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The Music: 150 things to read, watch and listen to, so you don't die of boredom this summer, according to Sassy Magazine, July 1990.

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After the Gold Rush

Neil Young. Yeah, he’s weird, but this stuff comes straight from the heart. (Folk rock/Music to be alone with)

 

 

 

Ain’t That a Groove

James Brown. He’s old enough to be your grandfather but still showing the world how it’s done. (Soul/Best at speaker-busting volume/Take to a party)

 

 

 

 

Avalon

Roxy Music. Bryan Ferry is the master scribe of superior love songs. Great makeout or pining music. (Rock/Soul/Music to be alone with/To be heard with a member of the opposite sex)

 

 

Back to Mystery City

Hanoi Rocks. The ultimate of their trashy-metal-glam sound for those who like to crank up the volume. (Metal/Best at speaker-busting volume/Music to be in the car with)

 

 

Blood on the Tracks

Bob Dylan. Released in ’75, this was Bob’s last true masterpiece. (Folk rock/Rock/Music to be alone with)

 

 

 

Patsy Cline’s Greatest Hits

Miss Cline is the Bob Dylan of barn dances. (Country/Dead artist/Music to be alone with/Music to be in the car with)

 

 

 

Cosmic Thing

The B-52’s. Surreal meets funky in outer space. Rock the house. (New Wave/Rock/Take to a party/Music to be in the car with)

 

 

Darkness on the Edge of Town

Bruce Springsteen. Raw boss, not the commercial stuff of Born in the U.S.A. (Rock/Music to be in the car with)

 

 

 

Different Light

Bangles. Their second, most popular and least predictable. (Rock/Take to a party/Music to be in the car with)

 

 

 

Dirty Mind

Prince. The Purple One when he was still controversial—crude, throbbing and very danceable. (Soul/Take to a party/Music to be in the car with)

 

 

 

English Settlement

XTC. The British quartet’s multi-layered sound takes some getting used to, but then it becomes addictive. Get the two-record British version. (New Wave/Music to be alone with)

 

 

Exile on Main Street

Rolling Stones. The Stones discover America and let it all hang out. Their zenith—and that’s saying something. (R0ck/Best at speaker-busting volume/Take to a party)

 

 

More Fun in the New World

X. The best cruising music on this or any planet, by the vastly underrated L.A. post-punks. (Punk/Best at speaker-busting volume/Music to be in the car with)

 

 

Al Green/Greatest Hits

A good place to start getting to know one of the best R&B voices in the biz. (To be heard with a member of the opposite sex)

 

 

The Harder They Come, Soundtrack

Jimmy Cliff and others. Beach music doesn’t get much better than this. Pass the coconut oil, mon. (Reggae/Take to a party)

 

Hexbreaker!

The Fleshtones. Semi-psychedelic ’80s garage rock from one New York’s finest. (Rock/Best at speaker-busting volume/Take to a party)

 

 

Hunky Dory

David Bowie. This is pre-Ziggy Stardust,  with charming acoustic stuff like “Fill Your Heart” and “Kooks.” (Rock/Music to be alone with)

 

 

King of Rock

Run-D.M.C. These rotund masters of the mike have an awesome sense of humor. “You Talk Too Much” could be the soundtrack to your worst dates. (Rap/Best at speaker-busting volume)

 

 

Eartha Kitt’s Greatest Hits

“Sort of like being in a dinky Paris nightclub in the ’40s–with a sense of humor,” Karen Catchpole, Sassy Magazine. (Music to be alone with)

 

 

Labour of Love

UB40. Reggae classics lovingly recreated by these Brits. This one stands the test of time. (Reggae/Bring to a party/Music to be in a car with)

 

The Lion and the Cobra

Sinéad O’Connor. Her debut album is angrier than her latest, but just as hypnotic. Wear it out. (Rock rock/Rock/Music to be alone with/To be heard with a member of the opposite sex.)

 

London Calling

The Clash. The pop-rock-shock of this two-record set has made it a punk staple, but less aggressive people will love it too. (Punk/Best at speaker-busting volume/Take to a party)

 

 

Marquee Moon

Television. A searing, guitar-soaked melding of poetry and punk. Strap on the headphones and hold tight. (Punk/Rock/Best at speaker-busting volume/Music to be alone with)

 

 

Me Myself and I

Joan Armatrading. The woman they kept comparing Tracy Chapman to. Joan’s songs will get you through many a love crisis. (Folk rock/Music to be alone with)

 

Moondance

Van Morrison. Mood music for a rainy day–mossy green and wet. Bono loves this guy. (Rock rock/Music to be alone with)

 

 

Murmur

R.E.M. We chose this album over their others ’cause it’s the first, back when their voice-as-another-instrument, smart words, and jangly guitars really stood out. (Rock/Music to be alone with/Music to be in a car with)

 

October

U2. Raw stuff, before they were deified. (Rock/Best at speaker-busting volume/Take to a party)

 

 

 

Parallel Lines

Blondie. Prior to Madonna there was Debbie Harry. (New Wave/Take to a party)

 

 

 

Physical Graffiti

Led Zeppelin. Zep’s only double album is also their most varied. A proven cure for metalphobia. (Rock x 3/Metal/Best at speaker-busting volume)

 

 

Pure Pop for Now People

Nick Lowe. Pop-punk cynicism, English pub rock and sugary-sweet balladeering make for some fun. (New Wave/Rock.)

 

 

 

Ramones

Ramones. Unrelenting. Brilliant. Enough said. (Punk/Best at speaker-busting volume/Music to be in a car with)

 

 

Rebel Yell

Billy Idol. Rock doesn’t get more straight-ahead than this. The essential beach accessory. (Rock/Best at speaker-busting volume/Music to be in a car with.)

 

 

Roachford

Roachford.  A brill R&B debut that was virtually ignored. (Rock/Soul/Take to a party.)

 

 

 

Searching for the Young Soul Rebels

Dexy’s Midnight Runners. Imagine if Otis Redding were British and white. (Soul/Take to a party.)

 

 

Singles Going Steady

Buzzcocks. A collection of their A- and B-sides, these frenetic Brits are like the Ramones with intellect. (New Wave/Best at speaker-busting volume)

 

 

The Slider/Electric Warrior

T. Rex. The best in early ’70s glam rock, contains the original “Bang a Gong” (two-album set). (Rock/Dead artist/Take to a party)

 

 

Sly and the Family Stone’s Greatest Hits

Hot fun in the summertime from the king of shake your thing. (Soul/Best at speaker-busting volume/Take to a party)

 

 

So

Peter Gabriel. This one’s more accessible than his usual stuff. Selections from “Sledgehammer” to “Don’t Give Up” make for some cool variety. (Rock/Music to be alone with/Music to be in a car with/To be heard with a member of the opposite sex)

 

Soul Mining

The The. No matter how depressed you are, singer/songwriter Matt Johnson will inevitably be more so. (New Wave/Music to be alone with)

 

 

Special Beat Service

The English Beat. Early ’80s ska (a faster predecessor of reggae). Some of its members went on to form Fine Young Cannibals. (Reggae/Take to a party)

 

 

Squeezing Out Sparks

Graham Parker. The underrated British rocker in all his nasal-voiced glory. (Reggae/Music to be alone with/To be heard with a member of the opposite sex)

 

 

Tender Prey

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds. Surreal lyrics and heavy, dark music–a must-have for alternative music fans. (Rock/Music to be alone with)

 

 

Ten Years of Gold

Aretha Franklin. Why Aretha is the goddess of soul. Includes some of her massive torch songs. (Soul/Take to a party/Music to be in a car with)

 

This Year’s Model

Elvis Costello. (Though the old, chubby, contemplating Elvis is great, let’s not forget the young, skinny, angry man he once was. (New Wave/Best at speaker-busting volume)

 

3 Feet High and Rising

De La Soul. We defy you to listen to rap’s most innovative threesome and be in a bad mood afterward. (Rap/Soul/Best at speaker-busting volume/Take to a party)

 

 

Toys in the Attic

Aerosmith. Any rock and roll fan who doesn’t have this in their collection is committing a heinous crime. (Rock/Metal/Best at speaker-busting volume/Music to be in a car with)

 

Transformer

Lou Reed. A kinder, gentler, almost sweet Lou. Contains the classic “Walk on the Wild Side.” (Rap/Rock/Music to be alone with)

 

 

Trouble Funk, Live from D.C.

Go-go music is like rap with a melody and horns, and it’s rarely captured on vinyl. Which is why this record is such a party. (Rap/Take to a party)

 

 

Union

Toni Childs. A voice more powerful than Aretha Franklin’s beautiful African instrumentation and poetic lyrics. A stirring album. (Folk rock/Music to be alone with)

 

The Kinks and the Village Green Preservation Society

The Kinks. Forget about “Lola” and “You Really Got Me.” This pastoral, poetic beauty will show you the real soul of The Kinks. (Folk rock/Rock)