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5. X Los Angeles (Slash, 1980).
6. ELVIS COSTELLO Imperial Bedroom (Columbia, 1982).
7. METALLICA Ride the Lighting (Megaforce, 1984).
8. BAD BRAINS I Against I (SST, 1986).

9. WIRE Everything from Pink Flag (Harvest, 1977) to It's Beginning to and Back Again (Mute/Enigma, 1989).

10. BANGLES All Over the Place (CBS, 1984).

I'm not much of a fan of all this rehash-type music that's going on. Some of it's good, but for the most part, I don't want to enter the Nineties by regurgitating the Seventies or the Sixties or whatever. Hopefully, a few good bands will come along. If not, then I'll just pull out my Sonic Youth albums (they would've been No. 11) and listen to them for the next ten years.


DEEJAYKSTM-FM, KUPD-FM, KUKQ-AM 1. XTC Skylarking (Geffen, 1986).
2. JOHN HIATT Bring the Family (A&M, 1987).
3. POGUES Rum Sodomy and the Lash (Stiff/MCA, 1985).
4. GUNS N' ROSES Appetite for Destruction (Geffen, 1987).
5. JANE'S ADDICTION Nothing's Shocking (Warner Bros., 1988).
6. THE CLASH Sandinista! (Epic, 1980).
7. METALLICA Kill 'em All (Megaforce, 1983).
8. THE REPLACEMENTS Pleased to Meet Me (Sire, 1987).

10. VAN MORRISON & THE CHIEFTAINS Irish Heartbeat (Polygram/Mercury, 1988).

These are albums that partied with me when I was high, held my hand when I was low, defended my honor when it was questioned and stirred the soup when I couldn't make it to the kitchen. Actually, they're more than favorites. They're part of my gene pattern.


1. MUDDY WATERS King Bee (Blue Sky, 1980).
2. BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Nebraska (Columbia, 1982).
3. TRACY CHAPMAN Tracy Chapman (Elektra, 1988).
4. THE FABULOUS THUNDERBIRDS What's the Word? (Chrysalis, 1980).
6. VAN MORRISON Beautiful Vision (Warner Bros., 1982).
7. JOHNNY WINTER Guitar Slinger (Sonet, 1984).
8. TONE SET Cal's Ranch (Pegna, 1981).
9. LYLE LOVETT Lyle Lovett (MCA, 1986).
10. MICHELLE SHOCKED Short Sharp Shocked (Mercury/Polygram, 1988).

The Eighties disappointed me. Punk and new-wave promised new and exciting music. Instead, I saw a lot of trendy "death-hip" fashion, Fifties haircuts, leather jackets and a definite lack of serious music. Young musicians seemed determined to create a sort of mainstream/underground that never quite made sense. It was an anti-hip, anti-music, anti-everything sort of time.

But semi-underground music like blues and folk regenerated interest in the late Eighties, and a great combination of cool country, white blues and American folk protest music seemed to signal a new direction.

Margo Reed and Buddy Weed
(in alphabetical order)

RAY CHARLES AND BETTY CARTER Ray Charles and Betty Carter (Dunhill, 1988).

NAT KING COLE If I Give My Heart to You (Capitol, 1984).
DONNY HATHAWAY In Performance (Atlantic, 1980).
BILLIE HOLIDAY The Quintessential Billie Holiday Vol. I (Columbia, 1987).
NADINE JANSEN A Little Taste (Jantone, 1988).
FRANCINE REED AND FEVER Back in the Living (Dreaming Body, 1988).
SOUNDTRACK When Harry Met Sally (Columbia, 1989).
BARBRA STREISAND The Broadway Album (Columbia, 1985).
KoKo TAYLOR Queen of the Blues (Alligator, 1985).
TUCK AND PATTI Tears of Joy (Windham Hill, 1988).

I guess I'm just a little partial to our hometown people. When I listen to them on tape, I feel I can also see them perform the music--something like having live videos.

Zia Record Exchange

1. THE CLASH Sandinista! (Epic, 1980).
2. KING SUNNY ADE AND HIS AFRICAN BEATS Synchro System (Mango, 1983).
3. X Los Angeles (Slash, 1980).
4. NEW ORDER Power, Corruption and Lies (Factory, 1983).
5. R.E.M. Document (I.R.S., 1987).
6. U2 War (Island, 1983).
7. PAUL SIMON Graceland (Warner Bros., 1986).
8. HUSKER DU Zen Arcade (SST, 1984).
9. MIDNIGHT OIL Diesel and Dust (Columbia, 1987).
10. THE SMITHS Hatful of Hollow (Rough Trade, 1984).

The Eighties were confused and generally seemed to be recycling the fads of yesteryear with a new twist. Punk was the garage sound of the mid-Sixties, new-wave echoed Sixties pop, rockabilly the Fifties, psychedelia, metal and hard-rock the mid-Seventies, and now disco seems to be rearing its ugly head again.

Normal Brothers, Two Week Notice Band

1. JOHN HIATT Bring the Family (A&M, 1987).
2. ALBERT LEE Albert Lee (Polygram, 1982).
3. ROBERT GORDON Are You Gonna Be the One? (RCA, 1981).
4. RODNEY CROWELL But What Will the Neighbors Think? (Warner Bros., 1980).
5. NEW GRASS REVIVAL Hold to a Dream (Capitol, 1987).
6. JOHNNY CASH Classic Cash/Hall of Fame Series (Mercury/Polygram, 1988).
7. RY COODER Get Rhythm (Warner Bros., 1987).
8. JOHN PRINE German Afternoons (Oh Boy, 1988).
9. NANCI GRIFFITH Last of the True Believers (Philo/Rounder, 1986).
10. GUY CLARK Better Days (Warner Bros., 1983).

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