Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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Pazz & Jop 1982: Dean's List

Albums

  1. Ornette Coleman: Of Human Feelings (Antilles) 16
  2. King Sunny Adé and His African Beats: Juju Music (Mango) 16
  3. Richard & Linda Thompson: Shoot Out the Lights (Hannibal) 14
  4. George Clinton: Computer Games (Capitol) 13
  5. Flipper: Album/Generic Flipper (Subterranean) 9
  6. The English Beat: Special Beat Service (I.R.S.) 8
  7. Marvin Gaye: Midnight Love (Columbia) 7
  8. Kid Creole & the Coconuts: Wise Guy (Sire/ZE) 6
  9. Donald Fagen: The Nightfly (Warner Bros.) 6
  10. Lou Reed: The Blue Mask (RCA Victor) 5

  11. Ian Dury & the Blockheads: Juke Box Dury (Stiff)
  12. Marshall Crenshaw (Warner Bros.)
  13. James Blood Ulmer: Black Rock (Columbia)
  14. Professor Longhair: The Last Mardi Gras (Atlantic Deluxe)
  15. Clint Eastwood & General Saint: Two Bad DJ (Greensleeves)
  16. Warren Zevon: The Envoy (Asylum)
  17. Prince: 1999 (Warner Bros.)
  18. ABC: The Lexicon of Love (Mercury)
  19. Ray Parker, Jr.: The Other Woman (Arista)
  20. Itals: Brutal Out Deh (Nighthawk)
  21. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: The Message (Sugarhill)
  22. Bruce Springsteen: Nebraska (Columbia)
  23. James Booker: New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (Rounder)
  24. Gang of Four: Songs of the Free (Warner Bros.)
  25. B-52's: Mesopotamia (Warner Bros.)
  26. Chic: Tongue in Chic (Atlantic)
  27. Sweet Pea Atkinson: Don't Walk Away (Island/ZE)
  28. Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo: Good Clean Fun (Slash)
  29. Material: One Down (Elektra)
  30. Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic)
  31. The Roches: Keep on Doing (Warner Bros.)
  32. Van Morrison: Beautiful Vision (Warner Bros.)
  33. Orchestra Makassy: Agwaya (Virgin import)
  34. Rank and File: Sundown (Slash)
  35. Ronald Shannon Jackson and the Decoding Society: Mandance (Antilles)
  36. Tom Robinson: North by Northwest (I.R.S.)
  37. CH3: Fear of Life (Posh Boy)
  38. David Johansen: Live It Up (Blue Sky)
  39. Sound d'Afrique II: Soukous (Mango)
  40. Trouble Funk: Drop the Bomb (Sugarhill)
  41. Devo: Oh No! It's Devo (Warner Bros.)
  42. X: Under the Big Black Sun (Elektra)
  43. Talking Heads: The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads (Sire)
  44. Bonnie Raitt: Green Light (Warner Bros.)
  45. A Flock of Seagulls (Arista)
  46. Soweto (Rough Trade import)
  47. Ferron: Testimony (Philo)
  48. Psychedelic Furs: Forever Now (Columbia)
  49. Lee "Scratch" Perry and the Majestics: Mystic Miracle Star (Heartbeat)
  50. Richard Hell and the Voidoids: Destiny Street (Red Star)
  51. Jive Five Featuring Eugene Pitt: Here We Are! (Ambient Sound)
  52. Ted Hawkins: Watch Your Step (Rounder)
  53. Laurie Anderson: Big Science (Warner Bros.)
  54. Speed Boys: That's What I Like (I Like Mike)
  55. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Ice Cream for Crow (Epic)
  56. Alberta Hunter: The Glory of Alberta Hunter (Columbia)
  57. "D" Train (Prelude)
  58. Mighty Diamonds: Indestructible (Alligator)
  59. Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crowns: Synapse Gap (Mundo Total) (MCA)

Singles

  1. Fearless Four: "Rockin' It" (Enjoy 12-inch)
  2. Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five: "The Message" (Sugarhill 12-inch)
  3. Marvin Gaye: "Sexual Healing" (Columbia)
  4. New Order: "Temptation" (Factory import 12-inch)
  5. Stacy Lattisaw: "Attack of the Name Game" (Cotillion 12-inch)
  6. Musical Youth: "Pass the Dutchie" (MCA)
  7. Pretenders: "My City Was Gone" (Sire)
  8. The Weather Girls: "It's Raining Men" (Columbia 12-inch)
  9. Peech Boys: "Don't Make Me Wait" (West End 12-inch)
  10. Flipper: "Get Away"/"The Old Lady Who Swallowed the Fly" (Subterranean)
  11. P-Funk All Stars: "Hydraulic Pump" (Hump 12-inch)
  12. Yazoo: "Situation" (Sire 12-inch)
  13. Captain Sensible: "Wot" (A&M import 12-inch)
  14. ABC: "The Look of Love" (Mercury)
  15. Anti-Nowhere League: "So What" (XYZ import)
  16. Gang of Four: "I Love a Man in Uniform" (Warner Bros.)
  17. Stripsearch: "Hey Kid"/Emily XYZ: "Who Shot Sadat?" (Vinyl Repellant)
  18. Cheap Trick: "If You Want My Love" (Epic)
  19. Prince: "How Come U Don't Call Me Anymore?" (Warner Bros.)
  20. Bonnie Hayes and the Wild Combo: "Shelley's Boyfriend" (Slash)
  21. Joe Piscopo: "I Love Rock n' Roll (Medley)" (Columbia)
  22. A Flock of Seagulls: "I Ran" (Jive)
  23. Gap Band: "You Dropped a Bomb on Me" (Total Experience 12-inch)
  24. Treacherous Three: "Yes We Can-Can" (Sugarhill 12-inch)
  25. Afrika Bambaata & the Soul Sonic Force: "Planet Rock" (Tommy Boy 12-inch)
  26. Dangerous Birds: "Smile on Your Face"/"Alpha Romeo" (Propeller)
  27. Eddy Grant: "California Style" (Ice import 12-inch)
  28. Althea & the Donazz: "Virgin Style" (Circle import 12-inch)
  29. Anne Waldman: "Uh-Oh Plutonium" (Hyacinth Girls)
  30. Gary U.S. Bonds: "Out of Work" (EMI America)

EPs

  1. Angry Samoans: Back from Samoa (Bad Trip)
  2. The Waitresses: I Could Rule the World If I Could Only Get the Parts (Polydor)
  3. R.E.M.: Chronic Town (I.R.S.)
  4. Oh OK: Wow Mini Album (DB)
  5. Minor Threat: In My Eyes (Dischord)
  6. T-Bone Burnett: Trap Door (Warner Bros.)
  7. Pop-O-Pies: The White EP (415)
  8. The Replacements: Stink (Twin/Tone)
  9. Mofungo: "El Salvador"/"Just the Way"/"Gimme a Sarsaprailla" (Rough Trade import)
  10. Steve Almaas: Beat Rodeo (Coyote)

Village Voice, Feb. 22, 1983


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