150 Best Albums of 1978

A list of the best albums of 1978 changed my life forever. I wrote about this remarkable turn of events for the Austin American-Statesman, four years ago: “The first issue of The Village Voice I ever saw was the one dated January 22, 1979. The cover headlines were ‘The Case Against Jimmy Liar’ (by Jack Newfield, with President Carter headshot), ‘Donald Trump Cuts the Cards’ (by Wayne Barrett), and, most relevant for the next going-on-40 years of my life, ‘Triumph of the New Wave: Results of the Fifth (or Sixth) Annual Pazz and Jop Critics’ Poll‘ (by Robert Christgau, duh). I was in my freshman year at the University of Detroit, in the tower office of the Varsity News. Back in my safe suburban home, I’d never seen an alternative weekly, much less this all-time archetypal one, which basically invented the genre…I’d just started buying a handful of new wave records, especially ones by Elvis Costello, whom the cover pictured in his anxious early nerd-glasses mode. The 1978 album poll inside, which Costello won, fascinated me — not only because I’d never heard of Wire, Pere Ubu or Ian Dury, but because I’d never heard of rock criticism.”

So, given how instrumental that year’s poll results — or really, the mere fact that there even were poll results — had on my future excuse for a vocation, maybe it’s no surprise that my own 1978 list almost definitely shares more with that year’s P&J results than any list I’ve published so far, and quite possibly any list I’m likely to. Which isn’t to say the lists are mirror images, even where our top 30s (the number the Voice listed in print) are concerned. But 23 of the P&J 30 placed somewhere in my 150, almost half of those in my own top 30 and none below #113. The ones I don’t list at all are generally old white guys — Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Lou Reed, the Who, Neil Young, a couple of whom came close. Even the two missing new wave acts, the Ramones and Patti Smith, were on their fourth album in three years and third in four respectively — not exactly what you’d call rookies.

The “old white guy” factor is also significant since, starting from when the poll became an annual critics-only event in 1974, 1978’s results were the whitest in Pazz & Jop history: All palefaces through #26, and only two non-palefaces (Funkadelic and Al Green) in the top 30. Christgau’s essay does mention “four records by Black artists that ended up between 31 and 35” (Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Ornette Coleman, Lee Dorsey, Parliament), but he nonetheless acknowledges the shameful overall outcome and attributes it at least in part to a “pathetic, homophobic” Disco Sucks movement. I limited myself to one P-Funk LP under a groove myself, but listed the rest of those other four Black artists and then some — not sure whether German-based-and-produced West Indians Boney M at the top of my countdown and Polydor’s Vince Alleti-compiled cross-racial Steppin’ Out: Disco’s Greatest Hits compilation a couple spots down count, but Maze, Chic, Ray Parker Jr.’s soul-funk combo Raydio, jazz drummer Jack DeJohnette, gospel-disco belter D.J. Rogers, the Jacksons, reggae-toaster-in-red-underwear Dr. Alimantado, vengeful divorcée Marvin Gaye, Henry Threadgill’s free jazz trio Air and New Orleans piano deity Professor Longhair, all in my top 65, certainly do; so does half-Somali frontwoman Poly Styrene of X-Ray Spex. And I well remember those days when not only commercial album-oriented rock stations but even college radio stations shunned pretty much every African American artist with a danceable beat, up to and including funketelechy-enforcing un-disco kid George Clinton (though not the Stones’ “Miss You,” hmmm), for fear of being tainted with the flouncing disco brush.

Though then again, another claim Christgau makes in his P&J piece is that, as years go, 1978 was the “best ever for hard rock” — well, at least up to that point, though with hip-hop on the immediate horizon (“Rapper’s Delight” came out in ’79) and disco ready to purportedly die then promptly get reborn by any number of substitute names (even merging with new wave as Xgau’s conclusion anticipates with “Pop Muzik” and Ian Dury’s “Hit Me With Your Rhythm Stick”/”Reasons to Be Cheerful Pt. 3” in ’79), it’s not clear when hard rock would have improved since: metal in the ’80s definitely wouldn’t have changed Christgau’s mind, though conceivably grunge and Sleater Kinney and Sonic Youth and White Stripes in the ’90s and ’00s would have. (Somebody should ask him.) Regardless, it’s quite a claim, and I might even agree. On one hand, you’ve got that triumphant new wave — Blondie and the Clash and Elvis Costello and Generation X and Devo and Talking Heads hinting they’d soon have actual hits while Pere Ubu and Wire and the Adverts and X-Ray Spex and old-timer Captain Beefheart and the “no wave” noise bands on No New York prove there’s still fresh negation to be had far beyond the gates of Hitsville. But you also had what Christgau called “‘twixt-wave-and-stream bands like the Cars and Cheap Trick” — both easily in my top 20 despite his apparent skepticism. And just as intriguingly, I’d say, you had the mainstream itself.

Because one thing my list reminded me was that, as covertly racist as its playlists surely were, album-oriented rock radio in 1978 — both the year I graduated high school and the last year I didn’t pay close enough attention to music to write about the stuff — was pretty darn good, even before new wave pogoed its way in. There’s first, the obvious guys critics approved of: Stones, Zevon, Seger (36th P&J sez Xgau essay), Springsteen, Dire Straits (42nd), George Thorogood (51st). But then you have all the bands who were too déclassé for critics polls (though a couple gained crit-cred as time went on) but deserving AOR staples from the gitgo: Van Halen, J. Geils, Boston, Hall & Oates, Foreigner, Styx, Eddie Money, Robert Palmer; plus AC/DC and Scorpions who’d blow up on AOR soon enough; plus a whole bunch who cracked AOR once or twice but should’ve cracked it more: Ram Jam, Nick Gilder, City Boy, Starz, Prism, Golden Earring, Al Stewart, Brownsville (Station), Chris Rea, Head East, Gerry Rafferty.

And who knows, maybe somewhere there’s an alternate dimension where rock stations play Hounds, Good Rats, Dictators, Crack The Sky, Tuff Darts, Bad Boy, Tyla Gang, Hawklords, Tom Robinson Band, Steve Gibbons Band, Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band…you get the idea. Hard-rocking women, too: Art Bears, Shakin’ Street, 1994, Genya Ravan, Dyan Diamond. If it’s the radio station of my dreams, it includes some Eurodisco and funk and deep soul and reggae and jazz and country and salsa and minimalist 20th Century classical as well. Requests below. Whatever else you can say about the year of our Lord MCMLXXVIII — Pope John Paul I died after just a month in the Vatican, Cleveland went bankrupt in December, and Californians voting to cut property taxes by 60% via Proposition 13 hinted Ronald Reagan was on the way — it would sure make for one doozy of an FM format.

  1. Boney M Nightflight to Venus (Sire/Hansa)
  2. Blondie Parallel Lines (Chrysalis)
  3. Pere Ubu Modern Dance (Blank)
  4. Don Ray The Garden of Love (Polydor)
  5. Steppin’ Out: Disco’s Greatest Hits (Polydor)
  6. The Cars The Cars (Elektra)
  7. The Rolling Stones Some Girls (Rolling Stones)
  8. The Clash Give ‘Em Enough Rope (Epic)
  9. Captain Beefheart and the Magic Band Shiny Beast/Bat Chain Puller (Warner Bros.)
  10. Ornette Coleman Body Meta (Artists House)
  11. Maze Golden Time of the Day (Capitol)
  12. No New York (Antilles)
  13. Eddie Palmieri Lacumbi Macumba Voodoo (Epic)
  14. Wire Pink Flag (Harvest)
  15. Elvis Costello This Year’s Model (Columbia)
  16. Cheap Trick Heaven Tonight (Epic)
  17. Warren Zevon Excitable Boy (Asylum)
  18. Van Halen Van Halen (Warner Bros.)
  19. Kraftwerk The Man Machine (Capitol)
  20. Chic C’est Chic (Atlantic)
  21. Adverts Crossing the Red Sea With the Adverts (Bright UK)
  22. AC/DC If You Want Blood You’ve Got It (Atlantic)
  23. Nick Lowe Pure Pop For Now People/Jesus of Cool (Columbia)
  24. Super Star Collection (K-Tel)
  25. X-Ray Spex Germ-Free Adolescents (Art-I-Ficial UK)
  26. The J. Geils Band Sanctuary (EMI)
  27. Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band Stranger in Town (Capitol)
  28. Raydio Raydio (Arista)
  29. Boston Don’t Look Back (Epic)
  30. Stiffs Live (Stiff)
  31. Hounds Unleashed (Columbia)
  32. Art Bears Hopes and Fears (Random Radar)
  33. Good Rats From Rats to Riches (Passport)
  34. Jack DeJohnette New Directions (ECM)
  35. Dave Edmunds Tracks on Wax 4 (Swan Song)
  36. Robert Ashley Private Parts (Lovely)
  37. Shakin’ Street Vampire Rock (CBS France)
  38. Ram Jam Portrait of the Artist as a Young Ram  (Epic)
  39. Nick Gilder City Nights (Chrysalis)
  40. Bruce Springsteen Darkness at the Edge of Town (Columbia)
  41. Linton Kwesi Johnson Dread Beat An’ Blood (Virgin UK)
  42. Generation X Generation X (Chrysalis)
  43. Fabulous Poodles Mirror Stars (Epic)
  44. Devo Q: Are We Not Men A We Are Devo (Warner Bros.)
  45. AC/DC Powerage (Atlantic)
  46. Funkadelic One Nation Under a Groove (Warner Bros.)
  47. D.J. Rogers Love Brought Me Back (Columbia)
  48. City Boy Book Early (Mercury)
  49. Steve Gibbons Band Down in the Bunker (Polydor)
  50. The Jacksons Destiny (Epic)
  51. Ian Dury New Boots and Panties!! (Stiff)
  52. Marvin Gaye Here, My Dear (Tamla)
  53. Dr. Alimantado Best Dressed Chicken in Town (Greensleeves)
  54. Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band Willie Alexander and the Boom Boom Band (MCA)
  55. Lee Dorsey Night People (ABC)
  56. The Dictators Bloodbrothers (Asylum)
  57. Crack the Sky Live Sky (Lifesong)
  58. Bionic Boogie Hot Butterfly (Polydor)
  59. Wire Chairs Missing (Harvest UK)
  60. David Johansen David Johansen (Blue Sky)
  61. Air Open Air Suite (Arista Novus)
  62. Steve Reich Music for 18 Musicians (ECM)
  63. Tuff Darts Tuff Darts! (Sire)
  64. Bad Boy Back to Back (United Artists)
  65. Tyla Gang Yachtless (Beserkley)
  66. Professor Longhair Live on the Queen Mary (Harvest)
  67. Talking Heads More Songs About Buildings and Food (Sire)
  68. Hawklords Hawklords (Polydor)
  69. David Allan Coe Human Emotions (Columbia)
  70. Starz Attention Shoppers! (Capitol)
  71. D.C. LaRue Confessions (Casablanca)
  72. Joe Ely Honky Tonk Masquerade (MCA)
  73. Public Image Ltd First Issue (Virgin UK)
  74. Crack the Sky Safety in Numbers (Lifesong)
  75. Larry Norman Only Visiting This Planet (Street Level)
  76. Tyla Gang Moonproof  (Beserkley) 
  77. Tom Robinson Band Power in the Darkness (Harvest)
  78. Scorpions Taken By Force (RCA)
  79. Brian Eno Before and After Science (Island)
  80. Daryl Hall & John Oates Along the Red Ledge (RCA)
  81. Foreigner Double Vision (Atlantic)
  82. Charles Lloyd Weavings (Pacific Arts)
  83. Augustus Pablo East of the River Nile (Message Jamaica)
  84. Millie Jackson Get It Out’cha System (Spring)
  85. Plastic Bertrand Ca Plane Pour Moi (Sire)
  86. ADC Band Long Stroke (Cotillion)
  87. Squeeze U.K. Squeeze (A&M)
  88. Prism See Forever Eyes (Ariola)
  89. Santa Esmeralda Beauty (Casablanca)
  90. Zwol Zwol (EMI) 
  91. Dan Hartman Instant Replay (Blue Sky)
  92. Chi-Chi Favelas and the Black and White Band Rock Solid (Prism)
  93. McKinley Mitchell McKinley Mitchell (Chimneyville)
  94. Westbound Disco Classics (Westbound)
  95. Golden Earring Grab It For a Second (MCA)
  96. Doctors of Madness Sons of Survival  (Polydor)
  97. Al Stewart Time Passages (Arista)
  98. Village People Macho Man (Casablanca)
  99. George Thorogood and the Destroyers Move It On Over (Rounder)
  100. Alpha Band The Statue Makers of Hollywood (Arista)
  101. The Motors Approved By (Virgin)
  102. Disco Party  (Marlin)
  103. Al Green Truth N’ Time (Hi)
  104. Styx Pieces of Eight (A&M)
  105. Television Adventure (Elektra)
  106. Kongas Anikana-O (Salsoul)
  107. Patrice Rushen Patrice (Elektra)
  108. XTC White Music (Virgin International)
  109. Sylvester Step II (Fantasy)
  110. Giorgio Moroder Midnight Express (Casablanca)
  111. Brownsville Air Special (Epic)
  112. Dire Straits Dire Straits (Warner Bros.)
  113. Willie Nelson Stardust (Columbia)
  114. The Godz The Godz (Millennium)
  115. Eddie Money Life for the Taking (Columbia)
  116. The Jam All Mod Cons (Polydor)
  117. Althea & Donna Uptown Top Ranking (Front Line UK)
  118. Marseille Red, White and Slightly Blue (Mountain UK)
  119. Captain Sky The Adventures of Captain Sky (Avi)
  120. Sniff ’N the Tears Fickle Heart (Atlantic)
  121. 1994 1994 (A&M)
  122. Dr. Buzzard’s Original Savannah Band Meets King Pennett (RCA)
  123. Chris Rea Whatever Happened to Benny Santini? (United Artists)
  124. Arpeggio Let the Music Play (Polydor)
  125. Quartz Quartz (Marlin)
  126. The Rezillos Can’t Stand the Rezillos (Sire)
  127. Root Boy Slim & the Sex Change Band With the Rootetes (Warner Bros.)
  128. Luv With Luv (Carrere Germany) 
  129. Gregory Isaacs Mr. Isaacs (Cash & Carry Jamaica)
  130. Head East Head East (A&M)
  131. Good Rats Birth Comes to Us All (Passport)
  132. Robert Palmer Double Fun (Island) 
  133. Musique Keep On Jumpin’ (Prelude)
  134. Z.Z. Hill Let’s Make a Deal (Columbia)
  135. C.J. & Co. Deadeye Dick (Westbound)
  136. Gerry Rafferty City to City  (United Artists)
  137. Peabo Bryson Reaching for the Sky (Capitol)
  138. Peaches & Herb 2 Hot! (Polydor/MVP)
  139. NRBQ At Yankee Stadium (Mercury)
  140. Deaf School English Boys/Working Girls (Warner Bros.)
  141. Max Webster Mutiny Up My Sleeve (Capitol)
  142. Village People Cruisin’ (Casablanca)
  143. Mitch Ryder How I Spent My Vacation (Seeds & Stems)
  144. Genya Ravan Urban Desire (20th Century Fox)
  145. Prince For You (Warner Bros.)
  146. The Boyzz Too Wild to Tame (Epic)
  147. Dion Return of the Wanderer (Lifesong)
  148. Herman Brood and his Wild Romance Cha Cha (Ariola Benelux)
  149. Aryln Gale Back to the Midwest Night (ABC)
  150. Dyan Diamond In the Dark (MCA)

3 comments

  1. Sorta, Kinda glad someone is sticking up for Al Stewart. “Time Passages” is listenable except for the one about Thomas More…and the one about the French Revolution…and, oh bother. My hometown, Baltimore, was a bastion of Crack the Sky love in the 70s. They did get airplay, mostly their first two albums. The shift to “new wave” programming in ’78 or so sealed their mersh doom; and being on Lifesong records didn’t help.

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    Jake Alrich
    Breaking bad news on a Friday evening is very post-Watergate 1970s. Roy Cohn would be proud. https://time.com/3207118/studio-54-cocaine-carter-white-house/?fbclid=IwAR2Ed6S1a4aZNEJ6sSuiQAUyNJLMz98gwbdVmUba-PaLhS6IuTx34ffz78M

    Chuck Eddy
    Lots of Trump announcements at tail ends of Friday news cycles too.

    Jake Alrich
    Chuck Eddy like I said, Roy Cohn woulda been proud.

    Michaelangelo Matos
    “vengeful divorcée Marvin Gaye”

    Jake Alrich
    it rhymes right? Sing it loud it’s like music playing sing it soft and it’s almost like praying…

    Jake Alrich
    Also: you reffed ray parker jrs raydio which makes me wonder if u remember when we saw Chromeo for the first time and you thought they sounded like raydio and then we shouted many things and your future wife was there? Imma go ahead and like my own comment.

    Chuck Eddy
    So was I! And I do remember, though I forgot I said that.

    Jake Alrich
    Yup. You also threw a cup at the Streets because it was right after 9/11 and he was being an asshole. Bowery Ballroom. New York used to be so fun.

    Chuck Eddy
    Really?? Oops. Did the cup have any liquid in it at the time? And what assholish activities was the Streets bloke engaging in at the time, exactly?

    Jake Alrich
    Chuck Eddy It was empty. Also, I am realizing now that this show must have been spring/summer 2002 since original pirate material didn’t even come out until 3/2002. Still, though, pretty close to 9/11. Anyway, The Streets guy was just making stereotypi… See More

    Jake Alrich
    Chuck Eddy I stand corrected: October 2002. “* THE STREETS, Bowery Ballroom, 6 Delancey Street, near the Bowery, Lower East Side, (212) 533-2111; Mercury Lounge, 217 East Houston Street, at Ludlow Street, Lower East Side, (212) 260-4700. The Streets is Mike Skinner, an intriguing young Briton who pays tribute to hip-hop by reciting beat poetry over lively electronic rhythms. Oddly enough, it’s an effective combination, and Mr. Skinner’s debut album, ”Original Pirate Material” (Vice/Atlantic), has finally been released in the United States. Sunday night at 8, with the Panthers and Chromeo; tickets are $12. Monday at Mercury Lounge with Gold Chains; tickets are $12 (Sanneh).” — NYT

    Michaelangelo Matos
    “there’s still fresh negation to be had far beyond the gates of Hitsville”

    Brian MacDonald
    Michaelangelo, in 2003, suggested I take on a CDR 700MB Go! project and he assigned me the year 1978. I collected 150 songs. This project changed my life as far as how I discover music out of my comfort zone. I got some of the song years wrong here, but here it is.
    https://www.ilxor.com/ILX/ThreadSelectedControllerServlet?boardid=41&threadid=22691&fbclid=IwAR0pofQ1XagMsfpeqwP3MO-77HsBD5dXNR8_Br7U8ElP10arYcqfin5kAIU

    Jaz Jacobi
    I usually amuse myself with these lists by counting how many–or, more often with Chuck’s, how few, ha–albums I actually own, but I am so terribly sympatico with this one I started to lose count after finding I had 19 of the top 27!!!

    John Ned
    Hadda go and look at the 78 Pazz and Jopfor reference. Whadda time.

    Chuck Eddy
    Yep — That’s what I linked to it in the first paragraph!

    Sara Sherr
    I enjoyed reading this and was trying to remember what I liked at age 8, listened to with babysitters, my parents, my Dad’s band. Surprised there’s no Donna Summer on this list (unless I missed it or she released music before or after 78).

    Chuck Eddy
    Once Upon a Time and I Remember Yesterday came out in ’77; Bad Girls in ’79. Those are great. Not sure I ever heard the mostly live double she put out in between. Side four of that one’s apparently her 17-minute “MacArthur Park” suite.

    Brian MacDonald
    Chuck Eddy I was so bummed when I heard the original “MacArthur Park” many years later. At least the rained-on cake has *confidence* in her version.

    Sara Sherr
    Brian MacDonald I was just commenting on Alfred Soto’s 78 singles post about how much I love her version because of how bonkers and sublime it is.

    Sara Sherr
    Chuck Eddy my Mom had the live album, which was played in my house a lot and then I heard all those singles played watching my Dad’s Top 40 band and then someone got me Bad Girls as a birthday present when it came out. So I think of 77-80 as non-stop Donna Summer years and my chronology is a bit blurred.

    Jaz Jacobi
    Sara Sherr I also was 8 that year, but I didn’t have any pop music influence at the time–no older siblings/cousins, I didn’t really have friends [my family moved to a new area that year], and my parents only listened to country radio. So, my knowledge of 1978 music was entirely formed at least a decade after the fact; I think I bought THIS YEAR’S MODEL in 1988 [and sort of MORE SONGS ABOUT BUILDINGS AND FOOD, except a factory mess-up had provided me with a Depeche Mode cassette instead of Talking Heads!].

    Sara Sherr
    Jaz Jacobi you probably know more about country than I do so that’s something.

    Jaz Jacobi
    Sometimes I’ll listen to a country compilation and be surprised that I recognize almost every song, yeah

    Jaz Jacobi
    I thought I only knew like two Juice Newton tunes from looking at the song titles, but I listened to her greatest hits album and I knew practically everything!

    Sara Sherr
    Jaz Jacobi just Googled and I just know the Top 40 hits from 81-82.

    Chuck Eddy
    PS Sara, I’ll take a wild guess that your #1 for ’78 would be Germ Free Adolescents. (If so, I’m also pretty sure you’d share that opinion with Kevin Bozelka.)

    Sara Sherr
    Chuck Eddy not as an eight-year-old but probably now, yes, or at least Top 5.

    Chuck Eddy
    Just to be clear, I doubt I was aware of many of these albums in 1978, either. Though I do think I may have received Macho Man For Christmas.

    Sara Sherr
    Chuck Eddy I had friends who had Village People records given to them as children as well. I liked Donna Summer more. It’s so funny how subversive and child-friendly disco was at the time.

    Sara Sherr
    Chuck Eddy I think if I were older and in the know in 78, there’d be more punk and new wave in my listening habits and less Billy Joel and Grease. And way more disco and funk that I missed at the time.

    Chuck Eddy
    Confession: I don’t think I’ve ever listened to The Stranger (’77) or 52nd Street (’78) in entirety. The Stranger has 2 singles I love (“Movin’ Out,” “Only the Good Die Young”) and 2 I hate (“Just the Way You Are,” “She’s Always A Woman”), so who knows. I mostly could give or take the 52nd Street hits.

    Jaz Jacobi
    I have this primal memory of an uncomfortable moment where my fifth-grade class was all passing around a Village People record and laughing at the construction worker’s jeans being unzipped on the cover, but somehow as an adult I haven’t located this image on any actual VP vinyl I’ve encountered. Maybe it was a hoax?

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    Kevin Bozelka

    Gawd, seeing Trump’s name in a 1978 context depresses the fuck out of me.
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    Chuck Eddy
    Right? Who could imagine then where he’d be four decades later?

    Kevin Bozelka
    P. S. Elvis Costello is not new wave! J/k. Trying to start shit.

    Chuck Eddy
    He was in 1978!!

    Kevin Bozelka
    Chuck Eddy I know! Just being a brat.

    Edd Hurt
    Costello was new wave! Like, the vocals.

    Kevin Bozelka
    Edd Hurt, I was joking!

    Kevin Bozelka
    Cars and Clash and Zevon and Maze and Van Halen before X-Ray Spex is…a look…

    Chuck Eddy
    Is “a look” a good thing or a bad thing though?

    Kevin Bozelka
    Chuck Eddy, bad!

    Kevin Bozelka
    Yay for Quartz and Don Ray and C. J. & Co. and half of Musique, though!

    Chuck Eddy
    USA European Connection & Alec Constandinos didn’t make the cut!

    Edd Hurt
    Your top 30 matches mine, pretty much. Big Star’s “Third” and James Brown’s “Jam/1980s” make my top 10 for sure, “Comes a Time” and Son Seals’ “Still Burning.”

    Edd Hurt
    Hon Mention for the Dells’ “New Beginnings,” a pretty good late-soul record.

    Steve Pick
    I’m gonna dig into this soon but I sure do still love a good chunk of what you list this year. I still remember the day I bought This Years Model and Heaven Tonight as one of the red letter days of my life

    Edd Hurt
    Big year for me, discovered a lot of stuff.

    Steve Alter
    LOVE this list, Chuck Eddy.

    Alfred Soto
    Wow — I had my own list.
    https://humanizingthevacuum.wordpress.com/2016/08/22/watching-the-world-spin-round-best-of-1978/?fbclid=IwAR3eITyg97cM89szmsQq0d1ra9j4YSNFaB_OpDy5d5sOSXGt8frdnxxMgwU

    Chuck Eddy

    LOTS of overlap. Guess I stick with US/P&J dates with Wire LPs, but have to admit I completely forgot about Chairs Missing, which as I recall wasn’t released Stateside until years later, and which I haven’t listened to for ages.

    Alfred Soto
    same

    Chuck Eddy
    OK, Chairs Missing no longer missing. (Still prefer their 1st and 3rd though.)

    Alfred Soto
    Ha! The third’s the one where I get nervous. Thank you, Graham Lewis.

    Tom Lane
    Any list that has Maze, Raydio, the Steppin’ Out comp plus a K-Tel collection in the Top 30 is alright with me.

    Alfred Soto
    yup

    Kevin Bozelka
    Tom Lane any list that Raydio, the Steppin’ Out comp, a K-Tel collection and NOT Maze is alright with me.

    Christian Iszchak
    Brilliant. I’m learning a lot from these posts.

    Patrick Hould
    Glad to see Blondie at #2! I was disappointed about them being left out of Accidental Evolution’s discography even though Debbie Harry was on the cover.

    Chuck Eddy
    First time anybody’s ever mentioned that. I honestly never noticed!

    Paul McBride
    The Cars 60 (!) spots higher than More Songs About Buildings and Food. Hurm…

    Chuck Eddy
    Album that broke new wave on hard rock radio a/k/a most rocking and hit-packed Roxy Music album ever (and you could dance to it!) vs. easily the least interesting of first four Talking Heads LPs: Not so outlandish, really.

    Edd Hurt
    Ah, the Cars, lightweights. I find them annoying now, liked them back then. I still like the deftness of “More Songs,” their second–best after “Remain in Light.” From Willie Mitchell to Jon Hassell. Both Memphians.

    David Allen Jones
    Class of ’78 here too, how about that!

    David Allen Jones
    Happy to see H&O’s Along the Red Ledge on the list, such a good album that one is.

    Chuck Eddy
    Their best, as far as I’m concerned.

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