Saturday, August 02, 2008

Music 95-82: Some Are Old, Some Are New, Some Choices Leave Me Blue

And the music parade continues whilst I still have the oomph for it. While I did do Top 10s at least back to 89, I don't have those files anywhere (they might exist somewhere in Mac Write II). So for those years I'm doing the top 5 now. Then from 1989 to 1981 I have cassettes I made with cuts from the top albums, as it's something I did back in my college radio days (and then for 2 years at home, lamenting I no longer did college radio). Alas, the blind spots grow larger the younger I was, but that's the case about so many things.

1995
Yo La Tengo Electr-o-Pura
Archers of Loaf Vee Vee
Son Volt Trace
Guided by Voices Alien Lanes
Magnetic Fields Get Lost

1994
Pavement Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
Victoria Williams Loose
Guided by Voices Bee Thousand
Built to Spill There's Nothing Wrong with Love
Dave Alvin King of California
This year goes to 6 (7?) with the double release of Magnetic Fields' The Charm of the Highway Strip and Holiday

1993
Uncle Tupelo Anodyne
Liz Phair Exile in Guyville
Archers of Loaf Icky Mettle
Yo La Tengo Painful
Eleventh Dream Day El Moodio

1992
Freedy Johnston Can You Fly
Pavement Slanted and Enchanted
Giant Sand Ramp
Luna Lunapark
Tom Waits Bone Machine

1991
The Pooh Sticks Multiple Orgasm
Matthew Sweet Girlfriend
Mekons The Curse of the Mekons
Teenage Fanclub Bandwagonesque
Shams Quilt

1990
Yo La Tengo Fakebook
Lloyd Cole Lloyd Cole
Reed/Cale Songs for Drella
Eno/Cale Wrong Way Up
Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Mustt Mustt

1989
or the beginning of the "tapes exist" years (where was Rosemary Woods when I needed her?)
was then
Pixies Doolittle
XTC Oranges and Lemons
Peter Gabriel Passion: Music from the Soundtrack for the Last Temptation of Christ
Mekons Mekons Rock 'n' Roll
Yo La Tengo President Yo La Tengo

is now
Mekons Mekons Rock 'n' Roll
Pixies Doolittle
David Byrne Rei Momo
Syd Straw Surprise
Lounge Lizards Voice of Chunk

1988
was then
Throwing Muses House Tornado
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Pere Ubu The Tenement Year
Penguin Cafe Orchestra When in Rome
Billy Bragg Worker's Playtime

is now
Lucinda Williams Lucinda Williams
Sonic Youth Daydream Nation
Feelies Only Life
Pixies Surfer Rosa
Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens Paris-Soweto

1987
was then
various artists Lonely Is an Eyesore
Tom Verlaine Flash Light
French Frith Kaiser and Thompson Live, Love, Larf, and Loaf
Throwing Muses Throwing Muses and The Fat Skier
John Hiatt Bring the Family

is now
Tom Waits Frank's Wild Years
The Replacements Pleased to Meet Me
Tom Verlaine Flash Light
Pianosaurus Groovy Neighborhood
John Hiatt Bring the Family

1986
was then
WOMAD music samplers
XTC Skylarking
Peter Gabriel So
Bill Nelson Getting the Holy Ghost Across
This Mortal Coil Filigree & Shadow

is now
various artists The Indestructible Beat of Soweto
Feelies The Good Earth
Billy Bragg Talking with the Taxman about Poetry
Talking Heads True Stories
Elvis Costello and the Attractions Blood and Chocolate

1985
was then
Kate Bush Hounds of Love
Talking Heads Little Creatures
Shriekback Oil and Gold
The Armoury Show Waiting for the Flood
Replacements Tim

is now
Mekons Fear and Whiskey
Tom Waits Rain Dogs
Talking Heads Little Creatures
The Pogues Rum, Sodomy, and the Lash
Lloyd Cole and the Commotions Rattlesnakes

1984
was then
XTC The Big Express
Laurie Anderson United States Live and Mister Heartbreak
John Cale John Cale Comes Alive
Lou Reed Live in Italy and New Sensations
Yellow Magic Orchestra After Service

is now
Replacements Let It Be
and lord knows...all sorts of good stuff this year (see the above, plus Three of a Perfect Pair, and Brewing Up with Billy Bragg, and Stop Making Sense, and How Will the Wolf Survive?) but I just don't have a feel for this year--maybe it's all washed away by Born in the USA

1983
was then
XTC Mummer
Yellow Magic Orchestra Naughty Boys
Bill Nelson Chimera and Savage Gestures for Charm's Sake
New Order Power, Corruption, and Lies
Howard Devoto Jerky Versions of the Dream

is now
Tom Waits Swordfishtrombones
Talking Heads Speaking in Tongues
T-Bone Burnett Proof Through the Night
Marshall Crenshaw Field Day
Lou Reed Legendary Hearts

1982
was then
XTC English Settlement
Peter Gabriel Security
Bill Nelson The Love that Whirls (Diary of a Thinking Heart)
Simple Minds New Gold Dream (81-82-83-84)
Modern English After the Snow

is now
Richard and Linda Thompson Shoot Out the Lights
Elvis Costello and the Attractions Imperial Bedroom
Lou Reed The Blue Mask
Marshall Crenshaw Marshall Crenshaw
ABC The Lexicon of Love

That was exhausting. And just 19 more years of my life to go!

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4 Comments:

Blogger George said...

I messed up and Richard Thompson's Rumor and Sigh should be in the place of The Shams in 1991.

11:59 AM  
Blogger Rickey Henderson said...

Damn, you certainly do no screw around... Great list. Liz Phair, eh? Rickey would love to taunt you for that but you tossed in Yo La Tengo so Rickey cannot.

1:21 PM  
Blogger George said...

That first Phair album is amazing, and then the next two are ok, and then she became a parody of herself. I'll stand by that judgment.

2:12 PM  
Blogger Mike said...

I note that the Feelies came on board after the fact for you. Interesting.

By the way, I'm seeing them next month. Very psyched.

As to Ms. Phair, I also like Whitechocolatespaceegg quite a bit, though I'm not crazy about Whip Smart.

Liz Phair actually has about 4 very, very good songs ("Bionic Eyes" is great), but the bad half of the album is so execrable that it renders the whole all-but unlistenable.

8:31 AM  

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