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Pazz & Jop 1994: Dean's List


  1. Latin Playboys (Slash/Warner Bros.) 14
  2. Beck: Mellow Gold (Bong Load/DGC) 14
  3. Sonic Youth: Experimental Jet Set, Trash and No Star (DGC) 14
  4. Nirvana: MTV Unplugged in New York (DGC) 13
  5. Iris DeMent: My Life (Warner Bros.) 10
  6. Hole: Live Through This (DGC) 9
  7. M People: Elegant Slumming (Epic) 8
  8. Sugar: File Under: Easy Listening (Rykodisc) 7
  9. Sebadoh: Bakesale (Sub Pop) 6
  10. Pavement: Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain (Matador) 5

  11. Archers of Loaf: Icky Mettle (Alias '93)
  12. L7: Hungry for Stink (Slash/Reprise)
  13. Neil Young and Crazy Horse: Sleeps With Angels (Reprise)
  14. Khaled: N'ssi N'ssi (Mango)
  15. Soundgarden: Superunknown (A&M)
  16. Howlin' Wolf: Ain't Gonna Be Your Dog (Chess)
  17. Moe Tucker: I Spent a Week There the Other Night (Sky)
  18. Public Enemy: Muse Sick-N-Hour Mess Age (Def Jam)
  19. R.E.M.: Monster (Warner Bros.)
  20. Cachao: Master Sessions Volume 1 (Crescent Moon/Epic)
  21. Jon Hassell and Bluescreen: Dressing for Pleasure (Warner Bros.)
  22. Green Day: Dookie (Reprise)
  23. Kwanzaa Music (Rounder)
  24. Jimi Hendrix: Woodstock (MCA)
  25. Warren G: Regulate . . . G Funk Era (Violator/RAL)
  26. Veruca Salt: American Thighs (Minty Fresh/DGC)
  27. Cumbia Cumbia 2 (World Circuit)
  28. Caetano Veloso e Gilberto Gil: Tropicalia 2 (Elektra Nonesuch)
  29. FU-Schnickens: Nervous Breakdown (Jive)
  30. El DeBarge: Heart, Mind and Soul (Reprise)
  31. Fellow Travellers: Things and Time (OKra import '93??)
  32. Dark City Sisters and Flying Jazz Queens (Earthworks)
  33. Dave Alvin: King of California (HighTone)
  34. Ass Ponys: Electric Rock Music (A&M)
  35. Kickin Mental Detergent (Kickin USA '92)
  36. Michael Hall: Adequate Desire (DejaDisc)
  37. Victoria Williams: Loose (Mammoth)
  38. Soul Coughing: Ruby Vroom (Slash/Warner Bros.)
  39. George Gershwin: Gershwin Plays Gershwin: The Piano Rolls (Elektra Nonesuch '93)
  40. David Byrne (Luaka Bop/Sire/Warner Bros.)
  41. Oujda-Casablanca Introspections Vol. 1 (Barbarity import)
  42. House of Pain: Same as It Ever Was (Tommy Boy)
  43. Hüsker Dü: The Living End (Warner Bros.)
  44. Jimi Hendrix: Blues (MCA)
  45. Marshall Crenshaw: Marshall Crenshaw Live . . . My Truck Is My Home (Razor & Tie)
  46. Digable Planets: Blowout Comb (Pendulum/EMI)
  47. Dancehall Stylee: The Best of Reggae Dancehall Music Vol. 4 (Profile '93)
  48. Joseph Spence and the Pinder Family: The Spring of Sixty-Five (Rounder)
  49. Sam Mangwana: Rumba Music (Stern's Africa)
  50. Dance Hits U.K (Moonshine Music)
  51. Nico Saquito: Good-bye Mr Cat (World Circuit)
  52. Backbeat (Virgin)
  53. Etta James: Mystery Lady: Songs of Billie Holiday (Private Music)
  54. Henri Bowane: Double Take--Tala Kaka (RetroAfric)
  55. Beat the Retreat: Songs by Richard Thompson (Capitol)
  56. Ahmad (Giant)
  57. The David Johansen Group: The David Johansen Group Live (Epic Associated/Legacy '93)
  58. Skip James: She Lyin' (Genes)
  59. Beastie Boys: Ill Communication (Grand Royal)
  60. Pearl Jam: Vitalogy (Epic)


  1. Beck: "Loser" (DGC)
  2. Craig Mack: "Flava in Your Ear" (Bad Boy)
  3. FU-Schnickens: "Sum Dum Munkey" (Jive)
  4. Dawn Penn: "You Don't Love Me (No No No)" (Big Beat)
  5. Shaquille O'Neal: "Biological Didn't Bother" (Jive)
  6. Scarface: "I Seen a Man Die" (Rap-a-Lot/Noo Trybe)
  7. Yo La Tengo: "From a Motel 6" (Matador)
  8. Morel's Groove, Pt. 6: "This My Party, Bitch Get Out" (Strictly Rhythm)
  9. Bruce Springsteen: "Streets of Philadelphia" (Epic Soundtrax)
  10. Worl-a-Girl: "No Gunshot (Put Down the Gun)" (Chaos/Columbia)
  11. The BC-52's: "(Meet) The Flintstones" (MCA)
  12. All-4-One: "I Swear" (Blitzz/Atlantic)


  1. Archers of Loaf: Archers of Loaf vs The Greatest of All Time (Alias)
  2. Elastica: Stutter (DGC)
  3. Sugar: Your Favorite Thing (Rykodisc)
  4. Matthew Sweet: Son of Altered Beast (Zoo)
  5. HWA: Hoez With Attitude: Az Much Ass Azz U Want (Ruthless)
  6. Heavenly: The Decline and Fall of Heavenly (K)
  7. Beck: Loser (Bong Load/DGC)
  8. Sonny Sharrock: Space Ghost: Coast to Coast (Cartoon Network promo)
  9. The Raincoats: Extended Play (Smells Like)
  10. Mold: Sonic Youth at Disney World (Funky Mushroom)


  1. The Raincoats: "Lost in the Supermarket" (Gina Birch)
  2. Green Day: "Basket Case" (Mark Kohr)
  3. Coolio: "Fantastic Voyage" (F. Gary Gray)


  1. The Shirelles: The Very Best of the Shirelles (Rhino)
  2. Louis Armstrong: Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man: 1923-1934 (Columbia/Legacy)
  3. Louis Armstrong: 16 Most Requested Songs (Columbia/Legacy)
  4. Slim Gaillard: Laughing in Rhythm: The Best of the Verve Years (Verve)
  5. A Taste of the Indestructible Beat of Soweto (Earthworks)
  6. The Jazz Age: New York in the Twenties (Bluebird '91)
  7. Fred Astaire: Top Hat: Hits From Hollywood (Columbia/Legacy)
  8. The "5" Royales: Monkey Hips and Rice: The "5" Royales Anthology (Rhino)
  9. White Country Blues: 1926-1938 A Lighter Shade of Blue (Columbia/Legacy '93)
  10. Bootsy Collins: Back in the Day: The Best of Bootsy (Warner Archives)

Village Voice, Feb. 28, 1995

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