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Pazz & Jop 1984: Dean's List


  1. Bruce Springsteen: Born in the U.S.A. (Columbia) 17
  2. The Replacements: Let It Be (Twin/Tone) 16
  3. Laurie Anderson: United States Live (Warner Bros.) 12
  4. Ramones: Too Tough to Die (Sire) 12
  5. John Lennon/Yoko Ono: Milk and Honey (Polydor) 9
  6. King Sunny Adé and His African Beats: Aura (Mango) 9
  7. Los Lobos: How Will the Wolf Survive? (Slash) 7
  8. Black Uhuru: Anthem (Island) 7
  9. Lou Reed: New Sensations (RCA Victor) 6
  10. Arto Lindsay/Ambitious Lovers: Envy (Editions EG) 5

  11. Cyndi Lauper: She's So Unusual (Portrait '83)
  12. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Making History (Island)
  13. The dB's: Like This (Bearsville)
  14. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Induku Zethu (Shanachie)
  15. Run-D.M.C.: Run-D.M.C. (Profile)
  16. Hüsker Dü: Zen Arcade (SST)
  17. David Johansen: Sweet Revenge (Passport)
  18. Laurie Anderson: Mister Heartbreak (Warner Bros.)
  19. Prince and the Revolution: Purple Rain (Paisley Park)
  20. Pretenders: Learning to Crawl (Sire)
  21. Half Japanese: Sing No Evil (Iridescence)
  22. Robert Quine/Fred Maher: Basic (Editions EG)
  23. Dumptruck: D is for Dumptruck (Incas)
  24. The Embarrassment: Retrospective (Fresh Sounds cassette)
  25. Bangles: All Over the Place (Columbia)
  26. Rubén Blades y Seis del Solar: Buscando America (Elektra)
  27. Tina Turner: Private Dancer (Capitol)
  28. Tom Verlaine: Cover (Warner Bros.)
  29. Joe "King" Carrasco & the Crowns: Bordertown (SST)
  30. Minutemen: Double Nickels on the Dime (SST)
  31. The Neville Brothers: Neville-ization (Black Top)
  32. Les Ambassadeurs: Les Ambassadeurs (Rounder)
  33. Rank and File: Long Gone Dead (Slash)
  34. The Del-Lords: Frontier Days (EMI America)
  35. Tom Waits: Swordfishtrombones (Island '83)
  36. R.E.M.: Reckoning (I.R.S.)
  37. Go-Go's: Talk Show (I.R.S.)
  38. Meat Puppets: Meat Puppets II (SST)
  39. Herbie Hancock: Sound System (Columbia)
  40. Sparrow: King of the World (B's)
  41. Ferron: Shadows on a Dime (Lucy)
  42. Fat Boys: Fat Boys (Sutra)
  43. Birdsongs of the Mesozoic: Magnetic Flip (Ace of Hearts)
  44. Hugh Masekela: Techno Bush (Jive Afrika)
  45. Robert Wyatt: 1982-1984 (Rough Trade)
  46. That's the Way I Feel Now: A Tribute to Thelonious Monk (A&M)
  47. NRBQ: Tapdancin' Bats (Red Rooster)
  48. Plastic People: Leading Horses (Bozi Mlyn import)
  49. The Reducers: Let's Go! (Rave On)
  50. Blow-Up: Easy Knowledge (Polar)


  1. Run-D.M.C.: "Rock Box" (Profile)
  2. Bruce Springsteen: "Born in the U.S.A." (Columbia)
  3. Thompson Twins: "Hold Me Now" (Arista)
  4. Romantics: "Talking in Your Sleep" (Nemperor)
  5. Newcleus: "Jam on It" (Sunnyview)
  6. Aztec Camera: "Jump" (Sire import 12-inch)
  7. John Waite: "Missing You" (EMI America)
  8. Cyndi Lauper: "Girls Just Want to Have Fun" (Portrait)
  9. Time Zone: "World Destruction" (Celluloid)
  10. Time: "Jungle Love" (Warner Bros.)
  11. Ashford & Simpson: "Solid" (Capitol)
  12. Hüsker Dü: "Eight Miles High" (SST)
  13. Prince and the Revolution: "When Doves Cry" (Warner Bros.)
  14. Bruce Springsteen: "Dancing in the Dark" (Columbia 12-inch)
  15. Bruce Springsteen: "Pink Cadillac" (Columbia)
  16. Herbie Hancock: "Mega-Mix" (Columbia 12-inch)
  17. Van Halen: "Jump" (Warner Bros.)
  18. Afrika Bambaataa & the Godfather of Soul James Brown: "Unity" (Tommy Boy 12-inch)
  19. World's Famous Supreme Team: "Hey D.J." (Island)
  20. Shannon: "Give Me Tonight" (Mirage)
  21. Tina Turner: "What's Love Got to Do With It" (Capitol)
  22. Deniece Williams: "Let's Hear It for the Boy" (Columbia)
  23. Chaka Khan: "I feel for You" (Warner Bros.)
  24. Malcolm McLaren: "Madam Butterfly" (Island 12-inch)
  25. Earons: "Land of Hunger" (Island 12-inch)
  26. Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers: "We Need Some Money" (D.D.E.T. 12-inch)
  27. Gil Scott-Heron: "Re-Ron" (Arista 12-inch)
  28. Pointers Sisters: "Automatic" (Planet)
  29. Mighty Wah: "Come Back" (Beggars Banquet import)
  30. Staple Singers: "Slippery People" (Private I 12-inch)


  1. Persian Gulf: Changing the Weather (Raven)
  2. Anna Domino: East and West (Les Disques de Crépuscle import)
  3. The Judds: Wynonna & Naomi (RCA)
  4. Julie Brown: Goddess in Progress (Rhino)
  5. Butthole Surfers: Live Pcppep (Alternative Tentacles)
  6. Oh-OK: Furthermore What (DB)
  7. Pat Wilson: Bop Girl (Warner Bros.)
  8. African Connexion (Oval import)
  9. The BBC: Dutch (Emotional)
  10. Wind: Guest of the Staphs (Cheft)


  1. Art of Noise: "Close (to the Edit)" (Zbigniew Rybczynsky)
  2. Kool & the Gang: "Joanna" (Joe Clarke)
  3. James Brown/Afrika Bambaataa: "Unity"
  4. Cyndi Lauper: "Time After Time" (Edd Griles)
  5. Thomas Dolby: "Hyperactive" (Thomas Dolby)
  6. China Crisis: "Working with Fire and Steel" (Marcello Anciano)
  7. Run-D.M.C.: "Rock Box" (Steve Kahn)
  8. Herbie Hancock: "Hard Rock" (Peter Sellars)
  9. Lou Reed: "I Love You Suzanne" (Tim Newman)
  10. Righiera: "Vamos a la Playa" (Michelangelo LaBionda)

Village Voice, Feb. 19, 1985

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