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.
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."
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.
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.
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?
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??
Jim "Barefoot Boy Wonder" Connelly
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