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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1989, 1

1. Bodeans, Home There are seven other artists with distinct Wisconsin connections in the whole of the 90FM Top 90 of 1989, including three that reside lower within the Top 20. As I’ve noted previously, even if we didn’t have

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1989, 2

2. 10,000 Maniacs, Blind Man’s Zoo Right from the top, there’s a unique detail regarding 90FM personnel that seems pertinent in considering the high placement, arguably unusually high placement, of the fourth full-length album from 10,000 Maniacs on the year-end

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1989, 3

3. Violent Femmes, 3 While I’ll admit to loving that an album titled 3 landed in the third spot of the Top 90 chart, I swear that the tally wasn’t doctored to make that happen. Sure, I might find the

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1989, 4

4. Lou Reed, New York Lou Reed’s New York has the following instructive message amongst the liner notes: “This album was recorded and mixed at Media Sound, Studio B, N.Y.C., in essentially the order you have here. It’s meant to

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1989, 5

5. XTC, Oranges & Lemons Perhaps befitting a band that had a colossally strong affection for the era of the Beatles built on densely layered psychedlia, XTC played their last tour date in the spring of 1982. While the Fab

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1989, 6

6. The Replacements, Don’t Tell a Soul Earlier this week, in writing about the DC Comics relaunch that had an uncommonly prominent place in the ongoing mass media conversation, Tom Spurgeon noted, “no one does consumer entitlement like a comics

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College Countdown: 90FM’s Top 90 of 1989, 7

7. Red Hot Chili Peppers, Mother’s Milk In case there is need for any additional evidence of my general inability to discern and predict which artists that ruled over college radio had the stuff to cross over to the mainstream,

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