Any errors on my part (e.g. wrong titles, or something that doesn't match the existing lists)?

1980

1 Back In Black - AC/DC
2 Remain In Light - Talking Heads
3 Closer - Joy Division
4 Ace Of Spades - Motorhea
5 Pretenders - Pretenders
6 The River - Bruce Springsteen
7 Dirty Mind - Prince
8 Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon
9 The Game – Queen
10 Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys
11 Blizzard Of Ozz – Ozzy Osbourne
12 Searching For Young Soul Rebels - Dexy's Midnight Runners
13 Zenyatta Mondatta – The Police
14 Los Angeles – X
15 Peter Gabriel (III) – Peter Gabriel
16 Sandinista! - The Clash
17 Boy – U2
18 Crazy Rhythms – The Feelies
19 Double Fantasy – John Lennon and Yoko Ono
20 Scary Monsters – David Bowie
21 Sound Affects – The Jam
22 The Wanderer – Donna Summer
23 Get Happy!! - Elvis Costello & The Attractions


1981

1 Beauty And The Beat - The Go-Go's
2 Dare! - The Human League
3 Ghost In The Machine - The Police
4 Moving Pictures - Rush
5 Tattoo You - Rolling Stone
6 Damaged - Black Flag
7 My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts - Brian Eno & David Byrne
8 Escape - Journey
9 4 - Foreigner
10 Private Eyes - Hall & Oates
11 Wild Gift – X
12 Face Value – Phil Collins
13 Bella Donna – Stevie Nicks
14 Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret – Soft Cell
15 No Sleep 'Til Hammersmith – Motorhead
16 Street Songs – Rick James
17 Computer World – Kraftwerk


1982

1 Thriller - Michael Jackson
2 1999 - Prince
3  Number Of The Beast - Iron Maiden
4 The Message - Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five
5 Nebraska - Bruce Springsteen
6 Avalon - Roxy Music
7 Rio - Duran Duran
8 The Nightfly - Donald Fagen
9 Business As Usual - Men At Work
10 Imperial Bedroom - Elvis Costello and The Attractions
11 Shoot Out the Lights – Richard & Linda Thompson
12 The Lexicon Of Love – ABC
13 Combat Rock – The Clash
14 Toto IV – Toto
15 Midnight Love – Marvin Gaye
16 Screaming For Vengeance – Judas Priest
17 Pornography – The Cure
18 American Fool – John Cougar
19 Bad Brains – Bad Brains


1983

1 Murmur - R.E.M.
2 Synchronicity - The Police
3 War - U2
4 She's So Unusual - Cindi Lauper
5 Can't Slow Down - Lionel Richie
6 Break Out - Pointer Sisters
7 Swordfishtrombones - Tom Waits
8 Eliminator - ZZ Top
9 Violent Femmes - Violent Femmes
10 Pyromania - Def Leppard
11 Piece Of Mind – Iron Maiden
12 Speaking In Tounges – Talking Heads
13 Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
14 Madonna – Madonna
15 Touch – Eurythmics
16 Let's Dance – David Bowie
17 An Innocent Man – Billy Joel
18 Kill 'Em All – Metallica
19 Colour By Numbers – Culture Club
20 Frontiers – Journey



1984

1 Purple Rain - Prince and the Revolution
2 Born in the USA - Bruce Springsteen
3 Like A Virgin - Madonna
4 Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
5 1984 - Van Halen
6 The Unforgettable Fire - U2
7 Let It Be - The Replacements
8 The Smiths - The Smiths
9 Psychocandy - The Jesus and Mary Chain
10 Ride The Lightning - Metallica
11 Private Dancer – Tina Turner
12 Zen Arcade - Hüsker Dü
13 Double Nickels On The Dime – Minutemen
14 Rattlesnakes – Lloyd Cole & The Commotions
15 How Will The Wolf Survive – Los Lobos
16 Reckoning – REM
17 Stop Making Sense – Talking Heads
18 Ocean Rain – Echo And The Bunnymen
19 Learning To Crawl – The Pretenders
20 Reckless – Bryan Adams
21 Make It Big – Wham!
22 Heartbeat City – The Cars


1985

1 Radio - LL Cool J
2 Brothers In Arms - Dire Straits
3 Rain Dogs - Tom Waits
4 King Of Rock - Run-D.M.C.
5 Hounds Of Love - Kate Bush
6 No Jacket Required - Phil Collins
7 Whitney Houston - Whitney Houston
8 Steve McQueen/Two Wheels Good - Prefab Sprout
9 Rum, Sodomy & the Lash - The Pogues
10 Heart - Heart
11 Live At The Harlem Square Club, 1963 – Sam Cooke
12 Tim – The Replacements
13 New Day Rising - Hüsker Dü
14 Low-Life – New Order
15 The Head On The Door – The Cure
16 Meat Is Murder – The Smiths
17 Scarecrow – John Cougar Mellencamp
18 Songs From The Big Chair – Tears For Fears
19 This Nation's Saving Grace – The Fall
20 The Dream Of The Blue Turtles – Sting
21 Little Creatures – Talking Heads
22 Hunting High And Low – a-ha


1986

1 Raising Hell - Run-D.M.C.
2  Licensed To Ill - Beastie Boys
3 Graceland - Paul Simon
4 The Queen Is Dead - The Smiths
5 Master of Puppets - Metallica
6 So - Peter Gabriel
7 Slippery When Wet - Bon Jovi
8 Reign In Blood - Slayer
9 True Blue - Madonna
10 Rapture - Ainta Baker
11 Control – Janet Jackson
12 Life's Rich Pageant – REM
13 Skylarking – XTC
14 Parade – Prince
15 Different Light – The Bangles
16 Strong Persuader – Robert Cray Band
17 Back In The High Life – Steve Winwood


1987

1 The Joshua Tree - U2
2 Appetite For Destruction - Guns N' Roses
3 Sign O' The Times - Prince
4 Paid In Full - Eric B. & Rakim
5 Bad - Michael Jackson
6 Hysteria - Def Leppard
7 Faith - George Michael
8 Document - R.E.M.
9 Kick - INXS
10 Criminal Minded – Boogie Down Productions
11 Sister – Sonic Youth
12 Whitney – Whitney Houston
13 Yo! Bum Rush The Show – Public Enemy
14 Tunnel Of Love – Bruce Springsteen
15 Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me – The Cure
16 Diesel And Dust – Midnight Oil
17 Strangeways, Here We Come – The Smiths
18 Bring The Family – John Hiatt
19 Introducing The Hardline According To Terence Trent D'Arby – Terence Trent D'Arby
20 You're Living All Over Me – Dinosaur Jr.



1988

1 It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Hold Us Back - Public Enemy
2 Straight Outta Compton - N.W.A
3 Daydream Nation - Sonic Youth
4 Tracy Chapman - Tracy Chapman
5 Nothing's Shocking - Jane's Addiction
6 Surfer Rosa - Pixies
7 Strictly Business - EPMD
8 Spirit Of Eden - Talk Talk
9 Green - R.E.M.
10 …And Justice For All - Metallica
11 Giving You The Best That I Got – Anita Baker
12 Straight Out The Jungle – Jungle Brothers
13 Lucinda Williams – Lucinda Williams
14 Operation: Mindcrime – Queensryche
15 Forever Your Girl – Paula Abdul
16 Don't Be Cruel – Bobby Brown
17 I'm Your Man – Leonard Cohen
18 Isn't Anything – My Bloody Valentine
19 Follow The Leader – Eric B. & Rakim
20 Rattle And Hum – U2
21 16 Lovers Lane – The Go-Betweens
22 New Jersey – Bon Jovi


1989

1 3 Feet High And Rising – De La Soul
2 Doolittle – The Pixies
3 The Stone Roses - The Stone Roses
4 Paul's Boutique - Beastie Boys
5 Like A Prayer - Madonna
6 Rhythm Nation 1814 - Janet Jackson
7 Disintegration - The Cure
8 Nick of Time - Bonnie Raitt
9 The End Of Innocence - Don Henley
10 Technique - New Order
11 Freedom – Neil Young
12 Pretty Hate Machine – Nine Inch Nails
13 Full Moon Fever – Tom Petty
14 Pump – Aerosmith
15 Club Classics Vol. One (Keep On Movin') – Soul II Soul
16 New York – Lou Reed
17 Dr. Feelgood – Mötley Crüe
18 The Real Thing – Faith No More


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I think everyone who knew Maria will agree that she was anything but a rockist. Her favorite artist was Prince. She did go heavily on critical acclaim, which explains almost all of the points that you raised. But that being the case, it's surprising that True Blue is ahead of Control.

I don't have a problem with any of the points that you raised, but you might want to look into whether The Pretenders debut was really released in 1980. I checked out a Pretenders box set from a library a couple years ago, and I think I remember the booklet saying that it was released in the UK in December 1979.


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Brian wrote:
I don't have a problem with any of the points that you raised, but you might want to look into whether The Pretenders debut was really released in 1980. I checked out a Pretenders box set from a library a couple years ago, and I think I remember the booklet saying that it was released in the UK in December 1979.


This agrees with you.

https://rateyourmusic.com/release/album ... nders_f14/

If we're gonna make it 1979 we've got to change it on the decade lists, and move it to the top ten of 1979 instead of 1980. I'd be happy about that, getting rid of that Police album that's #10 now for 1979.


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Wikipedia and (perhaps more importantly) Goldmine magazine also say it was released in the UK in the last days of '79. Good catch, Brian. Let's move it.


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Brett Alan wrote:
Wikipedia and (perhaps more importantly) Goldmine magazine also say it was released in the UK in the last days of '79. Good catch, Brian. Let's move it.


I just moved it on the top 10 albums of each year lists for 1979 and 1980. The Police album drops out of 1979 and "Blizzard of Ozz" comes on in 1980.

Top Ten Rock Albums of 1979

1. London Calling - The Clash
2. The Wall - Pink Floyd
3. Off the Wall - Michael Jackson
4. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
5. The Pretenders - The Pretenders
6. Parallel Lines - Blondie
7. Highway To Hell - AC/DC
8. Damn The Torpedoes - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
9. Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
10. The B-52's - The B-52's


Top Ten Rock Albums of 1980

1. Back In Black - AC/DC
2. Remain In Light - Talking Heads
3. Closer - Joy Division
4. Ace Of Spades - Motorhead
5. The River - Bruce Springsteen
6. Dirty Mind - Prince
7. Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon
8. The Game - Queen
9. Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys
10. Blizzard Of Ozz - Ozzy Osbourne


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I'm glad you posted that Bruce, because it brought to my attention another error on the decade list: Parallel Lines is from 1978. It charted in September of that year. So I decided to look over the '70s list to see if I could spot any more errors. I found 3:

44. Low (1978) - David Bowie
96. Running On Empty (1978) - Jackson Browne
158. Fear of Music (1977) - Talking Heads

The first 2 are from 1977, and the 3rd is from 1979.

When we ask Lew to move The Pretenders to the '70s list, do you think we should suggest where it should be put on the list, what should be added to the '80s list, and where it should be added? Of the omissions that Brett mentioned from the '80s list, I think Sports by Huey Lewis & the News is the most glaring, so I would suggest adding that. We probably don't need to worry about what should be dropped from the '70s list. Dropping the album at #200 would probably be fine.


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One more:

170. Radio City (1972) - Big Star

According to rateyourmusic and allmusic.com, this is from 1974.


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Brian wrote:
One more:

170. Radio City (1972) - Big Star

According to rateyourmusic and allmusic.com, this is from 1974.


Okay, with those additional errors you spotted here's what those top tens will now look like.

Top Ten Rock Albums of 1977

1. Rumours - Fleetwood Mac
2. Never Mind The Bollocks Here's The Sex Pistols - Sex Pistols
3. The Clash - The Clash
4. My Aim Is True - Elvis Costello
5. Marquee Moon - Television
6. Saturday Night Fever Soundtrack - The Bee Gees (and others)
7. Low - David Bowie
8. Bat Out Of Hell - Meat Loaf
9. Exodus - Bob Marley & the Wailers
10. The Stranger - Billy Joel


Top Ten Rock Albums of 1978

1. This Year's Model - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
2. Van Halen - Van Halen
3. One Nation Under A Groove - Funkadelic
4. Parallel Lines - Blondie
5. The Cars - The Cars
6. Darkness On The Edge Of Town - Bruce Springsteen
7. Outlandos D'Amour - The Police
8. Some Girls - Rolling Stones
9. More Songs About Buildings and Food - Talking Heads
10. 52nd Street - Billy Joel


Top Ten Rock Albums of 1979

1. London Calling - The Clash
2. The Wall - Pink Floyd
3. Off the Wall - Michael Jackson
4. Unknown Pleasures - Joy Division
5. The Pretenders - The Pretenders
6. Highway To Hell - AC/DC
7. Damn The Torpedoes - Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
8. Rust Never Sleeps - Neil Young & Crazy Horse
9. The B-52's - The B-52's
10. Reggatta de Blanc - The Police


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OK, I'm ready to start finishing these lists (if that makes sense!). I've gone through the decade and have about 100 if not more for each year (1986, although it's a favorite of mine, turns out to be the least deep year, as I only have 94 at the moment). But we're starting, of course, with 1980, which I actually have more than 100 for.

This is about the only place where I made a change to the top part which I didn't discuss in the first post of this thread: Diana Ross' album Diana is, to me, a glaring omission from the decade list. It's a very influential album as perhaps the apotheosis of Nile Rodgers' production style, as well as a platinum seller. I've moved it to number 9.

1 Back In Black - AC/DC
2 Remain In Light - Talking Heads
3 Closer - Joy Division
4 Ace Of Spades – Motorhead
5 The River - Bruce Springsteen
6 Dirty Mind - Prince
7 Hi Infidelity - REO Speedwagon
8 The Game – Queen
9 Diana – Diana Ross
10 Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables - Dead Kennedys
11 Blizzard Of Ozz – Ozzy Osbourne
12 Searching For Young Soul Rebels - Dexy's Midnight Runners
13 Zenyatta Mondatta – The Police
14 Los Angeles – X
15 Peter Gabriel (III) – Peter Gabriel
16 Sandinista! - The Clash
17 Boy – U2
18 Crazy Rhythms – The Feelies
19 Double Fantasy – John Lennon and Yoko Ono
20 Scary Monsters (And Super Creeps) – David Bowie
21 Sound Affects – The Jam
22 The Wanderer – Donna Summer

(this is where the entries from the decade list end)

23 Crimes Of Passion – Pat Benatar
24 Get Happy!! - Elvis Costello & The Attractions
25 Voices – Daryl Hall & John Oates
26 Empty Glass – Pete Townshend
27 Triumph – The Jacksons
28 Against The Wind – Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
29 The Gap Band III – The Gap Band
30 Give Me The Night – George Benson
31 Glass Houses – Billy Joel
32 Iron Maiden – Iron Maiden
33 I Just Can't Stop It – The (English) Beat
34 Zapp – Zapp
35 Hotter Than July – Stevie Wonder
36 British Steel – Judas Priest
37 Autoamerican – Blondie
38 Argybargy – Squeeze
39 Permanent Waves – Rush
40 Gaucho – Steely Dan
41 Women And Children First – Van Halen
42 Emotional Rescue – Rolling Stones
43 Love Stinks – J. Geils Band
44 Arc Of A Diver – Steve Winwood
45 Kurtis Blow – Kurtis Blow
46 Uprising – Bob Marley & The Wailers
47 Heaven And Hell – Black Sabbath
48 Hold Out – Jackson Browne
49 Kings Of The Wild Frontier – Adam & The Ants
50 Departure – Journey
51 Duke – Genesis
52 The Jazz Singer – Neil Diamond
53 Three For Love – Shalamar
54 Lightning To The Nations – Diamond Head
55 Underwater Moonlight – The Soft Boys
56 Vienna – Ultravox
57 Freedom Of Choice – Devo
58 Making Movies – Dire Straits
59 Wild Planet – The B-52s
60 Angel Witch – Angel Witch
61 Light Up The Night – Brothers Johnson
62 End Of The Century – The Ramones
63 Kilimanjaro – The Teardrop Explodes
64 Seventeen Seconds – The Cure
65 Killing Joke – Killing Joke
66 One-Trick Pony – Paul Simon
67 Colossal Youth – Young Marble Giants
68 In The Flat Field – Bauhaus
69 Celebrate! - Kool & The Gang
70 The Turn Of A Friendly Card – Alan Parsons Project
71 Seconds Of Pleasure – Rockpile
72 TP – Teddy Pendergrass
73 Strong Arm Of The Law – Saxon
74 Black Sea – XTC
75 Crocodiles – Echo & The Bunnymen
76 Catholic Boy – Jim Carroll Band
77 Heartattack And Vine – Tom Waits
78 SOS – The SOS Band
79 Clues – Robert Palmer
80 Loverboy – Loverboy
81 True Colours – Split Enz
82 Super Trouper – ABBA
83 One For The Road – The Kinks
84 Faces – Earth Wind & Fire
85 The Romantics – The Romantics
86 Eagles Live – Eagles
87 Joy And Pain – Maze Featuring Frankie Beverly
88 The Blues Brothers: Music From The Soundtrack – The Blues Brothers
89 Me Myself I – Joan Armatrading
90 Heroes – The Commodores
91 The Correct Use Of Soap – Magazine
92 Warm Thoughts – Smokey Robinson
93 One Step Closer – The Doobie Brothers
94 The Up Escalator – Graham Parker
95 Visage – Visage
96 Joan Jett – Joan Jett
97 Fantastic Voyage – Lakeside
98 Nothin' Matters And What If It Did – John Cougar
99 Beatin' The Odds – Molly Hatchet
100 Middle Man – Boz Scaggs

On the outside looking in, at least for the moment:

Panorama – The Cars
21 At 33 – Elton John
Imagination – The Whispers
Flesh And Blood – Roxy Music
On Through The Night – Def Leppard
Sweet Sensation – Stephanie Mills
Mad Love – Linda Ronstadt

So...thoughts? Suggestions?

BTW, I'll probably go with the self-titled album by Promise as my "Brett's Choice". That might mean that I change my choice for the 1980 song list, which is "Later On Tonite" from that album. Maybe "Weep For Love" by Denny Laine instead.


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Brett Alan wrote:
So...thoughts? Suggestions?



Here's some other possibilities:

Jeopardy - The Sound
Is This Real? - The Wipers


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Brett Alan wrote:
BTW, I'll probably go with the self-titled album by Promise as my "Brett's Choice".


Bruce's Choice for 1980:

More George Thorogood and The Destroyers - George Thorogood & The Destroyers


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First of all good work, Brett! A few suggestions:

You have "I Just Can't Stop It" at #33, which seems ridiculously high compared to other acclaimed albums that enjoyed significant commercial success only in the UK. If you have IJCSI in the top 40, surely "More Specials" belongs into the top 100. UB40's "Signing Off" is an even more glaring omission as far as English albums are concerned.

I question the inclusion of "One for the Road" (little acclaim, no influence, only ok chart positions), "Angel Witch" and "Strong Arm of the Law" (why?). "Argybargy" seems a tad high (significant acclaim, only ok popularity), so does "Lightning to the Nations" (highly esteemed and influential among the metal crowd but completely insignificant outside of it).

In addition to "Signing Off" and "More Specials" I'd like to suggest The Cramps' "Songs the Lord Taught Us" (psychobilly may not be the most important genre but it is the psychobilly album).


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pauldrach wrote:
First of all good work, Brett! A few suggestions:

You have "I Just Can't Stop It" at #33, which seems ridiculously high compared to other acclaimed albums that enjoyed significant commercial success only in the UK. If you have IJCSI in the top 40, surely "More Specials" belongs into the top 100. UB40's "Signing Off" is an even more glaring omission as far as English albums are concerned.


Well, some of the stuff from I Just Can't Stop It gets a lot of play in certain circles--I've heard "Mirror In The Bathroom" at lots of parties and such. I'll add the other two, but I think they're well behind IJCSI.

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I question the inclusion of "One for the Road" (little acclaim, no influence, only ok chart positions), "Angel Witch" and "Strong Arm of the Law" (why?). "Argybargy" seems a tad high (significant acclaim, only ok popularity), so does "Lightning to the Nations" (highly esteemed and influential among the metal crowd but completely insignificant outside of it).


For the metal albums, I pretty much relied on the existing yearly lists for metal (http://digitaldreamdoor.com/pages/best_ ... -1989.html). I don't know much about the heavier stuff, so I relied on those. As for One For The Road, it got a fair amount of airplay at the time and seemed to really help them revive their career. I'll think over the placement of Argybargy, so if anyone else wants to weigh in either way, please do.

pauldrach wrote:
In addition to "Signing Off" and "More Specials" I'd like to suggest The Cramps' "Songs the Lord Taught Us" (psychobilly may not be the most important genre but it is the psychobilly album).


OK, I'll add that. Everyone OK with dropping the bottom three from the list?


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Bruce wrote:
Brett Alan wrote:
So...thoughts? Suggestions?



Here's some other possibilities:

Jeopardy - The Sound
Is This Real? - The Wipers


Hmmm...for the former, I'm seeing glowing reviews in the British press, and not much else. Certainly no real popularity. Can you (or anyone) cite any real influence for it? The Wipers album at least seems to have influence on Nirvana. I'll add it toward the bottom.


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Brett Alan wrote:
Everyone OK with dropping the bottom three from the list?

I am.

As for "Jeopardy" it's pretty much a cult album with no widespread popularity and I believe it's been out of print for a while now. I don't think it has much influence though its acclaim is pretty significant. Before I'd add that to the list, I'd probably add LKJ's "Bass Culture". Its acclaim is far more widespread than Jeopardy's and it's among the most significant releases of its genre (dub poetry). I'd say it beats "Jeopardy" in all of the criteria handily.


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