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Viva Las Vegas!

Two observations based on the Billboard Music Awards: (1) Running through a hit-strewn preface that plays like an Obama-era catalog of very necessary vulgarity, Nicki Minaj lands on 2017 “No Frauds” and the David Guetta-produced “Light My Body Up” while … Continue reading

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Chris Cornell – RIP

What a voice — as a physical instrument it had elasticity and power. Not many rock baritones could boast such gifts. In Soundgarden, Chris Cornell also brought the charisma of a front man who’d studied his seventies rock god manuals, … Continue reading

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Multiplatinum hitmakers Roger Daltrey and Robert Tepper

A few notes on this spring 1986 chart, unearthed because : (1) Chris Molanphy, can you explain the differences between “power” and “active” rotation? (2) Let the record show that Roger Daltrey is at the top of heavy rotation with … Continue reading

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The music’s playing, there’s a celebration: the best of Debarge

This list should be forty tunes long — that’s the tragedy of the most talented singing and writing family since the Jacksons. A remarkably protracted period of drug abuse paralyzed the Debarge clan for two decades, such that when mastermind … Continue reading

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Dance, dance, dance: the best of Justin Timberlake

A charmer, also a dick. Critics love the idea of Justin Timberlake: white boy leaves best-selling boy band, “matures,” gets better haircuts, etc. I bet he even smells good! The boy band’s singles were solid to excellent, though, and for … Continue reading

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A certain time, a certain place: Fleetwood Mac’s ‘Tango in the Night’

A few years ago I found this story about the recording of Tango in the Night, Fleetwood Mac’s fifth with Lindsey Buckingham and first with Stevie Nicks as a triggered Fairlight sample. Press around the album centered on Buckingham’s exit … Continue reading

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If you lose your faith: the best of Everything But the Girl

“Tracey Thorn has always been one of those singers who sounded dandy on other people’s records, notably Massive Attack’s,” Robert Christgau wrote at the dawn of the 2000s, and he was right. But for a critic who has admitted to … Continue reading

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Fascinated by the way you make me feel: the best freestyle tracks

A hopeless list, especially if you lived in South Florida. Using crossover hits as guides for drawing hard, bold, lines, it’s difficult to distinguish hi-NRG (Dead or Alive’s “You Spin Me Round”) and Italo disco (Baltimora’s “Tarzan Boy”) from fellow … Continue reading

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You own it! The best of Neil Young

In 1999 After the Gold Rush sounded like crap. Who was this cat left out in the rain? Then I bought Rust Never Sleeps and Zuma, in that order, around Christmas. I owned them. I owned them now. My generation … Continue reading

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‘In my house there’s a circle’ — George Michael RIP

In which we Single Jukeboxers wrote about George Michael, often quite well. My blurb for “Precious Box”: By 2004 George Michael was as welcome in America as Howard Dean, but even if Patience had sold in Faith-full bucket loads, I … Continue reading

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From this point on it only gets rougher: The best of Outkast

I came to Outkast late. Impressed by “Elevators (Me and You),” I didn’t go, as the kids say, all-in until Stankonia, which I got as an advanced copy for an unwritten review. The success of “Ms Jackson” — that synth, … Continue reading

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I’m not no Limburger! — the best of the B-52s

From ILM’s thread on Cosmic Thing: This is a great and extremely underrated album, maybe the best ever in the “looking back happily on our well-spent youth from the vantage of our 30s” genre. The loss of Ricky Wilson is … Continue reading

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