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Pazz & Jop 1991: Dean's List


  1. Guitar Paradise of East Africa (Earthworks) 24
  2. Linton Kwesi Johnson: Tings an' Times (Shanachie) 19
  3. P.M. Dawn: Of the Heart, of the Soul and of the Cross: The Utopian Experience (Gee Street) 11
  4. Public Enemy: Apocalypse '91: The Enemy Strikes Black (Def Jam/Columbia) 10
  5. Loketo: Extra Ball (Shanachie) 8
  6. Sonny Sharrock Band: Highlife (Enemy) 6
  7. R.E.M.: Out of Time (Warner Bros.) 6
  8. Bonnie Raitt: Luck of the Draw (Capitol) 6
  9. The Feelies: Time for a Witness (A&M) 5
  10. Ice-T: O.G.: Original Gangster (Sire/Warner Bros.) 5

  11. Pulnoc: City of Hysteria (Arista)
  12. Tshala Muana: Soukous Siren (Shanachie)
  13. Nirvana: Nevermind (DGC)
  14. The Kings and Queens of Township Jive: Modern Roots of the Indestructible Beat of Soweto (Earthworks)
  15. John Prine: The Missing Years (Oh Boy)
  16. Mekons: Curse of the Mekons (Blast First import)
  17. Dorothy Masuka: Pata Pata (Mango)
  18. Slick Rick: The Ruler's Back (Def Jam/Columbia)
  19. My Bloody Valentine: Loveless (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  20. Matthew Sweet: Girlfriend (Zoo)
  21. Pixies: Trompe Le Monde (Elektra/4AD)
  22. The Fugs: Songs From a Portable Forest (Gazell)
  23. Michael Jackson: Dangerous (Epic)
  24. Jimmie Dale Gilmore: "After Awhile" (Nonesuch)
  25. The Pooh Sticks: The Great White Wonder (Sweet Virginia)
  26. Cypress Hill (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  27. Eleventh Dream Day: Lived To Tell (Atlantic)
  28. Yo-Yo: Make Way for the Motherlode (East West)
  29. Motorhead: 1916 (WTG)
  30. Jit--The Movie (Earthworks)
  31. The Fall: 458489 A Sides (Beggars Banquet '90)
  32. The Only Ones: The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit)
  33. John Lee Hooker: Mr. Lucky (Charisma/Pointblank)
  34. Tabu Ley Rochereau: Man From Kinshasa (Shanachie)
  35. Barbara Manning: One Perfect Green Blanket (Heyday)
  36. Pulnoc (Globus International import)
  37. Linda Gail Lewis: International Affair (New Rose import)
  38. G.W. McLennan: Watershed (Beggars Banquet)
  39. Kenya Dance Mania (Earthworks)
  40. Freedom Fire--The Indestructible Beat of Soweto (Vol. 3) (Virgin '90)
  41. Lee "Scratch" Perry: Lord God Muzick (Heartbeat)
  42. Too Much Joy: Cereal Killers (Giant)
  43. Boubacar Traoré: Mariama (Stern's Africa '90)
  44. Downtown Science (Def Jam/Columbia)
  45. Spirit of the Eagle: Zimbabwe Frontline (Vol. 2) (Virgin '90)
  46. Simon Shaheen: The Music of Mohamed Abdel Wahab (Axiom '90)
  47. Hi-Jivin' (Kijima '90)
  48. Charlie Feathers (Nonesuch)
  49. New Jack City (Giant)
  50. The La's (London)
  51. Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Weld (Reprise)
  52. Chris Smither: Another Way To Find You (Flying Fish)
  53. Dreams Come True (Antone's '90)
  54. Wir: The First Letter (Mute/Elektra)
  55. Garth Brooks: Ropin' the Wind (Capitol)
  56. King Missile: The Way to Salvation (Atlantic)
  57. Robert Ward and the Black Top All-Stars: Fear No Evil (Black Top)
  58. The KLF: The White Room (Arista)
  59. Oumou Sangare: Moussolou (World Circuit)
  60. Kid Creole and the Coconuts: You Shoulda Told Me You Were . . . (Columbia)
  61. Meat Beat Manifesto: 99% (Mute '90)
  62. I.K. Dairo M.B.E. and His Blue Spots: I Remember (Music of the World)


  1. L.L. Cool J: "Around the Way Girl" (Def Jam/Columbia)
  2. Geto Boys: "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" (Rap-a-Lot)
  3. Negativland: "U2" (SST)
  4. R.E.M.: "Losing My Religion" (Warner Bros.)
  5. Color Me Badd: "I Wanna Sex You Up" (Giant)
  6. G.W. McLennan: "Haven't I Been a Fool" (Beggars Banquet import)
  7. C + C Music Factory: "Things That Make You Go Hmm . . ." (Columbia)
  8. Tim Dog: "Fuck Compton" (Ruffhouse/Columbia)
  9. Michael Jackson: "Black or White" (Epic)
  10. Londonbeat: "I've Been Thinking About You" (Radioactive)
  11. Crystal Waters: "Gypsy Woman (She's Homeless)" (Mercury)
  12. Color Me Badd: "All 4 Love" (Giant)
  13. Abdullah Roueshid: "Alla Homma La Ertarag" (Sono Cairo import)
  14. Bonnie Raitt: "Something To Talk About" (Capitol)
  15. Ministry: "Jesus Built My Hotrod" (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  16. "Give Peace a Chance" (Virgin)
  17. Queen Latifah: "Fly Girl" (Tommy Boy)
  18. The KLF: "The White Room" (Arista)
  19. Gerardo: "Rico Suave" (Interscope)
  20. C + C Music Factory: "Here We Go, Let's Rock and Roll" (Columbia)


  1. Digital Underground: This Is an EP Release (Tommy Boy)
  2. The Go-Betweens: The Peel Sessions (Strange Fruit)
  3. The Leaving Trains: Loser Illusion Pt. 0 (SST)
  4. Pavement: Perfect Sound Forever (Drag City)
  5. Lifers Group (Hollywood Basic)
  6. My Bloody Valentine: Tremolo (Sire/Warner Bros.)
  7. Teenage Fanclub: God Knows It's True (Matador)
  8. Big Stick: Hoochie Koo Time (Blast First import)
  9. Bobby Jimmy: Erotic Psychotic (Priority)


  1. James Brown: Star Time (Polydor)
  2. Lefty Frizzell: The Best of Lefty Frizzell (Rhino)
  3. Ray Charles: The Birth of Soul (Atlantic)
  4. Risqué Rhythm: Nasty '50s R&B (Rhino)
  5. The Golden Gate Quartet: Swing Down, Chariot (Columbia/Legacy)
  6. Kitty Wells: Country Music Hall of Fame Series (MCA)
  7. Willie Nelson: Nite Life: Greatest Hits and Rare Tracks (1959-1971) (Rhino)
  8. Loretta Lynn: Country Music Hall of Fame Series (MCA)
  9. Elmore James: "Let's Cut It": The Very Best of Elmore James (Flair/Virgin)
  10. Bob Wills and His Texas Playboys: Anthology 1935-1973 (Disc Two) (Rhino)


  1. Biz Markie: "T.S.R. (Toilet Stool Rap)" (Kevin Bray)
  2. Michael Jackson: "Black or White (car-bashing version)" (John Landis)

Village Voice, Mar. 3, 1992

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