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Pazz & Jop 1978: Dean's List


  1. Wire: Pink Flag (Harvest) 13
  2. Nick Lowe: Pure Pop for Now People (Columbia) 13
  3. Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire) 13
  4. The Clash: Give 'Em Enough Rope (Epic) 11
  5. Neil Young: Comes a Time (Reprise) 11
  6. Elvis Costello: This Year's Model (Columbia) 11
  7. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls (Rolling Stones) 7
  8. Lee Dorsey: Night People (ABC) 7
  9. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band: Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) (Warner Bros.) 7
  10. The Vibrators: Pure Mania (Columbia) 7

  11. Ramones: Road to Ruin (Sire)
  12. Joe Ely: Honky Tonk Masquerade (MCA)
  13. Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove (Warner Bros.)
  14. Blondie: Parallel Lines (Chrysalis)
  15. Television: Adventure (Elektra)
  16. Willie Nelson: Stardust (Columbia)
  17. Al Green: Truth n' Time (Hi)
  18. Ashford & Simpson: Is It Still Good to Ya (Warner Bros.)
  19. Ian Dury: New Boots and Panties!! (Stiff)
  20. Shoes: Black Vinyl Shoes (PVC)
  21. Warren Zevon: Excitable Boy (Asylum)
  22. Parliament: Motor-Booty Affair (Casablanca)
  23. Dave Edmunds: Tracks on Wax 4 (Swan Song)
  24. Willie Nelson: Face of a Fighter
  25. Bob Marley & the Wailers: Kaya (Island)
  26. David Johansen (Blue Sky)
  27. Professor Longhair: Live on the Queen Mary (Harvest)
  28. Michael Mantler: Movies (Watt)
  29. Patti Smith Group: Easter (Arista)
  30. Brian Eno: Before and After Science (Island)

Village Voice, Jan. 22, 1979

1977 Essay | Critics Poll 1979