Tuesday, August 18, 2020

10th annual List of Lists

I'm alive! And I'm back eight months late with the feature that used to take me a week or two. However, regular posts should be somewhat less sporadic starting now, although still not on the regular timetable with which this blog established its sterling reputation. I have painstakingly crafted new song lists and playlists for two further archival years, 1959 and 1979; have restructured my 2010s decade lists to incorporate material from 2019; and have rebelled against the facts of quarantine life with quick thoughts on the best live shows I have seen.

Obviously I'm missing live shows a lot right now. Where available I linked my attendant blog post; otherwise I said a few words.

1. Yo La Tengo: I've seen them a total of eleven times, counting their experimental soundtrack to a documentary about Buckminster Fuller late last year. It's almost always a transcendent, mind-melting experience, but especially in smaller venues, and particularly my first time seeing them at the Orange Peel in Asheville in 2003, and on a triad of two-night stands at Cat's Cradle (where a large proportion of my favorite live experiences have taken place) in 2007, 2011 and 2018. I love the two-night gigs because you can really feel them settling in, and committing to giving off a different experience at each of the gigs. I can't describe how rewarding it's always been to go back and see them again and I will miss it terribly whenever it (permanently) stops being feasible. But maybe that'll never happen. As long as they're playing I will keep seeing them. I still hold out hope for seeing Condo Fucks and/or a Freewheelin' Yo La Tengo show or maybe even Hanukkah when the pandemic's over and the world is new again.

Unfortunately I only wrote a tiny bit about the first time I saw YLT in 2003, though it's one paragprah that captures my memory of the experience quite well: "The entire thing was made for me by the second song, 'My Heart’s Reflection.' I'd fallen in love with it just a month or so before the show, and then when they played 'Blue Line Swinger' my cool cool facade almost broke entirely. A wonderful set and we will surely see them again." I was nineteen then, which I find unspeakably alarming. But here are my longer posts about seeing them in 2007 (note me obliviously complaining about Mac McCaughan's "hangers-on"), 2009, 2011, 2013, 2016, 2018 and (briefly) 2019.

2. The Tallest Man on Earth: Still maybe the most breathtaking single show I've seen, back in 2010 at tiny Gerrard Hall on the UNC campus in 2010, days after he got the then-important "Best New Music" boost from Pitchfork; we'd only paid $5 each for our tickets. Not feeling very verbal at the time of the show (and still suffering from chronic, uncontrolled migraines, including that night), I only said a few words at the time; Amber said a lot more -- with photos that, PhotoBucket bug notwithstanding, give you a good idea of how intimate the show was, at this link.

3. Tune-Yards: At Merrill Garbus' peak in the early part of the last decade it really felt like she was stretching the boundaries of what rock music could be like no one else in recent memory, and I am glad I got to witness this twice with my own eyes; I wrote extensively about her Cat's Cradle gigs that I saw in 2011 (a couple of days after my dad died, so I was very much in need of a life-affirming experience) and again three years later.

4. Joanna Newsom: Durham, NC on March 25th, 2010. One of my favorite people in the world, as you know if you're a regular reader. My records indicate I posted about this somewhere at this blog but I can't figure out where; anyway it was wonderful, she was talkative and it was gorgeous and she played "Baby Birch." An Unforgettable Night.

5. The Walkmen: An actual headlining show by what may have been my favorite active guitar band at the time, at the Cradle in January 2011; I feel lucky to have seen everything listed here (and many things that aren't, like R.E.M. in October 2003 on a night when they were rejoined in the encore by Bill Berry) but this in particular, as they so rarely came our way without opening for some lesser band or another, and I lost an opportunity to see them quite early in their career in '04. Wrote about it here

6. The Mountain Goats: Amber's seen the Goats, her favorites, six times, five with me in tow. I famously heard "No Children" in 2007 and found it absolutely befuddling, and within five years was belting it out joyously in various rooms full of misfits. I wrote about my first time, at Cat's Cradle in 2011, here; my second show of theirs was on an almost unbearably emotional night in an acoustic duo arrangement at the Soapbox in Wilmington, as recounted here. And then we managed three consecutive Decembers: Carolina Theatre 2017, Haw River Ballroom 2018, Haw River Ballroom 2019 (just briefly noted here).

7. Ezra Furman: At Durham's wonderful Pinhook in 2016, we saw balls-out rock & roll from one of its key modern progenitors; it was one of the most sparsely attended shows I've ever seen, but we were given no less ecstatic a performance from Furman and his magnificent band the Boyfriends. Marks the only time we've ever snagged a setlist. More here (this shares an entry with the Charleston YLT show).

8. Cut Copy: A long-running bucket list band ever since I saw some of their live performances online around 2011 or so. The show happened at one of our favorite venues, a converted railway station called the Music Farm in Charleston. Wrote about it here (overlap with one of the Mountain Goats shows).

9. The Soul Brothers/Who's Bad?: From the days when I hung out a lot at a local venue where I later worked as a DJ. Who's Bad was a very competent Michael Jackson tribute band, but the Soul Brothers were an incredible soul revival band who were genuinely terrific live. Here's a ridiculously long post about this night; as you will quickly glean, this occurred at... a very, very different juncture in my life than most of these others.

10. The New Pornographers: 2010, with the full Bejar/Case-inclusive lineup in tow and an absolute dream setlist. Addressed briefly here; I didn't write much about this and I had a horrible headache the entire night but I remember it with great fondness.

11. Sheer Mag: Back to my old ways of having trouble waxing at length about things that aren't movies -- everything feels too singular, too private, too personal these days, even gigs -- I still talked a little about the show here and it's one of the best rock shows I've seen.

12. Kate Tempest: Farthest we've ever driven for a show (and oddly, one of only two I've been to outside the Carolinas, the other being Interpol in Brisbane, Australia in 2008!) because we figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tempest actually came to NC when touring for Everybody Down but we missed it because we were in the middle of relocating. It was a wackadoodle thing to do and one of my favorite things that's happened in the last few years. More about it here.

Eternal gratitude and love to my girlfriend, wife and lifelong concert buddy Amber (who also took this post's header photo).

The second of what will eventually be three passes at this, this one using the list I posted here last summer and adding my favorite records of 2019. The songs list, below, is structured in much the same way.

1. D'Angelo & the Vanguard: Black Messiah (RCA 2014)
2. Joanna Newsom: Have One on Me (Drag City 2010)
3. Kendrick Lamar: good kid, m.A.A.d. city (Interscope 2012)
4. Saint Etienne: Words and Music by Saint Etienne (Heavenly 2012)
5. Tune-Yards: w h o k i l l (4AD 2011)
6. Joanna Newsom: Divers (Drag City 2015)
7. Kanye West: Yeezus (Def Jam 2013)
8. SOPHIE: Oil of Every Pearl's Un-Insides (Future Classic 2018)
9. Kanye West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy (Def Jam 2010)
10. Love Is All: Two Thousand and Ten Injuries (Polyvinyl 2010)
11. Vampire Weekend: Modern Vampires of the City (XL 2013)
12. The Wave Pictures: City Forgiveness (Moshi Moshi 2013)
13. Janelle Monáe: The ArchAndroid (Bad Boy 2010)
14. Fiona Apple: The Idler Wheel Is Wiser Than the Driver of the Screw and Whipping Cords Will Serve You More Than Ropes Will Ever Do (Epic 2012)
15. Kate Tempest: Everybody Down (Big Dada 2014)
16. Leonard Cohen: Old Ideas (Columbia 2012)
17. Nicolas Jaar: Sirens (Other People 2016)
18. Danny Brown: Atrocity Exhibition (Warp 2016)
19. The Walkmen: Lisbon (Fat Possum 2010)
20. Das Racist: Relax (Greedhead 2011)
21. The National: High Violet (4AD 2010)
22. Titus Andronicus: The Monitor (XL 2010)
23. The Wave Pictures: Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon (Moshi Moshi 2015)
24. Ezra Furman: Perpetual Motion People (Bella Union 2015)
25. Courtney Barnett: Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit (Mom + Pop 2015)
26. Kate Tempest: Let Them Eat Chaos (Fiction 2016)
27. Anthony Joseph: Caribbean Roots (Heavenly Sweetness 2016)
28. David Bowie: Blackstar (Columbia 2016)
29. Shabazz Palaces: Black Up (Sub Pop 2011)
30. Hot Chip: One Life Stand (astralwerks 2010)
31. Janelle Monáe: Dirty Computer (Bad Boy 2018)
32. The New Pornographers: Brill Bruisers (Matador 2014)
33. Atlas Sound: Parallax (4AD 2011)
34. Cut Copy: Zonoscope (Modular 2011)
35. Lady Lamb: After (Mom + Pop 2015)
36. Charly Bliss: Young Enough (Barsuk 2019)
37. Twin Shadow: Confess (4AD 2012)
38. Janelle Monáe: The Electric Lady (Bad Boy 2013)
39. Yoko Ono: Take Me to the Land of Hell (Chimera 2013)
40. Beyoncé (Columbia 2013)
41. Bassekou Kouyate & Ngoni Ba: Jama Ko (Out Here 2013)
42. Big Thief: U.F.O.F. (4AD 2019)
43. David Bowie: The Next Day (Columbia 2013)
44. Tune-Yards: Nikki Nack (4AD 2014)
45. The Tallest Man on Earth: The Wild Hunt (Dead Oceans 2010)
46. Arcade Fire: The Suburbs (Merge 2010)
47. Beach House: Bloom (Sub Pop 2012)
48. Pet Shop Boys: Electric (x2 2013)
49. Vampire Weekend: Contra (XL 2010)
50. Deerhunter: Halcyon Digest (4AD 2010)

I only reconfigured the top portion of this, to preserve some semblance of my sanity; you can probably extraopolate the rest with the ample tools I have given you!!

1. Joanna Newsom "Good Intentions Paving Company" [Have One on Me, 2010]
2. Titus Andronicus "The Battle of Hampton Roads" [The Monitor, 2010]
3. Miguel "Adorn" [Kaleidoscope Dream, 2012]
4. Joanna Newsom "Baby Birch" [Have One on Me, 2010]
5. The Tallest Man on Earth "Love Is All" [The Wild Hunt, 2010]
6. Leonard Cohen "Going Home" [Old Ideas, 2012] / Marianne Faithfull "Going Home" [Give My Love to London, 2014]
7. The Wave Pictures "Slick Black River from the Rain" [A Season in Hull, 2016]
8. Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever "Tender Is the Neck" [Talk Tight, 2017]
9. Love Is All "A Side in a Bed" [Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, 2010]
10. Allo Darlin' "History Lessons" [We Come from the Same Place, 2014]
11. The Walkmen "Juveniles" [Lisbon, 2010]
12. Courtney Barnett "Depreston" [Sometimes I Sit and Think and Sometimes I Just Sit, 2015]
13. Big Thief "Cattails" [U.F.O.F., 2019]
14. Nicolas Jaar "The Governor" [Sirens, 2016]
15. Robyn "Dancing on My Own" [Body Talk, 2010]
16. Spiritualized "Hey Jane" [Sweet Heart Sweet Light, 2012]
17. Kanye West ft. Rihanna "All of the Lights" [My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, 2010]
18. The Wave Pictures "We Fell Asleep in the Blue Tent" [Great Big Flamingo Burning Moon, 2015]
19. Anthony Joseph "Neckbone" [Caribbean Roots, 2016]
20. Perfume Genius "Hood" [Put Your Back In 2 It, 2012]
21. Twin Shadow "Run My Heart" [Confess, 2012]
22. Tune-Yards "Wait for a Minute" [Nikki Nack, 2014]
23. Frank Ocean "Lost" [Channel Orange, 2012]
24. Suckers "Bricks to the Bones" [Candy Salad, 2012]
25. The National "This Is the Last Time" [Trouble Will Find Me, 2013]
26. Owen Pallett "The Great Elsewhere" [Heartland, 2010]
27. Tune-Yards "Powa" [whokill, 2011]
28. Saint Etienne "Tonight" [Words and Music by Saint Etienne, 2012]
29. Leonard Cohen "Amen" [Old Ideas, 2012]
30. Big Thief "Orange" [U.F.O.F., 2019]
31. The National "Bloodbuzz, Ohio" [High Violet, 2010]
32. D'Angelo "Really Love" [Black Messiah, 2014]
33. N.E.R.D. ft. Rihanna "Lemon" [No One Ever Really Dies, 2017]
34. TV on the Radio "You" [Nine Types of Light, 2011]
35. Kelis "Breakfast" [Food, 2014]
36. Janelle Monae & the Wondaland Arts Society "Hell You Talmbout" [single, 2015] / David Byrne "Hell You Talmbout" [live, 2018]
37. Tune-Yards "Doorstep" [whokill, 2011]
38. Fiona Apple "Anything We Want" [The Idler Wheel..., 2012]
39. Superchunk "This Summer" [single, 2012]
40. Twerps "I Don't Mind" [Range Anxiety, 2015]
41. Susanne Sundfor "Fade Away" [Ten Love Songs, 2015]
42. The New Pornographers "Sweet Talk, Sweet Talk" [Together, 2010]
43. Rihanna "Love on the Brain" [ANTI, 2016]
44. Hot Chip "Alley Cats" [One Life Stand, 2010]
45. Ibibio Sound Machine "I Know That You're Thinking About Me" [Doko Mien, 2019]
46. Joanna Newsom "The Things I Say" [Divers, 2015]
47. (Sandy) Alex G "Bobby" [Rocket, 2017]
48. Janelle Monae "Make Me Feel" [Dirty Computer, 2018]
49. Arcade Fire "Sprawl #2 (Mountains Beyond Mountains)" [The Suburbs, 2010]
50. Chromatics "Kill for Love" [Kill for Love, 2012]
51. Surfer Blood "Anchorage" [Astro Coast, 2010]
52. The Chemical Brothers ft. Beck "Wide Open" [Born in the Echoes, 2015]
53. Charli XCX ft. MØ "Porsche" [Pop 2, 2018]
54. Courtney Barnett "Sunday Roast" [Tell Me How You Really Feel, 2018]
55. Das Racist "Michael Jackson" [Relax, 2011]
56. Girls "Oh So Protective One" [Broken Dreams Club, 2010]
57. Joanna Newsom "Divers" [Divers, 2015]
58. Hot Chip "Take It In" [One Life Stand / We Have Remixes, 2010]
59. Saint Etienne "Over the Border" [Words and Music by Saint Etienne, 2012]
60. Beach House "Norway" [Teen Dream, 2010]
61. Ray BLK "Run Run" [Empress, 2019]
62. Vampire Weekend "Unbelievers" [Modern Vampires of the City, 2013]
63. Kendrick Lamar "untitled 08" [untitled unmastered., 2016]
64. Leonard Cohen "Show Me the Place" [Old Ideas, 2012]
65. Cut Copy "Take Me Over" [Zonoscope, 2011]
66. Black Marble "A Great Design" [A Different Arrangement, 2012]
67. Thao and the Get Down Stay Down "Millionaire" [A Man Alive, 2016]
68. The Mountain Goats "Damn These Vampires" [All Eternals Deck, 2011]
69. Camp Cope "I've Got You" [How to Socialise & Make Friends, 2018]
70. Yoko Ono "7th Floor" [Take Me to the Land of Hell, 2013]
71. Passion Pit "Take a Walk" [Gossamer, 2012]
72. A Tribe Called Quest "We the People" [We Got It from Here, Thank You 4 Your Service, 2016]
73. Yo La Tengo "Ohm" [Fade, 2013]
74. Nicolas Jaar "Three Sides of Nazareth" [Sirens, 2016]
75. Beyonce "Love on Top" [4, 2012]
76. Rhye "The Fall" [Woman, 2013]
77. Colette "When the Music's Loud" [When the Music's Loud, 2013]
78. Titus Andronicus "To Old Friends and New" [The Monitor, 2010]
79. Royal Headache "Carolina" [High, 2015]
80. Chastity Belt "Drone" [Time to Go Home, 2015]
81. Shannon and the Clams "The Boy" [Onion, 2018]
82. Allo Darlin' "Half Heart Necklace" [We Come from the Same Place, 2014]
83. Eleanor Friedberger "He Didn't Mention His Mother" [New View, 2016]
84. Slowdive "No Longer Making Time" [Slowdive, 2017]
85. Big Thief "Not" [Two Hands, 2019]
86. The Walkmen "Lisbon" [Lisbon, 2010]
87. Fiona Apple "Hot Knife" [The Idler Wheel..., 2012]
88. Titus Andronicus "Theme from Cheers" [The Monitor, 2010]
89. Kanye West "Black Skinhead" [Yeezus, 2013]
90. Tierra Whack "Cable Guy" [Whack World, 2018]
91. Deerhunter "Desire Lines" [Halcyon Digest, 2010]
92. The Tallest Man on Earth "Graceland" {Paul Simon cover} [b-side, 2010]
93. Charly Bliss "Young Enough" [Young Enough]
94. Sheer Mag "Nobody's Baby" [III, 2016]
95. Lady Lamb "Penny Licks" [After, 2015]
96. Curren$y "Breakfast" [Pilot Talk, 2010]
97. Ezra Furman "Love You So Bad" [Transangelic Exodus, 2018]
98. Underworld "Nylon Strung" [Barbara Barbara We Face a Shining Futyre, 2016]
99. Kaki King "Sloan Shore" [Junior, 2010]
100. Disclosure ft. London Grammar "Help Me Lose My Mind" [Settle, 2013]
101. The Wave Pictures "Before This Day" [City Forgiveness, 2013]
102. Kelela "All the Way Down" [Hallucinogen, 2015]
103. D'Angelo "Another Life" [Black Messiah, 2014]
104. Chromatics "On the Wall" [Closer to Grey, 2019]
105. Rolling Blackouts C.F. "Read My Mind" [non-LP single, 2019]
106. Tierra Whack "Pet Cemetery" [Whack World, 2018]
107. TV on the Radio "Killer Crane" [Nine Types of Light, 2011]
108. The National "I Need My Girl" [Trouble Will Find Me, 2013]
109. The Wave Pictures "Hazey Moon" [Look Inside Your Heart, 2018]
110. Cat Power "Manhattan" [Sun, 2012]
111. Vince Staples "Big Fish" [Big Fish Theory, 2017]
112. Courtney Barnett "Houses" {Elyse Weinberg cover} [single, 2018]
113. Flock of Dimes "Birthplace" [If You See Me, Say Yes, 2016]
114. Rolling Blackouts C.F. "In the Capital" [non-LP single, 2019]
115. Khalid "8TEEN" [American Teen, 2017]
116. Charly Bliss "Blown to Bits" [Young Enough, 2019]
117. Vampire Weekend "Diplomat's Son" [Contra, 2010]
118. The Julie Ruin "Just My Kind" [Run Fast, 2013]
119. Shura "Touch" [Nothing's Real, 2016]
120. Belle & Sebastian "The Ghost of Rockschool" [Write About Love, 2010]
121. Danny Brown "Really Doe" [Atrocity Exhibition, 2016]
122. Loyle Carner "Loose Ends" [Not Waving, But Drowning]
123. Twin Shadow "When the Movie's Over" [Confess, 2012]
124. Beach House "Bluebird" [Depression Cherry, 2015]
125. Kanye West "Bound 2" [Yeezus, 2013]
126. Horse Feathers "Fit Against the Country" [Cynic's New Year, 2012]
127. Nadine Shah "2016" [Holiday Destination, 2017]
128. Yo La Tengo "Butchie's Tune" {Lovin' Spoonful cover} [Stuff Like That There, 2015]
129. The Wave Pictures "Atlanta" [City Forgiveness, 2013]
130. Vince Staples "Yeah Right" [Big Fish Theory, 2017]
131. The Julie Ruin "Run Fast" [Run Fast, 2013]
132. PAPA "Ain't It So" [A Good Woman Is Hard to Find, 2011]
133. Jay Som "The Bus Song" [Everybody Works, 2017]
134. Vampire Weekend "Diane Young" [Modern Vampires of the City, 2013]
135. Beirut "We Never Lived Here" [Gallipoli]
136. Azealia Banks "212" [single, 2011 / Broke with Expensive Taste, 2014]
137. Vampire Weekend "Run" [Contra, 2010]
138. Beyonce "Party" [4, 2012]
139. The Wave Pictures "Remains" [A Season in Hull, 2016]
140. Leonard Cohen "You Want It Darker" [You Want It Darker, 2016]
141. Cut Copy "Need You Now" [Zonoscope, 2011]
142. Tirzah "Holding On" [Devotion, 2018]
143. Arcade Fire "Half Light 2 (No Celebration)" [The Suburbs, 2010]
144. The Walkmen "Blue as Your Blood" [Lisbon, 2010]
145. Kate Tempest "Tunnel Vision" [Let Them Eat Chaos, 2016]
146. Twin Shadow ft. D'Angelo Lacy "Old Love/New Love" [Eclipse, 2015]
147. Tirzah "Devotion" [Devotion, 2018]
148. Love Is All "Early Warnings" [Two Thousand and Ten Injuries, 2010]
149. Titus Andronicus "Crass Tattoo" [A Productive Cough, 2018]
150. LCD Soundsystem "I Can Change" [This Is Happening, 2010] / Ezra Furman "I Can Change" [Songs by Others, 2016]

1959 SONGS
Brand new list that took weeks. Given that this was past the peak of first-wave rock & roll, there are a shocking number of classics here, even if the center kind of collapses in favor of subgenres like swamp and the burgeoning golden era of soul. Close to forty stone masterpieces at the top, in my opinion, including a few that were new to me.

1. Ray Charles "What'd I Say [parts 1 & 2]" (Atlantic)
2. The Isley Brothers "Shout [parts 1 & 2]" (RCA)
3. Miles Davis "All Blues" (Columbia LP: Kind of Blue)
4. Eddie Cochran "Somethin' Else" (Liberty)
5. Ray Charles "Night Time Is the Right Time" (Atlantic)
6. Dion & the Belmonts "A Teenager in Love" (Laurie)
7. Chuck Berry "Memphis, Tennessee" (Chess)
8. Vince Taylor & His Playboys "Brand New Cadillac" (Parlophone)
9. The Coasters "I'm a Hog for You" (Atco)
10. Cookie & the Cupcakes "Mathilda" (Judd)
11. Dave Brubeck "Take Five" (Columbia LP: Time Out)
12. The Coasters "Poison Ivy" (Atco)
13. Ronnie Hawkins "Mary Lou" (Roulette)
14. Sam Cooke "Only Sixteen" (Keen)
15. Howlin' Wolf "No Place to Go" (Chess LP: Moanin' in the Moonlight)
16. Del Royals "A Bomb Bop" (Demo)
17. Brenda Lee "Sweet Nothin's" (Decca)
18. Buddy Holly "Crying Waiting Hoping" (Coral)
19. Little Richard "Shake a Hand" (Specialty)
20. The Coasters "That Is Rock 'n' Roll" (Atco)
21. Chuck Berry "Back in the U.S.A." (Chess)
22. Big Jay McNeely "There Is Something on Your Mind" (Swingin')
23. The Staple Singers "I'm Leaning" (Vee Jay)
24. Connie Francis "Lipstick on Your Collar" (MGM)
25. Fats Domino "I'm Ready" (Imperial)
26. Barrett Strong "Money" (Tamla)
27. Muddy Waters "She's Into Something" (Chess)
28. Little Willie John "Leave My Kitten Alone" (King)
29. Frankie Ford "Sea Cruise" (Ace)
30. The Falcons "You're So Fine" (Unart)
31. Ruth Brown "I Don't Know" (Atlantic)
32. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters "The Twist" (King)
33. Lloyd Price "Stagger Lee" (ABC-Paramount)
34. The Drifters "There Goes My Baby" (Atlantic)
35. The Staple Singers "Going Away" (Vee Jay)
36. Brenda Lee "Let's Jump the Broomstick" (Decca)
37. Santo and Johnny "Sleep Walk" (Canadian American)
38. Bobby 'Blue' Bland "I'll Take Care of You" (Duke)
39. Ray Charles "I Believe to My Soul" (Atlantic)
40. Marty Robbins "El Paso" (Columbia)
41. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles "I Need a Change" (Chess)
42. Nina Simone "I Loves You, Porgy" (Bethlehem)
43. The Coasters "Charlie Brown" (Atco)
44. LaVern Baker "So High, So Low" (Atlantic)
45. George Jones "White Lightning" (Mercury)
46. Chuck Berry "Little Queenie" (Chess)
47. Little Richard "Baby" (Specialty)
48. The Coasters "Three Cool Cats" (Atco)
49. The Flamingos "I Only Have Eyes for You" (End)
50. Bo Diddley "Crackin' Up" (Checker)
51. Muddy Waters "When I Get to Thinking" (Chess)
52. The Coasters "What About Us" (Atco)
53. John Lee Hooker "Maudie" (Vee Jay)
54. The Drifters "Dance with Me" (Atlantic)
55. Jackie Wilson "I'll Be Satisfied" (Brunswick)
56. The Everly Brothers "('Til) I Kissed You" (Cadence)
57. Johnny Cash "Thanks a Lot" (Sun)
58. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters "Kansas City" (King)
59. Bobby Darin "Dream Lover" (Atco)
60. Chuck Berry "Almost Grown" (Chess)
61. Duane Eddy "The Lonely One" (Jamie)
62. The Clovers "Love Potion No. 9" (United Artists)
63. Ray Charles "I'm Movin' On" (Atlantic)
64. John Lee Hooker "(Miss Sadie Mae) Curl My Baby's Hair" (Fortune)
65. Lloyd Price "I'm Gonna Get Married" (ABC-Paramount)
66. Johnny Kidd & the Pirates "Please Don't Touch" (HMV)
67. Johnny Bell "Flip, Flop and Fly" (Brunswick)
68. Fats Domino "Telling Lies" (Imperial)
69. LaVern Baker "I Waited Too Long" (Atlantic)
70. Muddy Waters "Tell Me Baby" (Chess)
71. Ronnie Allen "Juvenile Delinquent" (San)
72. The Isley Brothers "Respectable" (RCA)
73. The Coasters "Along Came Jones" (Atco)
74. The '5' Royales "I Know It's Hard But It's Fair" (King)
75. Roy Hamilton "I Need Your Lovin'" (Epic)
76. Eugene Church "Miami" (Class)
77. The Rock-A-Teens "Woo-Hoo" (Roulette)
78. The Platters "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" (Mercury)
79. Howlin' Wolf "The Natchez Burning" (Chess)
80. Phil Phillips "Sea of Love" (Khoury's)
81. Sam Cooke "Everybody Likes to Cha Cha Cha" (Keen)
82. Bing Day "I Can't Help It" (Mercury)
83. Sarah Vaughan "Broken-Hearted Melody" (Mercury)
84. John Lee Hooker "Crawlin' King Snake" (Vee Jay)
85. Frankie Ford "Alimony" (Ace)
86. Jody Reynolds "The Storm" (Demon)
87. Ray Charles "Tell Me How Do You Feel" (Atlantic)
88. Lloyd Price "Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day)" (ABC-Paramount)
89. Fats Domino "Be My Guest" (Imperial)
90. Bo Diddley "Say Man" (Checker)
91. Chan Romero "The Hippy Hippy Shake" (Specialty)
92. Little Richard "Kansas City" (Specialty)
93. Homer Denison Jr. "Chickie Run" (Brunswick)
94. J.B. Lenoir "Back Door" (Shad)
95. Johnny Cash "Five Feet High and Rising" (Columbia)
96. Dee Clark "Hey Little Girl" (Abner)
97. Dale Hawkins "Ain't That Lovin' You Baby" (Checker)
98. Maurice Williams & the Zodiacs "College Girl" (Selwyn)
99. Buddy Knox "I Think I'm Gonna Kill Myself" (Roulette)
100. Johnny & the Hurricanes "Red River Rock" (Warwick)
101. Bobby 'Blue' Bland "I'm Not Ashamed" (Duke)
102. James Brown & the Famous Flames "Good Good Lovin'" (Federal)
103. The Dubs "Chapel of Dreams" (Gone)
104. The Fiestas "So Fine" (Old Town)
105. The Fendermen "Mule Skinner Blues" (Cuca)
106. Ray Charles "That's Enough" (Atlantic)
107. Muddy Waters "I Feel So Good" (Chess)
108. Wilbert Harrison "Kansas City" (Fury)
109. Jack Scott "I Never Felt Like This" (Carlton)
110. Jackie Wilson "That's Why (I Love You So)" (Brunswick)
111. Dwain Bell "I'm Gonna Ride" (Summit)
112. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles "I Love Your Baby" (Chess)
113. Jody Reynolds "Beulah Lee" (Demon)
114. Elvis Presley "A Big Hunk o' Love" (RCA)
115. Ricky Nelson "It's Late" (Imperial)
116. Bobby Darin "Mack the Knife" (Atco)
117. Buddy Holly "Peggy Sue Got Married" (Coral)
118. Etta James & Harvey Fuqua "I Hope You're Satisfied" (Chess)
119. The Isley Brothers "I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door" (RCA)
120. Lloyd Price "Personality" (ABC-Paramount)
121. Marv Johnson "Come to Me" (United Artists)
122. Johnny Bachelor "Mumbles" (Era)
123. Ronnie Hawkins "Southern Love" (Roulette)
124. Little Richard "All Night Long" (Specialty)
125. Sandy Nelson "Teen Beat" (Original Sound)
126. Freddy Cannon "Tallahassee Lassie" (Swan)
127. Sam Cooke "One Hour Ahead of the Posse" (Keen)
128. Jivin' Gene "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" (Mercury)
129. Eugene Church & the Fellows "Pretty Girls Everywhere" (Class)
130. The Bell Notes "I've Had It" (Time)
131. Darrell Rhodes "Lou Lou" (Winston)
132. Fats Domino "I've Been Around" (Imperial)
133. Ronnie Dawson "Congratulations to Me" (Rockin')
134. Paul Gayten "The Hunch" (Anna)
135. Clyde McPhatter "Since You've Been Gone" (Atlantic)
136. The Drifters "Oh My Love" (Atlantic)
137. The String Kings "The Bash" (Gaity)
138. Billy Lee Riley "Got the Water Boiling" (Sun)
139. Bobby 'Blue' Bland "Is It Real" (Duke)
140. Connie Francis "Among My Souvenirs" (MGM)
141. Johnny Kidd & the Pirates "Growl" (HMV)
142. Eddie Cochran "Hallelujah, I Love Her So" (Liberty)
143. Peggy Lee "Hallelujah, I Love Him So" (Capitol)
144. Tommy Blake "$ F--olding Money $" (Recco)
145. Elvis Presley "(Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I" (RCA)
146. Ray Smith "Rockin' Little Angel" (Judd)
147. Connie Francis "You're Gonna Miss Me" (MGM)
148. Jackie Wilson "Talk That Talk" (Brunswick)
149. Howlin' Wolf "You Gonna Wreck My Life" (Chess)
150. Fats Domino "Margie" (Imperial)
151. Brenda Lee "Weep No More My Baby" (Decca)
152. The Cadillacs "Zoom-Boom-Zing" (Josie)
153. Larry Donn "Honey-Bun" (Vaden)
154. John Lee Hooker "Hobo Blues" (Vee Jay)
155. Sam Cooke "Summertime" (Keen)
156. Howlin' Wolf "Howlin' Blues" (Chess)
157. Little Richard "Lonesome and Blue" (Specialty)
158. Penny Candy "The Rockin' Lady (From New Orleans)" (Flippin')
159. The Fireballs "Torquay" (Top Rank)
160. Eddie Cochran "Little Angel" (Liberty)
161. Clyde McPhatter "You Went Back on Your Word" (Atlantic)
162. Jerry McGill & the Topcoats "Lovestruck" (Sun)
163. Mel Robbins "Save It" (Argo)
164. Freddy Cannon "Way Down Yonder in New Orleans" (Swan)
165. Gene & Eunice "Poco Loco" (Case)
166. Andy Anderson "You Shake Me Up" (Apollo)
167. Duane Eddy "Yep!" (Jamie)
168. Johnny Cash "Katy Too" (Sun)
169. Howlin' Wolf "I've Been Abused" (Chess)
170. The Chantels "Goodbye to Love" (End)
171. Lloyd Price "Come into My Heart" (ABC-Paramount)
172. The Impalas "Sorry (I Ran All the Way Home)" (Cub)
173. Duane Eddy "Three-30-Blues" (Jamie)
174. The Everly Brothers "Poor Jenny" (Cadence)
175. John Lee Hooker "I'm in the Mood" (Vee Jay)
176. The Drifters "(If You Cry) True Love, True Love" (Atlantic)
177. Brenda Lee "Bill Bailey, Won't You Please Come Home" (Decca)
178. Little Richard "Wonderin'" (Specialty)
179. Eddie Cochran "Boll Weevil Song" (Liberty)
180. Brook Benton "So Many Ways" (Mercury)
181. John Lee Hooker "Tennessee Blues" (Vee Jay)
182. Little Richard "Whole Lotta Shakin'" (Specialty)
183. Preston Epps "Bongo Rock" (Original Sound)
184. Connie Francis "Frankie" (MGM)
185. Ronnie Hawkins "Ruby Baby" (Roulette)
186. Jerry Lee Lewis "Little Queenie" (Sun)
187. LaVern Baker "Tiny Tim" (Atlantic)
188. Duane Eddy "Detour" (Jamie)
189. Howlin' Wolf "I Better Go Now" (Chess)
190. The Staple Singers "Downward Road" (Vee Jay)
191. The Crests "Sixteen Candles" (Lana)
192. Nat 'King' Cole "Midnight Flyer" (Capitol)
193. Bill Parsons "The All American Boy" (Fraternity)
194. James Brown "It Was You" (Federal)
195. Ray Price "Heartaches by the Number" (Columbia)
196. Jim Reeves "He'll Have to Go" (RCA)
197. Chuck Berry "Anthony Boy" (Chess)
198. The Platters "Enchanted" (Mercury)
199. Billy Lee Riley "Down by the Riverside" (Sun)
200. Dave 'Baby' Cortez "The Happy Organ" (Clock)
201. Billy Eldridge "Let's Go Baby" (Vulco)
202. Eddie Cochran "Teenage Heaven" (Liberty)
203. Ricky Nelson "Never Be Anyone Else But You" (Imperial)
204. Johnny & the Hurricanes "Reveille Rock" (Warwick)
205. The Genies "Who's That Knocking" (Shad)
206. Sammy Turner "Always" (Bigtop)
207. The Everly Brothers "Take a Message to Mary" (Cadence)
208. Chubby Checker "The Class" (Parkway)
209. Bobby Freeman "Do You Want to Dance?" (Josie)
210. Gene Vincent "Summertime" (Capitol)
211. Little Richard "Troubles of the World" (End)

1979 SONGS
This was the hardest I've ever worked on one of these archival lists; this happens to come at the tail end of, along with the mid-1950s, one of my favorite periods of popular music, and there are so many strands to investigate: disco, punk, new wave, R&B/soul and the mainstream pop stuff. And each of those quadrants comes with multiple layers to uncover. I ended up hearing a lot of absolute dogshit for this but I also found some out-of-the-way DIY singles I'd never have discovered otherwise, some extraordinary dance music I missed and even some familiar stuff I never properly considered. It was an insane amount of work for something that very few people are ever likely to look at, but it was a great experience... and one I'm very, very glad to have finished! But good fucking night, what a wild cross section of stuff was hitting its peak around this time. Even power pop! The proper beginnings of hip hop! It just keeps going.

My rules for song lists in this period allow one song per album unless the song in question was also a single. A loophole, in other words, but one that I think is warranted by the material

1. Michael Jackson "Rock with You" [Off the Wall + single]
2. Michael Jackson "Don't Stop Til You Get Enough" [Off the Wall + single]
3. Patti Smith "Dancing Barefoot" [Wave + single]
4. The Records "Starry Eyes" [Shades in Bed + single]
5. The B-52's "Dance This Mess Around" [The B-52's + single]
6. Donna Summer "Dim All the Lights" [Bad Girls + single]
7. The Clash "Lost in the Supermarket" [London Calling]
8. Sugarhill Gang "Rapper's Delight" [Sugarhill Gang]
9. Wire "Map Ref. 41 N 93 W" [154 + single]
10. Donna Summer "Hot Stuff" [Bad Girls + single]
11. Donna Summer "Bad Girls" [Bad Girls + single]
12. The B-52's "Planet Claire" [The B-52's + single]
13. Talking Heads "Heaven" [Fear of Music]
14. The Clash "Train in Vain" [London Calling + single]
15. Gang of Four "Natural's Not in It" [Entertainment!]
16. The Jam "Thick as Thieves" [Setting Sons]
17. The Only Ones "Out There in the Night" [Even Serpents Shine]
18. Joy Division "She's Lost Control" [Unknown Pleasures]
19. Blondie "Dreaming" [Eat to the Beat + single]
20. Funkadelic "(Not Just) Knee Deep" [Uncle Jam Wants You]
21. The B-52's "52 Girls" [s/t]
22. David Bowie "Look Back in Anger" [Lodger + single]
23. Talking Heads "Cities" [Fear of Music + single]
24. Prince "I Wanna Be Your Lover" [Prince + single]
25. Joy Division "Transmission" [Factory 12"]
26. The B-52's "Rock Lobster" [The B-52's + single]
27. Bee Gees "Love You Inside Out" [Spirits Having Flown + single]
28. Blondie "Die Young Stay Pretty" [Eat to the Beat]
29. The [English] Beat "Tears of a Clown" {Miracles cover} [I Just Can't Stop It (1980) + single]
30. Chic "I Want Your Love" [C'est Chic]
31. The Police "Walking on the Moon" [Reggatta de Blanc + single]
32. Neil Young "Powderfinger" [Rust Never Sleeps]
33. Prince "Why You Wanna Treat Me So Bad?" [Prince + single]
34. Wire "On Returning" [154]
35. Anita Ward "Ring My Bell" [TK 12"]
36. Chic "Good Times" [Risque + single]
37. The Clash "I Fought the Law" {Bobby Fuller Four cover} [The Cost of Living EP + single]
38. The Police "The Bed's Too Big Without You" [Reggatta de Blanc + single]
39. Buzzcocks "You Say You Don't Love Me" [A Different Kind of Tension]
40. Buzzcocks "Why Can't I Touch It?" [b-side]
41. Blondie "Atomic" [Eat to the Beat + single]
42. Amii Stewart "Knock on Wood" {Eddie Floyd cover} [Knock on Wood]
43. Shalamar "Take That to the Bank" [Disco Gardens]
44. X "I Don't Wanna Go Out" [Aspirations (1980)]
45. The Slits "Typical Girls" [Cut]
46. The Spinners "Working My Way Back to You/Forgive Me Girl" {Four Seasons cover} [Dancin' and Lovin']
47. David Bowie "DJ" [Lodger + single]
48. Prince "I Feel for You" [Prince]
49. The Pretenders "Brass in Pocket" [Pretenders]
50. The Cure "Boys Don't Cry" [Boys Don't Cry + single]
51. Fleetwood Mac "Tusk" [Tusk + single]
52. The Isley Brothers "I Wanna Be with You, pts. 1 & 2" [Winner Takes All]
53. Gary Numan "Cars" [The Pleasure Principle]
54. Parliament "Aqua Boogie (A Psychoalphadiscobetabioaquadoloop)" [Casablanca 12"]
55. Gloria Gaynor "Anybody Wanna Party?" [Love Tracks]
56. The Police "Message in a Bottle" [Reggatta de Blanc + single]
57. Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark "Electricity" [OMD (1980)]
58. James Brown "It's Too Funky in Here" [The Original Disco Man]
59. The Clash "London Calling" [London Calling + single]
60. The Jacksons "Shake Your Body (Down to the Ground)" [Destiny]
61. Delta 5 "Mind Your Own Business" [Rough Trade 7"]
62. Buzzcocks "Harmony in My Head" [United Artists 7"]
63. XTC "Making Plans for Nigel" [Drums and Wires + single]
64. The Police "Bring on the Night" [Reggatta de Blanc]
65. Leonard Cohen "Humbled in Love" [Recent Songs]
66. Gary Numan "Complex" [The Pleasure Principle + single]
67. Gang of Four "At Home He's a Tourist" [Entertainment! + single]
68. Dennis Wilson "He's a Bum" [unreleased; Pacific Ocean Blue deluxe (2006)]
69. The Clash "Gates of the West" [The Cost of Living]
70. Switch "I Call Your Name" [Switch II + single]
71. The Crusaders "Street Life" [Street Life]
72. Mass Production "Firecracker" [In the Purest Form]
73. Fleetwood Mac "I Know I'm Not Wrong" [Tusk]
74. The Younger Generation "We Rap More Mellow" [Brass 12"]
75. Michael Jackson "I Can't Help It" [Off the Wall]
76. Donna Summer "On the Radio" [On the Radio: Greatest Hits]
77. Fleetwood Mac "Sara" [Tusk + single]
78. The Jam "When You're Young" [Setting Sons + single]
79. The Go-Betweens "People Say" [Able 7"]
80. The Bar-Kays "Move Your Boogie Body" [Injoy]
81. Talking Heads "I Zimbra" [Fear of Music + single]
82. The Clash "Pressure Drop" {Toots & the Maytals cover} [b-side/Black Market Clash]
83. Roxy Music "Dance Away" [Manifesto]
84. Talking Heads "Life During Wartime" [Fear of Music + single]
85. M "Pop Muzik" [New York + London + Paris + Munich]
86. Tubeway Army "Me, I Disconnect from You" [Replicas]
87. David Bowie "Red Sails" [Lodger]
88. XTC "When You're Near Me I Have Difficulty" [Drums and Wires]
89. Fatal Microbes "Violence Grows" [Small Wonder 7"]
90. Gary's Gang "Keep on Dancin'" [Columbia 7"]
91. Peter Brown "Crank It Up" [Stargazer]
92. Thelma Houston "Saturday Night, Sunday Morning" [Ready to Roll]
93. Joy Division "Novelty" [b-side]
94. Cerrone "Give Me Love" [Supernature (1977)]
95. Tubeway Army "Are 'Friends' Electric?" [Replicas]
96. The Beat "Ranking Full Stop" [I Just Can't Stop It (1980) + single]
97. Buzzcocks "Everybody's Happy Nowadays" [United Artists 7"]
98. Urinals "Black Hole" [Another EP]
99. Sham 69 "Questions and Answers" [Polydor 7"]
100. Tyrone Davis "In the Mood" [In the Mood with Tyrone Davis]
101. Stevie Wonder "Send One Your Love" [Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants + single]
102. The Specials "Nite Klub" [The Specials]
103. Lene Lovich "Lucky Number" [Stateless]
104. Bootsy's Rubber Band "Jam Fan (Hot)" [This Boot is Made for Fonk-N]
105. Sister Sledge "He's the Greatest Dancer" [We Are Family + single]
106. McFadden & Whitehead "Ain't No Stoppin' Us Now" [McFadden & Whitehead]
107. Killing Joke "Turn to Red" [Malicious Damage 7"]
108. The Stranglers "(Don't Bring) Harry" [The Raven + single]
109. Ashford & Simpson "Found a Cure" [Stay Free]
110. The Undertones "Get Over You" [s/t + single]
111. The Raincoats "Fairtytale in the Supermarket" [s/t]
112. Peaches & Herb "Reunited" [2 Hot (1978)]
113. Edwin Starr "Contact" [Clean]
114. Sister Sledge "We Are Family" [We Are Family + single]
115. The Specials "Gangsters" [Specials + single]
116. Eruption "One Way Ticket" [Leave a Light]
117. The Only Ones "You've Got to Pay" [Even Serpents Shine + single]
118. Pere Ubu "Small Was Fast" [New Picnic Time]
119. Gary Numan "Engineers" [The Pleasure Principle]
120. Michael Jackson "She's Out of My Life" [Off the Wall + single]
121. Bee Gees "Tragedy" [Spirits Having Flown + single]
122. The Meanies "Waiting for You" [Vendetta 7"]
123. The Donkeys "What I Want" [Rhesus 7"]
124. Alternative TV "The Force Is Blind" [Deptford Fun City 7"]
125. The Clash "Armagideon Time" {Willie Williams cover} [b-side/Black Market Clash]
126. The Selecter "On My Radio" [2 Tone 7"]
127. TNT "Zuri Brannt" [Voxpop 7"]
128. Monitor "Beak" [World Imitation 12"]
129. The Government "Flat Tire" [33 1/3 EP]
130. The Damned "I Just Can't Be Happy Today" [Machine Gun Etiquette + single]
131. Mi-Sex "Computer Games" [CBS 7"]
132. Maze "Feel That You're Feelin'" [Inspiration]
133. Penetration "Come into the Open" [Virgin 7"]
134. Algebra Mothers "Strawberry Cheesecake" [Aftertaste 7"]
135. Minny Pops "Footsteps" [Plurex 7"]
136. XTC "Life Begins at the Hop" [Virgin 7"]
137. Wings "Goodnight Tonight" [Columbia 12"]
138. Madness "The Prince" [One Step Beyond... + single]
139. Bauhaus "Bela Lugosi's Dead" [Small Wonder 7"]
140. Chic "My Forbidden Lover" [Risque + single]
141. The Jam "Smithers-Jones" [Setting Sons + single]
142. The Adverts "My Place" [Cast of Thousands]
143. The Barracudas "I Want My Woody Back" [Cells 7"]
144. The Ruts "Something That I Said" [Virgin 7"]
145. The Stranglers "Duchess" [The Raven + single]
146. Disturbed "I Don't Believe" [Parole 7"]
147. Angelic Upstarts "I'm an Upstart" [Teenage Warning]
148. Buzzcocks "Something's Gone Wrong Again" [b-side]
149. The Damned "Love Song" [Machine Gun Etiquette + single]
150. Nervebreakers "Hijack the Radio" [Wild Child 7"]
151. The Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star" [The Age of Plastic]
152. ABBA "Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midniht)" [Greatest Hits Vol. 2]
153. Uncle Louie "Full Tilt Boogie" [Uncle Louie's Here]
154. Diana Ross "The Boss" [The Boss]
155. Sid Vicious/the Sex Pistols "Something Else" {Eddie Cochran cover} [The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle]
156. Cabaret Voltaire "Nag, Nag, Nag" [Rough Trade 7"]
157. The Damned "Smash It Up, pts. 1 & 2" [Machine Gun Etiquette + single]
158. The O'Jays "Sing a Happy Song" [Identify Yourself]
159. Patrice Rushen "Hang It Up" [Patrice (1978)]
160. Mother's Ruin "Godzilla" [Godzilla EP]
161. G.Q. "Disco Nights (Rock-Freak)" [Disco Nights + single]
162. The Only Ones "Trouble in the World" [CBS 7"]
163. Fleetwood Mac "Think About Me" [Tusk + single]
164. Van Morrison "Troubadors" [Into the Music]
165. Pere Ubu "The Fabulous Sequel" [New Picnic Time + single]
166. The Jam "The Eton Rifles" [Setting Sons + single]
167. Ian Dury & the Blockheads "Reasons to be Cheerful, Part 3" [Stiff 12"]
168. Blackouts "The Underpass" [528 Seconds 7"]
169. Public Image Ltd. "Memories" [Metal Box + single]
170. Donna Summer "Heaven Knows" [Live and More]
171. Cheryl Lynn "Star Love" [s/t]
172. The Scabs "Leave Me Alone" [The Scabs EP]
173. The Cure "Jumping Someone Else's Train" [Boys Don't Cry + single]
174. Cockney Rejects "I'm Not a Fool" [EMI 7"]
175. The Flying Lizards "Money" {Barrett Strong cover} [s/t]
176. Evelyn 'Champagne' King "Music Box" [Music Box]
177. Phyllis Hyman "You Know How to Love Me" [You Know How to Love Me]
178. Rick James "High on Your Love Suite" [Bustin' Out of L Seven]
179. The Village People "Go West" [Go West + single]
180. The Atlantics "One Last Night" [Big City Rock]
181. Chinas Comidas "Snaps" [Exquisite Corpse 7"]
182. The Adicts "Easy Way Out" [Lunch with the Adicts EP]
183. The Gap Band "Open Up Your Mind (Wide)" [s/t]
184. Pleasure "Glide" [Future Now]
185. Joe Simon "Love Vibration" [Love Vibrations]
186. 999 "Homicide" [Separates]
187. The Daze "I Wanna Be a Star" [Motor City Rhythm 7"]
188. The Manikins "Premonition" [s/t]
189. The Simpletones "California" [Posh Boy 7"]
190. Siouxsie and the Banshees "Playground Twist" [Join Hands]
191. Smokey Robinson "Cruisin'" [Where There's Smoke...]
192. G.Q. "I Do Love You" [Disco Nights + single]
193. The Undertones "You've Got My Number" [Sire 7"]
194. Instant Funk "I Got My Mind Made Up (You Can Get It)" [s/t]
195. The Stranglers "Nuclear Device" [The Raven + single]
196. Dead Kennedys "California Über Alles" [Fresh Fruit for Rotting Vegetables]
197. Misspent Youth "Betcha Won't Dance" [Big Bear 7"]
198. The Leather Nun "Slow Death" [Slow Death EP]
199. The Pop Group "She Is Beyond Good and Evil" [Y]
200. Chrome "Half Machine Lip Moves" [Half Machine Lip Moves]
201. Michael Jackson "Off the Wall" [Off the Wall + single]
202. Kleenex "You" [Rough Trade 7"]
203. Switch "Best Beat in Town" [Switch II + single]
204. Herb Alpert "Rise" [Rise]
205. Skams "Konfirmationen" [Konfirmationen EP]
206. Rick James "Love Gun" [Fire It Up]
207. David Bowie "Boys Keep Swinging" [Lodger + single]
208. The Searchers "Don't Hang On" [The Searchers]
209. The Weirdos "Happy People" [Who? What? When? Where? Why?]
210. Psykik Volts "Totally Useless" [Ellie Jay 7"]
211. The Specials "A Message to You Rudy" [The Specials + single]
212. The Cars "Let's Go" [Candy-O + single]
213. Average White Band "Stop the Rain" [Feel No Fret]
214. Sema 4 "Even If I Know" [4 from Sema 4]
215. The Undertones "Here Comes the Summer" [s/t + single]
216. Sham 69 "Hersham Boys" [Polydor 7"]
217. Luxury "Green Hearts" [Angry Young 7"]
218. The Searchers "It's Too Late" [The Searchers + single]
219. Ohio Players "Everybody Up" [Everybody Up]
220. Neil Young "Hey Hey My My (Into the Black)" [Rust Never Sleeps + single]
221. The Staple Singers "Chica Boom" [Unlock Your Mind (1978)]
222. Leonard Cohen "The Guests" [Recent Songs + single]
223. The Hoax "Oh Darling" [Only the Blind Can See in the Dark EP]
224. Newtown Neurotics "Hypocrite" [No Wonder 7"]
225. Mekons "Work All Week" [Virgin 7"]
226. Nicolette Larson "Lotta Love" {Neil Young cover} [Nicolette (1978)]
227. Terminal Mind "I Want to Die Young" [I Want to Die Young EP]
228. The Ramones "Rock 'n' Roll High School" [Rock 'n' Roll High School OST]
229. The Rude Kids "Absolute Ruler" [Safe Society]
230. Isaac Hayes "Don't Let Go" [Don't Let Go]
231. Siouxsie and the Banshees "The Staircase (Mystery)" [Polydor 7"]
232. Hot Chocolate "Going Through the Motions" [Going Through the Motions + single]
233. James Brown "For Goodness Sakes, Look at Those Cakes (Parts 1 & 2)" [Take a Look at Those Cakes]
234. Augustus Pablo "Cassava Piece" [Hot Stuff 7"]
235. The Clash "Groovy Times" [The Cost of Living + single]
236. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious 5 "Flash to the Beat" [Sugar Hill 12"]
237. Art Garfunkel "Bright Eyes" [Watership Down OST]
238. The Tapes "You Can't Just Sleep" [You Can't Just Sleep]
239. Earth, Wind & Fire "Boogie Wonderland" [I Am]
240. Natalie Cole "Stand By" [I Love You So]
241. The Dickies "Banana Splits (Tra La La Song)" [A&M 7"]
242. Public Image Ltd. "Death Disco" [Metal Box + single]
243. Village People "In the Navy" [Go West + single]
244. George Harrison "Not Guilty" [George Harrison]
245. Stevie Wonder "Voyage to India" [Journey Through the Secret Life of Plants]
246. Dennis Wilson "All Alone" [unreleased; Endless Harmony (1998)]
247. Hot Chocolate "Mindless Boogie" [Going Through the Motions + single]
248. GG Allin "Bored to Death" [Always Was, Is And Always Shall Be]
249. Crap Detectors "Police State" [Real 7"]
250. Madness "One Step Beyond" [One Step Beyond... + single]
The Lines "On the Air" [Red 7"]
Curtiss A "I Don't Wanna Be President" [Twin/Tone 7"]
War "Good Good Feelin'" [The Music Band]
The Boys Next Door "Shivers" [Door, Door]
The Jam "Strange Town" [Polydor 7"]
The Records "Girls That Don't Exist" [Shades in Bed]
The Beach Boys "Baby Blue" [L.A. (Light Album)]
Chrome "TV as Eyes" [Half Machine Lip Moves]
999 "Found Out Too Late" [The Biggest Prize in Sport]
Model Mania "No Pride Slow Suicide" [Boob 7"]
Chinas Comidas "Peasant/Slave" [Exquisite Corpse 7"]]
The Searchers "Hearts in Her Eyes" [The Searchers + single]
Kleenex "Ain't You" [Liliput]
The Dark "My Friends" [Fresh 7"]
Kurtis Blow "Christmas Rappin'" [Mercury 12"]
20/20 "Yellow Pills" [s/t]
The Cars "Got a Lot on My Head" [Candy-O]
Tammy Wynette "They Call It Makin' Love" [Just Tammy]
Misfits "Night of the Living Dead" [Night of the Living Dead EP]
Allan Ladds "13 ar" [s/r 7"]
The Beat [U.S.] "Work-a-Day World" [The Beat]


So what's next? I've got some serious catching up to do and one gargantuan task still ahead of me is to tackle the Beatles' Nagra tapes so I can put that massive project to bed at last; the next several posts here will be Beatle-related housecleaning leading us up to a numeric milestone, and then, I freaking promise, some good old-fashioned Content and even some reviews of, gasp, new music!! I'll get to work as quickly as I can because I think once the content mill is well-oiled again this blog will actually return to being semi-interesting. Or maybe not! We'll see won't we!