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Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby fange » 09 Mar 2018, 00:48

Here's the list -

https://www.pastemagazine.com/articles/ ... 8.html?a=1

30. Bob Marley and the Wailers: Kaya
29. The Ramones: Road to Ruin
28. The Saints: Eternally Yours
27. Public Image Ltd.: First Issue
26. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band: Stranger in Town
25. X-Ray Spex: Germfree Adolescents
24. The Clash: Give ’Em Enough Rope
23. Van Halen: Van Halen
22. Patti Smith Group: Easter
21. Townes Van Zandt: Flyin’ Shoes
20. Tom Waits: Blue Valentine
19. The Jam: All Mod Cons
18. Pere Ubu: Dub Housing
17. The Police: Outlandos d’Amour
16. Magazine: Real Life
15. Brian Eno: Ambient 1: Music For Airports
14. Peter Gabriel: Peter Gabriel [3]
13. Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove
12. The Cars: The Cars
11. Kraftwerk: The Man-Machine
10. Nick Lowe: Jesus of Cool
9. Blondie: Parallel Lines
8. Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
7. Wire: Chairs Missing
6. Big Star: Third/Sister Lovers
5. The Rolling Stones: Some Girls
4. The Band: The Last Waltz
3. Elvis Costello & The Attractions: This Year’s Model
2. Bruce Springsteen: Darkness on the Edge of Town
1. Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food


What do you think? Balanced or boring?

Should Some Girls be in the top 5? Should Stranger In Town be anywhere near the top 30?

What would you take out and put in?
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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby Dayodead » 09 Mar 2018, 01:37

Half of a good list...This batch might make a Top 30 for me:

The Ramones: Road to Ruin
The Saints: Eternally Yours
Public Image Ltd.: First Issue
X-Ray Spex: Germfree Adolescents
The Clash: Give ’Em Enough Rope
The Jam: All Mod Cons
Pere Ubu: Dub Housing
Magazine: Real Life
Funkadelic: One Nation Under a Groove
Kraftwerk: The Man-Machine
Devo: Q: Are We Not Men? A: We Are Devo!
Wire: Chairs Missing
Big Star: Third/Sister Lovers
Elvis Costello & The Attractions: This Year’s Model
Talking Heads: More Songs About Buildings and Food

The most glaring omissions of their list are the two excellent Buzzcocks releases of that year and Lou Reed's Street Hassle...

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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby TG » 09 Mar 2018, 01:54

You can leave Dub Housing on if you want to (I wouldn’t) but Ubu’s The Modern Dance came out in January 1978 and is a pretty glaring omission.

It’s an okay list and I own about half of them. A couple that I don’t own I’ll likely pick up someday.
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Postby Dayodead » 09 Mar 2018, 02:02

TG wrote:You can leave Dub Housing on if you want to (I wouldn’t) but Ubu’s The Modern Dance came out in January 1978 and is a pretty glaring omission.


I prefer Dub Housing, but yea, just noticed the omission of 'The Modern Dance'...needs to be there...Albums by Siouxsie, Crass and 999 should be as well..

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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby toomanyhatz » 09 Mar 2018, 02:09

Glaring omissions:

Beefheart - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
Television - Adventure
Neil Young - Comes a Time

Big Star 3rd should be higher, Some Girls MUCH lower (probably doesn't deserve to be there at all).
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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby TG » 09 Mar 2018, 02:15

toomanyhatz wrote:Glaring omissions:

Beefheart - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller)
Television - Adventure
Neil Young - Comes a Time

Big Star 3rd should be higher, Some Girls MUCH lower (probably doesn't deserve to be there at all).


Television is a great call. It’s in my Top 3 or 5 for that year. I won’t argue that Some Girls ought to be on the list but I’d gladly hear it before a third of what is on there.
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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby pcqgod » 09 Mar 2018, 02:38

A pretty good top 10, except I don't care about The Band or Springsteen, and I'm not a fan of 'Some Girls.'
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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby Snarfyguy » 09 Mar 2018, 03:46

It's hard to have any credibility when you're touting Bob Seger.
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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby trans-chigley express » 09 Mar 2018, 03:52

Peter Gabriel 3 was 1980, surely they meant PG2

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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

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trans-chigley express wrote:Peter Gabriel 3 was 1980, surely they meant PG2

Somebody was sleeping when they did that part, that's for sure.
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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby Darkness_Fish » 09 Mar 2018, 08:59

It's missing the already noted Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), Throbbing Gristle's D.O.A. The Third and Final Report, Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, Jandek's Ready for the House, and Ultravox's Systems of Romance. And includes The Cars.
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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 09 Mar 2018, 09:18

1978 was the year New Wave took over, but you wouldn't think it to look at this sack of shit. There's way too much there that reveres rock's past (Costello, Springsteen, Waits, The Band, Nick Lowe) - especially in the upper reaches.

I'd take Devo, Talking Heads, Magazine, Pere Ubu and PiL's debut, if you're asking. Some Girls always sounded like it crawled out of the deepest, smelliest hole - shouldn't even figure there.

I always think of The Modern Dance as a 1977 album - if it was released in '78 then it's a clear choice for number one.
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Postby NMB » 09 Mar 2018, 09:33

Darkness_Fish wrote:It's missing the already noted Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller), Throbbing Gristle's D.O.A. The Third and Final Report, Steve Reich's Music for 18 Musicians, Jandek's Ready for the House, and Ultravox's Systems of Romance. And includes The Cars.


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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby Ghost of Harry Smith » 09 Mar 2018, 15:00

Dr Alimantado - Best Dressed Chicken in Town.
The Rezillos - Can’t Stand The Rezillos.
AC/DC - Powerage (their best LP).
Brian Eno - Before and After Science.
Tapper Zukie - Man Ah Warrior.
Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear.

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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby pig bodine » 12 Mar 2018, 01:42

The Last Waltz at 4? It’s one of the most disgusting and heinous records I’ve ever heard— only thing worse is the fucking movie.

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Postby Dor-Relip Hotels and Bathings » 12 Mar 2018, 02:07

:lol:

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Postby fange » 12 Mar 2018, 02:40

pig bodine wrote:The Last Waltz at 4? It’s one of the most disgusting and heinous records I’ve ever heard— only thing worse is the fucking movie.

I'm glad someone else mentioned this. I've never watched the movie, purposely having avoided it because the album was so under-whelming for me.
A record that really does not deserve it's exulted standing in some corners.
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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby fange » 12 Mar 2018, 04:00

A couple of big ones not included for me -

Chic - C'ext Chic
Cheap Trick - Heaven Tonight
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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby The Modernist » 12 Mar 2018, 15:19

1978 was more about singles for me. I agree with the gist of JC's post.
Things like Cheap Trick and Bob Seger just sounded old fashioned, mainstream rock.

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Re: Paste's "The Best 30 Albums of 1978"

Postby fange » 12 Mar 2018, 15:38

The Seger did, and still does, but that was almost always his thing anyway; rootsy ole time rock and roll. Cheap Trick were obviously still rock, but coming from a quite different place in terms of attitude as well as the music, G. I'm telling you this as I don't believe you've ever heard a CT album, and the chances of you doing so even now are slim to none, so just take my word on this. :)
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