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Pazz & Jop 1983: Dean's List


  1. James Blood Ulmer: Odyssey (Columbia) 18
  2. Lou Reed: Legendary Hearts (RCA Victor) 13
  3. Pablo Moses: In the Future (Alligator) 13
  4. The Blasters: Non Fiction (Slash) 9
  5. Marshall Crenshaw: Field Day (Warner Bros.) 8
  6. Michael Jackson: Thriller (Epic '82) 8
  7. George Clinton: You Shouldn't-Nuf Bit Fish (Capitol) 8
  8. Aztec Camera: High Land, Hard Rain (Sire) 8
  9. Jonathan Richman & the Modern Lovers: Jonathan Sings! (Sire) 8
  10. DeBarge: In a Special Way (Gordy) 7

  11. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: Doppelganger (Sire)
  12. Pamelo Mounk'a: Propulsion! (Sonics import)
  13. UB40: 1980-1983 (A&M)
  14. African Music (Vertigo import)
  15. The B-52's: Whammy! (Warner Bros.)
  16. Talking Heads: Speaking in Tongues (Sire)
  17. Womack & Womack: Love Wars (Elektra)
  18. Local Boys: Moments of Madness (Island)
  19. Philip Glass: The Photographer (CBS)
  20. Gilberto Gil: Um Banda Um (Warner Bros. import)
  21. P-Funk All-Stars: Urban Dancefloor Guerillas (Uncle Jam/CBS Associated)
  22. Neil Young: Trans (Reprise)
  23. X: More Fun in the New World (Elektra)
  24. Bunny Wailer: Hook Line and Sinker (Solomonic import)
  25. King Sunny Adé and His African Beats: Synchro System (Mango)
  26. Bunny Wailer: Tribute (Solomonic import)
  27. Divinyls: Desperate (Chrysalis)
  28. U2: Under a Blood Red Sky (Island)
  29. R.E.M.: Murmur (I.R.S.)
  30. Indeep: Last Night a D.J. Saved My Life (Sound of New York)
  31. Ramones: Subterranean Jungle (Sire)
  32. Winston Hussey: The Girl I Adore (Live & Learn)
  33. Graham Parker: The Real Macaw (Arista)
  34. Pylon: Chomp (DB)
  35. John Anderson: All the People Are Talkin' (Warner Bros.)
  36. Earth, Wind & Fire: Powerlight (Columbia)
  37. Jon Hassell: Aka/Darbari/Java: Magic Realism (Editions EG)
  38. Zulu Jive: Umbaqanga (Earthworks import)
  39. Starstruck (A&M '82)
  40. The Waitresses: Bruiseology (Polydor)
  41. Roxy Music: Avalon (Warner Bros. '82)
  42. King Sunny Ade: Bobby (SAR import)
  43. Eek-a-Mouse: The Mouse and the Man (Greensleeves)
  44. Kate & Anna McGarrigle: Love Over and Over (Polydor)
  45. UB40: Labour of Love (A&M)
  46. Nile Rodgers: Adventures in the Land of the Good Groove (Mirage)
  47. Miles Davis: Star People (Columbia)
  48. Minutemen: What Makes a Man Start Fires? (SST)
  49. Heaven 17: The Luxury Gap (Arista)
  50. Charlie Haden: The Ballad of the Fallen (ECM)
  51. Randy Newman: Trouble in Paradise (Warner Bros.)
  52. Richard Thompson: Hand of Kindness (Hannibal)
  53. Calling Rastafari (Nighthawk '82)
  54. Willie Nelson and Webb Pierce: In the Jailhouse Now (Columbia '82)
  55. ABC: Beauty Stab (Mercury)
  56. Knotty Vision (Nighthawk)
  57. Donna Summer: She Works Hard for the Money (Mercury)
  58. The Kinshasa Sound (Original Music)
  59. Jamaaladeen Tacuma: Show Stopper (Gramavision)
  60. Black Star Liner: Reggae From Africa (Heartbeat)
  61. Kurtis Blow: Party Time? (Mercury)
  62. The Golden Palominos: The Golden Palominos (Celluloid/OAO)
  63. Roxy Music: The High Road (Warner Bros.)
  64. Swingrass '83 (Antilles)
  65. Yolocamba Ita: Revolutionary Songs of El Salvador (Flying Fish)
  66. King Sunny Adé and His African Beats: Ajoo (Makossa)
  67. Legal Weapon: Your Weapon (Arsenal)
  68. Bad Religion: Into the Future (Epitaph)
  69. Eddy Grant: Live at Notting Hill (Ice import)
  70. The System: Sweat (Mirage)


  1. Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force: "Looking for the Perfect Beat" (Tommy Boy 12-inch)
  2. Michael Jackson: "Beat It" (Epic)
  3. George Clinton: "Atomic Dog" (Capitol)
  4. The Crass: "Sheep Farming in the Falklands" (Crass import)
  5. Run-D.M.C.: "It's Like That"/"Sucker M.C.'s" (Profile 12-inch)
  6. Tribe II: "What I Like" (Celluloid 12-inch)
  7. Michael Sembello: "Maniac" (Casablanca)
  8. Rammelzee vs. K-Rob: "Beat Bop" (Tartown/Profile 12-inch)
  9. Donna Summer: "She Works Hard for the Money" (Mercury)
  10. Michael Jackson: "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'" (Epic)
  11. Imagination: "Just an Illusion" (MCA)
  12. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts: "Star Star"/"Everyday People" (MCA 12-inch),
  13. Donna Summer: "Unconditional Love" (Mercury)
  14. Big Country: "In a Big Country" (Mercury)
  15. Special AKA: "Racist Friend"/"Bright Lights" (2 Tone import)
  16. Shannon: "Let the Music Play" (Emergency 12-inch)
  17. S.O.S. Band: "Just Be Good to Me" (Tabu 12-inch),
  18. Kevin Rowland with Dexy's Midnight Runners: "Come On Eileen" (Polydor)
  19. Malcolm McLaren: "Soweto" (Island import)
  20. Earth, Wind & Fire: "Magnetic" (Columbia)
  21. Herbie Hancock: "Rockit" (Columbia 12-inch)
  22. Fun Boy Three: "Our Lips Are Sealed" (Chrysalis)
  23. Disco Four: "We're at the Party" (Profile 12-inch)
  24. Four Brothers: "Mokoroto" (Earthworks import)
  25. Crash Crew: "On the Radio" (Sugarhill 12-inch)
  26. Freeez: "I.O.U." (Streetwise 12-inch)
  27. Tommy Keene: "Back to Zero Now"/"Mr. Roland" (Avenue)
  28. Pieces of a Dream: "Fo-Fi-Fo" (Elektra)
  29. Lyres: "I Want to Help You Ann" (Ace of Hearts)
  30. Men at Work: "It's a Mistake" (Columbia)


  1. Husker Du: Metal Circus (SST)
  2. DFX2: Emotion (MCA)
  3. Jason and the Scorchers: Fervor (Praxis)
  4. Minutemen: Buzz or Howl Under the Influence of Heat (SST)
  5. The Cucumbers: The Cucumbers (Fake Doom)
  6. Los Lobos: . . . And a Time To Dance (Slash)
  7. Butthole Surfers: Butthole Surfers (Alternative Tentacles)
  8. The Bluebells: The Bluebells (Sire)
  9. Hilary: Kinetic (Backstreet)
  10. Cool It Reba: Money Fall Out the Sky (Hannibal)


  1. Talking Heads: "Burning Down the House"
  2. Michael Jackson: "Thriller"
  3. George Clinton: "Atomic Dog"
  4. Weather Girls: "It's Raining Men"
  5. Malcolm McLaren: "Buffalo Gals"
  6. Michael Jackson: "Beat It"
  7. David Bowie: "Let's Dance"
  8. Hall & Oates: "One on One"
  9. Bruce Springsteen: "Atlantic City"
  10. ZZ Top: "TV Dinners"

Village Voice, Feb. 28, 1984

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