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Pazz & Jop 1987: Dean's List


  1. Sonny Rollins: G-Man (Milestone) 16
  2. Culture: Two Sevens Clash (Shanachie) 16
  3. Bruce Springsteen: Tunnel of Love (Columbia) 13
  4. Ornette Coleman: In All Languages (Caravan of Dreams) 10
  5. Sonic Youth: Sister (SST) 9
  6. Prince: Sign 'O' the Times (Paisley Park) 8
  7. Sly & Robbie: Rhythm Killers (Mango) 7
  8. New Order: Substance (Qwest) 7
  9. R.E.M.: Document (I.R.S.) 7
  10. The Jimi Hendrix Experience: Live at Winterland (Rykodisc) 7

  11. Professor Longhair: Houseparty New Orleans Style (Rounder)
  12. Go-Betweens: Tallulah (Big Time)
  13. Stevie Wonder: Characters (Motown)
  14. John Cougar Mellencamp: The Lonesome Jubilee (Mercury)
  15. The Replacements: Pleased to Meet Me (Sire)
  16. Bunny Wailer: Rootsman Skanking (Shanachie)
  17. The Housemartins: The People Who Grinned Themselves to Death (Elektra)
  18. Dramarama: Box Office Bomb (Questionmark)
  19. That Petrol Emotion: Babble (Mercury)
  20. Kool Moe Dee: How Ya Like Me Now? (Jive)
  21. Pet Shop Boys: Actually (EMI-Manhattan)
  22. Madonna: You Can Dance (Sire)
  23. The Tanzania Sound (Original Sound)
  24. Kool Moe Dee: Kool Moe Dee (Jive)
  25. French, Frith, Kaiser, Thompson: Live, Love, Larf and Loaf (Rhino)
  26. Tom Verlaine: Flash Light (I.R.S.)
  27. The Sonny Sharrock Band: Seize the Rainbow (Enemy)
  28. Soweto Never Sleeps (Shanachie)
  29. David Behrman: Leapday Night (Lovely Music)
  30. African Head Charge: Off the Beaten Track (On-U Sound import)
  31. Will Wright & Jim Reiman: Childhood's Greatest Hits (Rooster '86)
  32. Ladysmith Black Mambazo: Shaka Zulu (Warner Bros.)
  33. Marianne Faithfull: Strange Weather (Island)
  34. Motorhead: Rock 'n' Roll (Enigma/GWR)
  35. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: I, Too, Have Seen the Woods (Sire)
  36. The Cucumbers: The Cucumbers (Profile)
  37. Reggae Dance Hall Classics (Sleeping Bag)
  38. Great Plains: Sum Things Up (Homestead)
  39. That Petrol Emotion: Manic Pop Thrill (Rough Trade import '86)
  40. The Minutemen: Ballot Result (SST)
  41. A Very Special Christmas (A&M)
  42. The Mekons: New York (ROIR)
  43. Rosie Flores: Rosie Flores (Reprise)
  44. Meat Puppets: Huevos (SST)
  45. Rosanne Cash: King's Record Shop (Columbia)
  46. Warren Zevon: Sentimental Hygiene (Virgin)
  47. Marshall Chapman: Dirty Linen (Line import/Tall Girl cassette)
  48. Age of Chance: Crush Collision (Virgin)
  49. Culture: Culture at Work (Shanachie)
  50. Iscathimiya: Worker Choirs in South Africa (Heritage import '86)
  51. Al Green: Soul Survivor (A&M)
  52. Los Lobos: By the Light of the Moon (Slash)
  53. Salt-n-Pepa: Hot, Cool and Vicious (Next Plateau)
  54. Aztec Camera: Love (Sire)
  55. Hüsker Dü: Warehouse: Songs and Stories (Warner Bros.)

Pending: Black Uhuru, Ronald Shannon Jackson, Power Tools


  1. Public Enemy: "Bring the Noise" (Def Jam)
  2. Madonna: "Open Your Heart" (Sire)
  3. R.E.M.: "It's the End of the World as We Know It (And I Feel Fine)" (I.R.S.)
  4. Stevie Wonder: "Skeletons" (Motown)
  5. Bon Jovi: "Livin' on a Prayer" (Mercury)
  6. Roxanne Shanté: "Have A Nice Day" (Cold Chillin')
  7. Gloria Estefan and Miami Sound Machine: "Rhythm Is Gonna Get You" (Epic)
  8. Kool Moe Dee: "Go See the Doctor" (Jive)
  9. Michael Jackson: "The Way You Make Me Feel" (Epic)
  10. Prince: "U Got the Look" (Paisley Park)
  11. Just-Ice: "Going Way Back" (Fresh)
  12. Spoonie Gee: "Take It Off" (Tuff City)
  13. Suzanne Vega: "Luka" (A&M)
  14. Duran Duran: "Notorious" (Capitol)
  15. The Housemartins: "Caravan of Love"/"When I First Met Jesus" (Elektra)
  16. The Isley Brothers: "Smooth Sailin' Tonight" (Warner Bros.)
  17. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: "Jammin' Me" (MCA)
  18. Big Stick: "Crack Attack" (Buy Our)
  19. Earth, Wind & Fire: "System of Survival" (Columbia)
  20. L.L. Cool J: "Jack the Ripper" (Def Jam)
  21. Faith No More: "We Care a Lot" (Slash)
  22. Depeche Mode: "Never Let Me Down Again" (Sire)
  23. Sally Timms: "This House Is a House of Trouble" (T.I.M. import)
  24. Men Without Hats: "Pop Goes the World" (MCA)
  25. Mr. X and Mr. Z: "Mr. X and Mr. Z Drink Old Gold" (Urban Rock)


  1. A History of New Orleans Rhythm & Blues (Rhino)
  2. Percy Sledge: When a Man Loves a Woman: The Ultimate Collection (Atlantic)
  3. The RCA Victor Blues & Rhythm Revue (RCA Victor)
  4. Buddy Holly & the Crickets: The "Chirping" Crickets (MCA)
  5. Hank Williams: I Won't Be Home No More June 1952-September 1952 (Polydor)
  6. Hank Williams: Let's Turn Back the Years July 1951-June 1952 (Polyldor)
  7. Ray Charles: Greatest Hits--Volume 1 (Dunhill CD)
  8. Ray Charles: Greatest Hits--Volume 2 (Dunhill CD)
  9. The Box Tops: The Ultimate Box Tops (Warner Special Products CD)
  10. Jackie Wilson: Reet Petite--The Best of Jackie Wilson (Columbia)

Village Voice, Mar. 1, 1988

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