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Thirty Albums From the Ten Best Years of Music

Written by Robby Red, current WCDB Rock Director.

Some people will tell you that the 90s were the ten best years in music. Others will disagree, citing the 60s or 70s as a better ten years. It’s an extremely subjective question to ask someone: “What were the best ten years in music?” Twenty people could have twenty different answers. Recently, I decided to put some of my favorite albums in chronological order to determine the best ten years in music, or my favorite ten years at least. Before you get upset about the bold claim I am about to make, please keep in mind that I have not heard every album that was ever released. I haven’t even heard every album that came out in the ten-year period I’m choosing. I have, however, heard the thirty albums I chose to represent my favorite years in music and I would highly suggest all of them. The only restrictions I placed on my list were that a band could only have one album on the list and all of the albums had to be released within a ten-year period. Albums are listed chronologically, then alphabetically. I hope the music will do the rest of the talking.

1976 to 1985 were the best ten years music ever had.

1976
1) Judas Priest – Sad Wings of Destiny
1977
2) The Clash – The Clash
3) Television – Marquee Moon
1978
4) Blondie – Parallel Lines
5) Devo - Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
1979
6) Adam and the Ants – Dirk Wears White Sox
7) Bram Tchaikovsky – Strange Man, Changed Man
8) Joy Division – Unknown Pleasures
9) Martha and the Muffins – Metro Music 
1980
10) The B-52’s – Wild Planet
11) The Feelies – Crazy Rhythms
12) Magazine – The Correct Use of Soap
13) Mental As Anything – Espresso Bongo
14) The Monochrome Set – Strange Boutique
15) The Soft Boys – Underwater Moonlight
1981
16) Television Personalities - …And Don’t The Kids Just Love It
1982
17) Dexys Midnight Runners -  Too-Rye-Ay
18) Haircut One Hundred – Pelican West
19) Iron Maiden – The Number of the Beast
20) Orange Juice – You Can’t Hide Your Love Forever
21) Romeo Void – Benefactor
22) Wall of Voodoo –Call of the West
1983
23) The Chameleons – Script of the Bridge
24) ESG – Come Away With ESG
25) The Go-Betweens – Before Hollywood
26) Talking Heads – Speaking in Tongues
27) Violent Femmes – Violent Femmes
1984
28) The Icicle Works – The Icicle Works
29) The Pale Fountains – Pacific Street
1985
30) The Replacements – Tim

DJ Survey: What’s Your Favorite Long Song?

On the radio playing a long track can be a death sentence to your listenership, but there are still those tracks that are so great that they need to be played either way. This time we checked in with our DJs to ask them what their favorite long song is and got some terrific responses. A song had to be at least eight minutes long to be considered.

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Jed Davis: “Stairway to Heaven”

Just kidding.  Shellac- “The End of Radio”.

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Robby Red: The Velvet Underground- “Sister Ray”

The studio version of “Sister Ray” by the Velvet Underground is seventeen and a half minutes long. When the Velvet Underground played it live they would make it last anywhere from twenty to forty minutes long. Runner Up: “Marquee Moon” by Television

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Andrew: William Basinki- “d|p 1.1″

If I exclude things like full sided cassette rips, mixes, and anything that might be more then one song strung together I get rid of lots of favorites like Yard’s 37mx (1 hour 14 mins) which I guess is technically a mix.
But if I have to pick a favorite that is really just one song it is probably William Basinski’s d|p 1.1 from The Disintegration Loops. d|p 1.1 weighs in at 63 minutes and I have played it in its entirety on WCDB before. Basinski is playing at EMPAC in the fall.


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