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Bibliography Notes: 1985-1989

These files attempt to list every known Robert Christgau article, in preparation for building a bibliographic database. They are scaffolding: something we use to build on, but not part of the finished structure. Links are provided to the website where articles are available. Entries without links are work-to-be-done. As such, this provides a checklist for adding content to the website.

Most of the original data for these files comes from Joe Yanosik.

Village Voice 1985-1989

1985-01-08 Human Jukebox: NYC clubs
1985-02-05 CG: Laurie Anderson: United States Live [A], Blow-Up: Easy Knowledge EP [A-], The Embarrassment: Retrospective cassette [A-], Half Japanese: Sing No Evil [A-], Arto Lindsay/Ambitious Lovers: Envy [A], Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime [A-], The Mighty Wahs: Come Back (Beggars Banquet import)
1982-02-12 Consuming the Fat Boys: Fat Boys
1985-02-19 Pazz & Jop 1984: Essay: The Rise of the Corporate Single, Critics Poll, Dean's List
1985-02-26 CG: Joe King Carrasco & the Crowns: Bordertown [A-], Les Ambassadeurs [A-], Birdsongs of the Mesozoic: Magnetic Flip [A-], Jack DeJohnette's Special Edition: Album Album [A-], David Murray Quartet: Morning Song [A-], Ruben Blades: Buscando American [A-], The Reducers: Let's Go [A-], U.T.F.O.: Roxanne, Roxanne (Select 12-inch), Roxanne Shante: Roxanne's Revenge (Pop Art 12-inch), Strafe: Set It Off (Jus Born 12-inch)
1985-03-19 CG: Parliament: Parliament's Greatest Hits [A], Wire: And Here It Is . . . Again . . . Wire [A], John Anderson: Greatest Hits [A], Jerry Butler: Only the Strong Survive: The Legendary Philadelphia Hits [A-], Burning Spear: Reggae Greats [A-], John Conlee: Greatest Hits [A-], Bob Marley: Legend [A], Teddy Pendergrass: Greatest Hits [A-], Iggy Pop: Choice Cuts [A-], Gil Scott-Heron: The Best of Gil Scott-Heron [A-], Steel Pulse: Reggae Greats [A-], Toots and the Maytals: Reggae Greats [A-]
1985-04-02 CG: Velvet Underground: VU [A], Harold Budd/Brian Eno: The Pearl [A-], UB40: Geffrey Morgan [A-]
1985-04-16 Rockabilly Men: The Blasters
1985-04-?? Living in a Material World: Raymond Williams's Long Revolution, with A Reader's Guide
1985-04-30 CG: Husker Du: New Day Rising [A], Katrina and the Waves [A-], Katrina and the Waves: Walking on Sunshine, 2 (Attic imports), Roky Erickson: Don't Slander Me (Dynamic), The Chesterfield Kings: She Told Me Lies/I've Gotta Way with Girls (Mirror), Grandmaster Melle Mel: World War III/The Mega: Melle Mix (Sugarhill 12-inch), Furious Five: Step Off (Sugarhill 12-inch), Beastie Boys: Rock Hard/Party's Getting Rough (Def Jam 12-inch), Lovebug Star-Ski: Do the Right Thing (Fever 12-inch); link missing end-matter text
1985-05-07 A Song for You: "We Are the World"
1985-05-28 CG: Fela Anikulapo Kuti: Army Arrangement [A-]
1985-06-25 CG: Steve Arrington: Dancin' in Key of Life [A-], Big Black: Racer-X EP
1985-07-30 CG: Talking Heads: Little Creatures [A], David Byrne: Music for the Knee Plays [A-], Kid Creole and the Coconuts: In Praise of Older Women and Other Crimes [A-], Nile Rodgers: B-Movie Matinee [A-]
1985-08-27 CG: Aretha Franklin: Who's Zoomin' Who?; John Anderson: Tokyo, Oklahoma; Scritti Politti: Cupid & Psyche 85
1985-09-24 CG: Go Go Crankin' [A-], Big Black: Racer-X EP [A-], Roseanne Cash: Rhythm and Romance [A-], Alex Chilton: Feudalist Tarts EP [A-], George Clinton: Some of My Best Jokes Are Friends [A-], The Dead Milkmen: Big Lizard in My Backyard [A-], UB40: Little Baggariddim EP [A-], Ramones: Bonzo Goes to Bitburg (Beggars Banquet import 12-inch)
1985-09-24 Close Enough for Nashville: Neil Young: Old Ways, Concert: Pier 84, NYC 9/10/85
1985-10-22 CG: Willie Nelson & Hank Snow: Brand on My Heart [A-], Conjure [A-], Willie Nelson: Me and Paul [A-], Phranc: Folksinger [A-], Professor Longhair: Rock 'n' Roll Gumbo [A-], Lisa Lisa & Cult Jam: I Wonder If I Take You Home (Columbia 12-inch), Fishbone: ? (Modern Industry) (Columbia 12-inch), Paul Young: Every Time You Go Away (Columbia 12-inch), Shalamar: Don't Get Stopped in Beverly Hills (MCA 12-inch), Patti LaBelle: New Attitude (MCA 12-inch), Full Force: Alice, I Want You Just for Me!/Alice (Bang Zoom) (Columbia 12-inch), New Order: Perfect Kiss (Qwest 12-inch), Kool & the Gang: Cherish (DeLite 12-inch), Doug E. Fresh and the Get Fresh Crew: The Show (Reality 12-inch), Boogie Boys: A Fly Girl (Capitol 12-inch), Word of Mouth Featuring DJ Cheese: King Kut (Profile 12-inch), Double Dee & Steinski: The Payoff Mix/Lesson Two/Lesson 3 (TommyBoy promo EP); link missing end-matter text
1985-10-22 Simple Because He's Simple: Marshall Crenshaw
1985-12-03 CG: Lost in the Stars: The Music of Kurt Weill [A], Marti Jones: Unsophisticated Time [A-]
1985-12-10 Sincerity Is Never Enough: Yoko Ono
1985-12-24 CG: Roy Acuff: Columbia Historic Editon [A-], Blind Blake: Ragtime Guitar's Foremost Fingerpicker (Yazoo double) [A-], Gary U.S. Bonds: The Best of Gary U.S. Bonds (MCA) [A-], Lee Dorsey: Holy Cow! The Best of Lee Dorsey (Arista) [A], Jerry Lee Lewis: Milestones (Rhino double) [A], Blind Lemon Jefferson: King of the Country Blues (Yazoo double) [A-], The Orioles: For Collector's Only (Murray Hill 5 LP Box) [A-], Elvis Presley: A Valentine Gift for You (RCA Victor) [A], Elvis Presley: Reconsider Baby (RCA Victor) [A-], Ma Rainey: Ma Rainey's Black Bottom (Yazoo) [A], Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs: Pharoahization! (Rhino) [A-], The Shangri-Las: Golden Hits of the Shangri-Las (Mercury) [A-], Carl Smith: Columbia Historic Edition [A-], The Spaniels: 16 Soulful Serenades (Solid Smoke) [A], The Spaniels: Great Googly Moo! (Charly import '81), Floyd Tillman: Columbia Historic Edition [A-], Muddy Waters: Rare and Unissued (Chess) [A], Hank Williams: Lovesick Blues August 1947-December 1948 (Polydor double) [A-], Jackie Wilson: Reet Petite (Ace import) [A], Cannonball Adderley: Somethin' Else (Blue Note), Dusty Springfield: In Memphis . . . Plus (Philips import), James Brown and His Famous Flames: Live at the Apollo Volume II: Part 2 (Rhino), James Brown and His Famous Flames: Live at the Apollo Volume II: Part 1 (Rhino), The Temptations: The Temptations Sing Smokey (Motown), Otis Redding: The Legend of Otis Redding (Pair double), Otis Redding: Pain in My Heart, Otis Redding: The Dock of the Bay, Ornette Coleman: Something Else! (Contemporary), Stephane Grappelli: Feeling Plus Finesse Equals Jazz (Atlantic Jazzlore), Sonny Rollins: Sonny Rollins (Blue Note), Dinah Washington: The Fats Waller Songbook (Verve), Ray Charles: The Genius After Hours (Atlantic Jazzlore), Smokey Robinson and the Miracles: Going to a Go-Go(Motown), Wayne Shorter: Ju-Ju (Blue Note), Etta James: Etta James Rocks the House (Chess), Atlantic Rhythm & Blues, Vol.1: 1947-52, Atlantic Rhythm & Blues, Vol.3: 1955-58 (both Atlantic doubles), You Found the Vocal Group Sound Vol.1 (Solid Smoke), New Orleans R&B (Chess), Sultry Soul Sisters: Wonder Women Vol.3 (Rhino), Nuggets(Rhino: 1st two volumes), Rockin' Christmas: The 50's (Rhino), Rhythm & Blues Christmas, 12 Hits of Christmas (both United Artists), The Best of Booker T. & the MG's (Atlantic'84)
1985-??-?? A Song for You: We Are the World
1986-01-07 CG: Ras Michael & the Sons of Negus: Rally Round [A-], Artists United Against Apartheid: Sun City [A-], George Strait: Something Special [A-], Yabby You: Fleeing from the City [A-]
1986-01-07 Agitrock: Steve Van Zandt
1986-01-14 Raptitude Tests: Hip Hop Moves the Mainstream: books: Steven Haser: Hip Hop; David Toop: The Rap Attack; Nelson George, Susan Flinker, Patty Romanowski: Fresh: Hip Hop Don't Stop
1986-01-28 CG: Mekons: Fear and Whiskey [A], Joe Higgs: Triumph! [A-],Dramarama: Cinema Verite [A-], The Go-Betweens: Metal and Shells [A-], Husker Du: Flip Your Wig [A-], Linton Kwesi Johnson: In Concert with the Dub Band [A-], The Replacements: Tim [A]
1986-02-04 Ahmet and Jerry's Gold: Atlantic Rhythm & Blues: History of Rhythm & Blues Volume 3: Rock & Roll 1956-57, History of Rhythm & Blues Volume 1: The Roots 1947-52, History of Rhythm & Blues Volume 2: The Golden Years 1953-55, History of Rhythm & Blues Volume 4: The Big Beat 1958-60 (all Atlantic '68), Their Greatest Recordings (Atco series featuring Joe Turner, The Coasters, The Clovers, The Drifters, LaVern Baker, and Chuck Willis), The Best of Booker T. & the MG's (Atlantic '84), Chuck Willis: Keep a Drivin', LaVern Baker: Real Gone Gal, Ruth Brown: Rockin' with Ruth, Joe Turner: Jumpin' with Joe (all Charly imports)
1986-02-18 Pazz & Jop 1985: Essay: Virtue Rewarded, Critics Poll, Dean's List
1986-03-11 CG: The Pogues: Rum Sodomy and the Lash [A], Dele Abiodun: Adawa Super Sound [A-], The Robert Cray Band: False Accusations [A-], Phezulu Eqhudeni [A-], Thomas Mapfumo: The Chimurenga Singles 1976-1980 [A-], Thomas Mapfumo: Ndangariro [A], The Rattlers: Rattled [A-], The Rave-Ups: Town and Country [A-], Descendents: Bonus Fat EP, Cheech & Chong: Born in East L.A. (MCA), Fela: Shuffering and Shmiling (Celluloid 12-inch), The Special Guests: Paul Cezanne (Special Guests), Nonfiction: Dead into West Virginia/Speak the Same to Everyone (Proud Pork), ?: Motor (WaxTrax), Trouble Funk: Still Smokin' (4th & B'wy 12-inch), Book: Joel Whitburn: Billboard Book of Top 40 Hits
1986-03-25 Down by Law: Double Dee & Steinski: The Payoff Mix/Lesson Two/Lesson 3 (TommyBoy promo EP)
1986-04-01 CG: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto [A], Minutemen: 3 Way Tie (For Last) [A], Camper Van Beethoven: Telephone Free Landslide Victory [A-], The Jesus and Mary Chain: Psychocandy [A-], Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Ulwandle Oluncgwele [A-], Pere Ubu: Terminal Tower: An Archival Collection [A-]
1986-04-15 Winning Ugly: The Rolling Stones: Dirty Work
1986-04-00 What Pretentious White Men Are Good For: Book review: Robert Coover: Gerald's Party
1986-04-29 CG: The Costello Show: King of America [A-], Steve Earle: Guitar Town [A-], Ruben Blades y Seis del Solar: Escenas [A-], Husker Du: Candy Apple Grey [A], Aaron Neville: Make Me Strong [A-], Prince and the Revolution: Parade [A-], Gap Band: The 12" Collection, James Brown: Dead on the Heavy Funk 74-76 (Polydor), The Best of Elvis Costello and the Attractions, T.Rextasy: The Best of T.Rex, 1970-1973 (Warner Bros.), The Spaniels: Stormy Weather (Charly import), The Five Royales: The Roots of Soul (Charly import), The Meters: Second Line Strut (Charly import), The Meters: Here Come the Metermen (Charly import), Skipworth & Turner: Thinking About Your Love (4th & B'way 12-inch), Madonna: Into the Groove (Sire), Tramaine: Fall Down (A&M), Ralph Rolle: Roxanne's a Man (Streetwise 12-inch), Pebblee-Poo: A Fly Guy (Profile 12-inch), Super Nature: The Show Stopps (Is Stupid Fresh) (PopArt 12-inch), Smash: Bite the Beat (Sugarhill 12-inch), Mixmaster Gee and the Turntable Orchestra: Like This (MCA 12-inch), Nu Shooz: I Can't Wait (Atlantic 12-inch), The Flirts: You and Me (CBS Associated 12-inch), Sly Fox: Let's Go All the Way (Capitol 12-inch), Park Avenue: Tear Down the Rock House (Sugarhill 12-inch); link has partial text
1986-05-27 Slack-Wire Act: Peter Stampfel and the Bottlecaps
1986-06-03 CG: Zazou Bikaye: Mr. Manager [A-], Laurie Anderson: Home of the Brave [A-], Katrina and the Waves: Waves [A-]
1986-07-01 CG: Run-D.M.C.: Raising Hell [A-], Black Flag: Who's Got the 10 1/2? [A-]
1986-07-15 Dramarama: Disillusioned Already: Dramarama
1986-08-05 CG: Mofungo: Messenger Dogs of the Gods [A-], The Feelies: The Good Earth [A-], Marvin Gaye: Motown Remembers Marvin Gaye [A-], The Velvet Underground: Another View [A-], Royal Crescent Mob: Land of Sugar EP
1986-09-02 CG: Pat Metheny/Ornette Coleman: Song X [A], The Three Johns: The World by Storm [A-], Phil Alvin: Un"Sung" Stories [A-], Camper Van Beethoven: II & III [A-], Sonny Sharrock: Guitar [A-], Mekons: The Edge of the World [A-], Mekons: Crime and Punishment EP, Sonic Youth: Starpower EP
1986-09-23 South African Romance: Paul Simon: Graceland, Book: Albert Murray: Stomping the Blues
1986-10-28 CG: The Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet: Breakthrough [A], The Leaders: Mudfoot [A-], Abdullah Ibrahim: Water From an Ancient Well [A-], The Lounge Lizards: Live in Tokyo/Big Heart [A-], Mahotella Queens: Izibani Zomgqashiye [A-], Don Pullen/George Adams Quartet: Live at the Village Vanugard: Vol. 2 (Soul Note), The Pogues: Poguetry in Motion EP, Sonic Youth: Starpower EP, The Shop Assistants EP, Royal Crescent Mob: Land of Sugar EP
1986-12-00 Black Melting Pot: Sounds of the City in South Africa: David B. Coplan: In Township Tonight!
1986-12-02 CG: Mutabaruka: The Mystery Unfolds [A-], James Brown's Funky People, James Brown: Dead on the Heavy Funk 74-76, James Brown: In the Jungle Groove (all Polydor), Duke Ellington Reissues: New Mood Indigo (Doctor Jazz), Intimacy of the Blues (Fantasy), Duke Ellington Meets Coleman Hawkins (MCA/Impulse), Money Jungle (Blue Note)
1986-12-02 Blues Without Corn Pone: Robert Cray: Strong Persuader
1986-12-30 CG: Beastie Boys: Licensed to Ill [A], Cameo: Word Up (Atlanta Artists 12-inch), Motorhead: Orgasmatron [A-], Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band: Live/1975-85 [A-], Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble: Live Alive [A-], The Best of Warren Zevon, Ben E. King: Stand by Me (Atlantic), Blue Magic: Greatest Hits (Omni), Rap's Greatest Hits (Priority), Golden Archive Series (Rhino series featuring Love, Everly Brothers, Ritchie Valens and the Turtles), Rolling Stones LPs (reissued on Abkco), Howlin' Wolf: Moanin' in the Moonlight (Chess), Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley (Chess), It Will Stand: Minit Records 1960-1963, Itchy Twitchy Feelings: Sue Records 1958-1965, Rock Me All Night Long: Alladin Records, Clap Your Hands and Stomp Your Feet: Imperial Records, More Hits More Often: Liberty Records (all EMI-America compilations), Hank Williams: I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry March 1949-August 1949 (Polydor)
1987-01-20 Maximized Modesty: Gregory Abbott
1987-02-03 CG: New Order: Brotherhood [A], Camper Van Beethoven [A], Ornette Coleman and Prime Time: Opening the Caravan of Dreams [A-], Don Dixon: Most of the Girls Like To but Only Some of the Boys Like To [A-], Yaa-Lengi Ngemi: Oh, Miziki [A-], They Might Be Giants [A], The Police: Every Breath You Take: The Singles, The Compact King Crimson (EG), Get Right with the Swan Silvertones (Rhino Archives Alive), Esther Phillips: Set Me Free (Atlantic double), Atlantic Honkers (Atlantic double), Treacherous: A History of the Neville Brothers (Rhino double), The Best of Louis Prima (Rhino), Break-Away: The Best of Irma Thomas (EMI), George Jones: Rockin' the Country (Mercury), Elvis Presley: Elvis Is Back, Frank Sinatra: Songs for Swingin' Lovers, In the Wee Small Hours (both Capitol), Sinatra (on Columbia), Sinatra (Reprise), Dorsey/Sinatra (RCA Vintage)
1987-02-03 Creative Censorship: The Cure
1987-02-24 CG: Jimi Hendrix: Band of Gypsys 2 [A-], Jimi Hendrix: Johnny B.Goode [A-], Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Inala [A-], Los Lobos: By the Light of the Moon [A-], New Model Army: The Mark of Cain [A-], XTC: Skylarking [A-]
1987-03-03 Pazz & Jop 1986: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto: Essay: Township Jive Conquers the World, Critics Poll, Dean's List
1987-03-31 CG: Elvis Costello: Blood and Chocolate [A-], That Petrol Emotion: Manic Pop Thrill [A-], World Saxophone Quartet: Plays Duke Ellington [A-], The Go-Betweens: Liberty Belle and the Black Diamond Express [A-], The Art of Noise: In Visible Silence [A-], History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues Volumes Two, One, Three (Rhino), The Sun Story (Rhino)
1987-04-28 Porn Yesterday: Walter Kendrick: The Secret Museum
1987-05-05 CG: Prince: Sign 'o' the Times [A], Al Green: Soul Survivor [A-], Husker Du: Warehouse: Songs and Stories [A-], Soweto Never Sleeps [A-], Will Wright & Jim Reiman: Childhood's Greatest Hits [A-]
1987-05-19 Keeping No Flame: The Neville Brothers: Uptown, The Wild Tchoupitoulas, Meters: Second Line Strut (Charly import), Neville Brothers: Treacherous (Rhino), Aaron Neville: Humdinger (Stateside import), Aaron Neville: Make Me Strong (Charly import), Art Neville: Mardi Gras Rock 'n' Roll (Ace import)
1987-06-02 CG: Sly and Robbie: Rhythm Killers [A], Iscathimiya: Zulu Worker Choirs in South Africa [A-], Kool Moe Dee [A-], Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Shaka Zulu [A-], Minutemen: Ballot Result [A-], Astor Piazzolla: Tango: Zero Hour [A-], Salt-n-Pepa: Hot Cool 'n' Vicious [A-], Sally Timms and the Drifting Cowgirls: The Butcher Boy EP, Age of Chance: Crush Collision EP
1987-06-16 Good Clean Fun: Dwight Gooden, Imperfect Tense
1987-06-23 Supplement: Ornette Coleman
1987-06-23 Onward to Sarcasm: Warren Zevon
1987-06-30 CG: That Petrol Emotion: Babble [A-], Professor Longhair: House Party New Orleans Style [A-], Reggae Dance Hall Classics [A-], The Replacements: Pleased to Meet Me [A-], The Tanzania Sound [A-], The Best of Doo Wop Uptempo, The Best of the Doo Wop Ballads (Rhino), Soul Shots (Rhino 5 volume series), James Carr: At the Dark End of the Street (Blue Side), Ann Peebles: I'm Gonna Tear Your Playhouse Down, 99 Lbs. (both Hi/Demon imports), Percy Sledge: When a Man Loves a Woman: The Ultimate Collection (Atlantic)
1987-07-28 CG: Ornette Coleman: In All Languages [A], Henry Threadgill Sextet: You Know the Number (Novus) [A-], Tom Verlaine: Flash Light [A-]
1987-08-04 Tape Dancing: book review: James Lardner: Fast Forward: Hollywood, the Japanese and the VCR War
1987-09-01 CG: Sonic Youth: Sister [A], Marianne Faithfull: Strange Weather [A-], Go-Betweens: Tallulah [A-], Roseanne Cash: King's Record Shop [A-],The Otis Redding Story (Atlantic 4 LP Box), Otis Redding: original 60's LPs (Canadian Atlantic imports), Aretha Franklin: 30 Greatest Hits (Atlantic), Big Joe Turner: Greatest Hits (Atlantic),Big Joe Turner: Rhythm & Blues Years (Atlantic '86)
1987-09-08 Santana Live: Rafael Santana (New York Mets)
1987-09-29 CG: The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Winterland (Rykodisc CD) [A], African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track [A-], Kid Creole and the Coconuts: I, Too, Have Seen the Woods [A-], John Cougar Mellencamp: The Lonesome Jubilee [A-], Bunny Wailer: Rootsman Skanking [A-], Whistle: Just Buggin' (? 12-inch), The Real Roxanne: Bang Zoom! (Let's Go Go) (Select 12-inch), The Disco Twins and Starchild: Do the Whop (? 12-inch), Mantronix: Bassline (? 12-inch), The Junkyard Band: The Word (DefJam 12-inch), Dhar Braxton: Jump Back (? 12-inch), Bang Orchestra: Samples (Geffen 12-inch), Mixmaster Gee and the Turntable Orchestra: The Manipulator (MCA 12-inch), Kool Moe Dee: Go See the Doctor (Jive 12-inch), Spoonie Gee: Take It Off (Tuff City 12-inch), Spoonie Gee: The Godfather (Tuff City 12-inch)
1987-10-27 CG: Culture: Two Sevens Clash [A+], David Behrman: Leapday Night [A-], The Cucumbers [A-], Dramarama: Box Office Bomb [A-], French Frith Kaiser Thompson: Live, Love, Larf and Loaf [A-], A Very Special Christmas [A-], Hank Williams: Long Gone Lonesome Blues August 1949-December 1950 (Polydor), Hank Williams: Hey, Good Lookin' December 1950-July 1951 (Polydor), Bob Wills: The Golden Era (Columbia), Carl Perkins: Original Sun Golden Hits (Rhino), Elvis Presley: The Complete Sun Sessions, The Number One Hits, The Top Ten Hits, The Memphis Record (RCA Commemorative Series), Book: Chuck Berry: Chuck Berry: The Autobiography, Movie: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll
1987-10-27 Just Enough Monkey Business: Book Review: Chuck Berry: Chuck Berry: The Autobiography
1987-11-?? A Veld of Difference: South Africa's Necessary Realism: VLS, reviews seven South African books
1987-12-01 CG: Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel of Love [A], New Order: Substance [A], Ray Charles: Greatest Hits: Volume 1, Volume 2 (Dunhill CDs), Serious Clownin': The History of Huey Piano Smith & the Clowns (Rhino), The Platters: Anthology (Rhino), Reet Petite: The Best of Jackie Wilson (Columbia), The Jackie Wilson Story (Epic), Reet Petite (Ace import), Johnny Cash: The Vintage Years: 1955-1963 (Rhino), The Best of Chess Rock 'n' Roll, The Best of Chess Rhythm & Blues, The Best of Chess Blues, Chicago Blues Anthology (Chess), The RCA Victor Blues & Rhythm Revue (RCA Victor),The Best of the Girl Groups (Rhino), Teen Idols (Rhino), Summer of Love (Rhino), Jefferson Airplane: 2400 Fulton Street/Anthology (RCA Victor)
1987-12-29 CG: Sonny Rollins: G-Man [A+], Stevie Wonder: Characters [A], Aztec Camera: Love [A-], Marshall Chapman: Dirty Linen [A-], The Housemartins: The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death [A-], The Black Flames: Are You My Woman/Public Enemy: Bring the Noise (DefJam 12-inch), Madonna: You Can Dance [A-], Pet Shop Boys: Actually [A-], R.E.M.: Document [A-], Pretenders: The Singles, Johnny Cash: Columbia Records 1958-1986, The Best of Reba McEntire, The Best Part of the Fat Boys, Ray Stevens: Greatest Hits Vol.2, Ian Dury: Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll (Demon import), Juke Box Dury
1988-01-26 CG: Kool Moe Dee: How Ya Like Me Now [A-], Culture: Culture at Work [A-], Great Plains: Sum Things Up [A-], Mekons: New York (ROIR cassette) [A-], Motorhead: Rock 'n' Roll [A-], The Best of A Flock of Seagulls, Salt-n-Pepa: Hot, Cool and Vicious (w/Push It), Dramarama: Box Office Bomb (Questionmark CD)
1988-02-23 CG: Rosie Flores [A-], Meat Puppets: Huevos [A-], Tom Robinson: The Collection 1977-87, The Ultimate Box Tops CD
1988-03-01 Pazz & Jop 1987: Essay: Significance and Its Discontents in the Year of the Blip, Critics Poll, Dean's List
1988-04-12 CG: Sonny Sharrock Band: Seize the Rainbow [A], Black Uhuru: Positive [A-], Shannon Jackson: When Colors Play [A-], Miriam Makeba: Sangoma [A-], Thunder Before Dawn: The Indestructible Beat of Soweto Volume Two [A-], Public Enemy: Bring the Noise (DefJam 12-inch), Roxanne Shanté: Have a Nice Day (Cold Chillin' 12-inch), Just-Ice: Going Way Back (Fresh 12-inch), L.L. Cool J: Jack the Ripper/Going Back to Cali (DefJam 12-inch), Big Stick: Crack Attack (Buy Our), M.C. Lyte: I Cram To Understand You (Sam) (Priority 12-inch), Mr.X and Mr.Z: Mr.X & Mr.Z Drink Old Gold (Urban Rock)
1988-04-26 CG: The Heartbeat of Soweto [A], Big Black: Songs About Fucking [A-], Obed Ngobeni: My Wife Bought a Taxi [A-], Gilberto Gil: Soy Loco Por Ti America [A-], Heartbeat Soukous [A-], Hurricane Zouk [A-], Talking Heads: (Nothing But) Flowers (Sire), Franco & Rochereau: Omona Wapi (Shanachie '85)
1988-05-24 CG: Hairspray [A-], Maroon: The Funky Record [A-], Mofungo: Bugged [A-], Joe Louis Walker: The Gift [A-], Frat Rock (Rhino), Golden Goodies for a Dance Party (Roulette), Carnival Time! (Rounder), We Got a Party! (Rounder), At the Party! (Candy), Rob Base & D.J. E-Z Rock: It Takes Two (Profile 12-inch), Eric B. & Rakim: Paid in Full (Seven Minutes of Madness Mix) (4th & B'wy 12-inch)
1988-06-28 CG: Ambitious Lovers: Greed [A], Bhundu Boys: Tsvimbodzemoto: Sticks of Fire [A-], Feedtime: Shovel [A-], Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens: Thokozile [A-], Prince: The Black Album [A-], Muddy Waters: The Real Folk Blues, Folk Singer, The Best of Muddy Waters (Chess), Sonny Boy Williamson: The Real Folk Blues, Down and Out Blues (Chess), Howlin' Wolf: The Real Folk Blues (Chess), John Lee Hooker: The Real Folk Blues (Chess), Thelonious Monk and the Jazz Giants (Riverside CD), Monk: Brilliant Corners (Riverside CD), Movie: Stormy Monday
1988-07-26 CG: Pere Ubu: The Tenement Year [A], Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man [A-], Dag Nasty: Field Day [A-], Womack & Womack: Conscience [A-], Camper Van Beethoven: Vampire Can Mating Oven EP
1988-08-30 CG: Patti Smith: Dream of Life [A-], Robert Cray Band: Don't Be Afraid of the Dark [A-], EPMD: Strictly Business [A-], Astor Piazzola: The Rough Dancer and the Cyclical Night [A-], Tango: Zero Hour (Pangaea CD)
1988-09-27 CG: Ornette Coleman and Prime Time: Virgin Beauty [A], Eric B. & Rakim: Follow the Leader [A-], Buzzcocks: Lest We Forget (ROIR cassette) [A-], Public Enemy: It Takes a Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back [A], The Angry Samoans: Gimme Samoa: 31 Garbage Pit Hits (PVC CD), Black Flag: Wasted Again
1988-11-08 CG: Folkways: A Vision Shared: A Tribute to Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly [A-], Richard Thompson: Amnesia [A-], African Connection Vol.1: Zaire Choc! (Celluloid import CD), Eddie Cleanhead Vinson: Cleanhead and Cannonball (Landmark), Etta James: Peaches
1988-11-22 CG: Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation [A], Dele Abiodun: It's Time for Juju Music [A-], Stella Chiweshe: Ambuya? [A-], Zani Diabete & the Super Djata Band [A-], Lucinda Williams [A-]
1988-11-29 CG: Turkey Shoot
1988-12-27 CG: Papa Wemba: L'Esclave [A], Jungle Brothers: Straight Out the Jungle [A-], Najma: Qareeb [A-], The Real Roxanne [A-], Michelle Shocked: Short Sharp Shocked [A-], The Essential Tom T.Hall: Twentieth Anniversary Collection (Mercury), Ann Peebles: Greatest Hits (MCA),Farther Along: The Best of the Flying Burrito Brothers (A&M cassette/CD), The Psychedelic Furs: All of This and Nothing (Columbia),James Brown's Funky People (Part 2) (Polydor), The Best of Earth, Wind & Fire, Vol. II (Columbia), R.E.M.: Eponymous (I.R.S.)
1988-??-?? book review: Ronnie Graham: The Da Capo Guide to Contemporary African Music
1988-??-?? article
1989-01-17 Living by the Putdown: Randy Newman
1989-01-24 CG: Was (Not Was): What Up, Dog? [A-], Bootsy Collins: What's Bootsy Doin'? [A-], The Go-Betweens: 16 Lovers Lane [A-], Zimbabwe Frontline [A-]
1989-02-28 Pazz & Jop 1988: Essay: Dancing on a Logjam, Critics Poll, Dean's List
1989-03-14 CG: James Brown: Motherlode [A-], Donner Party [A-], Flipper: Sex Bomb Baby [A-], Guy [A-], Mory Kante: Akwaba Beach [A-], Pet Shop Boys: Introspective [A-], Voice of the Beehive: Let It Bee [A-]
1989-03-28 CG: The Neville Brothers: Yellow Moon [A], De La Soul: 3 Feet High and Rising [A-], E.U.: Livin' Large [A-], Fine Young Cannibals: The Raw and the Cooked [A-], Steve Jordan: The Return of El Parche [A-], Mahlathini & Mahotella Queens: Paris-Soweto [A-], Lou Reed: New York [A-], Chuck Berry: The Chess Box, The Great 28, St.Louis to Liverpool, The Drifters: Let the Boogie Woogie Roll: All-Time Greatest Hits & More, Joe Tex: I Believe I'm Gonna Make It, For the Lonely: A Roy Orbison Anthology, 1956-1965, Ray Charles (Rhino)
1989-04-11 You Never Can Tell: The Replacements; in GUAW [Aching to Become]
1989-04-25 The Iron Curtain at Midnight: Pulnoc: Live at P.S. 122; in GUAW
1989-04-25 CG: Chaba Fadela: You Are Mine [A-], Jimi Hendrix Experience: Radio One (Rykodisc CD) [A-], Soul Brothers: Jive Explosion [A-], Thelonious Monster: Stormy Weather [A-], Too Much Joy: Son of Sam I Am [A-], Ice-T: High Rollers (Sire 12-inch)
1989-05-09 Casting Off the Shackles
1989-06-06 CG: Culture: Cumbolo [A-], Royal Crescent Mob: Spin the World [A-], The Fall: I Am Curious Oranj [A-], Motorhead: No Sleep at All [A-], Book: Ronnie Graham: Da Capo Guide to Contemporary African Music, Mr. Magic's Rap Attack Volume 4, X: Los Angeles/Wild Gift (Slash CD)
1989-06-27 CG: The Kampala Sound [A], Neneh Cherry: Raw Like Sushi [A-], Pere Ubu: Cloudland [A-], DeBarge: All This Love/In a Special Way (MCA CD), Papa Wemba: L'Esclave, Ekumani (Disques Esperance import)
1989-07-18 book review: Roddy Doyle: The Commitments
1989-07-18 Reluctant Rockumentarist: Monterey Pop
1989-07-25 CG: Marshall Crenshaw: Good Evening [A-], Mofungo: Work [A-], Hillbilly Music . . . Thank God! Volume 1 (Bug/Capitol), Are You From Dixie? Great Country Brother Teams of the 1930s (RCA CD), Ragged but Right: Great Country String Bands of the 1930s (RCA CD)
1989-08-15 How Ya Like 'Em Now?: Beastie Boys; in GUAW [The Beastie Boys Go Too Far]
1989-09-05 CG: Van Morrison: Avalon Sunset [A-], Al Green: Love Ritual: Rare and Previously Unreleased 1968-1976 [A-], L.L. Cool J: Walking With a Panther [A-], Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble: In Step [A-], Yo La Tengo: President Yo La Tengo [A-], Summer & Sun (Rhino), Surfin' Hits (Rhino)
1989-10-03 CG: Keith Whitley: I Wonder Do You Think of Me [A-], Jimmie Dale Gilmore [A-], Roseanne Cash: Hits 1979-89, Dwight Yoakam: Just Lookin' for a Hit, James Talley: Got No Bread (Bear Family CD)
1989-10-31 CG: Neil Young: Freedom [A], George Clinton: The Cinderella Theory [A-], Cheb Khaled/Safy Boutella: Kutché [A-], Los Van Van: Songo [A-], Baaba Maal and Mansour Seck: Djam Leelii [A-], Nuestra Mejores Cumbias [A-]
1989-11-07 Born to Lead: Salif Keita, Youssou N'Dour; in GUAW [West Africa Not Africa, Europe Not the World]
1989-11-21 CG: Mekons: Rock 'n' Roll [A], Meat Puppets: Monsters [A-], Queen Latifah: All Hail the Queen [A-], Ernest Tubb: Live, 1965 [A-], Thelonious Monk: Standards (Columbia CD)
1989-11-28 CG: Turkey Shoot
1989-12-19 article: Rock & Roll Quarterly: Jimmy McDonough article on Neil Young (Christgau article?)
1989-12-26 CG: Laurie Anderson: Strange Angels [A], 3rd Bass: The Cactus Album [A-], Black Havana [A-], Terence Trent D'Arby: Neither Fish Nor Flesh [A-], Ice-T: The Iceberg: Freedom of Speech . . . Just Watch What You Say [A-], Janet Jackson: Rhythm Nation 1814 [A-], The Roches: Speak [A-], Roxanne Shanté: Bad Sister [A-]
1989-??-?? Idjit Galoot: Mojo Nixon
1989-??-?? The Black Sea Giant and the Lion Queens: Mahlathini and the Mahotella Queens; in GUAW
1989-??-?? book review: Russell Sanjek: American Popular Music and Its Business (3 volumes), Dave Russell: Popular Music in England 1840-1914, Ian Whitcomb: Irving Berlin and Ragtime America
1989-??-?? note: Mookie Wilson

LA Weekly

1989-??-?? The Shit Storm: Public Enemy


1988-?? dialogue/review: with Gerard Cosloy and Joe Levy: Sonic Youth: Daydream Nation, Royal Trux: Royal Trux

Video Review

1988-04 review: Prince: Sign "O" the Times
1988-05 review: Joe Jackson: Live in Tokyo
1988-07 review: Mickey and the Beanstalk; Mickey's Magical World; The Reluctant Dragon/Morris the Midget Mouse
1988-09 review: Timbuk 3: Greetings From Eden Alley Part One
1988-10 review: Carly Simon: Coming Around Again
1988-11 review: Young Country
1988-11 review: The Decline of Western Civilization--The Metal Years
1988-12 review: Clifford's Fun With Sounds; Clifford's Fun With Opposites
1989-01 review: Run-D.M.C.: Tougher Than Leather
1989-04 review: Konkombe: The Nigerian Pop Music Scene; Rhythm of Resistance: Black South African Music; Roots, Rock, Reggae: Inside the Jamaican Music Scene; Salsa: Latin Pop Music in the Cities
1989-06 review: The Land Before Time
1989-06 review: Woodstock
1989-08 review: Pink Floyd in Concert: Delicate Sound of Thunder
1989-09 review: Public Enemy: Fight the Power Live
1989-10 review: Great Balls of Fire
1989-10 review: Singing the Blues in Red
1989-11 review: Rolling Stone Presents Twenty Years of Rock & Roll

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