Robert Christgau: Dean of American Rock Critics

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The A Lists: 1981 (64)

  • X: Wild Gift (Slash)
  • Ian Dury: Jukebox Dury (Stiff)
  • King Sunny Adé and His African Beats: The Message (Sunny Alade import)
  • Greatest Rap Hits Vol. 2 (Sugarhill)
  • Gang of Four: Solid Gold (Warner Bros.)
  • English Beat: Wha'ppen? (Sire)
  • Elvis Costello and the Attractions: Trust (Columbia)
  • Gang of Four: Another Day/Another Dollar (Warner Bros.)
  • Phases of the Moon: Traditional Chinese Music (Columbia)
  • Human Switchboard: Who's Landing in My Hangar? (Faulty Products)
  • Al Green: Higher Plane (Myrrh)
  • Psychedelic Furs: Talk Talk Talk (Columbia)
  • The Specials: Ghost Town/Why?/Friday Night Saturday Morning (Chrysalis)
  • Black Uhuru: Red (Mango)
  • Black Flag: Damaged (SST)
  • Gary Stewart: Greatest Hits (RCA Victor)
  • Tom Verlaine: Dreamtime (Warner Bros.)
  • Chic: Take It Off (Atlantic)
  • Red Crayola with Art & Language: Kangaroo? (Rough Trade)
  • Funkadelic: The Electric Spanking of War Babies (Warner Bros.)
  • Penguin Cafe Orchestra: Penguin Cafe Orchestra (Editions EG)
  • Prince: Controversy (Warner Bros.)
  • Yoko Ono: Season of Glass (Geffen)
  • The Clash: Sandanista! (Epic)
  • Tom Tom Club: Tom Tom Club (Sire)
  • The Blasters: The Blasters (Slash)
  • Sly and Robbie Present Taxi (Mango)
  • The dB's: Stands for Decibels (Albion import)
  • Blondie: The Best of Blondie (Chrysalis)
  • James Booker: New Orleans Piano Wizard: Live! (Rounder)
  • Gregory Isaacs: Best of Gregory Isaacs Volume 2 (GG)
  • Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Fresh Fruit in Foreign Places (ZE/Sire)
  • DNA: A Taste of DNA (American Clavé)
  • Joan Jett: Bad Reputation (Boardwalk)
  • The B-52's: Party Mix (Warner Bros.)
  • Shoes: Tongue Twister (Elektra)
  • Elvis Presley: This Is Elvis (RCA Victor)
  • Shalamar: Go for It (Solar)
  • Marvin Gaye: In Our Lifetime (Tamla)
  • Bunny Wailer: Tribute (Solomonic import)
  • UB40: Present Arms (DEP International import)
  • Rolling Stones: Tattoo You (Rolling Stones)
  • Teena Marie: It Must Be Magic (Gordy)
  • Z.Z. Hill: Down Home (Malaco)
  • Slave: Show Time (Cotillion)
  • Ramones: Pleasant Dreams (Sire)
  • Rick James: Street Songs (Gordy)
  • The DeBarges: The DeBarges (Gordy)
  • Johnny Copeland: Copeland Special (Rounder)
  • Joy Division: Closer (Factory)
  • Dave Edmunds: The Best of Dave Edmunds (Swan Song)
  • Phoebe Snow: The Best of Phoebe Snow (Columbia)
  • Sound d'Afrique (Mango)
  • Let Them Eat Jellybeans! (Virus import)
  • Shannon Jackson & the Decoding Society: Nasty (Moers Music import)
  • John Anderson: 2 (Warner Bros.)
  • The "King" Kong Compilation (Mango)
  • Aretha Franklin: Love All the Hurt Away (Arista)
  • Stampfel & Weber: Going Nowhere Fast (Rounder)
  • David Byrne: Songs from the Broadway Production of "The Catherine Wheel" (Sire)
  • Linx: Intuition (Chrysalis)
  • Sir Douglas Quintet: Border Wave (Takoma)
  • Muddy Waters: King Bee (Blue Sky)
  • David Johansen: Here Comes the Night (Blue Sky)

Christgau's Record Guide: The '80s, 1990

The A Lists: 1980 The A Lists: 1982