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Heartbeat City

The Cars: Heartbeat City

This is the first CD we ever bought. I say "we" because it was actually purchased by my parents at my behest. Technically it's probably still their CD, but I hi...
Frank Black

Frank Black: Frank Black

The first solo effort from former Pixies leadman, Black Francis, finds him trolling through similar neighborhoods and sounds as the band's swansong, Trompe Le M...
A Picture of Nectar

Phish: A Picture of Nectar

I was caught in a strange time in my life when I bought this album. It was college, from what I recall, and we were all stuck in the Spin Doctors, Blues Travele...
Mr. Hood

K.M.D: Mr. Hood

I can remember when I first got this album on tape way back in the day. I sat in the Carl's Jr. parking lot next to Rip City Skateboards, listening to my car st...
Bassanova

Pixies: Bossanova

It's not a good sign that they open the album with an instrumental. I don't really like instrumentals. In fact, they always feel like filler to me. If you absol...
Come On Pilgrim

Pixies: Come on Pilgrim

I'm not sure what's up with all the foreign language stuff, but this debut by a weird college art rock band is stunning in its pure energy and innovative take o...
Doolittle

Pixies: Doolittle

"Debaser" is my second favorite Pixies song. I f'n love it. I will play it on any jukebox I find just to piss people off. It's a great, great song. And it start...
Trompe Le Monde

Pixies: Trompe le Monde

They've obviously turned the page here. Where as Bossanova sounded tired, Trompe le Monde sounded refreshed. Refreshed—but different. It's Black Francis emergin...
Mixed Up

The Cure: Mixed Up

I generally hate remix albums. I mean if the thing sucked so bad to begin with, why do you need to remix it? I mean I don't mind when somebody remixes shit and ...

The Cure: Boys Don’t Cry

It's like punk turned on its ear. I guess it's post-punk. It's spare and dark and claustrophobic in its spookiness. This is The Cure. I can't say the boys sound...
Pornography

The Cure: Pornography

When was it considered okay to only have eight tracks on an album? Today that's called an EP, but what the hell do I know; The Cure seemed to get away with it o...
Faith

The Cure: Faith

My favorite track on this, and honestly one of favorite Cure tracks is "Primary." If only the rest of the album sounded like this one. Instead it sounds as if t...
World Clique

Deee-Lite: World Clique

There wasn't a single party in the early 90's that didn't feature at least a couple spins of "Groove Is in the Heart." I'm not even sure what other songs are on...