520 Tom Waits – Swordfishtrombones
In September of 1983 Tom Waits released his 8th studio album. Gone are the days of piano balladry and thus begins the experimental Muppet phase of his storied career. Let’s talk Tom Waits, Swordfishtombones!
518 R.E.M. – Murmur
In April of 1983 R.E.M. released their debut album. It has been heralded as one of the finest records of the 80s and helped usher in the alternative and college radio sound. Let’s talk R.E.M., Murmur!
429 The Crusaders – Street Life
In the year 1979, The Crusaders released their 12th studio album (but 30th if you count their work as The Jazz Crusaders). The record’s titular song became their most successful single, and the album reached #1 on Billboard’s Jazz Album list for 1979. Let’s talk The Crusaders, Street Life!
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. Lets talk Big Star, Third – Sister Lovers!
380 Wire – Pink Flag
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353 Boston – Boston
The story of a man, his basement recordings, and the record label he tricked into putting them out. Let’s talk Boston, Boston!
335 Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run
“woah ah oh woah, mmm mm m mmmmmmm, huh huh ha ha oh o woah, wah ha ho ho oh oohhhhhh, mmm mm m mmmmmmm, woah ah oh woah, woah ah oh woah, wah ah ha ah woah ohhhhhh” – The Boss 1975 Lets talk Bruce Springsteen, Born To Run!
328 The Dictators – Go Girl Crazy!
With their vast financial holdings, they could have been basking in the sun in Florida. Lucky for us, The Dictators’ hobby bestowed upon us this 1975 underselling power trash classic! Let’s talk The Dictators, Go Girl Crazy!