413 Talking Heads – More Songs About Buildings and Food

In July of 1978, Talking Heads released their second studio album.

With this outing (and subsequent two other recordings) being helmed by Brian Eno, the band’s sound truly begins to come into it’s own.

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412 Thin Lizzy – Live and Dangerous

In the Summer of 1978, known Dino’s denizens and boys returning home, Thin Lizzy, released their Live double album.

Compiled from various live recordings the world over and with the occasional studio overdub done by Tony Visconti, the resulting seventy six minutes and twenty six seconds of rock music has been rightfully hailed as one of the greatest live albums of all time.

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411 Throbbing Gristle – D.o.A: Third and Final Report

In December of 1978, Throbbing Gristle released their second studio album on their Industrial record label.

Is it an easy listen? Absolutely not.

Is it important? Absolutely yes.

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410 Funkadelic – One Nation Under a Groove

In September of 1978 Funkadelic released their 10th studio album.

It was their most successful release, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Magazine’s R&B charts and number 16 on the Billboard 200.

Lauded by critics, considered by many one of the best albums of all time, but it is as fun as Mothership Connection?

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409 Bruce Springsteen – Darkness on the Edge of Town

Hero to the working man and godfather of heartland rock, Bruce Springsteen, released his 4th studio album in the Summer of 1978.

Gone are the good times of Born To Run, replaced instead by ruminations of crushed dreams and dashed hopes.

Truly, this is the tale of New Jersey.

Let’s talk Bruce Springsteen, Darkness on the Edge of Town!

408 Magazine – Real Life

In the Summer of 1978, Magazine released their debut album.

Shrugging of the constricts and posturing of punk, the band opted to push that raw energy into a more melodic form.

The results? A fantastic recording with pop sensibilities and true lyrical depth.

Let’s talk Magazine, Real Life!

407 Public Image Limited – Public Image Limited

In December of 1978, Public Image Limited released their 1st studio recording.

The record is a mess.

Brimming with the lyrical stylings of a young man desperate to show he’s got serious things to say, but delivered with the obnoxious air of one who just couldn’t be bothered.
It is a juvenile master class in self-importance, masquerading as a grand statement.

These are not songs. This is not an album.
But goodness gracious, that guitar tone and bass work is setting a pretty table for the future of rock music.

Let’s talk PiL, First Issue!

 

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406 The Residents – Duck Stab/Buster and Glen

In November of 1978, The Resident’s released their 5th studio album on Ralph Records

It was their most commercial sound recording to date and that is really saying something.

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405 Big Star – Third – Sister Lovers

In the year 1974, after two commercial failures with Radio City and #1 Record, Alex Chilton and Jody Stephens went back into Ardent studio to record some tracks.

What came of those sessions was so depressive, ramshackle, and unmarketable that the recordings languished in rock n roll purgatory until PVC Recordings acquired and released them under Big Star’s name four years later.

Truly, this is the dulcet sound of everything falling apart.

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404 The Adverts – Crossing the Red Sea With the Adverts

In February of 1978, The Adverts released their debut album.

It has been heralded as not only one of the best punk albums of all time but also one of the best albums of the 1970s.

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403 Joe Ely – Honky Tonk Masquerade

“There hasn’t been anything like this since Gram Parsons was around to make Grievous Angel, or do I mean Gilded Palace of Sin?”

– Robert Christgau

In The year 1978, Joe Ely opened for The Clash in London and released his second studio album. It has been hailed as a must listen country record of the 1970s and who are we to argue?

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402 The Jam – All Mod Cons

In November of 1978 known Mods (and maybe cons?), The Jam, released their 3rd studio album.

Coming off a less than well received US tour supporting BÖC and the record label demanding a hit, The Jam went into the studio and through sheer force of will cobbled together what NME considers to be the 219th best album of all time.

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401 Elvis Costello -This Year’s Model

In the late Winter of 1978, Elvis Costello released his second album.

Nary a sophmore slump to found here.
With the addition of his backing band, The Attractions, Costello was able to create what many consider to be one of the finest albums of the 70s.

Let’s talk Elvis Costello, This Year’s Model!

 

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400 The Only Ones – The Only Ones

In the early Spring of 1978, The Only Ones released their debut album.

Throwing punk, power pop, and psych into a musical blender, the band delivers an aural concoction that is a feast for the ears.

Lets talk The Only Ones, The Only Ones!

 

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399 Pere Ubu – Dub Housing

Serving up a second helping of avant-garage goodness for you earholes in the same year, know mistake on the lake denizens, Pere Ubu, released their second album in the chilly Ohio November of 1978.

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398 Elis Regina – Vento De Maio

 

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397 Blondie – Parallel Lines

In the sticky summer of 1978, Blondie went into the studio to record their 3rd album.

Its a ripper.

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396 Kraftwerk – The Man-Machine

In May of 1978 known progenitors of Technopop and fellas making music for machines, Kraftwerk, released their 7th studio album.

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395 Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance

In the winter of 1978 known Clevelandites and avant-rockers, Pere Ubu, released their debut album.

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394 Sex Pistols – Never Mind the Bollocks Here’s the Sex Pistols

In the late October of 1977, a buncha schlubs from foggy London Town, put together by the owner of a bondage shop, released their debut album.

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393 Ian Dury – New Boots and Panties

Ian Dury, released his debut album in the late September of 1977.

Its cheeky.

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392 Iggy Pop – Lust for Life

In the continuing European adventures of James and David, we find our heroes back at Hansa (West Berlin) Studio, once again molding the future of Rock n Roll.

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391 Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True

In the summer of 1977, Elvis Costello released his debut album.

It was recorded over the course of twenty four hours in four different sessions by Nick Lowe; and with backing band Clover on board, it is serviceable starting point for one of the most important songwriters of the era.

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390 Meat Loaf – Bat Out of Hell

Sentient baked meat dish known for his villianous turn as Red in the film, Black Dog, Meat Loaf, released his debut album in October of 1977.

Produced by Todd Rundgren who was under the false assumption that the record had major label backing (it didn’t and he paid for it all himself), it has since become one of the best selling albums in the history of recorded music.

Rest In Power, Jim Steinman!

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