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College Countdown: CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 52 – 50

52. Primitives, “Crash” Before the Primitives got around to recording their first album, they’d already decided that “Crash” was one of their less significant songs. “We wrote that very early on and then we dropped it from the set,” explained

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From the Archive: Flashback Friday – 1973

I’m a little too weary to elaborate, except to note that this was originally published in my former online home. In 1973, I lived in a household that had a lot of records. There were so many, in fact, that

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One for Friday: School of Fish, “3 Strange Days”

I’ve probably tapped out enough words about The World’s Largest Trivia ContestTM this week. In recent years, I’ve used this Friday feature to share a lovely cover of my team’s theme song that was recorded by my friend Mollie Donihe. I

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Trivia Answer of the Day: Dave Grusin, “Night-Lines”

This coming weekend, I’ll participate in The World’s Largest Trivia ContestTM. As per tradition, this week is filled with idle reminiscing about memorable answers in past years. Or rather, in past year. Every one of these answers figured in the

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College Countdown: CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 55 – 53

55. Tracy Chapman, “Fast Car” “I had so many people come up to me and say that they felt it was their song,” Tracy Chapman said about “Fast Car,” the lead single from her 1988 self-titled debut. “And someone told

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College Countdown: CMJ Top 250 Songs, 1979 – 1989, 58 – 56

58. XTC, “Dear God” Although it is one of XTC’s best known songs, “Dear God” was initially relegated to also-ran status. The story of that decision changes depending on who is telling it. Todd Rundgren, who produced the song, maintains that

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One for Friday: The Brandos, “Gettysburg”

There’s a clear tendency to retrospectively reduce eras of pop music to singular sounds, despite the fact that such monolithic sonic styles are rarely the case. By now, the nineteen-eighties are largely thought of as a time of synth pop

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