KFSR 1984 DJ Poll

Here is an entire page of stuff devoted to the semi-great KFSR DJ poll of 1984. On this page are capsule reviews of the top albums, followed by everybody's list. If somebody has less than 15 on their list it's because a) they put less than 15 on their list, b) they picked an album released last year or c) both

01.   R.E.M. - Reckoning  (I.R.S.).      Last year's best album, Murmur, barely beat out Violent Femmes by one point. That really didn't happen this year, since Reckoning lead from the start--sort of like the 49ers. This is without a doubt the consummate Rock and Roll album in the year of our lord 1984. 'Nuff said.
Voted #1 by Jay DJ, Jim C. Connelly, Rev. Kirk, Open Mike Smith, Steve Smith, Gumby the K.

02.   XTC - The Big Express   (Geffen).      Here's a group that has a genius for arrangement, melody and lyrics. The Big Express would be considered a great pop album if normal people liked pop this strange. Best anti-nuke song of the year: "This World's Over."
Voted #1 by Tim Gaskill

03.   Toy Dolls - Dig That Groove Baby  (Volume Import).      It can now be told -- the only reason we played this record is that somebody noticed it buried in them Import section and thought that the back cover was so funny they took a chance and bought it. The rest is history.

04.   Hoodoo Gurus - Stoneage Romeos   (A&M)      Just (but it's never just) good old straight-ahead Rock and Roll for anybody who still lives. Popmeister Nick Lowe is going to produce their new one.
Voted #1 by Kathy Lambert

05.   The Smiths - The Smiths  (Sire).      It seems like everbody who loves or hates these guys (and there is no middle ground) focus on Morrissey's self-pitying lyrics. Wrong: the key is Johnny Marr's perfectly-executed guitar.

06.   U2 - The Unforgettable Fire  (Island).      Despite their best single ever, I think that a lot of people voted for this album because it was U2, especially because it is their most difficult record to comprehend. But in the end, it comes across in a big way -- precisely because of that. And the concert re-arrangements of these songs was genius.

07.   The Untouchables - Live and Let Dance EP  (Twist / Enigma).      No less than three incendiary live performances by this up-and-coming band. If they were helped early on by "mod" (remember that?) identification, in the end it was their overall musical quality that sustained them. But we need more than just 10 songs to play.

08.   The Alarm - Declaration  (I.R.S.).      The immediate spell that this record cast tended to wear off over the year. Returning to it, I still find it powerful, but shallow -- and the new single "The Chant," is as bad of an omen as "68 Guns" as a good one.

09.   Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.  (Columbia).      If 1984 proved anything, it was that critical favorites could cross over and achieve huge popularity and score mega hit singles yet still retain the edge that made them critical faves in the first place. And the title track is his best song since that other "Born" song he did. Same goes for the entire album. And he still puts on four-hour concerts.

10.   The Waterboys - A Pagan Place  (Island).      Despite being lumped into the U2/Alarm category, there is an edge of sadness in this music that sets it apart from those type of groups. Maybe it's that big, moody sax that makes the difference.

11.   Prince - Purple Rain  (WB).      If 1984 proved anything . . . and just like Bruce, everybody knew that Prince was going to be a big star. And even if the movie was just a long video, the concert sequences -- especially the extended "Let's Go Crazy" -- were worth the price of admission.
Voted #1 by Easy Pete.

12.   General Public - All the Rage  (I.R.S.).      Look, I wanted this to be great just like everybody else did, but despite a darn good hit single and a couple of strong album tracks, this still isn't as good as The Beat -- which is real sad, figuring this is how The Beat would have ended up sounding. Wha'ppen?
Voted #1 by Julie Logan

13.   The Bangles - All Over the Place  (Columbia).      With those harmonies battling the guitar leads . . . this is as good as pop gets. So naturally, the surefire hit singles never cracked the Top 40.

14.   The Replacements - Let It Be  (Twin/Tone).      Here's the garage band of the world, sitting down and jamming on a set of loose, melodic songs that leader Paul Westerberg has come up with. The secret of this set of songs is pacing and balance. And on "Answering Machine," Westerberg creates, all by himself, an electric-folk noise ballad for the '80s.

15.   The Reducers - The Reducers  (Rave On).      Does anybody know where we can buy this record??
Voted #1 by Ronny Woods (No, he doesn't know, either.)

INDIVIDUAL LISTS
Jim "Barefoot Boy Wonder" Connelly
  1. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  2. Replacements - Let It Be
  3. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
  4. XTC - The Big Express
  5. The Smiths - The Smiths
  6. The Alarm - Declaration
  7. Red Rockers - Schizophrenic Circus
  8. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
  9. The Bangles - All Over the Place
  10. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
  11. Hoodoo Gurus - Stoneage Romeos
  12. Black Uhuru - Anthem
  13. Toy Dolls - Dig That Groove Baby
  14. Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
  15. The Reducers - The Reducers
Rev. Kirk Biglione
  1. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  2. The Alarm - Declaration
  3. Untouchables - Live and Let Dance EP
  4. The Bangles - All Over the Place
  5. Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground
  6. Toy Dolls - Dig that Groove Baby
  7. Wire Train - In A Chamber
  8. The Waterboys - A Pagan Place
  9. XTC - The Big Express
  10. Linton Kwesi Johnson - Making History
  11. Lou Reed - New Sensations
  12. Mitchell Froom - The Key of Cool
  13. Laurie Anderson - United States Live
  14. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
  15. Red Rockers - Schizophrenic Circus
Mr. Mike
  1. Ramones - Too Tough to Die
  2. The Waterboys - A Pagan Place
  3. The Reducers - The Reducers
  4. The Reducers - Let's Go
  5. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  6. The Alarm - Declaration
  7. Aztec Camera - Knife
  8. Toy Dolls - Dig That Groove Baby
  9. Various Artists - Something to Believe In
  10. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
  11. Red London - This is England
  12. Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground
  13. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
  14. Lou Reed - New Sensations
  15. 54-40 - Set the Fire
Julie Logan
  1. General Public. - All The Rage
  2. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  3. The Alarm - Declaration
  4. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
  5. Hoodoo Gurus - Stoneage Romeos
  6. Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods
  7. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
  8. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
  9. Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
  10. UB40 - Geffrey Morgan
  11. The Bangles - All Over the Place
  12. Elvis Costello - Goodbye, Cruel World
  13. dB's - Like This
  14. Ramones - Too Tough to Die

Gumby The K

  1. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  2. Prince - Purple Rain
  3. Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
  4. XTC - The Big Express
  5. Bill Nelson - Vistamix
  6. The Smiths - The Smiths
  7. Simple Minds - Sparkle in the Rain
  8. Lou Reed - New Sensations
  9. Replacements - Let It Be
  10. The Waterboys - A Pagan Place
  11. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
  12. Let's Active - Cypress
  13. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
  14. dB's - Like This
  15. General Public. - All The Rage
"Open" Mike Smith
  1. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  2. Untouchables - Live and Let Dance EP
  3. Hoodoo Gurus - Stoneage Romeos
  4. The Reducers - The Reducers
  5. The Waterboys - A Pagan Place
  6. Los Lobos - How Will The Wolf Survive?
  7. Various Artists - Repo Man Soundtrack
  8. Lou Reed - New Sensations
  9. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
  10. Ramones - Too Tough to Die
  11. General Public. - All The Rage
  12. Elvis Costello - Goodbye, Cruel World
  13. UB40 - Geffrey Morgan
  14. Laurie Anderson - Mr. Heartbreak
  15. The Smiths - The Smiths
Steve "Smitty" Smith
  1. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  2. The Smiths - The Smiths
  3. Untouchables - Live and Let Dance EP
  4. General Public. - All The Rage
  5. Hoodoo Gurus - Stoneage Romeos
  6. dB's - Like This
  7. Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods
  8. Toy Dolls - Dig That Groove Baby
  9. The Alarm - Declaration
  10. UB40 - Geffrey Morgan
  11. Replacements - Let It Be
Janice Loo
  1. Icicle Works - Icicle Works
  2. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  3. The Smiths - The Smiths
  4. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Nocturne
  5. Lou Reed - New Sensations
  6. Psychedelic Furs - Mirror Moves
  7. XTC - The Big Express
  8. Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
  9. Buzzcocks - Parts 1-3 EP
  10. Dickies - Stukas Over Disneyland EP
  11. Oh-OK - Furthermore What EP
  12. Simple Minds - Sparkle in the Rain
  13. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
  14. Toy Dolls - Dig that Groove Baby
  15. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense

  Tim Gaskill
  1. XTC - The Big Express
  2. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  3. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
  4. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
  5. Bill Nelson - Vistamix
  6. Let's Active - Cypress
  7. Dream Syndicate - Medicine Show
  8. Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
  9. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
  10. The Church - Remote Luxury
  11. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Hyaena
  12. Difford & Tillbrook - Difford & Tillbrook
  13. UB40 - Geffrey Morgan
  14. Simple Minds - Sparkle in the Rain
  15. Prince - Purple Rain
Jay D.J.
  1. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  2. Prince - Purple Rain
  3. XTC - The Big Express
  4. Bobby McFerrin - The Voice
  5. dB's - Like This
  6. Hoodoo Gurus - Stoneage Romeos
  7. Chaka Khan - I Feel For You
  8. Red Rockers - Schizophrenic Circus
  9. The Bangles - All Over the Place
  10. General Public - All The Rage
  11. Bill Nelson - Vistamix
  12. Toy Dolls - Dig that Groove Baby
  13. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Red Hot Chili Peppers
  14. Lyres - On Fyre
  15. XTC - Mummer
Ronny Woods
  1. The Reducers - The Reducers
  2. The Reducers - Let's Go
  3. Black Uhuru - Anthem
  4. Untouchables - Live and Let Dance EP
  5. Red Rockers - Schizophrenic Circus
  6. Run-D.M.C. - Run-D.M.C.
  7. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  8. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
  9. The Waterboys - A Pagan Place
  10. Wire Train - In A Chamber
  11. The Church - Remote Luxury
  12. XTC - The Big Express
  13. Bad Manners - Forging Ahead
  14. General Public - All The Rage
  15. Bobby Ellis and the Crew - Shaka
Kathy Lambert
  1. Hoodoo Gurus - Stoneage Romeos
  2. dB's - Like This
  3. Del-Lords - Frontier Days
  4. Violent Femmes - Hallowed Ground
  5. Ramones - Too Tough to Die
  6. The Smiths - The Smiths
  7. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  8. Replacements - Let It Be
  9. Aztec Camera - Knife
  10. Untouchables - Live and Let Dance EP
  11. The Bangles - All Over the Place
  12. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire
  13. The Waterboys - A Pagan Place
  14. Pandoras - It's About Time
  15. Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
Johnny Heathen
  1. Hüsker Dü - Zen Arcade
  2. Steve Tibbets - Yr
  3. Toy Dolls - Dig that Groove Baby
  4. King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair
  5. Michael Hodges - Aerial Boundaries
  6. Replacements - Let It Be
  7. Eternal Wind - Eternal Wind
  8. The Freeze - Land of the Lost
  9. Adreas Vollenweider - Caverna Magica
  10. Fripp/Summers - Bewitched
  11. Flipper - Gone Fishin'
  12. Tri Aima - Yearning and Harmony
  13. Pariah - Youths of Age
  14. Pandoras - It's About Time

Easy Pete Acuña

  1. Prince - Purple Rain
  2. Bruce Springsteen - Born in the U.S.A.
  3. Little Steven - Voice of America
  4. The Time - Ice Cream Castles
  5. The Who - Who's Last
  6. Toy Dolls - Dig That Groove Baby
  7. Tracie - Far From The Hurting Kind
  8. Style Council - My Ever Changing Moods
  9. Los Lobos - How Will The Wolf Survive?
  10. Big Country - Steeltown
  11. General Public. - All The Rage
  12. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
  13. The Bangles - All Over the Place
  14. The Alarm - Declaration
  15. Red Hot Chili Peppers - Red Hot Chili Peppers
Tokyo Bob
  1. Laurie Anderson - United States Live
  2. Laurie Anderson - Mr. Heartbreak
  3. The Smiths - The Smiths
  4. Talking Heads - Stop Making Sense
  5. King Crimson - Three of a Perfect Pair
  6. Felt - The Strange Idols Pattern
  7. And Also The Trees - And Also The Trees
  8. P.I.L. - This is What You Want . . .
  9. The Residents - George and James
  10. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Nocturne

Tony "Tone Deaf" Fornaro
  1. Icicle Works - Icicle Works
  2. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Nocturne
  3. Echo and the Bunnymen - Ocean Rain
  4. Siouxsie and the Banshees - Hyaena
  5. Simple Minds - Sparkle in the Rain
  6. The Cure - The Top
  7. R.E.M. - Reckoning
  8. Laurie Anderson - Mr. Heartbreak
  9. The Bangles - All Over the Place
  10. Eyes of Mind - Tales of the Turquoise Umbrella
  11. XTC - The Big Express
  12. Lou Reed - New Sensations
  13. Prince - Purple Rain
  14. Dream Syndicate - Medicine Show
  15. U2 - The Unforgettable Fire



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