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Ranking Hüsker Dü albums

Read Ten Thousand Saints if spotted at your local library. A vivid reconstruction of the eighties hardcore scene, Eleanor Henderson’s 2011 novel doesn’t shirk from reporting the gay sex among and between members and fans, respectively. I couldn’t get Hüsker … Continue reading

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Ranking Replacements albums

Sixteen months ago I wrote the following about Paul Westerberg’s Replacements achievement: Uninterested in anything as banal as an arc of a career, Westerberg hid behind a melodic talent he was at pains to roughen, for those melodies conveyed the … Continue reading

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Ranking The Police albums

Their logic tied us up and raped us. They’re meaningless and all that’s true. They send out an SOS. The Police are responsible for so many proverbs that they rendered the Old Testament irrelevant.

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Ranking Drive-By Truckers albums

Between 2010 and 2015 they released three perfectly okay albums that did nothing for me. But goddamn were they good in the early Bush years. Get this: I’ve never seen’em live.

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Ranking Funkadelic albums

1. Standing on the Verge of Getting It On (1974) How do I argue that “Jimmy’s Got a Little Bit of Bitch in Him” is not homophobic, but, rather, uses the language of homophobia to praise an outsider? George Clinton … Continue reading

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Ranking ABBA albums

Still regarded as a novelty act whose singles refract two decades of pop trends, thus rendering their albums, I suppose, irrelevant, ABBA nevertheless recorded several indelible ones, massive in every territory except America. For sure “Dancing Queen,” “Take a Chance … Continue reading

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Ranking The Smiths and Morrissey

Before he made his racism blatant in “Bengali in Platforms” and solidified it in the last two decades of public statements, Stephen Patrick Morrissey changed the course of rock and roll by waving gladioli on British public television. What this … Continue reading

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Ranking Creedence Clearwater Revival

They came out of the sky or whatever, rock’s first counter-revolution to go multi-platinum: this is what Things Should’ve Sounded Like in the early Nixon era. Yet like The Band and John Wesley Harding-era Dylan, John and brother Tom Fogerty, … Continue reading

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Ranking Buckingham-Nicks-era Fleetwood Mac

I love Bare Trees — misty pink frost-veiled sleeve (The Cure’s Robert Smith no doubt took a cue for Faith) mirrors the forward motion of Bob Welch and Danny Kirwan’s blues; when Christine McVie takes the mike she takes stock.

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Ranking Kate Bush

Watching Kate Bush emerge as more than a mere anxiety of influence for every female singer-songwriter-pianist has impressed me the last twenty years; but why aren’t The Kick Inside, The Red Shoes, and especially The Dreaming more lauded? Why stop … Continue reading

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Ranking Lou Reed

I don’t need to say much about Lou Reed that I didn’t in 2013. You won’t find his outré experiments here; he wasn’t good at them. He wanted to be “normal.” This drive inspired his weirdest moments. I’m gay because … Continue reading

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Ranking XTC

I want to be corrected: has XTC’s influence ever been felt? I hear echoes in Parquet Court’s knotty rhythms but no way are they as fulsome with melodies. And that’s the pivot point, I suspect.

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